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The Relicaster

  In retrospect, this is one of the most unlikely guitar projects I’ve undertaken. I am not generally interested in relic guitars, which have become quite a thing. Trying to appear genuine by faking authenticity seems dishonest to me. And yet when I start a guitar project, there must be a solid vision behind it and this is no less true on this project. I love the color blue and […]

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Holocaster

In the 1990s Fender built some Stratocasters painted in a ‘holoflake’ style, which is to say a base layer of gloss black followed by lots of large metal flakes followed by a final clear coat. The finish sparkled with the colors of the rainbow and it looked really cool. My daughter and I are trying to duplicate this style of Stratocaster but with some upgrades. The biggest upgrade, apart from […]

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Tuttomondo!

I really like the idea of using a guitar as a platform for artistic expression – the idea of a tool for artistic expression (music) being itself an artistic expression. In the 1990s, NYC street artist John ‘Crash’ Matos painted several guitars for Eric Clapton. Eventually Fender got involved and some 50 various “crashocasters” were built and sold by Fender, the artwork coming from Matos. Matos’ art was extremely colorful […]

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Satincaster

In my search to add wackier and wackier electronics to my Telecasters, I have gone from simple things, like trying to wire different pickups together as a giant humbucker, to more complicated things like trying to create an infinitely variable single coil-to-humbucker knob, and with the latest project, I built a guitar with a knob to continuously select between the bridge and neck pickups. This guitar project started with a […]

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Review: “The Wahtz Wah” pedal kit

I like to build stuff and I think the main reason I like to build stuff is that I like to understand how things work at a very low level of detail and building something really forces you to figure this out. In the past I’ve built guitars, I’ve built a mechanical pocketwatch, I’ve built computers, and I’ve even designed a very simple CPU from scratch, though that was just […]

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