Friday, December 12, 2008


I was a bad boy. My chocolate ration will be cut in half for the next two months.*


I spent $120 on a used Fender Squire Stratocaster at 30th Street Guitars. Very low action. Nice build. Made in China. Crappity electronics (because it's a Squire). Surprisingly, apparently all Strats have plastic nuts. Yeah. I know. You're all about the bone nut.


I ordered 4 more copies of Save the Cat. Actually, 3 more copies and 1 copy of Save the Cat Goes to the Movies.


Plush Cthulhu. For you.


Everything you've ever wanted to know about dialnorm levels. Well, actually, it's impossible to really understand so it's more like "everything there is to know about dialnorm levels."


I go to FreeSound to get free .wav sound effects. I go to when I'm paying.


Sometimes I think my Little Lanilei 1/4-watt amplifier is the best thing since sliced bread. Sometimes I prefer my Fender Twin Reverb (to which I've added a Celestion Alnico Blue 12" speaker but otherwise it's just a late '70's model with non-working vibrato and reverb) . Sometimes I just want to listen to my Behringer POD. Now I'm thinking I want a Peavey Vypyr amp but I don't know if I should get the $200 30-watt version and replace the 12" speaker with my alnico speaker or just get the 15-watt $100 version and record and perform through its line out.

*Yeah, I can easily spend $100/month on chocolate. Don't think I haven't. Don't think I don't. Actually, about $1000/year is easily what I do when you consider gifts and such.


Chance Shirley said...

My dad recently got himself a Squier Strat. I love it. I also love cheap electronics. They sound raunchier than those pesky quality electronics.

Andrew Bellware said...

They're surprisingly well made, aren't they? When I was growing up all cheap guitars were absolute crap. But now you can get a cheap guitar which is a playable instrument.

I can't say I'm a big fan of crappity pickups though. I do like the big, complex, and controllable sound of good "pups".

Of course, just wait 'till I get new strings on the thing. Then I'll be all Dave Gilmour all up in this joint...

Anonymous said...

Hah! I just bought that exact same guitar- down to the color- a month ago from a neighbor!

I'm diggin' it.

...Of course, I don't have good enough ears to even know what a good pickup sounds like.

Andrew Bellware said...

Tres cool. The difference in sound quality with cheap pickups is not always that great, it's a subtle thing. But you can easily triple the price of the instrument by getting expensive ones! ;-)