Monday, 1 July 2019

Partscaster Thinline T-Type Part 4

In  which I finish the body with Crimson Guitar's stain and then use their guitar finishing oil products on both the body and the neck.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Part 2 of the Thinline T-Type build

Part 2 of the Thinline T-Type build.  I shape the headstock, fit a new nut and fit the neck to the body.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

T-Type thinline build

I built another guitar!

It's a T-Type Thinline model.   Here's how it finished up but I'm going to be publishing a set of videos that actually track the progress - here's part one.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Workbench update

I've been busy using the workbench.  You'll see in the next post or so!

Anyway one thing has been having to have an extension cable from the power socket that's about 3m away and then tripping over it etc....


Power!   I've now got power to the workbench.  Bought the socket, plug and cable for a few quid from the local wilkos.  In the end how I mounted it (as it didn't come designed with screw holes for that was to drill my own in the back of it and then screw a couple of flat head screws in and it then "hooks" on them.  It's good enough anyway.

Monday, 1 April 2019

David Gilmour's guitar collection

Some of you may have seen the news that David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is selling off his guitar collection to raise money for charity. Not a new idea as Eric Clapton has done this before but uniquely, I feel, is that Dave has basically put the entire auction up for sale at once!

I talked with my son about it and he noticed a comment that there would be viewings available. I signed up to Christie's mailing thing and they did indeed send out info.  Even better - they were free!!!  Like seriously!

Last week Son-of-Furtheron and I met at lunchtime in Victoria and took a walk past Buck House via the Mall into Mayfair to go look.  (Btw just a trip to London if you follow my other blog you'll know with my health issues is a major achievement!)

And this is some of  what we saw.
Let's start with some of the icons....

Gold top Les Paul - used on the solo to Another Brick in the Wall Part 2

1954 Strat with serial number 001

Red Strat as used through the 80s basically the most used guitar in the post Roger Water's Pink Floyd.

The Martin D-35 he used for most acoustic recording - inc the famous Wish You Were Here intro solo.

Okay all of these had high reserves.

But you could split the collection into three really - the famous iconic pieces like those above.  Some incredible early model guitars and then a bunch of other stuff, mostly just stock guitars.

Some early bits that caught my eye.

1954 first year of production strat in incredible condition.

One of many early 50s Tele's in nocasters and broadcasters

 A 57 custom colour with gold hardware - again as though it was new almost!

 A 59 Les Paul Custom... drool!  I love customs anyway but also think they are a bargain - this was estimated about $65,000 - at least half the cheapest you'd find a 59 Standard for ... and you get an extra pickup! 

Some others...
A stock strat that was used on a set with John Martyn (who I'm also a huge fan of).  Low estimate.... like from $1,000!

A rare Doug Wilkes with rails pickups - clever idea again low estimate $1,000 up

My son took a shine to this.  Fitted with EMGs like the red strat but with a roland synth pickup too.  This was used at Live Aid in 1985 when he played in Bryan Ferry's band.  Only for the first song but with an estimate of only $3,000 - $5,000 again a real piece of music history... I mean... Live Aid!!!

Couple of rare Ovations - never seen a 12 string in the flesh... both like $1,000 or $2,000.

Only mandolin I think in the collection but sadly the four string version... not so keen but...

One of several early prototypes from the Fender Custom shop when Dave was working with them on the replica of his Black Strat. 

Which brings us to the star of the show.

The iconic black strat - estimate from $165,000.   But here's my thinking on this....  He bought this 69 strat from manny's in NYC in 1970 when an airline helpful lost or destroyed the telecaster he'd come with and he had a tour to start and no guitar.  So he's owned it a long time.  He played it famously on Live at Pompeii, it was used extensively all over the albums from the 70s.  He played it at the last ever Pink Floyd gig and the one and only reunion of the famous line up at Live 8 in Hyde Park.  However - that was this guitar granted but the one on Live at Pompeii...?   Let me explain.  Originally it had a large headstock rosewood fingerboard neck.  The neck on this is a custom V57 as per on his red Strat - this is at least the fourth neck on the guitar at one point it had a Charval neck.  Electronics - at least replaced three times.  In mid 70s around Animals he was using Dimarizio FS-1 in the bridge at least.  These electrics were put in when he had it restored after getting it back from Hard Rock Cafe.  Bridge - this is at least the third on it.  Now back with a classic six point screw one similar to that fitted on it originally with the shortened arm he favours.  But during it's life it had a Khaler fitted to it.  You can see the big rout out behind the current bridge that was grafted in to allow the vintage style to be refitted.   So ... how much of this is the guitar on Echoes?  Well about 90% of the body - the rest of it not!

Go back to the red strat...

A 57 reissue fitted with EMGs.  This is the exact guitar he used throughout about 20 years but only $15,000 estimate.  I just find it funnny that the black one will catch all the headlines etc. but ... well that's me.  Oh also Dave himself admits the custom shop replicas which he has used on recent tours are more reliable for tuning stability and electrics etc. hence why he's letting the original go anyway.  You can get one of them today for about £4,000.... hmmm...

Here's a short video of some of the exhibits.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

The workbench

I've been setting up some projects now I'm "retired".  However weather, health and other stuff keeps getting in the way.

However progress has been made.

I built a new workbench!  I think I said I was going to do this ages ago - at least a year... or two!

Ta Da!

I bought some lengths of 4x2in (well the metric equivalent) from the local store which they delivered back in January.  I then created a frame - the cross braces (front to back) are just butted against the front frames where I joined the long cross bits to the legs via half lap (I think that's what it's called) joints.  They hide the screws hold the cross braces in.  I cut some MDF to fit as a bottom storage shelf and the top is an offcut from our kitchen worktop that has been sat in the garage for 15 years waiting for me to do this!
The vice is an old one I liberated from my father-in-laws garage last year when we had to sell that house after my mother-in-law went into a care home.  It's not huge but useful and I recessed the edge to get it to fit and mounted some laminated ply (about three bits to get it right) underneath so that the top is flush/lower than the work surface - again considering for guitar use so there's nothing for them to bash and get scratched.
The carpet is a bit of offcut held in place with a wooden batten.  This allows me to have it on hand for when I need something soft to put guitars on.
Keep watching here as there is a new project about to be started on it any day now...

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Book Review - KP Lane Infinite Dream

Back with a book review post.

KP Lane Infinite Dream 

I'll start with a declaration of interest.  Kevin Lane is an old colleague and friend who I hold in very high regard.  So I read this since it is his first novel that he has self published.

Infinite Dream is a thriller novel set in the rarefied world of the mega rich and powerful.  We're introduced to our hero Jack Hallis.   Jack is a very rich man having made his fortune in spotting potential blockbuster drugs in development and buying them up.  He is autistic and to a degree reclusive, in that he doesn't mix much and his work dominates his life.  However this is turned on it's head when he meets Corrine Azzard who works for the UN and is looking to secure funding from rich folks like Jack.  Corrine attracts him like no one before and so he starts to look at courting her.

He falls in love and she persuades him to use his riches to tackle the corruption that stops UN aid reaching those that really need it.  By now she's resigned from the UN angered by the acceptance of the corruption and the pair of them set out to fix the problem.  However on the eve of Jack and her launching their new venture Corrine is killed in an accident and Jack in a fit of grief is also seriously injured.

The themes of the novel then look at life after death.  As Jack's own near death experience (NDE) makes him believe the afterlife is real and that by experiencing a NDE he can get back close to Corrine.  Corrine's late father's work on this also attracts Jack's interest.  However also in the back is a shadowy underground organisation that is plotting against Jack and others like him.  Is there where the real power in the world is held?  By unseen unknown ruthless individuals who continue to play out against anyone they see threatening their wealth etc.

It is a gripping tale as you relive the events that led to Corrine's death and Jack's injury.  And as you watch Jack regain control not only of his physical and mental capacities but his wealth as the unseen cartel plots in secret against him.

One one criticism of the book is at the start the back and forth in timelines as you learn of some of the back story of Jack and Corrine can be confusing at times until it settles down to a single time thread following the accident.

The themes are complex and thought provoking.  Is there unseen secret cartels at this very moment plotting away on conference calls that will affect the lives of millions if not billions of people and who will stop at nothing to get their will imposed on the world?   But also the investigation of NDE, the afterlife, whether there is some overriding moral code in the universe that come the time we're admitted to that afterlife, or not, we will be judged against?  Could, or even should, there be a way to systematically review people's lives and contributions to society available online to allow us to review ourselves and others against that moral code?

The novel builds on Kevin's earlier non-fictional work "The God Contention" which looks at some of these profound questions in a more systematic way.   The book is a good read if you're not interested in the more philosophical points of view or could be a gateway in to Kevin's other work.

Blogger and Google+ - annoyed

I know I'm a bad blogger and not been on here for a while.  But I was annoyed to read today that with the demise of Google+ any Google+ comments have been lost of the blog.

That's mostly mine then!  Since I moved to Google+ some time ago when Google pushed it as the way to get more traffic to your blog.... that never worked either.

Oh well - so back to the blogger I remember of old then... without all my replies to people's comments!

Thursday, 3 January 2019

New Epiphone Release

This looks good...

The new Epiphone DC PRO - basically looks like it is based on the Les Paul Double Cut that has been released a few times by Gibson but obviously at the Epiphone price point.  Also most Gibson ones I've seen had only master vol and tone where this has separate controls for each pickup and the toggle mounted on the upper horn as per a typical Les Paul.   I'll be looking around for some reviews of this on YouTube etc. soon.

Furtheron Review of the year 2018

Well let me just sum up 2018 in one word - CRAP!

If you follow my other blog you'll know I've been ill all this year with my meniere's disease.  This has led to me taking "early retirement" - well I was made redundant whilst off on long term sick leave.  I'm trying to sort out a pension income in the next few months before the  redundancy payout disappears.  If that's not enough to keep the wolf from the door well... we'll have to cross that rickety bridge if it appears in our path.

I've always done a quick annual review on here so in keeping with that tradition here we go...

1. Gig of the year
Easy to pick as due to the problems with Meniere's going to gigs is now a thing of the past.  The one exception was seeing Black Country Communion last January (almost a year to the day actually) at Hamersmith Apollo.  They were exceptional anyway and may well have won even if I'd been going to a lot of gigs.

2. Album of the year.
Mr Joe Bonamassa's (of the above awarded BCC) latest solo effort Redemption.  Again album purchases down considerably this year but of those I did this is the stand out.  Terrific blues rock at it's best.

3. Book of the year.
Hmm... trickier category.  A tie I think between Peter May's I'll Keep You Safe which was a brilliant twiny - who dunnit - although I did figure out who did it sadly too early.  But still good.  And Robert Galbraith's (JKK Rowling!) Lethal White.  An excellent extension to the saga of Cormoran and Robin and their intertwined lives as they track down another killer.  (Sorry I never wrote a review of that one).  Oh quick mention for Liz Hind's latest one - The Dog Walking Club - I got it for Mrs F as a last minute little Christmas gift.  Her last day of holiday she wouldn't put it down and was annoyed at having to go back to work with it unfinished she states it is "One of those books you just don't want to stop reading".