For sale, and not a guitar or amplifier. It is with reluctance (we are moving to London) that I am selling my Renaultsport Clio 172. Details below, please get in touch via Autotrader. Car is located in Sussex.
Renaultsport Clio 172, black, great condition, and incredibly low mileage. MOT until June 2013, tax until October. Fully equipped from the factory: air conditioning, climate control, automatic xenon headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, traction control, CD player with steering wheel controls, electric windows, electric door mirrors, alarm, remote central locking with two keys, alloy wheels. Cambelt replaced (with receipt). Very nice example of a great little car, fantastic condition inside and out, and with incredibly low milage. Move to London forces sale. £2,650
(2007 – 2009)
Cougar in the Workplace was an instrumental band from Boston, MA. Mike, Andrew, Gray, and Carson played music to scumbag out to with your friends.
I found Cougar in the Workpace on a Last.fm related-artists binge a couple of months ago (I think it started with Piglet, see below), which is still the best way I’ve found to getinto a scene, man. (This scene happens to be ‘short-lived somewhat-mathy, somewhat-post-rocky, not very popular high-school-age bands from about 5 years ago’.) Anyway, this morning I happened across their YouTube account, which has some shaky cameraphone footage of a bar gig they played in 2009 and appears to confirm my diagnosis: bandtastic.
Dig that Telecaster with the mini-humbucker in the neck.
For the last six weeks or so, I’ve been sucked in by the convenience of amp modelling. Being able to plug and play on headphones at any time of day is very appealing when you can’t always find the time to set up a rig, or aren’t able to do so at a neighbourhood-friendly hour!
Anyway, earlier this week I decided to set up a ‘weekend rig’ (a ‘Sunday sports car’-type arrangement), and I’ve spent a very pleasant, very lazy afternoon doing some recording. Nothing particularly inspiring music-wise, unfortunately, but I was for the umpteenth time blown away by my Mark I Boogie. This thing records so effortlessly. Seriously, all you have to do is stick a mic in front of it, and that classic, super-thick tone is just there straight away.
For me, the Telecaster might just be the best designed anything, ever – the two-pickup configuration, the slab body, inline-6 tuners on the headstock, three-way switch, and a pair of pots on the control plate have remained constant for more than six decades. It’s simple, it’s functional, and it’s beautiful, and that ticks all of the boxes I care about when it comes to products that I want to use every day. The Stratocaster comes close, but it’s just too fancy; as an instrument and as a product, the Tele is number one. With that in mind, I present the following alterations to the Telecaster not necessarily as ‘improvements’, but as ‘customisations’ that make a great instrument – for me, at least – better.
The Jack Solution
A problem I’ve found with the Telecaster is the loosening over time of the jack socket, probably one of the most annoying things that can happen to your guitar. This started happening to my white Tele a few years ago, and is an issue which has more recently afflicted my butterscotch US deluxe – as an aside, the fit and finish on the US deluxe instruments is clearly superior, in my experience, to the US standard, so I was a bit surprised to see it succumb to the loose jack problem.
And so, the result of many weeks of research and furious eBay selling has arrived in the form of my new rig. Having played master volume Mesa/Boogie amps for the past decade, I’ve never really explored the world of pedals and single-channel amps. Well, that all began to change a little earlier this year, when I purchased the Xotic Effects BB Preamp. Hooking the BB between a Telecaster and my (recently departed) silverface Princeton was a simple, dynamic, and totally badass little rig; pure rock n roll. After a couple of months with that rig, it dawned on me that single-channel + pedals might just be the ticket. I set about designing such a setup, and selling my collection of amps, pedals, and guitars to raise some funds.
Well, five amps, four pedals, two guitars and a drum kit later, my new rig is here. And yes, it rocks.
My aim for this rig has been to get away from the more hi-fi, boutique-y tones I’ve had in the past, and to capture some rock ‘n’ roll grit – AC/DC, Led Zep, Neil Young, SRV – ‘authentic’ guitar tones. The Boogie amps I’ve used in the past are really, really amazing sounding if you play a Strat, or something with humbuckers…with the Telecaster, though, there’s always been something missing. This rig is totally designed for the Tele, switching hi-fi sterility for something a bit more loose and rocking, much more suited to my axe of choice.
Of course, I took a ton of pictures during the build, and there’s a big gallery below. There’s room for another couple of pedals in the rack, and I look forward to experimenting further (the excellent Rothwell Love Squeeze compressor has already taken a turn in front, and is headed for eBay).
The response to my recent gear sale was really positive, and I thank everyone who got in touch with enquiries about the amps, pedals, and guitars that I had for sale. Amazing how many people from around the world came across my little clear out!
Anyway, my apologies for not posting this sooner – May entailed the small matters of finishing my degree, and starting a new job, so I was unable to get the time to update the site – the original batch of gear has been sold. So, if you’re after the Jazz Chorus, Princeton, Mark IV, Mark IIB, Esprit, Poly Chorus, Small Stone, StarTouch ABY, Cry Baby, or any of the other myriad pieces of kit I had available, they’ve all gone!
Having sold all this gear, I’ve been flush with cash, which I’ve already sunk into more gear. Build pics for my new rig will be forthcoming. Additionally, there are a few ‘experimental’ bits that I’ll likely be selling on if they don’t gel with my new rig.
For sale: 1970s Fender Princeton. Silverface model, non-reverb.
12W output, new pair of JJ 6V6s last year, original speaker, tube rectifier, and tremolo.
Totally boss sounding amp, clean all the way up the dial, and takes pedals beautifully. This amp runs at US 110V, and has a step down transformer mounted in the cabinet. It’s in superb condition for its vintage, with only a couple of scuffs on the tolex – a great looking amp.
£650 ono. Enquiries to [redacted] No longer for sale, enjoy the pictures!
For sale here is my 1981 Mark IIB combo amp. The amp is HRGX spec – 100W, reverb, graphic EQ, with the voltage-switchable export transformer – and is finished in cream tolex. Aside from the reverb knob missing from the back panel of the amp, it’s in beautiful condition.
A truly awesome sounding amp, a shame to see it go.
Comes with a flight case and footswitch.
Enquiries to [redacted] No longer for sale, enjoy the pictures!