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Guitar Design

June 12th, 2008

I get into these phases which, if you’re on the periphery of my life, look like ruts, but they’re not. I get an idea and I want to run with it, and that gets in the way of what I’m “supposed” to do.

I’ve completed my guitar design, and now I have a general drawing of the whole thing, left and right sideview drawings (to show the contours), a wiring diagram and pickguard layout, and a rough routing diagram.

On top of that, I got another idea for a guitar design, and it threw off my sleeping schedule. I was laying in bed a few nights ago, trying to fall asleep, and it hit me. I stayed up sketching it out until about 4 a.m. I’m not saying what it is yet. I want to get the plans done first. It’s a unique idea that there may be a niche market for. It would also be a good one to start out with as a practice build–but that’s all I’ll say! I already bought a neck off of Ebay.

I’ve been harassing Geek Squad the best I can. I sent a customer complaint online and by phone, demanding my computer be done by Saturday, and I’ve been calling them constantly. I had to explain to one of them on the phone that it doesn’t need to take a week for something to get shipped from Minneapolis to Kentucky. Every time I buy something expensive it gets shipped two-day Fed Ex. Geek Squad, on the other hand knows they’re losing money when a repair job is under warranty and instead goes with the pony express. Figures.

Gratuitous Information

May 23rd, 2008

I’m running out of songs to post. I’ve been going back and forth between mixing and re-doing takes. I’m having a horrible time trying to get good distorted guitar sounds recorded. I think I made some progress today, right before I was nearly knocked on my ass when my downstairs neighbor’s CB started interfering with my amp. I’ve also been writing harmonized guitar parts, for fun.

The new record will definitely be a full length (40-60 minutes or so) with 10- 12 tracks. I have a title for it, which is a secret. The release date is a secret too. I haven’t even told myself yet. Sometime this summer I hope.

I still don’t have my computer. Geek Squad sucks. They sent it in without the receipt, which I gave them. Then it got sent back. I had to bring the receipt again (which I watched as they put with somebody else’s computer until I corrected them) and now it’s going to take another week and a half. Never buy anything from Best Buy.

There’s a new free download on my MySpace. A track called “Alone,” which I recorded early into the “Twenty-Eight” sessions. “Living on the Weekends” is still up for now, but that will be taken down once I decide what the “single” from the new record will be.

I have a bunch of half-hatched plans in my head that I don’t want to say anything about yet.