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Fernandes Sustainer Project Kits

Fernandes Sustainer Kits

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You can buy Fernandes guitars from several places on the internet, and I'm saving for the purchase of a Fernandes Revolver Elite in see-thru amber! In addition to purchasing Fernandes electric guitars with the sustainer already installed, you can purchase the DIY sustainer kits and Do-It-Yourself install and configure your very own project guitar. Would you call that a Frankenandes?

My Strat® Fernandes Sustainer Project

I'm working on a strat project and I'm presently in the design phase. I purchased a Fernandes Dragonfly Pro which has the single-coil sustainer installed. The single coil kit is Fernandes FSK401 Sustainer Kit. They describe it as the "Deluxe System with Single-Coil and Humbucker."

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Over 40 Guitar Lessons

Over 40 Guitar Lessons

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    Adult Guitar Lessons

      Get 3 great bonuses with your order:
    1. One-on-One Guitar Coaching (how can you pass this up? ~msw)
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  • Epiphone EB-0 Bass

    Finally! I've been a-hankerin' for one of these for ages! But I've been kinda holding out for a good used one, one that's made from a solid piece of Mahogany. Not Agathis plywood..Mahogany. And I kinda wanted a Mahogany neck...but you can't have it all & eat it, too, I guess.

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    Grammatico Amps Live

    Grammatico Amps Live

    Jimmie Vaughan in Kentucky

     

    Look at that beautiful pair of Grammatico Kingsville Amps! So it says on youtube - On election night, Jimmie Vaughan played a brief set for some very surprised Kentuckians. After the election, he came out to do his second set, but most of the crowd had already gone... How fortunate they were to see a blues legend... Nice work Jimmie..

     

    Little-Bitty Practice Amps: Fender Frontman Reverb

    Fender Frontman Reverb

    The latest brick in my wall of little-bitty practice amps is the Fender Frontman Reverb. This is not to be confused with the Fender Frontman 15R. This is an older model with an expanded-metal grille instead of the traditional Fender grille cloth. I got this little guy in a Craigslist trade, which is how I usually get such things.

    Features:
    Two channels, clean and OD, selected by front panel pushbutton.
    Gain and level controls for OD channel, level control for clean channel, with bass, mid, treble, and reverb controls.
    Headphone out
    8-Ohm speaker out

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    1979 Ibanez PF300 Tuners

    1979 Ibanez PF300 Tuners

    I listed these original vintage 1979 Ibanez PF300 Tuners on eBay in November 2010. This blog post is in answer to a question. I'm including pictures for clarity on what these are, and exactly what's included in the auction.

    Pictures of 1979 Ibanez PF300 Tuners

    Click on each pic to see the high resolution image:

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    Professional Jamtracks

    Professional Jam Tracks

    It sometimes pays to mess around with your gear!

    I've had this older Behringer BX600 bass combo amp for a while now, and while I was always more than happy with the amount of loud this 60W amp produces, I was never, ever happy with the tone. It was always much too trebly, and had almost no bottom in it. It has the 'upgrade' speaker in it that handles 100W, but Id almost bet it's just a relabeled guitar speaker, because of the frequency response of it. For bass, it just plain sucked. I also did a little 'reverse engineering' on the two ports in the cabinet, anf found that the enclosure is tuned at approx. 65 Hz.

    Epiphone Les Paul Studio

    Here’s another of my posts about the guitars I’m doing setups on for a friend of mine; an Epiphone Les Paul Studio in Alpine White.

    Features:
    Mahogany body with carved Mahogany top
    Mahogany set neck
    Alnico Classic Humbucking Pickups, open coils, black
    Pickup Selector Switch, Two Volume/Two Tone Controls
    Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
    Grover Rotomatic tuners
    Alpine White finish with black appointments

    Action, Fit, & Finish:

    Upcoming guitar reviews

    A friend of mine has tagged me to do setups on all his guitars, because he seems to like the 'test' setup I did on one of them.

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    Fernandes Sustainer Power Mod

    Fernandes Sustainer Power Mod

    I was wondering if I could power my Fernandes Dragonfly Pro sustainer with a standard DC power adapter. I have a box full of 9vdc adapters. I chose a "center-pin-negative" power adapter from my box and tested the voltage and verified polarity.

    Fernandes Battery Connector Adapter

    I cut the connector from the power adapter. I happened to have a spare battery connector sitting around which I used for this test. Using the following diagram, I soldered the connections, taped the bare connections so they wouldn't short together or against anything else.

    To test the adapter, I snapped the battery connectors together (neg to pos and pos to neg) which reverses the polarity, and plugged the instrument cable in to the guitar's output jack. The LED lit up nice and bright, so I braved turning the amp on... After the tube filiments heated up, I was pleasantly surprised that my Fernandes Dragonfly Pro was operating perfectly on the new 9vdc power adapter. No more changing batteries in my guitar!

    Crate GX-15R...

    Crate GX-15R...another brick in the (practice-amp) wall

    I’ve acquired the next brick for my ‘wall of practice amps’, that being a Crate GX-15R.
    Keeping one’s eye on the local Craigslist site can be of great benefit, as I picked this little amp up for only $10. It was dusty and dirty; had ‘dust bunnies’ about ¼” deep inside the cabinet, but it cleaned up very nicely.

    Pyramid WH1038 Woofer

    Gear Review - Pyramid WH1038 10“ Woofer

    Little-Bitty Practice Amps: Fender 'Frontman 10G' - UPDATED

    This installment of ‘Little Bitty Amps’ tales a look at the Fender ‘Frontman 10G’.

    This is indeed a little bitty amp. It’s about 10“ wide, 11“ tall, and 5 1/2“ deep. It retails for about $60 at the major websales outlets.

    FEATURES:
    2 channels, clean and OD, selected by a pushbutton switch
    Master volume control, gain control on OD channel, bass, treble.
    CD/line in, headphone out
    6” speaker in closed-back cabinet with front vents
    10W output

    FIT & FINISH:

    Little-Bitty Practice Amps

    Little-Bitty Practice Amps

    I recently got this strange urge to start collecting small guitar practice amps, thinking how cool it would be to stack up a whole wall of them and find some way to hook them all together at once. Just for chuckles…

    So I started with a little Peavey Rage 158 that I swapped a chorus pedal for thru Craigslist. This little fella is 15W, has two channels (clean and ‘dirty’), 3-band EQ, pre & post gains on the dirty channel, CD input, and headphone output. Quite solidly built little guy. It houses an 8” Peavey ‘Blue Marvel’ speaker, which suprisingly has a great low-end as well as the high-end you’d expect from an 8”. Overall, it’s a really nice-sounding little practice amp. The one thing I’m not too crazy about is the proprietary Peavey ‘Trans Tube’ emulation. It just seems to suck all the highs right out of the tone, especially at the higher gain settings. Real tubes do tend to have that compressive effect once they reach saturation, but the tube emulation in this amp does seem to go a tad overboard with that. On the clean channel, though, this thing really surprised me with its overall tone. Good bottom, as I said, and nice twinkly highs. Very full, pretty tone. The 3-band EQ is very effective in bringing out the tone you want from the amp.

    Then I got to thinking about plugging my multi-effect unit into the CD input (which is basically a line-level input right into the power/output stage of the amp), and tried it. Wow! Nice! I have to find me another one of these little amps now, so I can split the stereo output from the stereo multifex unit into them and get nice, spacey stereo choruses, reverbs, and delays. Talk about aural therapy!

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