Vox Custom AC15C1 Amp

Vox Custom AC15C1 AmpFor more than 50 years, the AC-15 has been one of the most coveted tools for obtaining the 'British' sound.

In the Vox Custom AC15C1 Amp, the company has dusted off one of their flagship models for yet another reissue. The AC15C1 offers a great blend of classic features and modern upgrades. The 12″ Celestion G12M Greenback speaker is probably the most notable improvement. You can expect some serious mids and tons of headroom from this speaker.

As has been the case for many years, the “Normal” and “Top Boost” channels of the Vox Custom AC15C1 Amp offer some variety for the overall voicing. Both of these channels share the master volume and “Tone Cut” controls. This is particularly cool because it means that the Tone Cut control operates on the power-amp level, not the pre-amp. The result is a true tone shaping of the overall amp voice, not the input.
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The Fulltone OCD – In Search of the Holy Grail

Fulltone OCDThe Fulltone OCD delivers an incredible palate of overdrive sounds in one simple little pedal.

Catching That Wave

The “Holy Grail” of overdrive pedals is a lot like that perfect wave that a surfer desperately seeks. Well, good news folks; I think I may have found it! The Fulltone OCD is one hell of a little pedal. Granted, there are other ones out there that offer an actual 12AX7 tube, and pretty serious tone-shaping (for example, the Radial Tonebone), but the OCD is just an incredibly simple little pedal that delivers; it sounds great anytime, anywhere!
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Telecaster Bridge Pickups – Which Ones Are Best?

What Are The Best Telecaster Bridge Pickups?Treat your Tele to the best bridge pickup possible, improve its sound, and extend its possibilities.

Although Telecaster bridge pickups are best known for their famous “twang,” more and more, guitarists are looking to coax an increased array of sounds out of their instrument. If you need to extend what your Telecaster can do, should consider upgrading your bridge and neck pickups. Even if you simply want to improve the quality of your existing sound, an upgrade is usually the best bet. Below are links for the best Telecaster bridge pickups on the market. Which one is right for you depends mostly on your needs as well as taste.
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Telecaster Guitar Parts: Finding the Best Around

Where Can I Find The Best Telecaster Guitar Parts?Telecaster Bodies, Telecaster Necks, Telecaster Hardware… Your 'Everything Tele' links right here.

If you are embarking on a project that involves upgrading or building a Tele, these links might help you to find some of the Telecaster guitar parts you need. All of these companies offer some pretty good stuff at fairly reasonable prices. Warmoth, for example, is probably best and offers the most options for bodies and necks, but of course, they are the most expensive.  In each case, though, be sure to explore all the options for Telecaster guitar parts that the company offers, and don’t be afraid to call them if you have any questions before you place your order.
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Seymour Duncan Phat Cat Pickups

Seymour Duncan - Phat Cat PickupsIf you like P-90 pickups, then you're gonna love these Phat Cats...
I promise!

I’ve been trying out a set of the Seymour Duncan Phat Cat pickups recently, and I have to say: they really got it right on these. When I started this blog, for some reason I decided to add the links at the bottom first. When I was researching the Harmony-Central reviews, I started to read the first review. The more I read the review, the more I kept thinking to myself: “wow, this guy sounds like he has had the exact same experiences as me… and he seems to have the same sense of humor as me… wow, I really agree with the way this guy approaches his review on these Phat Cat pickups and the kind of feedback he is giving… this is bizzare!”
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The Goncalo Alves Neck: A Nice Rosewood Alternative

goncalo alves neckRosewood is great for guitar necks, but there are other dark woods out there that are worth considering. One of the really good ones is Goncalo Alves.

Also known as “Zebrawood” or “Tigerwood,” the species that yield this wood go by such barely pronounceable Latin monikers as Astronium fraxinifolium and Astronium graveolens. But who cares about lineage, right? What we want to know is how does it feel and sound? Answer: Great and Great, which is what we want to hear when we consider the Goncalo Alves neck.
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Guitar Pickups That Changed My Life

guitar pickupsGuitar pickups that transformed both my playing and my tone.

This is a celebration of my favorite guitar pickups. The title may seem a bit much, but it is true; these pickups absolutely changed my playing style as well as my tone. I am a bit of a pickup nut. At one point I owned over 100 different pickups, but had only about a dozen or so in a guitar. This is a pretty clear indication of obsessive compulsive disorder. But, at the same time, there are many worse ways of spending one’s time and money.
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Fulltone 69, the Fuzz that Roared

Fulltone 69 fuzzIf you are in the market for a truly amazing, world-class Fuzz pedal, look no further; the Fulltone 69 is your baby.

Of all the fuzz pedals I have tried, the Fulltone 69 is really the king. This is an incredibly transparent pedal with a top-shelf fuzz that can be easily rolled back for great tonal variations. Here’s more of what you should know about this impressive pedal:

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Reader Question: Strat Bridges and Claw Mounting Screws

claw mounting screwsDon't worry too much about claw mounting screws. Set them so your string tension feels right, then you can pretty much leave them alone.

Mark Writes:

Can you please tell me the what’s and hows of the claw mounting screws on the tail of the bridge? That is, when you’re putting a screw in and the thread of the screw is facing the neck and the head of the guitar, and the head of the screw is facing the rear of the body. I have some adjusting to make with the action and need to adjust each string to the curvature of the neck. I have a pretty clear understanding of how to do this, but have not yet gotten the idea of the claw mounting screws mentioned.  Continue reading “Reader Question: Strat Bridges and Claw Mounting Screws”