You can also use one of these, but they cost a bit more I believe. I think they're more often used to correct small issues where the toner didn't transfer, but drawing a whole circuit is definitely plausible.

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EDIT: Come to think of it, it seems rather useless to me.

Stomp boxes are usually plugged in through a PA. There's two different ways to make a simple one, off the top of my head:

Put a mic in a wooden box of some sort, and run into a PA. The mic doesn't have to be permanently there, I've seen people get like part of a pedalboard road case and just stick a mic in, and adjust the EQ so the bass is thumping.

The other way, which is something I intend to do soon, is to attach a speaker to a wooden box or plank or whatever. When you stomp on the wood, it vibrates the speaker, sending a signal out of it - so it's working in reverse, like a mic.

In both cases the EQ of the mixer has to be adjusted to cut the treble. This things sound great with blues and roots songs, though can help with just about anything really. Also some resources for building them on the web if you look about.

Hey all, I'm 20 years old, based in Healesville, and am seeking a funky bassist and soulful vocalist (male or female) to form a band, write songs, and do gigs with.

I'm influenced by and play many, many things; I want to create a sound that mixes aspects of blues, folk, roots, rock, jazz, whatever it is that comes to us that we want to do. I have on stage experience at open mic nights and am involved in a couple of different local music jam programs.

I'm just finishing up tafe now, so get back to me asap on this thread as I will have some time off in the coming weeks.


I've used my Night Train to play a party gig in a big backyard and also in a noisy bar, both times I had it around half volume and half gain. Should be noted that the gain control greatly affects the volume too. But yeah, I played with a drummer and bassist and another guitarist in a small room, got waaaaay too loud, enough that my ears were ringing and felt "blocked" afterwards, and that was still a bit over half volume with half gain, plenty to spare.

Still, test them out and see what you think soundwise, but I figured I'd give an example of my experience with a 15W amp. I'd say they're fine volume wise, just don't have many features.
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does anyone have any ideas about where i can get metal cases to put the circuit board into?

Electronics stores I've been in generally have aluminium boxes that you can drill your own holes in, maybe the local store (or chain of stores) near you might have them.

General Guitar Gadgets also sells some pre-drilled boxes.
I've had this happen on my Epi a bit too, but I've found that regularly cleaning around there and getting all the grime and whatever off the saddle and bridge will definitely help! I also have a discoloured screw around the pickup too, but it's not a big issue.

The corrosion on yours doesn't look like it's going to affect anything badly as of now, and I wouldn't feel a need to change the bridge personally, but if you still want to then just keep it all clean... Always wipe down after playing!
While they're all important, I don't get emotional about a song unless it's about something emotional to start with. So while the music and vocal melody is definitely important for the atmosphere and adds to the emotion, I'm not going to feel it if the person is singing about, say cheese on toast, as compared to something like losing a friend, even if the music and vocal nuances are the same!
Surely you could just say "ukulele" in the tab name and then have the tuning?

Also, all tabs that list chords could be done on a ukulele easily.

This is instead of adding a "ukulele" category for tabs, as it's not something that would be done often. I've seen piano parts on here occasionally too. Or...

Hey look, a Google search found a website dedicated to ukulele songs!

Ok, I'm here again about my second/third fret issues. I'm getting acoustic buzz from all strings on those frets, but the high E string is deadened a bit and rings, and the A string on the second fret still sounds bad. Either it's gotten worse recently or I'm noticing it more.

I suspect it might be a kink in the neck around here, instead of the frets like I first thought. Would adjusting the truss rod to add a slight amount of relief help the issue or not? Or, as it's a kink, is this a lot more serious? Are kinks even possible to fix? I can't actually see and curvature, but I used a bit of paper to determine there was a lot less space between the string and these couple of frets than the ones either side.

Please tell me kinks can be fixed, it's a setneck guitar :/

Firstly, the John 5 Tele is quite awesome.

However, you could get a normal Tele and put more brutal pickups in it. Depends on the metal I guess. Like Iron Maiden style stuff, you don't need too extreme pickups, but heavier things will.
Use 7th chords, and all their fancy relatives! You can do a lot with them in blues.

Also, jam over some simple 12 bar blues tracks to get an idea of the rhythm and feel.
I think they meant that they noticed certain common chord progressions that some bands use. Or maybe they were mucking about in the style of the artist, and came up with something similar.
Oldest acoustic I've seen/played is the Pacific one that you helped me with just now. Between 55 to 70 years old... going to say 60 as I don't think it's one they made when they first started. But you never know.
Thankyou! That is very good information! I'd been searching for "Pacific Texas" thinking that was the brand name, meaning I didn't see these pages.

So this guitar I have is around 60 years or so old... Amazing...
The brand name implies it was made in America, though that one website says Australia. I'll wait and see if I get many more replies on here, then might send an email to that one guy that has one.
Hey all, I've had this old acoustic guitar for a while now, which I received from my grandfather. It's what I started playing guitar on, even though it's pretty much unplayable (frets aren't rounded, impossible to tune - I believe it's been sitting around for far too long and the neck has warped maybe... no truss rod either). I can't find any information on them, except for one webpage where an owner has a picture of one and saying it was from 1952. I'm not sure if he knows much more about it than that.

So I'm turning to UG! Even if no-one knows anything about this guitar, at least you get to see some pics of a quite old (seems quite old to me anyhow ) folk guitar!

Here's the link to the one page I found. It's towards the bottom, has the same design on the guitar, but different colours.

Also received this instruction booklet with Norm Scott, the singing stockman!

Enjoy, comment, and please help with any information if you can!
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I use these:

Sounds great, just like my tone, but at a safer volume.

I've just gotten these same ones, but haven't used in a concert environment yet. Once I got them inserted properly they cut sound quite well and evenly. Will be putting them to the test with Metallica next month.
Not sure about stickers that don't leave traces, but have found things like eucalyptus oil and lemon oil greatly help at removing residue.
EQ pedals come with a level setting as well, meaning you could leave the bars pretty much as they are and boost the level if you wanted to, or adjust the bars for mid boost, treble boost, whatever you want. And also by boosting the signal with the pedal, rather than the amp volume, you can also get more overdrive out of the amp... Well it depends on the amp and how it operates.
That's more the realm of the guitar gear and accessories forum, post 6 of this thread has many different amps:

I personally can't recommend anything in particular due to the sheer number of amps out there, and the relatively few I've played. You can still ask in the Guitar Gear and Accessories forum, but might not get a straight answer.

Anyhow, sounds like a good plan!

Well you'll need a good amp to let your guitars fully shine, so if you don't have one I'd recommend that. It sounds like you're ok with spending money on either buying this guitar or modding your strat. Do you really WANT this guitar is the question I guess.
Well, if you're already planning to get one and need the money for that... Don't just buy your mate's guitar because it's there and he's your mate. Make sure that you really want it and have a need for it. And that you can still pay for your new guitar if you get this one - maybe he could layby it for you, or you could pay him off gradually if you do get it?
Try it through some different amps, as by the looks of things your guitar is already pretty badass! It might be possible to push it a bit further, but maybe not much. Try and get an idea in your head of the exact tone you want, how close your guitar gets you to that tone right now, and if a different amp will get you closer to the tone.
Butter knife handle. I think that may be one of the first things used as a slide, but don't quote me on that.
^ Do you think that would harm the finish or the wood? We don't want him to damage his guitar doing this! Good suggestion though!
Start with the non-abrasive cleaners first, before trying stuff that could damage your finish. Try lemon oil for a start I guess, can't hurt to try.
Hmm... you can always buy a cheap Digital Multi-Meter to do that, but having a dedicated pedal would be pretty cool. I guess there's a couple of different ways to go about it.

One would be simply having the cable complete a circuit with an LED and resistor.

Of course, in a cable tester you'd want it to be a bit more advanced...
Are you using an open tuning? Open tunings sound a chord, usually major when all strings on the same fret are strummed, making it perfect for slide. Also, a high action makes slide a lot easier. If you're trying to play it in standard tuning, try plucking out "A" shaped chords, or double stops on the higher strings.

Playing blues in an open tuning is a good place to start, as your I-IV-V chords are open, 5th fret, 7th fret.
Any chance of a good quality picture of the wiring as well as a schematic? It'll help us help you. Read this, it explains how we aren't grounding the guitar, but the other way round.

Anyhow, it's normal to get that buzz when not touching it, but lots of gain will definitely add to the noise. If you're getting an excessive buzz, then your guitar may not be shielded very well, or have ground loops in the electronics.
Get that equipment fixed before someone gets really hurt! Was the mic connected to your amp as well, or were you holding your guitar while singing?

And yes guys, in Australia we normally mean a certain type of footwear when we say "thongs". Normally.
I'd be too strict while worrying about being too strict and trying not to be.

I'd just be a really fail dad probably! The fact that I find kids annoying doesn't help either...
Internal fuse? I blew the current testing fuse by connecting it wrong, not sure if resistance setting has a fuse though. Best case is it's a simple open circuit....

Here's an idea to check if it's the probes themselves: Connect a piece of wire between the two terminals on the multimeter where the probes are usually inserted to see if that gives you a readout of "0" for resistance.
Danelectro make a whole bunch of baritone guitars, but all the ones I've seen have single coils. If you like the shape and the feel of them you could put in custom pickups though. Not saying there's anything wrong with single coils, but because you play metal you're most likely after humbuckers I'm guessing.
Don't be disheartened, there's many, many different ways to play the guitar, even though most people seem to pick and strum in the "usual" way, there's many, many awesome, notable players who made their own unique style due to a disability. Jeff Healey was blind, for example, and plays in what I'd call an unorthodox style, but it sounds incredible!

You can do it, dude!

Spend a rehearsal day with the band so you can all adjust your volume and EQs until everyone is satisfied with the resulting full band sound. Remember, having an awesome tone on your own doesn't equal having the same tone with the band; and once you've found your tone that goes great with the band, it may sound crap on its own, but that's ok as you're after the sound for the band.
"Fancy a strum?"

By the way, what sort of guitar picks you using and do they have something already on them, like brand names and thickness?
No worries, just keep playing with the pedal to get tones you like. But as everyone else is saying, it'll sound a lot different - and better! - through a higher quality amp. Maybe consider it an investment for now. I'd defs recommend getting the amp before any more pedals though, it'll do great things for your base tone. You might even find the pedals you want change depending on how your amp sounds!
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Rokeman: Wow, I didnt expect the level knob to affect it that much... I guess thats what I get to being new to distortion pedals... Still pretty rough, but Ill have to try it a bigger amp i guess. So I know this is a noobish question, but what exactly will the level knob do for you? Ive always used it (on my overdrive at least) to even out my pedal with my clean tone so there isnt a big jump when I turn it on or off...

Well, the level knob is used to adjust the volume, but I've found with this pedal - like you did just now - its volume will affect its tone. Actually, it's like that with lots of things like when amps get overdriven - it depends on how big a signal you're putting in. In my setup though, I use it as an overdrive pedal so when I want to do some lead it gives me a volume and gain boost as well as the overdriven sound! Or sometimes I crank the volume on it and the gain and my amp's gain for a heavy sound, and to get a cleaner sound I turn the pedal off and turn down the guitar volume a bit.

That's just my personal uses though, you have to work out if it'll be right for you. Also, you mentioned wanting a Big Muff: those things have a very different sound, as they're a fuzz pedal! But also awesome. Depends what you play, really!

Oh yes, do you have it on the DS-1 or Turbo setting?
The tiny practice amp would be one issue, but what settings do you have your DS-2 on? I have one as well, and I always have it on the DS-1 setting, as it's a lot warmer than the turbo setting (I'm considering trading for a real DS-1). I get a warm sound out of mine, but I have the volume maxed with a small bit of gain to get some overdrive from the amp. Give it a shot, see what happens, can't hurt!