Vegabay at Nusic future sound session

I was lucky enough to be able to work with the guys from Vegabay last night while recording the latest Nusic future session.

Vegabay are a really great new Indie band from Nottingham. You can check some of their tracks out on youtube

As for the Nusic future session, a new one showcasing new upcoming Nottingham bands is available every other monday. Check Nusic out here and watch the last session below.

Check us out!!



My NAMM 2017 round up.

I’ve been a bit busy to post loads of updates so I thought I’d just do a round up of what has peaked my interest so far.

New Way Huge fuzz pedals!

Way huge have released a few new pedals but the ones they have been showing off that I like have got to be.

The conquistador

The conquistador is a “fuzzstortion” thats a bit of a fuzz and a bit of a distortion.  Has a fat Kyuss, early Queens of The Stone age desert rock sort of tone. One  cool thing about it seems to be the gate it has that kicks in when you stop playing. 





Russian Pickle
Its not hard to see what the origins of this pedal are. Its packed with the original New Old Stock transistors that were in the original green Sovtek russuan Big Muffs.



There is a good demo of it below from Andertons.

MXR also have some new bass gear out, but of all of them i think my favourite has to be the Sub Bass octave.Essentially its two completely different circuits. One is the bass octave with a fuzz in it and then it has all kinds of different output options, wet and dry mix and separate eq controls. 

There another Andertons video below.  I know I keep using these but they are the best so far!





Lastly this has caught my eye…

I don’t know what this is. But I think I want one!!

Its NAMM 2017 time!!

Its that time of the year again. Time for the music industry to release a load of drool worthy gear we can’t quite afford after the holiday season. Yep its winter NAMM time!

It doesn’t start properly until later today UK time, but a couple of people seem to be posting from there already, so what I will try and do here is collect together some interesting stuff or things I think are cool.

Looking forward to some Orange gear. Andertons here in the UK have posted a sneaky peak of some new Rocker amps. you can see below.

Stay tuned, theres more to come!

Project Hollow body Part 1

Epiphone_5102TI recently rebuilt and 99% finished a Vintage Epiphone hollow body. Over the next few posts I will be showing what I did and how I did it.

A small bit of history, in the late 60s early 70s, at the height of the “lawsuit era” Aria (Matsumoku) made many different Gibson copies. This and the Aria EA-250 were a mixture of both the Epiphone Casino and the Gibson ES339. This is a fully hollow archtop semi acoustic with a floating bridge.







This Christmas my brother decided that as a present he would give me his, I’ll call it fixer upper, 1971 Epiphone 5102T.

Epiphone 5102T


This was what I was given. You can probably see its a little sparse. It was bought off eBay with a case quite cheap and lets say not very honestly.

When I stripped it down I found that it had strange pots and the bridge pickup was changed to a P90 that didn’t work.

At the time we stripped it down and put a price together for rebuilding it. That way it stayed until I decided at the end of last year that I wanted to find a hollow body and well the rest is obvious.







As you can see in the pictures of the original, the 5102t has an odd sized humbucker, something that was quite common on the lawsuits, but upon some closer inspection I found that someone had already had a go at trying to get something fitted. This is evident by the cut out for the dog ear p90 and the extra screw holes for the pickup rings.

After some searching I decided that getting this sorted will be a bit of a lost cause so I sat down with some measurements and sketched out a few ideas.



IMG-20141215-WA0001After finding a company in Germany who make custom pickup rings I send them some details and they said they can make metal rings that will fill the pickups and decided this would be the best bet. You can also see me test fitting a standard humbucker pickup mounting ring. (see left)



The next decision was the bridge. It had a cheap bigsby trem copy originally that I didn’t like and really don’t trust on an old hollow body like this so made the decision to use a trapeze tailpiece . Got that ordered and the floating bridge and decided to test fit it.





One of the unique features of this model is the bolt on neck or “Steel adjustable neck” and after test fitting it the action was really high so at which point I thought it might be an idea to shim the neck. This was where I discovered the next bodge. Someone had tried to glue the neck down.


After unscrewing the neck bolts and trying to pull I was having no luck. So a quick trip to the local pound shop a got some of these filling blades (see left) One of the sizes fitted the neck pocket perfectly. IMG-20141228-WA0002After some shimmying This happened. A small shim at the neck end of the pocket later and the alignment of the neck was better. It still required a bit more of a