Tech Talk

Fender’s Placebo for the Deluxe RI owner

January 22nd, 2012

Well this is interesting – the ground switch that’s not hooked up to anything – probably made to look like the old amps – hmmm – could be great if you wanted to do a mod though – you wouldn’t have to drill and already have a switch in place!

A little ditty featuring a few of Brian Wampler’s excellent pedals!

August 27th, 2011

Here’s a clip we just made ~ The lead guitar (62 reissue Tele) is featuring the WAMPLER Paisley Drive and the FauxTape Echo, (on just enough to really sweeten the guitar tone).

We used:
Rupert Neve Stereo Pre
Lavry Black Converters
68 Fender Deluxe Amp
DBX 162 SL

The tele neck issue

August 2nd, 2011

I just uploaded these to get them ready for the big chat about the Tele neck, which seems to finally be resolved after a year (or is it two now!?) of tweaking (knock on wood!).

I promise we’ll get to writing out the process soon – we have so much to tell you – email us and ask anything if you can’t wait!

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Fear and the art of doing….

March 12th, 2010


It’s a hard thing to take a hot soldering iron to your favorite and/or very expensive axe, but in the name of tone, sometimes it has to happen.

Kerry M bought a ’62 Re-issue butterscotch tele, and though it sounded great, it was missing something. He bought an antiquity bridge p/up, and though it helped quite a bit, there was still something missing. We talked about cable and strings (he uses 10 half flats), and how all the parts can make a difference. Today we had some time and messed around with capacitors.

This is probably the cheapest way to change your tone, capacitors being only a few dollars and the changes being minimal to drastic.

We had a few in mind to try out, different values and different materials. In the end, the most expensive one won the day, but it was still cheaper than looking for a new guitar!

100_2895Tele’s and Les Paul’s are really easy to work on when it comes to changing capacitors. Literally just a few screws and a bit of solder. Make sure you have the correct iron for this type of work, something too hot and bulky can easily damage surrounding wires.

100_2901Prep your capacitors by cutting them to the correct length (measure first!), and sand the ends a bit as well. We have started using lead free solder – it takes a bit to get use to, but worth it over all, especially when it goes up your nose.

100_2902100_2905In the end our Luxe Bumblebee made it’s way out of the LP and into KM’s Tele, it was worth it because the sound is amazing. It added such depth and a nice creamy color, it sounds as if it’s gone through the Neve already.

100_2904As I mentioned, this is one low cost way to change your tone, but of course in these cases too, you get what you pay for, and we could not compare the quality of sound with capacitor that costs a few cents to the Luxe.


From resistors, pots, picks, strings, p/ups, cables, amp tubes – there is just no end to the combinations of things you can try to improve your tone. And that’s what we’ll be talking about here on this page, showing you some of things we have been doing, and we’ll keep you posted when we try out new things.

And always happy to answer any questions you have, or try out any of your suggestions!

Kerry went home with a tone, all his own……

A good use of space.

February 1st, 2010

Ok , so we haven’t had time to start this page yet, though I have been collecting photos of tubes and the tele neck straightening event for when there IS time – but so not to waste the space, here is a great guy in town,( with A+ service! Read about him on the blog as well!

road case guy

New site is up and running!

November 28th, 2009

Hi Everyone! Well here I am working on our new website! Thanks to Josh at Volta for the set-up! Please bear with us as we make the change-over and begin to update our pages. We have so much to tell you!