The Unabridged History of the Daveycaster

I’m in this band with my daft paragon cohort George. An internet band. That doesn’t make or play any music. It’s a fake band. A fake internet band.

This began when George and IG friend @goats_and_motorcycles were chatting about the RigsOfDad account and it auto-corrected to RodsOfDad. As one does in these situations, “new band name” was called out. And it stuck.

Eventually I joined. And around the same time (I think), @rudelovephoto came in as well. Followed by Canadian rocker @hessedave. A proper 5 piece with 4 guitarists. Just as any band should be. read more

I Got This Guitar for $200

I’ve been looking for a telecaster-ish guitar forever, just not very seriously. I didn’t want a Fender because there are too many options and I always convince myself the most expensive one is the best. Surprisingly, I found one on Craigslist, for $200. That’s not that big a deal, but it’s a Charvel Model 7. Late 80’s, Japanese made. Not super common. Certainly a steal.

It’s a weird one. The neck wasn’t right. Turns out it’s a WD replacement. It’s not great, but enjoyable. I’ve read the original necks were pretty thin and most of them had a pointy reverse headstock that is certainly an acquired taste. I’d rather have a warmoth neck, but this will do for now. read more

Chase Bliss Audio – Visually Stunning

Chase Bliss pedals are no secret in the high end effects world, but they get most of their credit for the tweakability and sound. Their motto of “digital brain. analog heart” (referring to an analog signal path with digital controls) is not entirely unique, but the degree to which they exploit the possibilities sure is. But there are a lot of reviews of these pedals out there. Check youtube, your favorite gear site, etc. What doesn’t seem to get enough credit is the look and experience of buying a Chase Bliss Audio pedal. read more

Weight Loss

When this week started, the photo above was my pedalboard. Plenty of folks have way more elaborate boards, but mine was hardly on the minimalist end of things. It was fun though. And heavy. It weighed more than a couple of my amps. If I only played at home, that’s read more

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Fender Mod Shop: Exactly What We Wanted… Sort of.

Not too long ago, we wished for mass-customization options from guitar makers. Basically the same thing you get when you build a car online rather than buy what is on the lot. And with the launch of the Mod Shop, Fender is doing just that. So is it everything we wanted?

I attempted to build my dream telecaster, here’s how it went and what I noticed.

I hope it’s worth it… Starting price is $1,649.99.

Orientation options! Lefties rejoice, you can pick left-handed as an option.

Body choices leave much to be desired. Can only pick one type of wood, which changes based on your color selection (between alder and ash). Have nine color choices. Nothing for different routing choices or anything funky like that. read more