Abigail Ybarra on Pickup Winding

Here is a great interview with Abigail Ybarra about winding pickups for 57 years for Fender! She was the longest working Fender employee and the Discovery Channel show “Made In America” figured out that she had wound wire—just the wire— around… Continue Reading

Spring Reverb Tank Codes Explained

This is a great video explaining the meaning of the reverb tank codes. Check it out!!

New Eminence Speakers Custom Shop!!

  This is really cool! The good folks at Eminence Speakers say “If you want it….we’ll build it”. They can modify an existing Eminence product or create a a custom unique design from scratch. There is also a speaker break… Continue Reading

Celestion Dealer No More!

That’s right folks….I am no longer a dealer of Celestion speakers. My dealership was terminated without my knowledge. I only found out because I took an order for a G1265 speaker and emailed my sales rep as per usual. I… Continue Reading

SoZo Capacitors Now Available at Amplified Parts!

SoZo capacitors are now available from Amplified Parts! These are great capacitors for amplifier upgrades and custom builds.They are successful recreations of the originals, superbly built and excellent-sounding caps. When one considers the audio signal passes through as many as… Continue Reading

Unsafe Repair Practice

This is a very unsafe filter cap replacement repair on a vintage blackface Princeton Reverb amplifier. The capacitors are not securely mounted to the chassis. The heat shrink splices pulled off very easily and could have shorted inside the chassis.… Continue Reading

Upgrading Reissue Tube Amplifiers

  Fender ’57 Bandmaster 5E7 reissue chassis before and after. I gutted out the lengthy stranded conductor wire and replaced it with cloth insulated solid core wire. I also replaced all capacitors and resistors with higher quality components. The amp… Continue Reading

1959 Fender Stratocaster

This is a really great example of a 1959 Fender Stratocaster that came into my shop for just some set up work. This guitar is all 100% original including the case. One unique feature is that this particular guitar is… Continue Reading

1962 Fender Stratocaster Restoration

  Here is the end result of a restoration of a late 1962 Fender Stratocaster. This particular example has the curved “veneer” rosewood fret board as opposed to the earlier slab type fret board. The guitar is 100% original except… Continue Reading

New Penn Instrument Co. Guitar Models!!

  Now available are my new custom built Penn Instrument Company guitars! I’ve been playing T style guitars for about 30 years and building them for myself and occasionally for customers for about 25 years. It is my favorite guitar… Continue Reading

New Penn Instrument Co. Guitar Models!!

  Now available are my new custom built Penn Instrument Company guitars! I’ve been playing T style guitars for about 30 years and building them for myself and occasionally for customers for about 25 years. It is my favorite guitar… Continue Reading

New Jensen Nighthawk 12″ Speaker

  Jensen Musical Instrument Speakers is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Jensen Jet Series, the 12″ Nighthawk. The Nighthawk’s sound is smooth and open with strong, throaty note definition which is complemented by crisp, clear highs. It has the perfect combination… Continue Reading

Epiphone Intonation Repair

  I recently worked o an Epiphone acoustic guitar that had the bridge located too close to the neck. The guitar would not play in tune because of this. I could have removed the bridge, re-glued in the proper location and then… Continue Reading

Nitrocellulose Blonde Tele Finish

  Here is a photo of a nitrocellulose Blonde finish I shot on a nice light ash Tele body. The owner wanted a sort of wheat color that almost had a natural look to it. Here is a photo of… Continue Reading

John Lennon’s Gibson J-160E Found In Pawn Shop and Up For Auction

A John Lennon guitar is going up for auction — the one he played when he wrote the Beatles number: “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The Gibson J-160E acoustic guitar is expected to sell for up to $800,000 when… Continue Reading