How to build a Mandolin

The following is some of the things I learned along the way of building and constructing my kitset Mandolin. The kitset is a SAGA Mandolin AM-10. I suspect other kits are similar in the pieces they include. Hopefully, you read this BEFORE constructing, and so you don’t make some of the same mistakes I did. […]

Building a Chambered Body

Recently, rather than building this guitar as a solid body (which was the original idea for it), I decided to have a go and creating a proper chambered body, after watching a series of videos showing people putting tops on their guitars. I had the great opportunity of pulling apart a rimu door, and a […]

Guitar Templates for Photoshop – PSD

Since first embarking on this journey to amateur luthiery, I’ve been scouring the net for useful resources. Some of the first files I downloaded came from Fender-ish; a Google site with a collection of PDF’s of scale drawings of a range of different guitars. These Guitar templates and guitar plans were great, and I quickly […]

Making an Electric Guitar Body

Introduction Last year I built a 3D router ¹ ² ³ to serve as a manual CNC machine, after seeing it in full flight in the video. It looked perfectly simple, and after building it, it has taken a while to sort out my systems for actually using it. But I figure; spending time getting […]

How to Build Your Own Pedalboard

As a guitarist one of the things you eventually get into is effects pedals. For many years I used the programmable multi effects units and never needed a board. I upgraded to start building a collection of the good reliable and hard working Boss Pedals. For a while I only ever used two, and so […]

Alesis Multimix8 USB2.0 FX

Today we purchased and installed our new mixer – an Alesis Multimix8 USB2.0 FX. Purchased from the Rockshop, it comes with the warranty that our previous mixer didn’t come with due to it’s second hand nature. The main feature that we went for the Alesis Multimix USB 2.0 is because of it’s ability to send […]

Adding Stereo Speakers

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been focused on my music and in particular my studio set up. After rebuilding an old organ to make it a MIDI keyboard and computer desk, it was time to find some more permanent speakers or studio monitors. Sound wise, I do have to balance out the tone […]

David Crowder Band – Give Us Rest – Review

David Crowder Band – Give Us Rest (or A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys]) A long drawn out title for an album, but considering this is said to be their last studio album, I guess they can call it what ever they want. It is a 2 disc set, with both discs […]

Sad Clown, Lilac Wine, Mary Oh Mary, Some Day

Recording Today we spent time doing a bit of recording with the new setup at the studio. We worked on 4 songs, getting some of the vocal mixes done. Over the past few weeks I have worked on “Sad Clown” and “Lilac Wine” myself, with Stu joining me to work on the negro spiritual songs […]

iTunes: Get it to do what you want it to do.

So a while back now I was frustrated with iTunes. I was frustrated at it’s insistence to monopolise my music collection by organsing it for me, but without allowing me to choose just how it is organised. For instance, when I first started collecting my music in mp3 format, I decided that I wanted my […]