Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Wherein I attempt to mod a guitar and give it a steampunk vibe.


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You may or may not remember the pedalboard project I did with found bits of a discarded bookcase. If you need a refresher (or a first look) go here now.

Well, I just couldn’t leave well enough alone. I am a Doctor Who fan and felt like showing that via my pedal board. If you don’t know, this is a TARDIS, and here is a picture.

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And here is what I did to my pedalboard. Much painting and varnishing to get it to stand up to a beating. The badge and sign are just printed paper that I then varnished to the wood. I am really pleased at how it turned out. There were quite a few times when I thought I had messed it up, but then it turned out to just look better and better. Any other Who-heads out there?


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You may have read the first pedal project here. Or maybe you didn’t. Either way this is a similar yet altogether different project that is almost exactly the same. Quick recap: I found some parts form an abandoned bookcase and decided to recycle, reduce, and reuse.


First I did a little painting for aesthetics followed by the requisite pre-drilling.



Then screwed everything together.

We’re screwed!

Here’s where the really sweet part comes in. I had a handle I rescued from an abandoned carspeaker cab. I attached that and was ready to go!

Rescued handel parts.

We’re screwed again!

Look! It works!!

It’s alive!

Now all I have to do is buy more pedals and I can start using it. Eventually I will attach the pedals the same way I did on the shortboard-with eye screws and zip ties!


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Popsicle Stick Amp

Check out this cool project. Schematics at the link.


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So, a very long time ago I mentioned doing a pedalboard project involving a briefcase. That never happened. Then I found an emptied out speaker cab and I thought I would turn that into a pedalboard. That never happened. But then magic struck. A kind fairy abandoned an inexpensive particle board bookcase adjacent to the refuse bins.

Observe the magical materials!

I had enough to build two pedalboards, so I did. A short one for use now and a larger one for my dream setup.

Long board parts.

Short board materials.

I left the long board materials intact and cut the short board materials down. The short board was pretty easy. Once I had the parts cut I just needed to screw the foot piece on and BAM!

Side view of the short board.

Then it was just a matter of placing the pedals and marking where I needed to put the eye screws and screw them in.

Fancy pen marks fancy.


Look! It works! Just set the pedals, loop the zip ties through and tighten away.



An added bonus is that my pedals now defy gravity!


To be continued…

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Guitar Case Table

Fun little project


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Mrs. Muffin hipped me to this.

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Custom Built Orchestra

Just watch. Amazing. And then to to the website.

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Hello all. My band, Zombies Love Gizzards, has recently finished recording an album. We are super proud of it. It was an amazing experience. A very good friend, Circus Bear, helped us immensely and produced and engineered it. We recorded the music live and then went back and did vocals and added some bells and whistles. It’s 13 songs for $7. I feel very privileged to play with the two guys I do. So, here’s the link, please give it a listen.


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Thanks to the wife for sending another piece of gold my way. Here is a 1992 interview with Brian May in which he discusses making his famous”Fireplace” guitar. My favorite bit is when he talks about how his dad made all the electronics in the house-including the TV. And for those who don’t know Brian May now holds a PHD in astronomy and his thesis on zodiacal dust clouds is available here.

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