I'm John. I am an engineer by day and a guitar nerd by night. This is my personal blog. Here you will find mostly guitar and science stuff with a dash of anti-state politics and personal rambling.

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daughterfans:

Pictures of Elena, Igor and Remi of Daughter, on stage at Green Man Festival, 15th August 2014.

More pictures by R. Gray in the gallery.

420lbsound:

baritones:

blnk page dirt update.
Some of you have been asking what’s going on with these pedals I was gearing up to start selling ages ago so here’s an update… I had some time booked off work to build a small batch of a couple circuits (a fuzz and a drive/distortion) in late April. Then I got sick.  Bronchitis and pneumonia.  I was able to power through and finish a batch of the 1995/scuzz but that was super tough due to the amount of fatigue my body was in at the time.  Once I got better I started testing out my dirt circuit (1987/thedriver) with tons of different guitars and amps. It sounded perfect to me with my own gear but testing it through other amps with different guitars sent me back to the drawing board to make the thing more versatile with different set ups. Fast forward to July and I’ve finally got a flexible pedal that can adapt to different rigs and captures the best elements of a range of classic hard clippers (DOD250/dist+/Rat/maxon od-01). Now I’m fully ready to start building these things. Then I get hit in the back of the head (knockout game) which I am still very slowly recovering from. I’ve still got sort of blurry vision (which has made soldering boards super difficult) and feel like a huge pile of shit if I don’t get at least 10 hours of sleep every night.  Add to all of this my dumb full time job and the fact that I’m getting married in 12 days and you can sorta get the picture…
So basically once I’m back from my honeymoon in mid September I’m gonna build like crazy and finally get these things between some peoples guitars and amps.
What you should expect from blnk page dirt: Anything I make should be usable for bass/baritone/standard guitar/anything you wanna plug into it.  No straight up clones. Ever.
1987/thedriver - classic hard clipping od/distortion with minimal loss of bottom end, zero fizz, flexible tone control, and a huge range of dirt from semi-clean 250 style boost (with an obscene amount of volume on tap) to super thick rat style grit.
1995/scuzz - thick gritty fuzz all the way back to shrill treble boost. Shit-tons of volume. Very interactive with a guitars volume and tone pots. Endless sustain. Controllable harmonic feedback. A surprising amount of different tones from two deceptively simple controls. This one has been a big hit with a handful of locals. Probably more like a van full.
Potentially available down the road: 1: Something based loosely on the ampeg scrambler with an added rat style filter. I own a reissue and have access to an original so I’m not talking outta my ass on this one… The scrambler is one of the brightest pedals ever made and normally hates being in a chain with any sort of buffer. It also despises humbuckers. I’m pretty close to solving both of these issues. 2: A pedal extremely loosely based on the V5 opamp big muff that actually sounds more like an HM-2. This one is almost ready. Just needs some minor tone stack tweaks. 3: a range of expression jack compatible control pedals. May include things like simple switches to toggle between settings and possibly external LFO boxes to add modulation of any parameter controllable through an expression jack. They’d be small, simple, and cheap.
Come mid September, please feel free to pester me about this stuff.
 Sorry about the novel, Darrell

Stoooked.

Infinite respect.

420lbsound:

baritones:

blnk page dirt update.

Some of you have been asking what’s going on with these pedals I was gearing up to start selling ages ago so here’s an update…
I had some time booked off work to build a small batch of a couple circuits (a fuzz and a drive/distortion) in late April.
Then I got sick.
Bronchitis and pneumonia.
I was able to power through and finish a batch of the 1995/scuzz but that was super tough due to the amount of fatigue my body was in at the time.
Once I got better I started testing out my dirt circuit (1987/thedriver) with tons of different guitars and amps. It sounded perfect to me with my own gear but testing it through other amps with different guitars sent me back to the drawing board to make the thing more versatile with different set ups.
Fast forward to July and I’ve finally got a flexible pedal that can adapt to different rigs and captures the best elements of a range of classic hard clippers (DOD250/dist+/Rat/maxon od-01). Now I’m fully ready to start building these things.
Then I get hit in the back of the head (knockout game) which I am still very slowly recovering from. I’ve still got sort of blurry vision (which has made soldering boards super difficult) and feel like a huge pile of shit if I don’t get at least 10 hours of sleep every night.
Add to all of this my dumb full time job and the fact that I’m getting married in 12 days and you can sorta get the picture…

So basically once I’m back from my honeymoon in mid September I’m gonna build like crazy and finally get these things between some peoples guitars and amps.

What you should expect from blnk page dirt:
Anything I make should be usable for bass/baritone/standard guitar/anything you wanna plug into it.
No straight up clones. Ever.

1987/thedriver - classic hard clipping od/distortion with minimal loss of bottom end, zero fizz, flexible tone control, and a huge range of dirt from semi-clean 250 style boost (with an obscene amount of volume on tap) to super thick rat style grit.

1995/scuzz - thick gritty fuzz all the way back to shrill treble boost. Shit-tons of volume. Very interactive with a guitars volume and tone pots. Endless sustain. Controllable harmonic feedback. A surprising amount of different tones from two deceptively simple controls. This one has been a big hit with a handful of locals. Probably more like a van full.

Potentially available down the road:
1: Something based loosely on the ampeg scrambler with an added rat style filter. I own a reissue and have access to an original so I’m not talking outta my ass on this one… The scrambler is one of the brightest pedals ever made and normally hates being in a chain with any sort of buffer. It also despises humbuckers. I’m pretty close to solving both of these issues.
2: A pedal extremely loosely based on the V5 opamp big muff that actually sounds more like an HM-2. This one is almost ready. Just needs some minor tone stack tweaks.
3: a range of expression jack compatible control pedals. May include things like simple switches to toggle between settings and possibly external LFO boxes to add modulation of any parameter controllable through an expression jack. They’d be small, simple, and cheap.

Come mid September, please feel free to pester me about this stuff.


Sorry about the novel,
Darrell

Stoooked.

Infinite respect.

fafafaust:

Got some copies of our split with Aviator, Glass Lungs & Native Wildlife today. Thanks to @head2wallrecords ! #killingthing #head2wall

:’)

fafafaust:

Got some copies of our split with Aviator, Glass Lungs & Native Wildlife today. Thanks to @head2wallrecords ! #killingthing #head2wall

:’)

Exclusive: Aviator Album Premiere

aviatorma:

The folks at AbsolutePunk.net are streaming Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt in its entirety so you can check it out before it’s officially released tomorrow. You can order vinyl or CD directly from No Sleep Records or grab one at one of our many upcoming tour dates (more to be announced soon):

8/22 - Philadelphia, PA
8/23 - Baltimore, MD
8/24 - Hammonton, NJ
8/25 - New York, NY
8/26 - Pittsburgh, PA
8/27 - Rochester, NY
8/28 - Binghamton, NY
8/29 - Cambridge, MA
8/30 - Bloomfield, CT
8/31 - Winooski, VT

10/6 - Dallas, TX
10/7 - San Antonio, TX
10/9 - Mesa, AZ
10/11 - Anaheim, CA
10/12 - Las Vegas, NV
10/13 - Salt Lake City, UT
10/16 - Burnsville, MN
10/17 - Chicago, IL
10/18 - Lansing, MI
10/19 - Lakewood, OH
10/20 - Pittsburgh, PA
10/21 - New York, NY
10/22 - Cambridge, MA
10/23 - Hamden, CT
10/24 - Philadelphia, PA
10/25 - Baltimore, MD
10/26 - Richmond, VA
10/28 - Columbia, SC
10/31 - Gainesville, FL

XO
ΛV

I’ve been waiting so long for everyone to hear this. Don’t sleep.

jazzblaster:

wednesdaychildhasfartogo:

Doubleneck Fender Jazzmaster/BassVI with arms haha whaaaat? I would be the Jimmy Page of Shoegaze with this thing

this thing is what shoegaze has been waiting for


Bye

jazzblaster:

wednesdaychildhasfartogo:

Doubleneck Fender Jazzmaster/BassVI with arms haha whaaaat? I would be the Jimmy Page of Shoegaze with this thing

this thing is what shoegaze has been waiting for

Bye