I bought my first guitar around about 1984. Without any musical skill whatsoever, I joined a band as lead singer, and some short time after that found myself in the Notting Hill music and video exchange. For the princely sum of £60 I bought a used Kay Electric strat copy. Seen here being played by my friend Nick
|Nick Baron and my Kay Electric|
by Ralph Denyer. I learnt how to dress the frets, set up the action and intonation, added new strings and adjusted the truss rod. I still couldn't play for toffee, but now the guitar was really nice to play and easy on the fingers.
But it didn't stop there. I added a pre-amplifier that I'd build on perfboard from a circuit diagram in the book and turned one of the tone controls into a gain control. When I was done, the guitar could go from a sweet acoustic tone to sounding like a jumbo jet. I eventually sold it to pay for a squier telecaster for double what I paid for it
Every guitar I have owned has had something done to it and I have been bitten by the bug again. In this blog I'm going to document the crazy stuff I've started doing with my newest guitar