Monday, June 26, 2017

Price watch (8)


It's one of those rare occasions that I'm looking at DiMarzios, but price disparities continue. The Tone Zone: $99.99 vs $73.50... 😖

Light set up


A simple set up while watching TV last night. But the strings felt yucky at the start.


A quick re-string & it's good to go 👍

The Yamaha RGX A2 is a light guitar. In fact, it's my lightest but manifests one of the best tones even with simple set ups. Martin's Darco strings are one of the most affordable brand name out there but it's one of the best in terms of feel despite not lasting that long. If it's within your means, do invest in something different in your arsenal. It need not be an 'upgrade' of sorts but something that affects the way you play, bringing you out of your comfort zone. The struggle would make you a better player. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Eid 2017


Testing times for Muslims everywhere. It had been one of the most blighted Ramadan, tainted by lunacy & senseless death. The world at large is definitely not interested in knowing the religion- separating facts from fabrications is not the concern- compounded by a blatant display of media double standards.

I'm not here to be political. I note the occurrences & react accordingly (not the first). I dread the day when this madness becomes full blown here. But let's not turn a blind eye towards what's working; we have arguably the least cases of intolerance in this country in terms of religion & should be the model reference for the world at large. But clearly, the world is not interested.

To Muslims everywhere, let's give thanks to the successful completion of Ramadan & this opportunity to observe Eid. Always pray for the prevalence of truth & be patient in testing times. Wishing all Muslim friends & blog readers a blessed Eid Ul Fitr with family & loved ones. Peace.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sonic Takasaki


Seymour Duncan's Akira Takasaki signature set- now available @ Davis GMC (limited qty). If you recall, these pickups debuted about Summer 2016. The current stock are standard spacing version only.

Arc-tung, baby


Another pair of dead pots. Do we actively handle those metal parts of pots during play? Of course we don't. We wonder how corrosion crept into the cracks & fine lines to eat away into the system & kill the pots eventually. A simple answer would be repeated changes in temperature. But it's not seasonal here in Singapore, why would this account for parts corrosion? 
  1. Air-con vs non-aircon environment. That's right, we subject our instruments to lower temperatures at places & then subject them to the heat & humidity at other times. This is how moisture penetrates into unseen places. We won't know this until it's too late.
  2. Sweat. For those of us who perform, especially. Sweat from our hands could get to seemingly out of reach spots.

Those dead pots were from my Spector Arc 6 guitar. They were replaced in 2013 by Beez who was still doing business at Katong (Roxy Square). So four years later, they had to make way for replacement parts once more. Remember, these are expendables, don't get too worked up once they decide to stop working. 

Weekend is here, it's gonna be a long one. 👍