"Back in the garage with my bullshit detector Carbon monoxide makin' sure it's effective People ringin' up makin' offers for my life I just want to stay in the garage all night We're a garage band, (oh) We come from Garageland, (oh) Twenty-two singers, but one microphone Back in the garage Five guitar players, but one guitar Back in the garage" "Garageland" - The Clash
Garageland is where I work when the factories and offices are closed.
Garageland is where I go when the clubs and the pubs and the venues are gone.
Garageland is where I can do it myself. Build it myself. Play it myself. Be myself.
In normal times, Garageland might be a business or a service – but the world of work has changed, and I’m doing things more for myself these days. In other times, other circumstances, I might be a technician, or do this professionally – but now’s not exactly the time. If it was all about the money – then I suppose I could always buy and sell, wheel and deal, import and flip, but I’m not into all that. I’m always happier in the moment, and I know there are countless others out there – just like me…
…Happier playing. Happier learning. Happier making actual things. There’s nothing quite like building your own guitar, to begin to find out just what makes it sound the way it does. Build it yourself – do it yourself – play it yourself.
Another lockdown? If it’s all the same to you – I’ll be in the workshop.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Progress with a couple of Jaguar necks… Toning a PauFerro fingerboard, and prepping a re-lacquered headstock, including hardware installation
Continuing the saga of the repair, re-fit and preparation of two Jaguar necks, for a couple of my project builds. Lacquer repairs, finishing, hardware installation, and fingerboard toning
1980’s, Premier “1026” Snare Drum. Some notes on adjusting the replacement gut snares, tensioning the heads, and on using a digital DrumDial
Notes on early attempts to “properly tune” or tension a drum. Setting up this renovated, 1980’s Premier “1026” snare drum for practice play, using a combination of “manual” procedures, with the additional help of a digital DrumDial
New Project – Late 1970’s Premier “Elite” Drum Kit (#2). Rebuild from parts – Assessing and prepping a set of spare shells
What to do with an apparently disparate collection of various, “orphan” premier drums shells. A second “Elite” kit built entirely from salvaged parts, perhaps?…
“The disgusting stink of a too-loud electric guitar;Frank Zappa
now that’s my idea of a good time.“