DIY Guitar Pedal Building Series

125-Enclosure-Model_thumb.jpgMy 2012 series on DIY Guitar Pedal building continues to draw visitors to planetz. I just went through and updated a few stale links, and I noticed that I never really posted entire table of contents for the series. So here it is. I also added these links to the top of each page. Better late than never!

  1. Intro to DIY Pedal Building
  2. Beginner’s Course in Sketchup, Modeling a 125B Guitar Pedal Enclosure
  3. Drilling a 125B Guitar Effects Pedal Enclosure
  4. Pedal Enclosure Finishing: Surface Prep, Priming and Painting
  5. Using GIMP to Create Pedal Artwork
  6. Printing and Applying Waterslide Decal to Pedal Enclosure

I also made a youtube playlist: DIY Guitar Pedal Building

Danville 4th of July Parade

Cool experience, playing with the Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July Parade.

Danville 4th of July Parade

Jerrel’s 50th Birthday Gig

Great time last weekend, playing with the Drop Daddies for a friend’s 50th birthday party.

Jerrel’s 50th

St. Patricks’ Day Gig 2016

The Drop Daddies‘s 4th time playing this party- and we’re not an Irish band! 🙂

Norms St. Patricks’ Day Party 2016



Halloween Gig at Studio 541

Absolute blast at last night’s gig with the Drop Daddies– in full disco regalia.

70’s Halloween Party at Studio 541

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2015 was an honor to be part of the Walnut Creek to Walk to End Alzheimer’s yesterday with the Drop Daddies.

Walk To End Alzheimer’s 2015

Booze Cruise Gig

Great party last night with the Drop Daddies.

Greenbrook Booze Cruise 2015


Teresa’s 40th Birthday gig

Good times last night with the Drop Daddies!

Teresa’s 40th Birthday


Blackhawk Auto Museum Gig

Played a gig with the Drop Daddies at the Blackhawk Auto Museum last night, surrounded by priceless cars.  Fun!

Stafford’s 40th Birthday at Blackhawk Auto Museum

Happy 100th Birthday Les

lespaul43Today, Les Paul would’ve been 100 years old.

One of the many inspiring stories about Les Paul: at the young age of 33, he was in a terrible car accident and shattered his right arm and elbow.  They couldn’t rebuild his elbow and he was offered the choice to amputate.  Instead he had them set his arm permanently at a 90 degree angle so he could still play guitar. Despite the long recovery and his “handicap”, he continued to play guitar until his death at age 94.  That’s dedication!

I still play my Les Paul every day, and am thankful for Les’ numerous contributions to our musical world – from his innovations with the electric guitar and multi-track recording, to his love of making and sharing music.   Happy Birthday Les!

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