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

http://www.dropdaddies.com/walk-to-end-alzheimers-2015/It 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!

Pedaltrain-Inspired DIY Pedal Board

Pedal Board Mid-2012

This was my old SKB PS-25 pedal board, mid-2012.

After the pedalboard power supply died last year, I purchased a Visual Sound 1 Spot, and continued using the old SKB just as a convenient velcro surface to hold my pedals.

Pedal Board Mid-2013As the Drop Daddies’ repertoire of cover tunes has expanded, so has my need to produce an ever-increasing variety of sounds.  So my complement of pedals has gradually been expanding.  I’m generally not a big fan of modelers, but I added the Zoom G3x for flexibility with delays, choruses and phasers, etc.  It has a fairly sizeable footprint, so I pulled off my Ernie Ball volume pedal, since I could use the G3X for volume if necessary.

Pedaltrain Pro

Even so, I needed more space.  I have been intrigued by the Pedaltrain Pro– but the price is high for such a simple thing.

Time for some creative woodworking!  I rarely get a chance to combine my woodworking and guitar hobbies.

How much more black could it be?Assembled, and ready for finishingI was planning to paint it black, so the wood didn’t need to be beautiful.  I chose poplar because it’s a strong hardwood, and  it’s relatively inexpensive since it tends to be an ugly shade of greenish yellow.

 

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