Today, 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!
This was my old SKB PS-25 pedal board, mid-2012.
As 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.
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.
I 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.