Unlike HDMI or speaker cables ( in modest size runs) there’s actually an audible difference between different types of guitar cables.  I kept reading about these dudes making their own cables and it basically boils down to this: Mogami instrument cable is easily sourced, reasonably priced and sounds pretty damn good compared to other high-end cables. I bought some from this Redco joint they kept talking about.

Couple this with the fact that Orange County Speaker sells GLS plugs at good prices and free shipping and now I’m making up a ton of nice pedal cables.

GLS Pancake Plug

GLS Pancake Plug

The top lug is hot, bottom ground and the Mogami cable simply has a shielding wire (ground) and a black conductive PVC coated wire underneath ( the hot ). One thing to make sure of is to remove some of that black shielding from the top of the hot wire, leaving only the clear insulation near the solder tip like in this picture below.

DIY Guitar Cables

I used W2319 miniature cable for the small pedal cables. I will use W2524 or the Canare (it comes in colors too) next time when I make the regular long guitar cables. There are also non-solder type plugs out there too that I haven’t tried. I checked eBay and noticed many different vendors selling pre-made Canare/Mogami/Neutrik cables and the savings equals about ten dollars per cable doing it yourself. For example, a 20 foot Mogami cable with Neutrik jacks was about thirty dollars, where I could make one for twenty. I especially like being able to create custom size cables and the mini wire is great for pedal board chains.

In other guitar-ing news I tried something and I think it worked: T Shirt iron on transfers on a guitar neck.

Nuka Pinup

Nuka Cola – “Play Refreshed”

Here we have a pre-blast hottie sampling some Nuka Cola out of a real full size Nuka Cola machine. I will lightly spray over it with Tru Oil spray, then once that’s built up a few coats I’ll tru oil with a piece of T-shirt as normal. I do the same for waterslide decals on the headstock, tru oil spray is much more gentle than wiping it on.

Are pinup girls for dirty old men? I don’t think so. I like them and I’m not a dirty old man yet. I’m reminded of Kurt Vonnegut who said he never really experienced the culture or history of any place he ever visited until he was seventy-five. Up until then he was always too busy surveying the women he saw. I suppose I could have used a fully clothed model instead of this poor woman in lingerie… I mean who goes out at 11 o’clock at night with their skivvies on to backhanded catch a refreshing Nuka Break? Someone I’d like to meet I’d wager. I won’t hold it against her… plus I will never forget where the twelfth fret is with a big pair of jugs on them.

Oh yeah, as I’m making a clone of my Big Muff Pi I bought back in 1993 or so, I came across some “tropical fish” capacitors:

tropical fish capacitor

Check out my Chiclets

I love these retro out of print things, I will try and use them wherever I can in pedal builds. I ‘m also considering buying one or two of every type and housing them in a small aquarium. Who has time to clean up a bunch of algae and fish shit anyways? I clean up enough turd with Bunger Diddy around.

Bunger Diddy

Bunger Diddy, aging yet spry. Seen here contemplating the next cicada.

It’s nice that Timmy the Fox doesn’t need much looking after… however a strange “chicken of the woods” mushroom recently appeared near the Timmy log. It grew and grew, the picture is about when it was 3/4 size. Timmy and his girlfriend wouldn’t come to the log because of it. They would wait for me to throw them food instead, so I killed that poor mushroom. Can’t have it infringing on the Timmys.

chicken of the woods mushroom

KFC for Gnomes.