I was scanning consumer product recalls for my day job when I noticed several musical instrument related recalls in the listings. There were more – audio amplifiers and such – and I’ve only linked a few here that caught my eye that are instrument related.
Ibanez Bass recall
Casio® Inc. Announces Recall of Electronic Keyboards
Bass Amplifiers Recalled by Fender Musical Instruments
I actually came across this chart of heavy metal band names while doing some legitimate marketing research for my day job. It is interesting and gave me a couple of chuckles:
Heavy Metal Band Names Flow Chart
If you are searching for a name for your new band, check out the AMZ Band Names page.
Cuil (pronounced “cool”) wants to be the next Google. The new search engine, founded by former Google engineers, uses a different method to rank pages, which gives results that can be radically different from a Google search.
Try it out: Click here to search Cuil for guitar effects pedals.
O’Reilly’s Maker Media team (the folks behind MAKE Magazine) is going to publish The Best of Instructables Volume I this fall and over 100 Instructables will be in it.
My instructable on metal box finishing has been entered in the voting by the editors. Please go to the page of my instructable and vote for it… just click on the vote button next to the Book Contest banner below the orange bar.
Vote here: AMZ Metal Box Finishing Instructable
Thanks in advance! -Jack
This summer I have a big renovation project at my house so
I do not have much time to write new articles or blog posts.
I will continue to make sure that all orders for
transistors, ebooks and pc boards are shipped quickly.
Lots of new ideas, mods and circuits to
come, once my home project is finished!
This tone control network was submitted to the patent office in April 1937 but it is still in widespread use today. I’ll redraw the circuit and you will probably recognize it…
The junction field effect transistor (jfet) was invented by William Shockley at Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1951.
But did you know that the original jfet was germanium? In his patent, Shockley describes making a transistor with N-type and P-type germanium layers to form the transistor junctions.
If you want to know more, download the original jfet patent and see the details.
I was reading some posts on HCFX and a discussion about germanium transistors and temperature caught my attention. I decided to go into the lab to do a couple of quick experiments.
Results are after the break…
Fuzz: The Sound That Changed the World
Directed by Clif Taylor
I bought a copy of this DVD and finally got time to watch it last night. I must compliment the producers on making a very professional video that all pedal enthusiasts will find interesting. Not only do you get to see some guitar playing legends such as Billy Gibbons and Peter Frampton, but the film features many current pedal builders talking about tone and design. There are also short demos of numerous custom effects pedals (mostly fuzz and distortion).
It is great to be able to put faces with many of the forumites you have only connected with through their text posts, and to be able to hear them talk about pedals and guitars.
I give it two thumbs up! Anyone who is seriously interested in pedals should see this film!
Check it out: Fuzz: The Sound That Changed the World
I was trying out the new Google blog search and found it to be a useful tool in locating effects related info that I had not seen before, such as guitar effects blogs, effects schematics, and other fx related posts.
The results of the blog search are different from what you get with a normal Google query.
Click here to try it out!