Resentments and Rambling from a Guitar Junkie

Its all about bitchin' tone, and here is where i bitch about it.

Friday, July 7, 2017

HERE YOU GUYS GO, A 1 OFF MODDED BAZZ FUSS $25 SHIPPED FIRST ONE GETS IT

HERE YOU GUYS GO, A 1 OFF MODDED BAZZ FUSS $25 SHIPPED FIRST ONE GETS IT

I changed some things from the other prototype and really dig it. clips will be up in the next 48 hours.

Great standalone fuzz in the Rivera Knucklehead. Add it in front of the Rockerverb it thickens it into another whole depth of hell with the OD.

This is similar to my other bazz fusses, just more cojones. i tweaked it a bit, put it into a proper enclosure and ADDED A SWITCH!!!

paypal $25 to xblsx1919@gmail.com. shipping is INCLUDED in that price for the continental US.

maybe more will be coming maybe more of the same, maybe different.

any questions, ask!

Cheers!  Trashed.

its gone! cheers! more coming!!!

2017-07-07 Update and a Chat On Noise Constraints

Sup' Gearwhores!

I apologize that I haven't been around for a little bit. I got married, so there is now a Mrs. Trashed, and I caught a keeper. I have realllly busy

This is going to be more of just an update with a few thoughts. I will start typing and see where it goes (which is something I never actually do).

I am going to start off with noise constraints. This is that first time I have ever had that even as a consideration.

I have been playing the Rivera Knucklehead a lot recently, and it is one of the best pedal platforms I have worked with for a long time. Its sitting on a Randall cab with a pair of T75's and a 15" Eminence legend  all in one box. Overall it is a nice setup. its odd miking it though I would love to get both a 15" on one track and a 12"on as well. haven't done it yet. will get around to it. May be weird to mix them together but I will get to it one of these days.

Right now I am running a pedalbaord to it that is quite odd (I will get some pics of the rig up) regarding the amp it is. but I am using a CMATMODS Brownie, with everything around 3 o'clock, into a Fulltone Fulldrive MOSFET. The trick for this scenario is to run some gain on the Fulldrive, and turn the volume way down, that lowers the volume of the Brownie a lot and it can go into the rest of the rig and be quiet. took a bit to figure out, but here is what i have.

When the Fulldrive is on the volume gets cut for night playing, kick it off, i get the 'Marshall in the box' or 'brown sound' in the front end at a nice day volume. (note that this is all on the clean channel).

***I am considering building some very simple that would have a pot and some other passive (or maybe 9v) components that would just turn the volume. small box, just to change the volume that you can step on to solve things like this. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANYTHING LIKE THIS LET ME KNOW! If there is interest i will get it going faster  AND IF THERE IS SOME ACTION ON IT I WILL GET A BUNCH OUT CHEAP like i did the bazz fusses.***

The OD channel on the Rivera is sweet too, but it does need to go too loud for midnight playing to be enjoyable. but daytime has seen use.

Alright guys, time to get back with noise constraints. you can also put something in the FX loop (if you have one) to lower the level of the out-put of the box or even something like a MXR 10 band and drop the volume slider.

*I must say MXR has disapointed me yet again. I have owned two 10 band EQ's and the second one broke just like the first. Screw MXR for me, especially because i couldn't figure out how to get them working and my father also made no headway with them. MXR wants something stupid like $60 and me to send it to them. Sorry MXR, no thanks on that. I can get a used one for that. I may have to go with Boss, but i am NOT a Boss fan in general. However i dont' think that is any secret to most of you.*

Also regarding noise restraints, often times you need less gain on your amp than you think if you throw an overdrive out front. and DON'T SCOOP YOUR MIDS. That will make the whole scenario worse.

I am thinking about building an isocab for recording, but that will be a bit.

Well... this is a kind of a fill in thread for the last few weeks , as you imagine i haven't had as much time lately. Everything will start back normal next week.

Cheers and thanks for the support!

Trashed.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017-04-27 THANKS For the SUPPORT!

Thank you to all of my loyal followers. This is a celebratory post.

I have sold out of my prototypes, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

I will be placing and order soon for more and different components.

I am going to still stick to my
'bazz fuss' circuit, and within the next few weeks will have a more refined version out, to sell to further fund my activities.

The next of the lineup with the bazz fuss with a few tweaks, will have a switch. Switches are not cheap (>$5 bulk) for something I would trust to put in your hands.

Prices will stay down through the next series of prototypes as far as selling more at cost, but the switch is going to jack them up to around $17 as a ballpark for the next series of prototypes. At the time, if you don't want the switch i will still do the $10 without the switch, just let me know.

AND finally, there will be some surprises on the way. I am not going to reveal those yet.

SO...

Sincere thank you to all of you who read and especially the people who have purchased.

I am honored and humbled,

Derek 'Trashed' Anderson

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017-04-13 RUN AWAY from COMPUTERS!!! TCE? RANT ALERT!!!

 This one will get some of you going for sure.

So today exists these wonderful pedals, that interface with computers. TC Electronics I am looking straight at you.

YEAH that is right, TC Electronics I am watching YOU.

But Trashed, "The Toneprint gives me so much versatility!"

To that I respond, "I certainly agree, BUT... (yeah big but),"

But Trashed "What is the but? I like mine a lot?"

In 10 years, all of my Malekko, Cmatmods, Fulltone, MI, Pigtronix, ZVEX,etc. pedals will be alive and the same, just as there are today.

In 10 years, do you THINK that your TC pedals will have current drivers to use then??? Will they have current firmware updates??? I don't. Technology is still growing very fast. In the last few years, Apple changed from Lightening to Thunderbolt (or the other way, I can't remember which, I am not an Apple guy), USB2.0 is being replaced by USB-3. Hell, even HDMI may be getting replaced by something else, who knows, but I heard rumor of it somewhere (I usually don't put much faith in rumors, so I don't completely stand behind that and made sure to clear that up with you guys).

The MFX world has been rocked a few times too, each time becoming obsolete. AXE-FX shook the world. Then AXEFX 2 really shook things up again a short while later. Then the Kemper Profiler changed the world with amp cloning, Then Line 6 was running behind with the HD500 series, and put out Then Line 6 put out the HELIX. Then a short time AX-8 came out. Then the Atomic Amplifire came out for $600 with a hell of an impact at a friendly price and extreme power. They released a new one too recently with more switches. These timelines may be off a little bit, but you get the point. Thangs are a chaingin'.

Personally I don't use modeling, but If i were to tell you that it isn't great, I would be a dirty rotten liar. If I didn't own 21 tube amplifiers (yes I know I have a lot of amps), I would be gunning at a Kemper or AXE to be honest. Saying they sound great would be an understatement.

"OK trashed, TCE just makes pedals, none of that snazzy SNAX shenanigans"

To that I respond, "Yes it is that same shenanigans."

Technology grows, the old is replaced with the new. That is a fact of life in our modern society.

Will TCE follow through? maybe they will for a while. BUT it won't forever. There are thousands of thousands of pedals STILL out there from the 50's and 60's. Way more BOSS and EHX and MXR and Ibanez/Maxon from the 1980's-ish. They still work.

Fact of life the the Toneprint WILL EVENTUALLY be UNSUPPORTED. My pedal board will live forever, TCE will be swept to the side.

/Trashed out.



Monday, March 27, 2017

2017-03-27 HUGE NEWS!

Here you go. Here is a chance for you to purchase one of my early pedals for $10 USD shipped (only in the 48 states). 

They are based off of the bazz fuss schematic.

All I am looking to recoup is parts and shipping. I am still in the learning phase, just selling to buy more parts.

WHAT these pedals are? Nasty fuzzes. one pot two jacks and a 9V hookup. Good range and gain out of them, and once you plug them in hold on to your hat!

THESE  pedals are in sturdy industrial hard plastic housings with a metal plate on top.

THERE ARE NO SWITCHES. Why? One switch costs more than the price i have in parts invested in THE ENTIRE PEDAL already.

I figure about $6 in parts including housing and $4 for shipping sounds fair.

I am learning and these are what i would consider a basic PROTOTYPE. The money from these sales will simply be used to buy more parts.

IF you are interested email me at trashedengineering@gmail.com and i would love to get one of these out to you!

THANK you all to everybody who has read my blog faithfully and the TRASHED empire is only growing.

CHEERS AND THANKS!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017/03/25 Nitrocellulose -vs- Polyester Finishes

Welcome to the world of the Trashed lifestyle, come in on the subject, I usually don't bite.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A HOT TOPIC.

The problem is that there are a lot of strong opinions. There is some cork-sniffers that will start bitching right away. BUT... maybe I am a cork-sniffer myself. Oh-well.

I am not going to get into the chemical makeup and application of either, you can Google that yourself.

There are a few pre-requisites on this though. First off, some are hand sprayed and some are done by machine. Some coats are thicker than others, some poly seem thicker, and some are really thick and i hate that. The 'stickiness' is irrelevant between the two, as you can go over the back of the neck with some #0000 steel wool to get it slipperier. *IF you do this make sure you have your pickups taped over so you don't get metal dust in there*

I own twenty-ish guitars at the moment and five are nitro (all Gibsons). What i love about nitro, is that feels much smoother and silkier on the back of the neck. Its a beautiful feeling to slide down the neck on a properly finished nitrocellulose neck. 

My poly guitars, (at this point mostly Ibanez Prestiges and USA Fenders), feel great too. In my opinion the best feeling poly necks are done on the Ibanez Prestiges. They play well, and applied thin. USA and fenders are pretty good too, but some i will take the finish off of the back of the neck and apply a rubbed on finish, which I love too.

So over a decade ago, I had this Washburn X-50 PRO. It seemed as if the finish was so thick that the body was suffocated by poly. It was dead sounding. A few months later, I chipped it. I will be damned if the finish wasn't as thick as truck bed-liner. I ended up selling the guitar shortly after, thoroughly disgusted. That is one reason I don't buy cheap poly guitars.

Nitro DOES WEAR though, and it can be fast. I do not have my former #1 Gibson (not on me at the moment), but a lot of the finish is through, but it got beat for EIGHT years. The only reason I am not using that guitar is that it needs a re-fret (if I get lucky I may get by with a level and crown). Nitro also checks/cracks if exposed to the harsh elements, I have that on there too. BUT the neck is just yummy. sooo damn yummy. One thing about nitro is that it is more breathable and to me it feels more natural, and only feels better with time.

Some say nitro is thinner SO it sounds better, I call bullocks on that. Poly is more durable on the surface and doesn't scratch on the surface as easily. Nitro is easier to repair, which IS a good thing. I have never seen a nitro finish as thick as a thick poly finish.

In conclusion, send your hate-spam.

Cheers, Trashed.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

2017-03-18 Time to Get De-laid...

Brethren-

This is about delays. 

"Trashed, why the hell do I want a delay?"

I respond, "It doesn't delay you at all as you would think if you didn't know. Come on guys."

"OK Trashed, what does it do then."

"Strap on your seat belts ladies and gentlemen, this may change your world."

To that I hear silence echoing. WAIT! that is what a delays do!

There are two different types of delays. Analog and digital. What is the difference? The analog came out first and used a BBD chip. What is BBD? Bucket Brigade Device. Think of it like a bunch of people transferring buckets down a line to put out a fire. BANG! that is it. The good BBD chips have been long out of production. Thankfully, one of my favorite pedalbuilders, Malekko bought a metric-freaking-ton of them a few years ago. Most modern builders either don't have any and fake it (bad bad companies, shame on you). Analog delays decay naturally and the decay is the glory of it. They also commonly have some form of modulation to them (usually switchable). It is typically like a little bit of controllable chorus type thing. They flat out kick ass. 

Digital delays have pure straight repeats without coloring the tone of the repeats. Boss makes some nice ones, especially a some of the earlier models. DD-3, DD-6, DD-20, etc. They give you nice and clean repeats. Think the Edge from U2 (although he nauseates me), everything trails neat. There are a lot of digital delays that have a tap tempo. THAT is the best thing going for digital delays IMO. So you tap it a few times and it matches the tempo so you can get exactly that length of delay. Digital delays do have their place in most every rig.

"OK Trashed, so what do I need?"

To that I respond, a few of each.

Here lies the danger though. A LOT of companies make delay pedal with something like 'analog voiced' or 'analog simulated modes'. You dirty, dirty, bastards. That makes me want to vomit. That does me no good. You may like them, but that is a big 'no no' in my book.

I really like Malekko. Great builds, good guys who STILL have some original BBD chips. I have four Ekko 616's, a 616 Lo-Fi. Two really nice features on the Malekko's is that they have switchable buffered and true bypass. Also switchable modulation, speed and depth for the modulation - RIGHT OUT ON THE TOP OF THE PEDAL. That is what I call features! There is an internal trim-pot for volume as well.

EHX's older delays, Deluxe Memory Man, etc. are very nice too and some are analog with a digital trigger for tap tempo, which can be the best of both worlds. Another decent common delay is the MXR Carbon Copy. I just don't like MXR though (yes that is bias). There is only ONE modulation switch, but they are far from bad. Honestly I may pick one up if i need another delay.

Make sure to type some hateful/spam comments on the bottom!

Cheers,

Trashed.