Author Archives: hcw350

Guitars for Service Members

There is a great program that matches active duty Service Members with guitar builders here: The idea is that a lot of people serving our country would like to play an instrument in their time off away from their families. Right now I have 2 Ukuleles and 4 Cigar Box guitars in progress to […]

My new Valve Child Amp

I traded a ghettoshorty for this sweet little 6w all-tube amp from Valve Child. The mastermind behind this creation and Valve Child amps is Mark Carter. Mark re-purposes old tube tube radios and other audio goods into sweet amps and preamps that have real soul. This particular model features a 12ax7 preamp, a single el84 […]

Picking the Right Strings

Truth is that guitar string manufacturers and guitar manufactures have been lying to us, the thing is really there is no good reason for it. Most prepackaged guitar string sets are all wrong because they are not optimized for the notes and scale lengths that they are intended for. The fact is that for every […]

Zero Frets

I’ve been playing with zero frets a bit lately and I’ve decided that I like them. So what is a zero fret? A zero fret is a fret in the position that a nut normally would be and the concept is that an open note will have the same character as a fretted note since […]

Handmade Guitars

My preferences in music and playing styles have always leaned towards the earlier versions found in the genre. When I listen to punk, I like old punk. Reggae = roots, blues was born in the delta, etc. I’m also a huge fan of slide style playing both lap-style and bottleneck. Now that I’m building instruments, […]