I’ve put new pickups in my Washburn Hawk C-Model, with a bit of help from my son. After a lot of humming and hahing, I plumped for a set of Axesrus Classic 50s Humbuckers, Alnico 3 magnets, and DC resistance of 8K in the Bridge pup, and 7k in Neck pup.
Wow, do they ever sound different to what was in there before. So much more rounded, nicely defined clean tones, good bass, mid and treble, with a bridge that can bark and a neck that can be so smooth with a bit of gain.
The previous pups were the stock original Washburn Power Sustain. It is in fact a matsumoku (Japan) made guitar, 1984, and the pups are more than likely, matsumoku mmk45. Both pups have ceramic magnets and DC resistance of 11.5k. Equal coils with a split coil option. They were OK, nothing to shout about. Better in split coil mode. They had a huge output, approx 2V peak to peak, so really were ideal for el distorto sounds. But they were harsh and aggresive sounding, and I never really warmed to them.
So all in all a really good change.
Now if only my playing would improve… not likely to with continuing hand weakness from HNPP, 15 minutes playing and it feels like I’ve had my hands walloped with a 2lb lump hammer. Not to mention the dead legs, gripey shoulders, and a riddle for my middle. But I dont want to give up and I just love guitars… I was born in the 50s…
Undulatus asperatus is the name given to a type of cloud formation that looks rather like a rippling undulating sea. Some of the pictures doing the rounds look truly amazing.
The Cloud Appreciation Society has a gallery for many types of cloud, including the one above.
Asperatus Clouds are in the Headlines
and the gallery, which is linked in the above article, can be found
Random Things is a fascinating blog about …. Random things… Written in a witty style with a wry look at life through the random things that litter our lives and planet.
It’s well worth a look.
Damaged and Damned is the title of a video by an up and coming Singer songwriter from Bristol (UK), Nicole.
I believe she has been working with Guitarist, composer, and producer, Angelo Bruschini (The Numbers, The Loggerheads, Blue Aeroplanes, Massive attack and many more), for a few years now, and this is her first (i think) video to accompany her music.
The song has grown on me, I found it a little M-O-R at first, but that’s probably due to my odd taste in music, but after only listening to it 2 and half times, I found myself waking up the next day with the tune running through my head. So the song certainly has some earwormability. It struck me that Nicole’s voice is quite similar to Karen Matheson’s (Capercaillie), not exactly the same style, but the quality is there.
Enough of my infernal ramblings. Here’s the Video, Filmed somewhere in Finland (I think?)
I dont think I can remember such a lousy summer. ’82 was pretty grim, but maybe that was other personal events as well as gloomy weather. It was the only year that I attended the Glastonbury Festival, it was very wet, with the main stage power going off during a lightening strike… Randy California was on stage at the time, the drummer carried on for a few minutes, until it was realised that power wasn’t going to come back on any time soon. There was the Falklands War and rampant patriotic lunacysweeping the country, and I had the boss from hell. So not a good year.
But I digress, 2012… it was cold in june, I actually had to put the central heating back on after several days of temps under 10 degrees celcius. Then it just seemed to rain and rain and rain, and our roof started leaking….
Eventually, september has brought with it a few fine sunny days, and I do like september sun, so light and airy, and not too hot, just within my goldilock zone.
My Cacti have been slow to grow this year, just not enough warmth, a few decided to flower though so that provided a little excitement. Must dig out the pictures…