The Vox Pathfinder 10 is an inexpensive amp (close to AUD $100 new if you know where to look) which makes itt a great platform for modding. This post is mainly for my own records, but also for anyone out there who knows what they are doing. This is the circuit diagram, not drawn by me!
Got a Line 6 Variax you want to hook up to use the Workbench software, but don’t own a POD device you can use as an interface to a PC?
Nope? Well it’s my blog. And I’ll probably forget how I did this if I don’t post it here.
With a network cable, a couple of 5-pin DIN sockets, and just the right amount of electrical tape, I achieved the classy result you see below:
I borrowed this hard-to-find diagram from the internet and added pin numbers for MIDI sockets. I used sockets so I could connect it to one of those USB-MIDI cables on the run. You could just as easily use plugs. Just pay attention to the orientation of pins 4 and 5. I accidentally had them reversed at first and the result was not immediately spectacular. (Ignore the AES and 7V stuff.)
Voila! Line 6 Monkey and Variax Workbench now happily recognise my Variax 600 via MIDI cables.
Like many guitarists, I am the proud owner of a Fender Blues Junior amplifier. Picked it up for a song when a major Australian music retailer went bust a while ago. It’s a nice little amp but many people on the interwebs complain that, stock, it sounds “boxy” and lacks bottom end. This is mainly a symptom of cramming a 12 inch speaker into such a small cabinet. Fortunately there are plenty of ways of improving the sound.Continue reading
I’ve faked the baritone guitar sound in the past (“If You Knew”, plus a couple of upcoming tracks on the new album). I’ve even used a Variax guitar live and programmed a patch with each string detuned by a fifth. But when I stumbled across a baritone stratocaster neck on ebay at the right price, I figured it was time to try building the real thing.
Only their mother can tell them apart.
And now, what we’ve all been waiting for. A tedious technical post!
My beloved Rickenbacker 4001 is in hospital at the moment, undergoing neck-joint reconstruction surgery. While we’re all anxiously awaiting the news, here’s a little tribute to the bass guitar gracing the next Tunisia album..
I refinished it in these familiar Chris Squire colours a few years ago. But it started out as a fairly standard fireglo red model:Continue reading