Electrical Guitar Company & Cartographer Amps

Long time, no speak, friends of my nerdery. January was a very, very busy month. I all but stopped making pedals due to band, recording, and of course day job commitments. the heavy lifting has passed. Now, let me play catch up on some of the stuff that did happen.

On February 5th, after about six months of waiting, my Electrical Guitar Company “Custom 500” arrived.

Yes that is an aluminum neck and fretboard. In fact the neck goes all the way through the body and the bridge bolts directly into the neck. Here is the guitar with the body removed.

You can see more and hi-res photos here.

This is just an amazing instrument. Rather than type a whole new description, I’ll just copy what I wrote to the builder.

The sound is amazing! On tour in late 2007 I played Rich’s all aluminum offset one, and then Colin from Fun Ender’s guitar. The feel wigged me out at first, but after about 10 minutes I just couldn’t put them down. I never played them plugged in, though.

On Saturday I got to plug it in. A few friends who were practicing down the hall came by to check it out. The range of tones available is very diverse. The RW/RP of the pickups is a great bonus. Mainly, though, what everyone noticed what the immediacy of the response. I never got that before when playing the guitars unplugged. The think I’m telling my friends is that it has the attack of a Tele, but the level drops off less for the
sustain. It’s like a Fender response with more sustain, or a Gibson response without the weak, mushy attack . It’s just a totally unique ADSR curve (synth term)

The other thing I told my friends is that it kind of sounds like an angrier, more responsive version of my Ric 360.

The pickups, holy shit! they sound great, yeah, but I had my amp running at full tilt, standing right in front of it, and there was no squeal at all. I couldn’t get microphonic feedback at all. So great!

So yeah, I’m blown away. Fit, finish, sound; I played it all weekend in every little open moment.

So yes, new favorite guitar by far.

I also finally settled on my Cartographer amp setup. I finished the Traynor. I left the tone caps the way they were, but I redid the phase inverter circuit to classic Marshall values. Instead of a 2-12, I managed to grab an inexpensive but good 4-12 from my friend Jeremy. the other amp is half of my old bass amp from Replicator. It looks very intimidating.

That’s the full catchup. Look for more building and repairing soon.