Category Archives: Guitars

Upgrading the AlleyKat

AlleyKat Upgrade Time!

The Epiphone AlleyKat is a really nice guitar! With some crap attached to it. Luckily, it’s an easy fix to take the crap off. I was looking forword to this AlleyKat upgrade. You can google the stock version of the guitar for comparison, here is the guitar with all the fit trimmed off: Continue reading

Custom Archtop Guitar

This is a custom all solid wood jazz guitar. It started out as a Loar LH-650-VS. The 650 is a great guitar but comes with mediocre hardware and electronics. So I replaced all the chrome hardware with high quality gold color hardware including Grover Imperial tuners. I replaced the cheap pickup with a Bartolini 5J jazz guitar pickup, and a CTS pot.

The headstock graphics were removed, and the faceplate refinished with clear coat instead of black.

Guitar Setups? What’s that?

Having your guitar PROPERLY setup, then properly and accurately intonated, makes a world of difference. What felt like a dud now feels and sounds like a whole new instrument. If you haven’t had your guitar looked at at least once per year, it is almost certainly not setup correctly. If you did your setup yourself, and you’re not a qualified guitar tech, it’s still almost certainly not setup correctly. Bring your main guitars at least once per year to your guitar tech (even if it isn’t me :)). Wondering what prompted me to write this? Read on… Continue reading