My FU-Tone pickups video story

This story starts in 2018. That may seem like a long time ago—partially because it was—but when you realise that this is the second blog post I’ve added to my website this year, you’ll understand that I clearly don’t move quickly. I’m what many people may call an overthinker. This rarely results in me eventually creating anything ground breaking. It simply delays things I have a fear of finishing. Things like the video I finally created or this blog post to promote that video further. So let’s get to it!

My FU-Tone pickups video story

Custom plectrum manufacturers

I’ve had custom plectrums made before and they’ve been awesome. I’ve shipped some of my custom plectrums to friends around the world. I simply love custom plectrums.

Seeing as how I’ve changed my branding since my last batch of plectrums, I thought I’d better see what custom plectrum manufacturers were out there. Perhaps it’s time to order myself a new batch.

Here are the companies I’ve discovered and am considering using.

Custom plectrum manufacturers

What I learned while making an unboxing video

Let me start by saying that sharing this post and the video embedded within this post terrifies me. I’m not naturally extroverted. Still, I like experimenting with video and figured the best practice material I could learn with was … me.

So, here is the outcome of my experimentation with the initial setup of video, lighting, audio and a few other bits and pieces. All of this done while unboxing my new Jackson Guitars X Series Signature Scott Ian King V KVXT. There needed to be something worthwhile in the video. The guitar is just that.

What I learned while making an unboxing video

Pedal Check—YouTube guitar pedal videos ranked by users

Have you ever gone to YouTube with the intention of watching a video about a guitar pedal you’re considering buying only to be distracted by non-guitar related videos and/or videos not related to the actual pedal you went to YouTube for in the first place? I know I have. It can be annoying. If only there was a way to view YouTube videos that were guaranteed to only be about guitar pedals. Oh wait … with Pedal Check there is.

Well that’s handy. Pedal Check—YouTube guitar pedal videos ranked by users

New B&W plectrums from PlecPicker

Earlier this year I wrote about the glow-in-the-dark plectrums from Now the folks at PlecPicker have released a new range of plectrums that once again include free shipping (global). That’s awesome. The new range appeals to me greatly and there are a few reasons for that. Firstly, the new range is slightly thinner at .71mm. Secondly, the new plectrums have a different texture with increased grip. Thirdly and most importantly, the new plectrums are black and white. Perfect plectrums for this little website. New B&W plectrums from PlecPicker

iRig PRO—now I can mic an amp with iOS!

Last year I wrote about the release of the iRig PRO. Recently I was lucky enough to add this interface to my personal collection of all-things-cool and I have to say I’m loving it. I would have written about it earlier, but every time I finish playing with the iRig PRO IK Multimedia goes and releases something else of interest to me. Recently they’ve released the AmpliTube Orange suite (for iOS and PC/Mac), a Custom Shop update with all-new ENGL amps and some amazing EQ releases in T-RackS (including the EQ73, EQ81 and Master EQ 432). So I’ve had plenty to keep me busy. I’m hoping IK Multimedia takes a holiday this Easter. Then I can catch up on my Blog! iRig PRO—now I can mic an amp with iOS!

Steinberg UR22—my chosen audio interface

Almost a month ago I wrote an article suggesting there were too many audio interface options out there for inexperienced people like me to choose from. How can you expect to know which option is the right one for your needs? How do you separate the lesser options from those that are so superior you find yourself screaming “Shutup and take my money!”? I did the only thing I could. I asked the Interweb to provide me with answers. And provide it did. I ended up buying the Steinberg UR22. Surprisingly (perhaps) it wasn’t even in my original list of options! Steinberg UR22—my chosen audio interface

iLine—seriously cool cables

I love cables. I have two large boxes filled with the cables I’ve collected over the years. These cables range from those used to connect DVD players to televisions, stereos to speakers, line splitters and cables for devices that connected to computers. Why do I have so many cables? One answer is that I’m a hoarder. Another reason is that I can never remember which cables I have because they all live together in one of two boxes. What if I could have one simple collection of cables that were not only conveniently housed, but that looked good? What if those cables were gold tipped (for increased audio goodness)? Well I say “What if nothing?!” Thanks to the IK Multimedia iLine range that’s exactly what I’ve now got. iLine—seriously cool cables

GuitarCapo+ for iOS—a virtual instrument and a whole lot more

Every now and then I am lucky enough to come across something before it’s officially released. Not in the illegal torrent kind of way either. I’m talking about when a developer lets me know that I may be interested in something guitar related they’ve developed. To be fair, if it is guitar related, I’m interested. I’ll often let developers know this by saying “You had me at guitar”.

What I really look forward to though are those awesome moments when I come across something new (before its official release) that I love. The upcoming version of GuitarCapo+ is one of those somethings. Yes, a change is coming for this app. GuitarCapo+ for iOS—a virtual instrument and a whole lot more