Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar Alpine White Gold Hardware

The arrival of the Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar in 1983 offered guitarists all the essential elements of a Les Paul Standard, including a carved top and humbucking pickups. Its simple yet elegant design quickly helped it become the most popular model in the Les Paul Series. Cutting-yet-rich tone—the hallmark of the Les Paul—pours out of the 490R and 498T Alnico 2 magnet humbucker pickups, which are mounted on a carved maple top with a mahogany back. Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays makes for great looks while dual volume and tone controls provide complete command of your sound. The Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case.

Hal Leonard Acoustic Metal Guitar Play-Along Volume 37 Book with CD

The Guitar Play-Along Series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are also included in the book in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. The audio CD is playable on any CD player. For PC and Mac computer users, the CD is enhanced so you can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing pitch! 8 songs: Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Fly to the Angels, Hole Hearted, Love Is on the Way, Love of a Lifetime, Signs, To Be with You, When the Children Cry.

T-Rex CompNova Compressor Pedal

Hand built in Denmark, the Comp Nova guitar effects pedal is easy to use and delivers uncolored sound with awesome clarity, detail, and dynamics, even at extreme compression levels. It’s designed for guitarists who want to thicken up and smooth their tone and who crave that much sought-after “chime.” Very subtle and transparent even at full sustain. Great for blues and jazz. Controls include an Attack knob which adjusts both attack and threshold, plus Compression and Volume knobs. (The Volume knob has unity gain in the 12 o’clock position and delivers a 3dB boost at the maximum setting.) 9V battery operation.

Dan Armstrong Original Blue Clipper Fuzz Guitar Effects Module Blue

With the Dan Armstrong Original Blue Clipper, unpleasant high-order harmonics are eliminated by a low-pass filter, which leaves a full, rich, distorted sound. When the Original Blue Clipper is switched on, the instrument’s volume control adjusts the amount of distortion. The output level of the distorted signal is adjusted internally to balance the fuzz loudness with the normal output of any instrument. The Clipper effects module produces a super-stinging fuzz effect when combined with the Dan Armstrong Green Ringer. Input Impedance is 110 k Ohms. Output Impedance is 3 k Ohms, and the Signal-to-Noise ratio is 82db.

How to fix PA Amp Scratchy Volume Pots

I’m going to show you how to fix PA or guitar / bass amp scratch volume pots in just a few minutes or less. This technique works on bad volume pots or faders in guitar amps, bass amps, PA heads, mixers, consoles, and just about everything else with an analog volume pot.

I bought a used Peavey PA-400 PA head a few weeks back for my band. I wanted to use it on stage to power our monitors, and I could also use it at band practice if I ever needed to. I found it on Craigslist, the guy wanted $125 for it, and I offered him $75 and he took it. I say it was a pretty good deal for a built-like-a-brick-shithouse piece of gear, and it’s 210 watts RMS!

Here’s a pic of the PA head:

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When I was at the guys house picking this up he demo’d it for me quickly with a mic and he told me it worked great but the volume pots were a bit scratchy. I got it home and plugged it into my mains and low and behold – every single pot on this unit was scratchy! Some of them sounded like nails across a chalkboard – it was pretty bad.

I unscrewed the front panel only to find out that this unit was actually hand-wired (jackpot!). You sure don’t see any gear other than very expensive boutique equipment hand-wired anymore! The first thing I did was blow the whole thing out with a bottle of canned air. I was surprised that it wasn’t any dirtier than it was, considering this amp was probably made 1980-81.

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So, my next job was to clean out all the volume pots. To do this you need a can of “DeOxIt” (de-oxidizer), which you can get at nearly any electronics shop, sometimes radio shack, guitar center, some music stores, or online (look for the link at the end of this post). On the back of all volume pots have a little hole. sometimes it’s kind of near the edge or on the side. Most spray cans (like WD-40) have a little straw you can insert in the nozzle, and this hold is normally about that big.

This is also a good time to mention to NEVER – EVER use WD-40 to fix volume pots – EVER!! It may work at first, but WD-40 gets sticky over time. Within a year your volume pots will be bad gain! Always only use a de-oxidizing spray specifically made for the purpose of cleaning dirty volume pots! This is what a can of DeOxIt looks like:

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In the next pic you see me gently squirting a VERY small amount of DeOxIt into the backs of the volume pots on my new (used) PA-400:

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Be sure to very gently squirt a single time into the volume pot and then (from the outside) rotate the volume pot quickly all the way on and off about 12 times to work the fluid in as much as you can. It should get very easy to turn after just a few times. Do this on all your volume pots.

If you didn’t squirt too much fluid in – you can usually fire your amp back up within 15 minutes. If you “over-sprayed” – you better hold off at least 24 hours. After I cleaned out my pots and put the panel back on – I fired up my PA head and it was good as new! It was loud as hell and not a single volume pot had any problems at all! I’m glad I did this myself because it probably saved me $50 at the repair shop!

CAIG DeoxIT D5S-6 Spray, Contact Cleaner / Rejuvenator, 5 oz.

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Peavey Zodiac BXP 4 String Bass Guitar Black

In the Peavey tradition, the Zodiac BXP bass combines sought-after features with the road-worthy durability required by serious rock players. It features a solid alder body with sculpted front and back contours and equipped with an articulating bridge with machined saddles and a 3-layer pickguard. For pickups it has a combination of one staggered single-coil and one straight single-coil pickup, with two master volume controls and one master tone control for sound shaping. The bolt-on neck is fitted with an 8″ radius maple fingerboard with 21 frets. All chrome hardware. Butterfly tuners.