I’m currently working on many projects and have completed too many to have time to post the details up here.  I’ll TRY to find time to post those in the PROJECTS section soon. I’ve completed a G&L L-1000 bass that came out beautifully. Another completed project was a 1970s Gibson L6, black. And I’ve currently got another Gibson L6, tobacco sunburst that I’m restoring near to original with an original circuit found on Ebay. I like the custom model with the six way rotary switch designed by Bill Lawrence(http://www.billlawrenceusa.com) , although it seems that I’m in the minority with that liking. I just don’t understand why some “ruin” these fine instruments by trying to turn them into Gibson Les Pauls. I just don’t get it.  

And I’m also working on a really nice 1978 Ibanez AR-2618. It’s a nice guitar but someone really messed it up. They removed the original hardware and used rubber cement to glue in the posts for a different bridge and stop bar tailpiece.  Rubber cement?  Come on! The binding had some type of chemical reaction to something is appears.  It literally crumbled into pieces. I’ve removed it, and all I’m waiting for the binding material from www.stewmac.com to arrive.

I also renewed distribution of my Urban Connection CD on many services as follows:

MySpace Music
Google Play
simfy
Deezer
Muve Music
Rdio
Wimp
Sony Music Unlimited
Gracenote
amazon

caio!

 

I can only wish that there were more people in this world like Bill Lawrence–regardless of their background or occupation! I’ve been reading so much bullshit around the Internet (that I thought was true) in my knowledge quest toward learning more about the many aspects associated with acoustic and electric instruments.

I was aware of the basics–having studied engineering and all that…but until I recently began reading some of the very short and concise writings by Mr. Lawrence posted on his personal web site, I was beginning to think that the electromagnetic aspect of guitars was only known by human beings who Spock (Star Trek nerd alert!) had mind-melded with for the informational download of content and wisdom!

Here’s just one example:

“In 1959 — when I had the idea of replacement pickups — I had a clear vision for a small, non-confusing assortment of pickups – to meet the increasing demands of many players for a richer, fuller tone and a close to zero noise level. Many adopted my idea of replacement pickups, and by 1980, it had developed into a pickup circus!

Countless, different variations of the two basic pickup models are available, promising all kinds of sound and output with the most beautiful advertising slogans, like “special, hand scatterwound with aged magnets and an output of 5.9 kilo ohms to give you an authentic vintage sound. I promise, you will NEVER find such unbelievable nonsense in my writings!

I still follow my original idea and offer a small assortment of pickups to enhance the performance of your guitar, at realistic and affordable prices – made in our workshop in Corona, California.”
Copyright © 1996-2010 Bill Lawrence. All Rights Reserved.

http://www.billlawrence.com/Pages/Pickupology/Contents.htm
http://www.billlawrence.com/Pages/All_About_Tone.htm/Pickupology.htm

This is a ShredMeister Alert!

Many “old-school” musicians–as well as those who don’t play an instrument but simply enjoy listening to music, disdain modern day Shredders…and I somewhat agree when the technique is void of traditional considerations for melodic and harmonic aspects. Read as: atonal, dark, dissonant.

But to me, Page/Hendrix were two of the “fathers” of the shredding technique. Did I miss any? They were also a little before I found an interest in all things musical, and Halen took it to the next level.

Although I haven’t been to a Van Halen concert for years, it appears that, according to sources, EVH has gotten it back after finally finding a balance of booze and other vices that we all have the potential to over consume.

I’m not intending to engage in one of those “Who is THE fastest guitar picker in the west” arguments. I know, there are others such as Satriani, Vai…did I miss any? Sorry…

So, if you have a few minutes, please turn on some good quality speakers then click the YouTube link below.

Scroll ahead in the concert to 1:31:30 for a master shredder in action! (Yes, there are a few mistakes–big whoopdy doooo…perfection is for robots!)

Well, what about Rap?

Some of these once “inferior” musical instruments are really nice!
 
 
This short video shows the results of several decades of musical instrument construction of Yamaha guitars; a Japanese company that transformed the art and science of copying The Standard to Surpassing The Standard in terms of quality and innovation. The Standard(s) were The Gibson Les Paul and The Fender Strat & Tele guitars. There are many other examples in other industries.  Can you think of any?
 
This is what happens when the craftsman, designers, and engineers who created The Originals–which became The Standards, eventually forgot to innovate for the future.
 
Well, why should they?
 
How about because they progressed from skinny to fat, poverty to riches, sharp to dull, hmm…? 
 
Perhaps it makes little difference anyhow if we juxtapose this in consideration of the BIG PICTURE OF LIFE.
(A parenthetical note: Be sure to search google for the meaning of that ten-dollar word I just used: “juxtapose.”
 
And what does the BIG PICTURE OF LIFE tell us?
 
THE BIG PICTURE OF LIFE tells all of us that time is NOT on our side and that ANYTHING we do “under the sun” will eventually turn from SHIT TO SHAT!!
 
History is THE Great Teacher. History tells all those who listen, and are interested in lifelong learning, that we can’t play king of the hill for all eternity!!  History tells us that it’s simply a matter of time for all of us who believe we can play king of a particular hill for all eternity, that one day the skinny kid at the bottom of the hill will be standing right before us: mono E mono, face to face, nose to nose, and yes–stinking bad breath to stinking bad breath!
 
He will not be a skinny gimp anymore, so it is likely we would not recognize him at first.  But then we will soon realize that while we were standing at that top of the hill all those years playing the King; We got weak. We got fat. We got dull!
 
What the phreaking hell was it, you may ask, that made him so strong? Same as it ever was; the difficult and dangerous mountain assent.   
 
According to God’s Word, in the Book of Ecclesiastes, we should all consider “The Futility of All Endeavor, The Futility of Pleasure and Possessions, The Futility of Labor, The Folly of Riches”, and eventually, “The Futility of Life.”
 
1:3-11 What advantage does man have in all his work which he does under the sun?
 
A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
 
Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; and hastening to its place it rises there again.
 
Blowing toward the south, then turning toward the north, the winds continues swirling along; and on its circular courses the wind returns.
 
All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is not full.
 
To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again…
 
That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done.
 
So, there is nothing new under the sun.
 
Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”?
 
Already it has existed for ages which were before us.
 
There is no remembrance of earlier things; and also of the later things which will occur, there will be for them no remembrance among those who will come later still.

I’ve been too busy for updates on my various projects, but I was recently doing some research into material types used in musical instrument construction. In the process, I found an interesting site by a musician who resides in Montreal, Canada. His name is Michael Murray. I hope he doesn’t mind my referral directing some traffic across the Cyber Highway to his site.

http://www.michaelmurrayguitar.com/Buying%20a%20Guitar.htm

Enjoy!

It’s been way too long since the last post, but I’ve had a few technical problems with the domain for this site; I had to buy it back because it had expired! Anyway, it’s taken care of now…

The subject of my last post on 12/5/11 in the projects section had to do with one of my many projects I was working on. That one was/is a G&L project guitar with vintage pickups. I’ve temporarily set that one aside in order to complete many other projects.

The most satisfying project used one of the G&L vintage F-100 pickups from that project by placing it into the neck position of an excellent G&L ASAT semi-hollow Deluxe guitar. It was a beautiful project. Please check out the projects section here https://alvarolupinacci.com/projects/ for details about that and a few other things that I’ve recently completed.
Thanks, and enjoy!

Too many things going on…but I got “sidetracked” and recorded this the other day…

Vocals, where ARE the vocals? I “hate” vocals…but who knows, I may try to add a vocal track sometime…enjoy!

This is my version of a great Jimmy Hendrix tune: “Foxy Lady!” The guitar used is one of my project guitars that I’ve been putting together: The neck pickup is a vintage G&L G-200 pickup, and the bridge pickup is from a vintage F-100. The sound is pretty hot and distorted in this recording, but these pickups also have the ability to get very clean sounds as well…

Enjoy!
1-29-12FoxyLadyRedux

Excerpt:
Both the neck and bridge pickups were purchased from EBay through a trusted seller, so it’s not his fault. But basically, using my trusty Kobalt Brand digital caliper, it was discovered that the outside pole to pole distance on both of these vintage pickups are the same…precise to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter. The caliper tool shows this to be 55.50mm for both bridge and neck pickups…

https://alvarolupinacci.com/projects/

Added a short update to the Projects section https://alvarolupinacci.com/projects/ about a G&L Guitar project currently being worked on–ignoring the plethora of others simultaneously in progress as well!

Here’s what the guitar sounds like so far:

https://alvarolupinacci.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/glprojectguitar12-3-11.mp3

This audio file is very large–about 34Megabytes. The first section is just playing around with cleaner sounds, but the second section drives the amp in order to get a feel for the way the pickups behave with a stronger signal output.

Note that all of these are improvised “off the top of my head” simply to determine whether or not the project should go forward to completion.

Enjoy!

The last post on this blog was nearly a year ago–busy, busy! A new page has been added and is being updated as time permits. It’s a projects page showing some of the various projects Lupi has been working on over the last year or so.

Enjoy!
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