Monday, 19 April 2021

Ep#10 Mr Glyn Meets Your Maker - Rod Capper Guitars

 

Rod Capper has been making classical guitars near Auckland for 35 years. I was interested in discussing the conflict between tradition and innovation in the classical guitar making world. I got way more than I bargained for. Rod's constant experimentation has led him to some interesting conclusions and caused me to re-think my view of how guitars work. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Ep#9 Mr Glyn Meets Your Maker – Red Witch Pedals

 This was a real treat for me, getting to have a chat with Ben Fulton from Red Witch pedals. He’s a Kiwi legend and has designed some of the most imaginative pedals out there. I’m amazed at his constant evolution and pushing the boundaries.

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KTU96pdw0Q

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Thursday, 11 March 2021

Ep#8 ‘MrGlyn Meets Your Maker’ - Trevor Binford

Trevor Binford is the real deal. As well as a top class guitar maker he runs a school of guitar making in Auckland NZ. I wanted to find out how he got to where he is and where he learned his craft. Turns out we're very lucky to have him here in New Zealand.



 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejs52QSSiPk

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Mr Glyn's Pickups 'Bellbird' demo

 

If you don't know Andy Marra from Christchurch and his beautiful guitar playing here's your chance:
 

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Fender ‘Wide Range’ humbucker

I had a 1975 Wide Range’ humbucker in for a rewind the other day and took the chance to take some pictures. I thought I’d explain why these are different from ‘normal’ humbuckers and show you what its innards look like.

The main difference is with the magnets. A tradition ‘Gibson ‘ style humbucker has a single bar magnet underneath the coils with the pole pieces ‘conducting’ this magnetic flux up through the coils towards the strings.

The Wide Range is much more similar to a Fender pickup (like a Strat) with the poles being individual magnets, 12 of them. This produces a more trebly, percussive, clearer tone than a traditional humbucker. To offset this high end Wide Ranges have overwound coils. The more wire you put on a coil the more bass you get so Wide Ranges are wound to around 10.6KOhms where as a traditional humbucker is closer to 8KOhms. This adds bass and balances out the tone from the magnets giving a balanced, full, clear tone. To give space for these extra windings the pickup was made physically bigger.

Interesting eh.

Oh, and the magnets have a different chemical composition, but that’s another story.


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Saturday, 27 February 2021

“Integrity” humbucker (Blue Sky)

 Last weekend I discovered that another pickup maker has a humbucker called a “Blue Sky” and they’d been using the name longer than us.

We were left with a problem – what to do.

There wasn’t really an option, the decent thing to do would be to contact the other maker and explain and change the name of our pickup.

But what to call it?

We asked that question to the NZGuitarist/Bassist Facebook group, wow, what a response! Over 300 suggestions!

In the end the name we chose was “Integrity” and the winner gets a T-shirt. Which reminds me – a merchandise page will be up in the website in the next few weeks.