Fixing a scratchy wah pedal

A number of years ago, I bought a Dunlop Crybaby Wah pedal second hand. It was a good deal, but the sound was never as good as I wanted it to be. Since I got it, there was a scratchy sound that I could never totally get rid of. I cleaned out the potentiometer (pot) with electronics cleaner a few times, and that definitely improved things, but it was never perfect.

Lately, I’ve been getting back into playing guitar, and I wanted to put this wah to use. I figured I would just replace the pot and everything would be fine. At first, I assumed I could just go to Radio Shack or whatever they’re called these days and get a replacement, but after doing some research online, I found that the potentiometer used in a wah-wah is not a simple linear pot, but is logarithmic.

Without wanting to … Read the rest

A pleasant craigslist experience

A week before my birthday, I decided I would spend a bit of money on myself and buy an acoustic guitar. I’ve wanted one for a long time, and I figured this would be a good opportunity to finally get one.

I wasn’t too concerned with getting the best guitar money can buy, so I figured I would get a decent guitar in the $250 to $300 range. I checked out a few local stores and saw a few possible guitars that would fit the bill. Then I decided to check out craigslist. My friend Spencer recently bought his electric Tokai from a guy on craigslist, so I decided to have a look and see what I could find.

Right away I found an almost new Yamaha for $200 with a case. It’s the F-310, which retails for about $200-$300 in stores. I contacted the guy, and we arranged … Read the rest