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Bucks Guitar Modifications - Part 2

Welcome Back My Friends

To the show that never ends...come inside, come inside.

Buck's Guitar Modifications, an old hippie, musician and technician.

Having started playing guitar over 40 years ago, I found it incredible that by just tinkering, you can open up an entire new world.

Got a challenge, got a question, feel free to contact me.

Pluck and Pick Instead of Click

One of the greatest things in life is music. There are too many youngsters buried in online activities and they need to stop clicking and start plucking and picking. How many times have you (as an adult) said; “I wish I would have learned how to play the guitar.” I know I am one of them, but I do play an instrument, just not one of my favorite, which is the guitar.jimmy-page

You can express yourself through music and what a great way to do it by learning how to play an instrument. You are never too young or to old to learn something new. Les Paul played guitar until the day he died and he was 94.

Many of the great guitar players started playing guitar at an early age. Jimmy Page who played for the Yardbirds and one of the greatest influential bands of all time – Led Zeppelin, started playing when he was 13.

We all play air guitar and one of the greatest guitar players of all time – Jimi Hendrix, played with a broomstick, a little more advanced than an air guitar. Jimi Hendrix also started playing at 15, around the time his mother died; he acquired his first acoustic guitar for $5 from an acquaintance of his father.

Joe Satriani was inspired to play guitar at 14 soon after learning of the death of Jimi Hendrix. Yngwie Malmsteen was quoted “The day Jimi Hendrix died; the guitar-playing Malmsteen was born”. Yngwie was 10 when he picked up his first guitar.

These four guitar players are one of the most influential in rock music.

Here are other guitar players who started at a later age

Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd) – started playing at 21.
Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) – started playing at 21.

No matter what age you are, it’s never too late or too young to learn how to play guitar!

Now get away from that computer and learn something new. Let your fingers learn something different.

Rock on!

Guest post by Frank J –

Categories: guitar

Death of an Innocent Age – Virtual Blog Tour

My wife told me, we were asked to be part of a virtual blog tour – for the a CD… now remember I am not a blog type of guy, 56 years old and stubborn about new techie stuff.  When she told me it was about Dan Fogelberg, I shuttered.

Growing up thru Dan’s musical history, I always fancied myself a bit more hard core (musically) than Dan.  I know the name and to my surprise I had an album of his in my vinyl collection (huh? that is strange) So, I got out my D3 solution, and my discwasher, fired up my realistic LAB-400 (That’s a Record Player) pushed power on my Sansui 8080DB receiver and sat… AWESTRUCK..

Listening to Dan’s Innocent Age Album, reading through the album credits, wondering who were the backing musicians? Guitar, Keyboard, Synth, etch..and I kept seeing Dan’s name, how could I have kept an album like this locked in my cave (my record room in the attic) for so many years!! His vocal’s and song writing ability lost to me for so long?

It was like discovering new ground all over again, Dejavooo or something like that.  I kept wondering how did Dan’s album find it’s way into my collection? Some strange karma at work here.  If you don’t believe me, read the credits 0 see who his backing musicians were, Russ Kunkel, Rich Furay, Kenny Passarelli, Mike Finnigan.  A virtual whose who of the rock and roll world.

There all here on Dan’s Album.  The Magic Staggers my small brain, me, one who thinks he is so smart.. and Dan did this back in the 80’s.  These are albums you listen to the entire album, not just a few songs. How rare is work like that.  Dan keeps drawing you in, song after song.

Dan – I have to apologize (posthumously) that I let such music slip through my fingers all these years.

All I can say is thanks for being there for me to discover again.

I think there is a lesson here for all musicians and music fan’s alike, follow your dream because you may never achieve fame and fortune (some do) but your music will reach someone, sometime and how awesome is that.

To quote the credit mongers who have ruined our world.. “priceless”

In closing, don’t forget who you are and follow your dreams and I am sure Dan will cross your path at some moment in time.

As I wrote this post, I listened to the entire album, in a room where my son was sleeping, he is usually a restless sleeper and tosses all over, he didn’t wake up or stir once, I think he enjoyed Dan’s peace and harmonly as well as I did.

Life is short to take yourself too seriously, love your woman, respect your friends and it will all work out and you may find happiness along the way!

Fred Magliore from FM Odyssey did an interview with Dan and here are a few clips of what is on the cd –

MP3 Clip – DF on “Same Old Lang Syne”
MP3 Clip – DF remembers Thanksgiving

Just a preview of what’s on the CD – The entire CD Can Be purchased at FM Odyssey as well and $3.00 from each purchase is going to The Prostate Cancer Foundation – the disease that took Dan’s Life.

Excitingly so – if you leave a comment – you have a chance to win the CD as well – details below.

There are about 45 minutes of “lost segments” from the CD which have never been & WILL likely never be released to the public!

Each person that posts a comment during this tour will be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of this one-of-a-kind CD with the remainder of the interview!!!

The most unique, insightful, special comment will be chosen to win a copy, in addition to the random drawing winners!

If you’d like to see what others are saying and take a peek at previous posts that were on the tour – here’s what went on.

Thursday April 2 – Cheryl Malandrinos Review

Friday April 3 – Steven Bradley – Review of CD, quips from interview, banners, possible interview questions

Monday April 6 – Shelley Tucker Review of CD

Tuesday April 7 – Joyce Anthony Review of CD

Wednesday April 8- Dyan Review of CD

Thursday, April 9– Joyce Anthony

Friday, April 10– Linda Merlino CD Review and Shelia Goss- mp3’s clips & review

Wednesday, April 15– Marta Hoelscher & CD Review

Thursday, April 16– Susie Kleiner – my wife, and of course, right here at Bucks Guitar Modifications

17th- Robin Epstein is a lover of Dan Fogelberg’s music for a long time & will submit a review

22nd- Susan Wingate: ; will review the CD

29th & 30th- Marvin at: Free Spirit blog at

Hippie Days blog at will review the CD.

British Audio Service

Kudo’s to Shane at British Audio Service

Shane fixed my fixes the correct way and I might add, remember boys and girls, Buck is a hacker willing to try anything but smart enough to know when he is way out of his league.

I always say, don’t be afraid to try, but then again, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Shane, my man, KUDO’s on the Gibson Amp and the Sunn Amp, both of them are up and running, just like they should be!.

Fender Hot Noiseless Stratocaster Pickups

img_1730Gerry’s Fender Hot Noiseless 3 Pickup Set

Gerry own’s a Korean made strat, he decided he wanted to sound like
Jeff Beck
without the cost of a brand new guitar.  He brought me his strat, and a box of  Fender Hot Noiseless 3 Pickup Set, and
Graph Tech Slotted Trem-Nut for Stratocaster

and being the whore for adventure that I am – I quickly said “no problem”

After getting started and realizing the moutain I was climbing and a phone call saying…”I don’t think I can” Gerry said – “Oh Yes You Can!”

I put on my thinking cap, and Sailor Jerry and I took over – The first problem I tackled was fitting the pickups in the pickguard.  The cutout’s were too small for the  Noiseless 3 Pickups.

After 3-4 hours of using my scraper made out of a 3 corner scraper, problem solved.  The next problem using the spaces that came with the noiseless set for mounting, was a no-go.  Spacing of a Korean Strat does not like the spacing of img_1732American sized pickups.  (I think it may be some sort of evil plot)  But with the help of Felix and his bag of tricks, I found that traditional mounting springs (stew mac) worked and 1 problem solved.

Wired it up, and Oh No.. Mr. Bill… Noiseless Pickups are not so noiseless under neon lights, unless you are holding onto the strings.  Hey Felix what the hell do I do? After remembering something that I read that Dan Armstrong recommended (0.100 uf 250v, cap) on the wire going to the bridge, and…another problem solved.

Now the Nut – Trem-Nut for Stratocaster – Oh boy, I read that a simple tap to the side of the nut after scoring around it to eliminate finish chipping, is the golden key – not on this strat.  (I guess the guys in Korea don’t hold to this theory.)  They like tight fits and glue, good for tone, but not for me.  More tapping, more tapping and no results.  I finally sawed the nut, making a groove in the middle, hoping to collapse it, WRONG… pieces broke off and flush with the finger board.  Back to the saw for deeper groove and a very narrow chisel.  Tap, Tap, Swear, Swear…Sailor Jerry..Beware!

I finally removed the nut, (ps – it was un-salvageable) Cleaned the nut slot and installed the nut, good fit right out of the box.  (Thanks Trem Nut).  The action was horribly high, nut files to rescue.  Trial and error to get the right height, (truss adjustment involved, check out John Carruthers DVD for some cool tips.)  All went well (alot of cut, restring, check, cut, restring, etc…) until I am approaching the promise land and bam! Buzz on the high E, I am hoping it’s the frets so I can dress it out. NO! Nut slot is .02 to deep….%$#%$#..were my thoughts.   .02…what to do, a new nut and start over.  Felix, where are you? Finally he answered a small piece of 3m 600 grit wet or dry paper 0.01-0.02 did the trick problem 3 solved.

Now onto his preformed case, oh I forgot to tell you about this, it had 3 hinges, 2 of the hinges were pulled away from the case.  Its tabs that hold them in place pulled free.  After removing the bottom preform insert that holds the guitar in place in the case.  (be careful if you try this at home) after reinserting the tab’s in there holes, I peened them over to hold in place, an okay repair not my best, and you will know why if you try this.  I recommend a new case
Fender Stratocaster/Telecaster Molded Guitar Case Black
.  Problem 4 solved!

Gerry owes me a small amount of cash, even more rum and one of his super taco dinners, if you are lucky enough to get one of Gerry’s Taco Dinners, you’ll understand why it’s only a small amount of cash!.

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