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My Top Secret Project: Pt 2 – The Compromise

February 2nd, 2015 Permalink

In every project, there are compromises made to in order to make the original vision more feasible, more practical, more economical or in some cases, better. In this case, I had three designs to work from, my favorite being the first, closely followed by the second. The first concept had a pair of Rickebacker pickups, […]

In every project, there are compromises made to in order to make the original vision more feasible, more practical, more economical or in some cases, better. In this case, I had three designs to work from, my favorite being the first, closely followed by the second. The first concept had a pair of Rickebacker pickups, but there were two problems with these that would have made things a little difficult. #1 was that the string spacing on the Rick was considerably narrower than that of the Fender Bass and the neck and bridge were going to be spec’d for a Precision bass. #2 was that the Rick Pickups were priced at over $100 apiece, and for a first time project, I felt that spending more than $200 on electronics was going to be a bit much.

 

The second concept had three Danelectro pickups. I liked the Dano pickups mainly because they look really cool and they fit within the general vibe of the instrument. But, I really wanted a set of humbuckers on this bass. After a few online discussions with some members of a bass building forum, I found that it would be possible to buy 4 single coil lipstick pickups and wire them as two pairs of humbuckers. Guitar Fetish sells a set of 3 single coils, bridge, middle and neck with the bridge wired in reverse polarity, conveniently designed to make a humbucker when two adjacent single coils are selected on the guitar. I bought one neck pickup, one bridge, and two middle pickups to make up my two pairs of humbuckers. And, at about $25 apiece, these pickups were half the cost of the Ricks.

 

So in the end, my compromise made the bass more affordable, gave me the humbuckers I wanted and gave me the coolness of the Danelectro. Plus, with help of a six-position rotary switch, I would have the added bonus of having access to the individual coils, giving me that twangy Danelectro tone as well as the fat humbucker vibe!

 

And Voila! I dubbed this bass El Cometa (The Comet).

 

Reeds at the Sespe – Santa Clara River Confluence • Fillmore, CA 2013

November 19th, 2013 Permalink

Reeds at the Sespe – Santa Clara River Confluence • Fillmore, CA 2013   The Sespe and the Santa Clara Rivers meet just outside of Fillmore, CA. The sandy bottom is home to a lot of tall reeds and other plant life. Shot just before sunset.

Reeds at the Sespe - Santa Clara River Confluence • Fillmore, CA 2013
Reeds at the Sespe - Santa Clara River Confluence • Fillmore, CA 2013

 

The Sespe and the Santa Clara Rivers meet just outside of Fillmore, CA. The sandy bottom is home to a lot of tall reeds and other plant life. Shot just before sunset.

Fall Treeline • Fillmore, CA 2013

November 11th, 2013 Permalink

Fall • Fillmore, CA 2013 Reeds and bare trees by the Sespe River in Fillmore, CA. Fall skies and Fall colors right before sunset.

Fall • Fillmore, CA 2013
Fall • Fillmore, CA 2013

Reeds and bare trees by the Sespe River in Fillmore, CA. Fall skies and Fall colors right before sunset.

Dry Riverbed and Cat Tails • Fillmore, CA 2013

October 22nd, 2013 Permalink

Dry Creekbed and Cat Tails • Fillmore, CA 2013 Cat tails on the Sespe River in Fillmore. Being late in early Autumn, the riverbed is completely dry and the foliage is brown. Shot just after sunset, and texture for artistic effect.

Dry Creekbed and Cat Tails • Fillmore, CA 2013
Dry Creekbed and Cat Tails • Fillmore, CA 2013

Cat tails on the Sespe River in Fillmore. Being late in early Autumn, the riverbed is completely dry and the foliage is brown. Shot just after sunset, and texture for artistic effect.

Yuccas by the Sespe River

October 10th, 2013 Permalink

Yuccas by the Riverbed • Fillmore, CA 2013 A pair of dried yuccas by the Sespe River in Fillmore, CA. Sometime after sunset, the dry riverbed is in the background. Has a groovy textured effect applied to the image.

Yuccas by the Riverbed • Fillmore, CA 2013
Yuccas by the Riverbed • Fillmore, CA 2013

A pair of dried yuccas by the Sespe River in Fillmore, CA. Sometime after sunset, the dry riverbed is in the background. Has a groovy textured effect applied to the image.

Sycamores by the Sespe

October 9th, 2013 Permalink

Sycamores by the Sespe By the Sespe River in Fillmore, CA. A copse of sycamores stands beside a small footpath on the riverbank.

Sycamores by the Sespe
Sycamores by the Sespe

By the Sespe River in Fillmore, CA. A copse of sycamores stands beside a small footpath on the riverbank.

Manzanita and Yucca • Fillmore, CA 2013

October 5th, 2013 Permalink

Manzanita and Yucca • Fillmore, CA 2013   Here’s a nice little image from the Sespe. I like the contrast between the two plants, and I like the way the color of the sky came out an ominous gray. I shot the original image shortly after sunset, and the sky was a sort of bluish […]

Manzanita and Yucca • Fillmore, CA 2013
Manzanita and Yucca • Fillmore, CA 2013

 

Here’s a nice little image from the Sespe. I like the contrast between the two plants, and I like the way the color of the sky came out an ominous gray. I shot the original image shortly after sunset, and the sky was a sort of bluish gray to begin with. I stumble upon an area along the river bank where there seemed to be a lot of really old husks of cars strewn about. Perhaps it was a place where people dumped their trash a long time ago.

Pretty exciting – I’ve cranked out 3 of these images in the last couple of weeks.

Pile of Stones Near a Copse of Trees • Fillmore, CA • 2013

September 22nd, 2013 Permalink

Pile of Stones Near a Copse of Trees • Fillmore, CA • 2013 Here’s a pretty little picture I shot this week near the Sespe River in Fillmore. This is probably the first edited and completed image I have posted this year. With a death in the family, and a few other artistic distractions, it’s […]

Pile of Stones Near a Copse of Trees • Fillmore, CA • 2013
Pile of Stones Near a Copse of Trees • Fillmore, CA • 2013

Here’s a pretty little picture I shot this week near the Sespe River in Fillmore. This is probably the first edited and completed image I have posted this year. With a death in the family, and a few other artistic distractions, it’s been an odd year for me. It feels good to be making landscape images again, and I can guarantee there will be more on the way!

Dead of Night Poster

November 18th, 2012 Permalink

Dead of Night Poster I did this little poster here for Moorpark based Dead of Night. This is the web version – we made different versions for the printed 11″x17″ posters and the 4″x6″ post cards. I shot the images of the skull in my studio. It is a styrofoam prop Amelia had left over […]

Dead of Night poster
Dead of Night Poster

I did this little poster here for Moorpark based Dead of Night. This is the web version – we made different versions for the printed 11″x17″ posters and the 4″x6″ post cards. I shot the images of the skull in my studio. It is a styrofoam prop Amelia had left over from Halloween.

I love doing rock posters, so I’ve been pretty excited about this job. It takes me back to my days as a fledgling designer when I was making band fliers with black construction paper and Letraset, printing them out on a Xerox machine.

Dead of Night will be playing on Friday December 7 a Arena Sports Grill and bar in Simi Valley, CA.

My Slack Time Has Not Been Unproductive

October 27th, 2012 Permalink

So, I guess that I’ve been slacking way hard with this blog lately. I got really caught up on a really big web project that took months out of my life. I don’t think that I ever really recovered. That’s not to say that I haven’t been keeping up on my own projects. Just in […]

So, I guess that I’ve been slacking way hard with this blog lately. I got really caught up on a really big web project that took months out of my life. I don’t think that I ever really recovered. That’s not to say that I haven’t been keeping up on my own projects. Just in the last few weeks, I knocked out a few images for my Fillmore series. I’ve been kind of focusing on taking pictures of the town as well as the usual images of trees and farmland.

Pepper Tree by the Sespe River • Fillmore, CA 2012
Pepper Tree by the Sespe River • Fillmore, CA 2012 by Freekmagnet, on Flickr

Sunrise over an orchard outside of Fillmore, CA
Orchard Off Telegraph Road • Fillmore, CA 2012

Corner of Fillmore and Second Street, Fillmore, CA 2012
Corner of Fillmore and Second Street • Fillmore, CA 2012

A couple of images from this series will be in the upcoming Art About Agriculture show at the Santa Paula Art Museum. I very excited to have some of the images in that show. The exhibition opens in November, and I will post a more detailed announcement at a later date.