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Graduate level software engineer with a love for guitar, and have played for many years. I never made it big in the music space, but I have lent my "skills" for a couple of studio sessions for some friends. Now instead of concentrating on "making it" I enjoy writing and recording the music that is my passion. I have an abnormal obsession with gear of all kinds, and I have spent a couple of years tweaking what I have until it sounds exactly the way I want it to :D.

I've also built my own amps/pedals/guitars, and heavily modified the stock one's I own. I'm an electrical engineering nerd--although I don't think I could handle it as a profession--I still find the physical properties of guitars/amps/effects fascinating. You can find me on twitter at the address below.

http://www.twitter.com/jduv2683


Jan
17
comment String buzz on bass guitar
Can you localize the buzzing? As the string travels, does it hit any frets at all, or is the buzzing coming from the saddle or perhaps the nut?
Jan
17
comment What's causing this buzzing sound on the high e string?
Updated to reflect Bill's comment. Thanks!
Jan
16
comment Does a covering on a humbucker pickup make a difference?
Great answer. It's 99% aesthetic.
Jan
16
comment What is meant by “Top-End” and “Bottom-End”?
Not just the EQ on your amp is used to adjust this. Pedals, rack mount equalizers, and even different guitars will affect these parameters.
Jan
16
answered Visual Sound 1 Spot Power Supply Hum
Jan
16
comment Amp picking up radio stations
Are you in an apartment complex? I know this sounds funny, but I'm on the 5th floor of a building and I seem to be picking up interference more easily than I was when I lived on the ground floor of a condo. The problem is still related to grounding/shielding, but I thought I'd throw this fact into the mix.
Jan
16
comment Amp picking up radio stations
Shielding is likely the issue. Radio interference occurs due to lack of shielding or poor grounding of anything from the guitar to the amp, to even pedals. I remember when I built a custom fuzz pedal and screwed up the ground wiring to the case of the pedal. When I plugged it into my chain I was suddenly listening to latin Polka. When I removed it the radio interference was gone.
Jan
16
comment Amp picking up radio stations
Not true at all. My amp picks up stations regardless of if I use my Les Paul or my Telecaster. It has nothing to do with pickup type.
Jan
16
asked What is true bypass?
Jan
16
comment Why does my guitar sound more natural when plugged directly into a tube amp vs through a pedal board?
Not quite. Routing the signal through a pedal won't degrade the signal, it will in fact keep it intact--depending on if the pedal has a built in buffer or not. True bypass switching is actually the culprit here. Thanks for the answer, you're real close and that's a good article :D. Buffering is a solution, but theres a lot more to be taken into account.
Jan
16
asked Why does my guitar sound more natural when plugged directly into a tube amp vs through a pedal board?
Jan
16
comment Cleaning the fretboard of an electric guitar
How many ever zeros it takes to get to the finest steel wool possible haha. Thanks for correcting me guys. I believe I had seen 00 on a forum somewhere and that's why I went with that one.
Jan
16
asked What do the different tubes in an amplifier do?
Jan
16
asked How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?
Jan
16
comment Hot guitar pickup
Not always. I have several vintage PAF overwounds that are quite hot but do not sound "modern" at all. I think the definition of modern tone is more of a question of how high fidelity the sound is--such as active pickups, and not how hot the pickup is. Ted Nugent, Brian May, and Jimmy Page, and especially Zack Wylde all ran rather hot pickups.
Jan
16
answered Hot guitar pickup
Jan
16
comment How to accurately intonate a 3 saddle telecaster?
Also consider Callaham's stuff (callahamguitars.com/partstel.htm). I have a vintage saddle from him that took care of most of the intonation issues with my Tele--but as Ian states it's impossible to fix unless you go to a modern bridge.
Jan
16
comment Epiphone SG-400 and straps
Awesome! I'm going to grab one of these ASAP.
Jan
16
answered Coated Strings—Gimmick, or worth the money?
Jan
15
answered Quality Bass Effects Brands