Monthly Archives: April 2021

Alnico vs Ceramic Pickups

Just a quick little video to compare the tonal differences between the Artist STHL which has ceramic pickups (a humbucker in the bridge) vs my 1997 Korean made Fender Squier which has Alnico Pickups (single coil in the bridge).

Volume and tone pots on both guitars are all the way up. Same tuning and 8 gauge strings on both guitars. Exact same clean and slightly dirty settings on my Boss Katana for both guitars, absolutely no post editing.

There are a lot of variables in this video (different pickup heights, different guitars) but yes the vague point of the video was for me to figure out which sounds I liked better (on review I like the Squier neck pickup for clean and a bit of dirty and Artist bridge humbucker for a lot of dirty) so my next potential move might be to look for a single coil humbucker like a Seymour Duncan hot rail, Little ’59 or JB Jr. for the bridge of my Squier and an alnico pickup for the neck of my Artist STHL.

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Good clean fun with Abby

Find this full uncensored photo set on my Patreon next week:

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Black pickguard installed on the STH


Before and after.

I had to drill new holes to get it to fit but it’s come out looking so great!

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Remove logo from headstock

As the sun rises.

Got up and had the urge to remove the Artist logo off the STH headstock. On the last Artist guitar the sticker was under the clear coat but on the STH there is no clear coat so I went at it with sandpaper and it’s come out tops! Also took off one string tree and replaced the other with a spare Graph Tech string tree I had lying around. I cleaned up the plastic nut a little too (I noticed the little e string grabbing on big bends), got some graphite on it, rolled the fretboard edges and put on a set of 8 gauge strings.

Also took delivery of a black pickguard in the mail today but sadly it doesn’t fit. Not only are the screw holes in the wrong places but the position of the humbucker cutout is completely off. All good, was a cheap purchase in any case. I thought about painting the existing white pickguard black but considering it’s going to get scratched a lot I figure that’s just not a smart move. I then thought about covering it with black vinyl, but yeah nah. I think I’ll just leave it as is for now.

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Artist Guitars STH


No gaps.

I’m tempted to take one string tree off, and replace the other with a spare Graph Tech string tree I have lying around.

Brand name pickups on a $159 guitar, amazing!

Skinny Minnie.

The trem block on this guitar is super thin in comparison to the block in my Korean made Squier (the guitar body is thinner too which explains why the guitar is so light!). You get what you pay for though, right?!

We are family.

Video review.

That American made Fender Stratocaster continues to allude me! I bought myself another “cheap” guitar to add to my ever growing sub $500 guitar collection!

Was a bit too dark last night to take photos of my new STHL which arrived yesterday so I just took some photos today.
I bought this guitar on eBay from Artist Guitars as a customer returned guitar for $159.

Earlier today I checked the neck with a straight edge and I’m happy to say it’s straight! The action feels right but I checked it anyways and it’s set nice and low on all strings but the top 2 heavy strings which are a tiny bit higher than the rest (easy adjustment). I checked the intonation too and it was off on 2 strings but again, easy adjustment.

All in all it’s just so much guitar for the money. Really most happy with the neck. It feels great, fret ends are smooth, it’s really thin and I love the smooth satin finish on the back. The guitar is super light too which I appreciate as I play standing up.

I’m just going to play it as is for now, standard tuning (my MIK Squire is tuned a whole step down and my MIJ Squier is in Eb) but I’ve ordered a black lefty scratch plate and when that gets in I’ll change over to 8 gauge strings.

For more information on the STH visit Artist Guitars:

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Monday Morning Rant

I updated to macOS Big Sur last night and now nothing works. Photoshop, Bridge, my SLR as a webcam. FUCK ME!

I’ve been watching a whole lot of SOFT WHITE UNDERBELLY on YouTube. Mark Laita is a professional photographer who’s done work for Apple, BMW, Coca-Cola, McDonalds and more, but he started shooting people on Skid Row, and then he started interviewing them, now that’s what he does full time.

On SOFT WHITE UNDERBELLY he interviews heroin addicts, porn actresses, prostitutes, pimps, homeless people, sex offenders and more. It’s raw AF, a hardcore insight into why people choose to self destruct.


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Either way I look at it, Outriders has been an awesome break from Destiny 2

Glass canon.

That damage tho!

I’m a ‘play every day’ Destiny 2 player, until I’m not. At times over the years I’ve burnt out for months at a time, but I always end up returning when there’s a big expansion.

The launch of Outriders coincided with a quiet period of the current Destiny 2 season (a real shame as Bungie had really been delivering this season with new updates each week). I spent a good few days hovering over the buy now button on Outriders in the Steam store as I really just didn’t think this game was worth the massive asking price, but to be honest I’ve clocked 130+ hours in Outriders, not had any sign in issues or excessive crashing on the PC, and all in all I do feel like I’ve almost gotten my money’s worth.

It’s been an awesome break from D2! I’ve literally not played any Destiny 2 for the past 2 weeks and the current Destiny 2 season ends on May the 11th so here’s hoping that Outriders will at least carry me until the next Destiny 2 season. If the devs ever release new content for this game I’ll be sure to drop back in.

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Gaming like a motherfucker

Welcome to my Monday Morning Rant for Monday the 19th of April. I’ve not done much the past week but play computer games (playing Outriders right now) so I rant about that!

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Viv in her place

Just starting to upload shots from a new set of photos with Viv (and Minty!) at her place on my Patreon.

Massive thanks to my Patrons for the ongoing support! Visit/Support:

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Monday Morning Rant – Strange Tinder Match!

This morning I rant about a strange Tinder match!

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