Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Jersey , a full loaded car, hubby and dog all my tools, all his tools , from Phoenix AZ all the way to New Jersey, Uh boy , can anyone say ROAD TRIP , we are in Sedona, AZ right now, hubby is mountain biking and i am sitting in a nice little cafe with a cup of Late and my dog right next to me, since hitting the road i sold 15 things, LOL, figures, last couple of days were slow but it is picking up big time, we are taking our time so i have 2-4 hours each day to fill orders,
will see ya in 1 week in good old New Jersey

( that happens when you marry an American , at least that is what my mom told me )

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yes, we are going ( like every year ) for the summer to New Jersey. In the car. With the dog in the back.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


I discovered the drawing program at DeviantArt. That is so so neat. Love doodling and i cannot stop .

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Customer Review

Metal Picks by Nici Laskin

As soon as I received my picks in the mail, I started unwrapping them instantly and was instantly in love with them: they were crafted to absolute flawlessness. No hard edges, no dents, all in all greatly done. The picks are slightly larger than a regular celluloid pick, but that just means there's more to grab on to, it doesn't get uncomfortable at all. During my testing I used an Ibanez JS1000 with 2 Dimarzio PAF Pro's run through a Laney TT50H. I also used a Yamaha Pacifica 112J with stock pickups for the drop D and drop C testing.

I received a bronze, aluminum and copper pick, which all had their own specific qualities. In comparison to a normal celluloid pick, they all made the sustain on the guitar longer, with copper being the best in that category. aluminum came closest to sounding like a regular pick, but having the same advantages of a metal pick (which I will talk about later). The sound doesn't really change all that much comparing to celluloid, except for a little more brightness. The pick is also really light, much like the weight of a normal pick.
The bronze pick offered a bit more sustain that the aluminum one and also added a little bit of brightness to the sound. It can sound very warm too when you play it close or over the fretboard, but the difference is very obvious played right next to the bridge. I imagine this difference will be even greater when playing with a very heavy single cut guitar, like a Les Paul.
My favorite one is absolutely the copper pick. This one looks just amazing, radically different than a regular pick and it feels super awesome. It's got a lot more weight to it, making playing guitar a lot more challenging sometimes, but it's very good for playing heavy riffs in drop D for example. The sound of the pick is very bright and the most defined compared to the other two. It also gives the longest sustain of all three picks, which is one of the main reasons why I like it the most.

Now let's talk about some cool techniques you can do with these metal picks! To start of we'll take your regular pick scrape: you brush the pick over the strings up or down to make a scratching sound, which sounds pretty cool, right? Well, the metal picks amplify the effect of the pick scrape, making it sound a lot fuller and more organic. Also, you can speed up or slow down while doing your pick scrape and the sound will stay very hard, unlike celluloid that tend to have a weakened sound when you slow down with the scrape.
Natural harmonics ring louder and way clearer with these metal picks of win, so get ready to make some awesome soundscapes! Add some delay and reverb and you're on your way to some massive sounds!
One of my favorite things to do with the picks is to use them as a bottleneck slide replacement: put the pick sideways on the strings and play with your fingers to pick the notes. Because of the metal, the sound will keep ringing and you will get the same effect as if you were using a bottleneck slide. There is also a small difference in tone depending on the kind of metal, the aluminum gives some warping sound that rings through your notes, but also has the least sustain. The bronze pick has the clearest sound of them all, without giving any other feedback, while the copper pick seems to add more buzz to your sound, which can sound really cool, depending on genre and preference.
Another fun thing to do, is to tap your strings with the side of the pick above and between the pickups, making some crazy robot-like tones by just tapping. When using enough distortion, you can also rub the upper strings to create some ghostly effect.
Continuing from the last 2 techniques, when you use those in combination at your fretboard while pick-tapping, you can pick tap and slide at the same time, creating some nice possibilities while playing.

All the techniques described above can be used with some added effect pedals to create even more amazing, creative and original sounds. Over all, these picks are a must have for the experimental guitarist that wants to try something a little more challenging than buying a new FX pedal.

Tim Verheyden