Know your weapons

Posted in Phlogiston, Rock 'n' Roll at 9:18 am by George Smith

Warm-up before going to a Halloween party as myself, with guitar, to play a few songs.

Honeytone $20 9-volt battery driven made-of-plastic-in-China amp from Guitar Center, not priceless that’s for sure. But handy and a conversation starter. And it sounds just barely OK if you know what you’re doing.

Was going to post a photo of the original China Toilet Blooz toilet seat, which didn’t make the video. Maybe later.

Posting will be light. Spending time with a friend debilitated by a hard regimen of chemotherapy. Once again, reality shows there’s been no innovation. Unless you call carrying a fannypack purse/pump for the poison strapped to you a wonder. The poisons aren’t new or better since the Eighties. And they’re still very much toxic.


  1. Mikey said,

    October 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    What? No Pignose hidden in the closet for portable use? ;-)
    I hope your buddy comes through. Best wishes.

  2. George Smith said,

    October 31, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Had a Pignose years ago. They’re obviously better. If I intended to busk more than I actually do (or camp out at an OWS protest, something I’m not planning on since I’m helping with home cancer care) I’d probably get another or a Roland Microcube. But Pasadena’s not particularly busking friendly, anyway. Like a lot of the country, which in the last three decades, has been brainwashed into thinking that distracts from shopping — like real music, not the canned stuff — is anarchy and needs to be run off.

  3. Dave Latchaw said,

    October 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I love the look of that thing. I’m tempted to get one just to gut it and put in some better electronics.

  4. George Smith said,

    November 1, 2011 at 7:08 am

    It does have a great art deco look. And the circuit in it is adequate; it’s the small speaker that’s the limitation. It’s an analog solid state distortion circuit and it has a nice tone. A couple years ago there was a video on YouTube on how to alter the circuit so you could port the output to a 10 or 12 inch external speaker — which it was strong enough to drive.