The Cheapest Guitar Body on Amazon and eBay (Shite-o-caster, part 2)

Part 2 of the shite-o-caster build, it’s the cheapest body I could find new. Just Β£20 (about 22 Euros or 27 dollars)

Often listed as “Wood type electric guitar accessories ST electric guitar barrel material maple guitar barrel body”

I wasn’t expecting much, in fact some of the reviews were damning, so I was actually pleasantly surprised and will be happily using this in my guitar build.

It’s certainly not without faults, there’s tear-through in the body of the wood, there’s glue infused in the wood which hampers stain take up and paulownia isn’t the most solid of timbers πŸ™‚

The next video will be treating and finishing the body.

Amazon UK links*

I got the SODIAL one, but the pictures look identical.

* These are affiliate links. But this is the body in the video that I purchased myself before I even considered the idea of an affiliate link.



Slayer Raining Blood (failure) – Chris Learns Guitar episode 16

I failed! But that’s ok, time to move on. Playing Slayer’s Raining Blood is something I’m not ready for yet. But here’s a historical video of me playing riffs at measured speeds so I can come back to this and see if I’ve improved enough to play it. Gear used: Heavily modded Yamaha Pacifica 120SD with Warman G-Rail pickup Audio Assault’s Dominator VST plugin I’ll put pictures of the settings in a blog post later.

Part 1 – It started with a neck – Shite-o-caster

I’ve decided to build a guitar and to do it on the cheap, but hopefully come up with something still playable. I thought it would be more fun to buy things separately rather than get a kit because I already had a neck. This recording is the 4th or 5th take… and even this was almost had to be abandoned due to a passing aeroplane. So yeah, essentially I’m building a partscaster or partocaster!



Blink 182 Cover – All The Small Things – Learning to play episode 14

After hearing Jennifer James and JJ’s One Girl Band attempt this I commented something about attempting this. The response being “Go on then”… so here it is. Weeks later!

Really hoping to start turning songs around quicker as my ability to learn and stamina improves.

Anyway, this is another market of my progress at learning how to play the guitar properly at last.


The Guitar Show – Birmingham – 2018

I’ve never been to a guitar show before so had little idea what to expect. The answer to that is a mixture of guitar store and a jumble sale.Β  What I wasn’t prepared for was the noise, I don’t like crowds too and whilst some bits were chockablock you were able to chart an irregular course around.

Before going I’d made a list of who I wanted to visit and managed to hit most of them – some just were nowhere to be seen. They might have been cohabiting with another exhibitor – but were not on the plan.

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New finish, paint job and a pickguard – Yamaha Pacifica 120SD (tele style) – 09

Hi, this is an update on the Yamaha Pacifica 120SD.

After all the previous working including lots of pointless knob. The cavity fill and sanding I’ve decided that I want to spruce it up a bit. It was looking like a really bad deliberate relic job.

Plus, look at athat wiring!

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Judas Priest – Breaking the Law Cover – Learning to play Episode 13

HELLO! The guitar is a friend’s Mexican Strat with Seymour Duncan hotrails at the bridge. Recorded in Reaper using the Marshall JCM900 and Boss DS-1 VSTs from the SimulAnalog suite. It’s been a long time. Way too long.

So I picked a song that is known for being a good beginner song. It turned out to be a lot harder than I anticipated! πŸ™‚ I’ve a long way to go… The timing of the chorus part took me ages to figure out… it’s only two notes! Then I decided to do the bass part finger plucked, when the original is done with a pick. …so I had to spend a long time building up the stamina to make it all the way through the song. I’ve learnt many things though, such as not relying on reading the music and learning the parts. In the end, it’s a bit messier than I anticipated. But I’m happy enough to move onto the next challenge. Whatever that’ll be… Join me on the journey of this channel with me learning to play guitar finally by subscribing to this channel πŸ™‚

One Messy Mama

Behringer iAxe 393 output test review

At the end of talking about the Behringer iAxe 393 previously I realised that I’d recorded the entire thing on my Focusrite 2i2 and not using the USB built into the guitar… which is the main feature of the guitar.

Ho ho. So this is a quick run through of some sounds, using the Guitar Rig 5 software to both amplify and record. Thanks for stopping by!


Behringer iAXE 393 review with added Iron Maiden (“week” 12)

So I got this guitar, almost by accident by putting a speculative bid down… it turns out I won. I do like this guitar but it’s not without faults, as we’ll see.

I decided that as I’m still trying to learn I’d do a few intros from Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden, which are:

  • Invaders
  • The Prisoner
  • 22 Acacia Avenue
  • The Number of the Beast
  • Run to the Hills
  • Gangland
  • Hallowed be thy Name

I don’t claim them to be accurate renditions. Just something to get me playing. The influence being that the Iron Maiden guitarists (all EIGHT THOUSAND of them) all use S shaped guitars (although none entirely with single coils) Also, I forgot to even try the USB part of the guitar. Which for a USB guitar is a bit of an oversight πŸ™‚

Terrorvision – Pretend Best Friend (Guitar/Bass) – Chris Learns Guitar – Week 10

Again, not really a cover. I’m repeating the verse, chorus and solo a couple of times. But I’m having fun πŸ˜‰ This is Terrorvision’s Pretend Best Friend off of the album How to Make Friends and Influence People. One of my all time favourites.