The Beatles Isolated Vocal Track to “In My Life”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 14, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

I hope you enjoy this as much I as I do. It’s great stuff.


Dave Weir and Weir Guitars

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 10, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

If you think you can’t afford what amounts to an American made custom shop guitar built to your specs, you’re dead wrong. I’m waiting on a custom guitar from Dave Weir (of Weir guitars). I really have to spread the love around for this guy. Dave’s a builder out of Escondido California and everything he sells is handmade, except for the pickups he uses. His care and consideration throughout the entire configuration process are top shelf. Just keep in mind that Dave thinks outside the box a bit. He doesn’t clone Fender or Gibson guitars like some others. He only makes one guitar with variations on his guitar template which he calls the “Poorboy”.

Here’s what Dave built for me (he calls it Poorboy #28):

  • Ipe (pronounced eee-pay) 1-piece neck and fretboard with no trussrod (Ipe is 70% stiffer than Sugar Maple and the wood is so dense with a super low moisture content that it will basically never bend, etc
  • African Mahogany solid piece body with a dark non-cereal varnish/”French” finish (I love the nod to Christmas Vacation there). The finish goes from copper to red to brown with black striations depending on how the light hits it. I noticed two inconsistencies on the finish but I’m really splitting hairs here- it’s a beautiful guitar
  • Nickel-silver side dots at 3,5,7,9 and 12 with nothing on the face
  • 1 GFS Minitron. Dave used a “Nashville” bridge pickup (it’s brighter than a standard neck pup)
  • Gig bag included
  • The frets are Stewmac 0141 Medium High .095″x.045
  • The bridge and tail piece are aluminum. No volume or tone controls. The output jack is wired straight to the pickup.

This Poorboy #28 can play nice, and it also has an aggressive growl to it.I like mini-buckers but this GFS pickup has a bit too much sizzle and I will most likely send it to Curtis Novak for a rewire. While a better quality pickup would benefit the guitar, I can honestly say that I’ve never played a guitar that has a better neck than this Poorboy #28 and it is every bit as sweet as my ’59 Gibson. Thick like a bat and easy to play. Flawless fretwork.

Any guitar player would be very hard-pressed to find a better guitar for the money (see cost below). If you are looking for something a bit different to round out your sound you owe it to yourself to check out Weir guitars.

Total price: $460.00 + shipping and I’m assuming price is subject to change at some point. Dave Weir also has a a life-of-maker buy back policy. If anything ever goes wrong or you don’t like it or your wife says you have too many guitars he will buy it back at the purchase price!!!

You can reach Dave Weir through his Etsy site (tell him The Buddha Rats sent you):…eader-shopname

 Poorboy #28 African Mahogany with Ipe neck

Life Is Good

Posted in Commentary, Music with tags , on June 1, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

Spent all day Saturday with some very close friends and a bunch of wickedly talented musicians. Partied responsibly, played all night and#lifeisgood.

Memorial Day

Posted in Commentary on May 24, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

Here is to all of our brave men and women who sacrificed everything to make sure we are all safe and free. God bless you all and thank you!

I just want to to say something special to all the Mother’s in the world. Is that possible?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Caribbean, Parisian, Bolivian, Namibian, Eastern Indochinian, Republic of Dominican, Amphibian, Presbyterian, Outta sight, Late night, Hard workin’ ladies, Erudite, Brainy ladies and all you Hermaphrodite Lady-man-ladies. This is your day!



Dave Grohl Owes Me (AKA Nickelback Sucks Ass)

Posted in Commentary, Nickelback Sucks Ass, Shitty Musicians with tags on April 27, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

Facebook. A wonderland of meme’s, old friends and political ramblings.

I was reading a collection of meme’s/quotes and stumbled across Dave Grohl’s  jab at a Canadian band called Nickelback. They came to fame in the 90’s. I should have heard of this band, but was thankfully spared for over almost 20 years until Dave Grohl opened his trap. Based on Dave’s funny quote about “hearing the devil when you play any Nickelback song backwards” and things being worse when you “play them forward because you just hear Nickelback” I decided to take a chance and check them out on YouTube. I figured how bad could they be?

How bad? Really. Fuc**ng. Bad. I got through 23 seconds of something titled Rockstar. It sucked ausing my right ear to bleed. The douchebag singer sounded like he hadn’t taken a shit since 1987. The lyrics were beyond abysmal and most likely plagiarized from a Canadian Jr. HS student’s lost notebook. I also learned from a coworker that the a-hole singer married Avril Lavine. Misery must love company.

Are the only Canadian musicians worth a damn Neil Young and the guys from The Band? Why hasn’t anyone repossessed Nickelback’s instruments or, better yet, shot them all dead in the street like they would have done in the Old West? Questions, questions…

Now back to Dave Grohl,. This guy is awesome, but with great power comes great responsibility and Dave owes me. He owes me Big Time, because I can never get my pre-Nickelback life back. The only way Dave could possibly make things right is by covering this Buddha Rats song which has, and always will, kick ass and could possibly kick even harder if the Foo fighters would cover it:

Happy Sunday. F**k Nickelback. God bless Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.






V-Drums TD-11KV

Posted in V-Drums, VST Instruments and EQ's, VSTi Presets with tags , , on March 30, 2014 by The Buddha Rats

I purchased a TD-11KV. It’s a good kit to get for apartment dwellers (it’s super quiet) and for tracking with vst’s (I would never gig with this kit or any e-kit… you want the real deal for that). I’ve been able to get a good response using the V-Drums with AD, Kontakt and EZ Drummer. I will post my settings below for those in need of help getting a decent feel from the pads.

These Sensitivity and Threshold settings worked well when triggering the Roland TD-11 KV kits:

Kick: 7, 3
Snare: 4, 4
Hats: 9, 5
Toms: 5, 2
Crash A: 6, 3
Ride: 6, 3
Crash B (Alesis Pad): 7,3

Settings for the Drumdrops Premier kit and Analogue Drums Monotown kit in Kontakt:

Kick: 4, 3
Snare: 4, 4
Hats: 6, 5
Toms: 4, 2
Crash A & B: 6,2
Ride: 6, 2

I got really fine results with EZ Drummer and Addictive Drums using these settings:

Kick: 7, 3
Snare: 7, 4
Hats: 14, 5
Toms: 8, 2
Crash A & B: 12,2
Ride: 12, 2

Happy playing,