Today was insane!!! Weezer’s official Instagram account found us and tagged Matt Sharp on our replica bass, prompting him to then tag me in a reply shot saying, “you’re out of control”, which is like the best compliment EVER.

So then I get home from work and find that he’s now lightly taunting me via Instagram with up-close shots of THE bass––of things I’d never seen even––telling me I need to step up my game. THIS IS INSANITY BLARGHHHH!

This felt amazingly good. Tax day blues alleviated. Additionally, I got a call from one of my favorite publications about possibly writing an article on Weezer’s blue/Pinkerton-era gear!

I hope Rivers taunts me. I hope Brian gets all sassy.

Well, that was a fun day!

Jessica from @deepseadiver_music just picked up her Fender Starcaster, now featuring @lollarpickups Regals (SPLOOSH) and an entirely new wiring harness by yours truly! It. Sounds. Fantabulous. Catch DSD at the Red Bull thing tomorrow, I don’t know what it’s called. I’m so bad at promotion. Grr/argh! #guitar #fender #starcaster #lollar #pickups #upgrade #deepseadiver #honor #seattle #localmusic (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

Jessica from @deepseadiver_music just picked up her Fender Starcaster, now featuring @lollarpickups Regals (SPLOOSH) and an entirely new wiring harness by yours truly! It. Sounds. Fantabulous. Catch DSD at the Red Bull thing tomorrow, I don’t know what it’s called. I’m so bad at promotion. Grr/argh! #guitar #fender #starcaster #lollar #pickups #upgrade #deepseadiver #honor #seattle #localmusic (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

@_mattsharp We just got even more out of controlier #bass #guitar #amp #matamp #orange #weezerquest  (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

@_mattsharp We just got even more out of controlier #bass #guitar #amp #matamp #orange #weezerquest (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)

'58 and '59 Jazzmasters, getting friendly at the Guitar Bar today. Maaaaaaaaan if only the gov't hadn't asked if they could have all of my money please. THANKS OBAMA #jazzmaster #vintageguitars #guitar #fender #vintage #1958 #1959 #justkidding #idon'tblameytheprez #taxesarealwaysrough (at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar)

'58 and '59 Jazzmasters, getting friendly at the Guitar Bar today. Maaaaaaaaan if only the gov't hadn't asked if they could have all of my money please. THANKS OBAMA #jazzmaster #vintageguitars #guitar #fender #vintage #1958 #1959 #justkidding #idon'tblameytheprez #taxesarealwaysrough (at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar)

semi-enigmatic asked: "This one, like all of them, has the familiar problem of lackluster tone.. (regarding the Starcaster)" Know what you mean! Recently got my hands on Fender Modern Player Marauder. I love the look & feel of this guitar, but there is definitely room for improvement. What would you suggest in terms upgrading electronics?

Good question! Upgrading your pots and caps to proper values will do wonders for your sound, as most pots are only ~20% tolerance. Since your guitar has the triple-bucker, I’d upgrade to 500k pots from CTS, Bourns or some other well-regarded brand. A 223 orange drop would do wonders for your tone as well!

You might want to swap out that pickup though; they have similar problems as the Starcaster in that they’re not very good to begin with. Maybe see what the electronics do for you and report back!

I heard a song yesterday that I’d never heard before, so fresh and brand new. And then I remembered that I had heard it before, and it came out in the ’80s.

Friends, I have been listening to Weezer for two months straight and I’ve forgotten what other music sounds like. ‪#‎weezerquest‬ 5lyfe

This is gonna blow your fucking mind.

Well yeah, it’s all part of the same puzzle. Magnetic poles only really work when they’re within a certain distance from the thing they’re picking up, so when someone tells me their guitar sounds too this way or not enough that way, pickup height is one of the first things I’ll look at.

Well yeah, it’s all part of the same puzzle. Magnetic poles only really work when they’re within a certain distance from the thing they’re picking up, so when someone tells me their guitar sounds too this way or not enough that way, pickup height is one of the first things I’ll look at.

litmusound asked: Right on. OK, here's more info on the pickups. There are both evenly spaced from the strings, if anything, the neck is closer than the bridge, but the the bridge pickup is super-beefy and rich. It's all original wiring, and nothing has been changed. Outside of taking her all apart, I'm not sure what else I can test, or try...

'Evenly spaced' isn't exactly right since the string length at the neck pickup is vibrating a lot more than that of the bridge pickup. Les Pauls are the first, best examples of this I can think of; lots of players simply leave their pickups in an evenly spaced manner and wonder why the bridge isn't loud enough! I had a guy this week that has Wolfetone pickups in is Les Paul and thinks the bridge pickup is weak, but I know from experience this isn't the case. Sure enough, his bridge pickup was way low.

Evenly spaced pickups will almost always prefer the neck pickup in that way, so either lower the polepieces of your neck pickup or get a spacer to raise the bridge pickup closer to the strings. You could also experiment with the polepieces of the bridge pickup, making them closer to the strings as well. It’ll get louder that way, too!

this-ones-optimistic asked: What are your thoughts on the Danelectro 56 baritone reissues?

I absolutely love them, but the wiring doesn’t work for me. I almost always rewire them for a standard 3-way switch and controls. Otherwise, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!

litmusound asked: OK, next question... After jamming on said Coronado for a bit, I have noticed that the bridge pickup is significantly lower output than the neck. There's not much info about these guitars online, but I did read that it is supposed to be that way? Also, I'm heavy gauge string kinda guy, there are def 9's on it now, can I make the jump to 12's, or do I need to ease her in? ;) Thanks again!

Whaaaaaaaa??? Not at all, man! The bridge pickup on a Coronado shouldn’t be quieter at all! Who the heck said that? Supposed to be like that?!

As with all other pickups, if one pickup is way quieter it could mean a few different things, and so I’d check height in relation to the strings first. There could also be a cold solder joint or other electronic strangeness happening, but that’s hard to diagnose without seeing the instrument. You may just need a spacer.

As for making the jump to 12s, you can totally do that. Make sure the truss rod works well enough first, but Coronado necks always seem beefier in that way. 11s or 12s should do just fine!

And your guitar is STUNNING.

As for the pickguard (from your previous question) I don’t see anyone doing correct guards for that period, but there are a few on eBay right now. Keep your eyes peeled!

My wife @charissajactor snapped this shot all clandestine-like while we finished our practice with “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly”, which is probably my favorite Weezer song. Best buds, best music, best life. Can’t believe they want me around! #weezerquest for life. Stay tuned… #seattle #weezer #cover #band #tribute

My wife @charissajactor snapped this shot all clandestine-like while we finished our practice with “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly”, which is probably my favorite Weezer song. Best buds, best music, best life. Can’t believe they want me around! #weezerquest for life. Stay tuned… #seattle #weezer #cover #band #tribute

Do think we’ll ever get big enough that someone will write erotic fan fiction about us?