Monday, 20 April 2015

TonePros AVT2G Bridge on 2014 Melody Maker

I've seen a few forum posts asking whether the TonePros AVT2G bridge will fit on a 2014 Melody Maker but I've not seen any conclusive responses, so I thought I'd provide one myself. Yes, it does fit - works very well actually.


There's a good bit more clearance under that bridge than is obvious from the rather poor photo, by the way.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Roland GK-2A GK-3 Pickup mounting plate for Strat

This is a rather cool way of mounting (in an entirely reversible manner) a GK2/3 pickup to a Strat. Simple, well made and available on EBay from a chap called Peteroni.

If you've ever tried fitting a GK2/3 pickup to a Strat there's a fair chance you've cursed Roland for not including a DVD of Valerie Singleton making sense of the Blue Peter style assortment of bits of plastic, screws, washers, sticky tape, sticky pads and so on that constitute the official mounting kit.


Peteroni's kit consists of a machined steel mounting plate, a pair of over-length pickguard mounting screws and a substantial quantitiy of washers. The pickup is mounted by sandwiching it between the pickguard and the mounting plate, which latter is secured in place with a pair of screws - the supplied over-length ones, which replace the existing two pickguard mounting screws either side of the bridge plate. The washers come in to play to raise the mounting points of the bracket to slightly less than the height of the pickup, ensuring that once the screws are tightened the mounting plate grips the pickup into place.

The pickup height is adjusted using Roland's supplied shims, with a corresponding adjustment in the number of spacer washers used at the mounting points. All very simple (OK, handling the washers can be fiddly but I managed to get a couple of small stacks of them into place without either swearing or resorting to Peteroni's suggested superglue). The holes for the mounting screws are in fact slots and there's some intentional play in the slot for the pickup so tweaking the pickup's position is simple - then just tighten up the screws and you're done.

I have to say I'm well pleased with this piece of kit. Yes, it's very much a niche product but it's an elegant, inexpensive solution to a potentially frustrating problem, it arrived quickly once ordered and it came with excellent instructions (and enough washers to kick-start a pretty major Mechano project). Very cool, thanks Mr P :)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Something For The Weekend, Sir?

Rock Bottom will be playing at the most excellent Railway Tavern in Fishponds, Bristol on Saturday 21st April. You can park nearby, which is always a bonus in Brizzle, or you can hop on a 48 or 49 TreeBuster if the Bristol Comedy Bus Company deigns to run any.

Apart from fine beer the RT also does food and has darts, skittles, footy on the TV and other essentials.

Update: Splendid evening, many thanks to all who came along.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Gig Alert! Sisters Of Swing

A bit of advanced warning: The Sisters Of Swing will be playing at the Queen's Head (the usual one mentioned here, the one in Fishponds Road, Bristol) on Saint Patrick's Day (March 17th). If it's anything like the last Irish Night there is should be a corking night.

Scrawl it in your diary now, you know it makes sense.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Movember Bash - 29 November 2011

Rock Bottom and Axial View will be playing at a Movember celebration night at the Hatchet in Bristol city centre on 29 November. The do will start early so you can drop in straight after work, take in some beer and some music and still make it home at a sensible hour.


Come along, there's drinking involved :)

Should be great fun and will start you off in good stead for the festive drinking season!

Update: Much fun was had by all and I even managed to find somewhere to park. Oh, and lots of money was raised for the Movember charities so many thanks to all who took part.


Rock Bottom, masters of the comedy chord change

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Mitsubishi The Third

Rock Bottom will be at Mitsubishi Bristol on Saturday afternoon for a set which, it is to be hoped, will be witnessed by the hordes at the latest Family Fun Day. The place is on Feeder Road and looks like this:


Just in case any staff were wondering...

And, of course, you can also catch the band later in the evening at the Afghan Heroes Night being held at the Queen's Head in Fishponds Road. Go on, make a day of it!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Now, About The Moustache...

It's because it's Movember, it's not a sign of premature senility, honest. Look, go here and you can read all about it!


Howling at the moon: all part of the Movember fun

Grow, my little beauty...