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For Sale: Yamaha LL6 Acoustic Guitar

UPDATE: Yamaha LL6 has been SOLD!

Have decided to put my beloved Yamaha LL6 acoustic guitar on the market.

At time of writing, I’ve had this guitar for about 5 years and the sound has really opened up nicely now.

The LL6 is from Yamaha’s line of fine handcrafted acoustics, and features a solid sitka spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides (laminated), mahoney neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and gold plated machine heads.

I’ve had this lovely piece upgraded with a bone saddle and bone nut, and action has been expertly set up by master luthier Trevor Binford – low enough to play like butter but not too low so you can dig in for aggressive strumming with no buzz at all.

Here are a few short sound clips demonstrating this gorgeous sounding guitar:

If you live in or around Auckland, New Zealand, and would like to test out this Yamaha for yourself, leave a comment with your mobile number or email address and I will get back to you to arrange for a viewing. All comments are moderated so your contact details will not be publicly visible.

Why are there so many different types of guitar pedals but the guitar tones you hear are just those few?

A good question that I came across today on Quora (which I happened to answer there as well) was:

“Why are there so many different types of guitar pedals but the guitar tones you hear are just those few?”

In a nutshell my answer was guitar players are the only ones who obsess over their tone and think all the many subtle variations actually matter to the listener. In truth only a very small percentage of listeners in the grand scheme of things will notice any difference between the use of an original Ibanez Tubescreamer or say a Joyo overdrive pedal that cost $50 new.

So moral of the story is, let’s try to remember that and spend more of precious time just playing our instruments, and not too carried away with gear pursuits as we chase the mythical tone that we think will blow everyone away.


Gear: DIY 2 way momentary switch for amps, effects etc – Only $10 in cost

For about $10 in materials cost, or less if you find cheaper suppliers or re-use stuff you might already have lying around, you can build your own 2-way / dual switch that can be used with many types of gear, including amps, modelling amps, effects pedals and the like.

Here’s what we are building:

DIY 2 way momentary switch

It’s a low-cost and sturdy alternative to commercially made switches such as the Boss FS-6 or the Kemper Profiler Switch 2 Way, both of which don’t come that cheaply.

I made one recently and thought I’d share the steps – it’s really simple.

Parts list:

– Enclosure
– 2 x momentary stomp switches
– 1 x 1/4″ stereo jack
– some thin gauge electrical wire, any colour, around 20cm is all you need

DIY switch parts required


– Soldering iron and some solder
– adjustable wrench (to tighten the nuts on the jacks and switches)
– drill to drill the holes for the jack and switches


1) Drill holes in enclosure

Drill holes in enclosure

2) Wire up and solder as shown below

Wiring and soldering for 2 way momentary switch

– colour of wires doesn’t matter
– in my switch, I used blue for the “ground/sleeve” terminal on the jack
– left switch goes to “ring” terminal (purple wire)
– right switch goes to “tip” terminal (other purple wire)
– you can reverse which is which if you want, doesn’t matter
– since NO AUDIO SIGNAL passes through the switch, you don’t even have to be too fussy about the quality of your solder connections, in case soldering isn’t your thing. Just so long as the connections don’t fall apart and don’t short out, it should work fine.

And that’s it!