10/13/2006 @ 12:56 AM: Hello, hello, and hello. Website posts here do indeed seem to be very infrequent. Here's what's up these days. Also, check out MySpace for music and all that crazy stuff: Andrew Thomas / AT/DT.
"State Of Gray"
In eleven years I've been unable to complete a full-length CD project for release, and rather solo music releases have been of a more demo nature or completely web-based. This trend will continue very soon with the single release of the song "State Of Gray." There is a difference with this song, though, compared to say the School Rox EP release of early-2005. I fully believe "State Of Gray" to be the best song I've ever recorded. It was not thrown together, but was instead carefully constructed. Still, there is instrumentation within the song that takes full advantage of my routine pursuit of on-the-fly or improvised playing. It is my lone solo song contribution to the revisions movie soundtrack (I did score the film otherwise), and like the film it was in the works for a very extended period of time. I plan to make this release a big deal, and it will happen before the end of the year. Details to come shortly!
AT/DT Rocks Halloween
AT/DT will take the stage again at Club Underground for a special Tuesday Halloween show! The band will be in costume (which is likewise recommended for those in attendance), and we will perform a super-awesome medley of famous "scary" songs. Look out! Woo hoo! The details:
Tuesday, October 31st (Halloween!)
Club Underground (355 Monroe St. NE, Minneapolis)
Lineup: Vicious Aloysius, Brass Pony Revolt, AT/DT, The G. Wildens
AT/DT plays @ 10:30
21+ / $5 Cover
My newest custom guitar is nearly finished, and this time it is not a re-constructed Wolfgang! For a very long time I wanted to buy a Telecaster, but no version of it I played--Fender or otherwise--matched the very specific qualities I sought out in a guitar. I opted to buy the pieces new for a custom Telecaster one-by-one, paying very specific attention and acquiring only exactly what I wanted. Only very small Seymour Duncan text can be found on the bridge pickup, and the Schaller tuners are marked on back; it is otherwise a very "generic" looking Tele--exactly as I intended. I'll post a picture here as soon as it is done. UPDATE 10/17/2006: The Tele is done! Picture and further info is below.
The new AT Custom Tele--completed October 14, 2006 (Thanks TV & AL).
The parts, all purchased new, trickled in over the course of about four months. They are listed below.
Body: Mighty Mite Solid Ash; Blue Dye; Poly Finish (Factory)
Neck: AllParts TMO-FAT Maple; "Chunky" C-Shape Profile; 9.5" Radius, 1 5/8" Bone Nut; Medium-Jumbo Frets (21); Graph Tech String Trees; Tru-Oil/Wax Finish
Pickups: Seymour Duncan Little '59 Humbucker Bridge; Seymour Duncan Five-Two "Nashville" Single Coil Neck w/ Chrome Cover & Chrome Mounting Ring
Electronics: CTS 500K Volume & Tone Potentiometers w/ Chrome/White Pearloid Dome-Top Knobs; 3-Way Pickup Selector Switch w/ Chrome Tip; Switchcraft Jack w/ Chrome Jack Plate
Hardware: Joe Barden Custom Nickel String-Thru Hardtail Bridge; Schaller M6La Mini Chrome Tuners w/ White Pearloid Buttons; Chrome Control Cover; Nickel String Ferrules; Chrome Neck Plate; Chrome Strap Buttons
I reversed the order on the control plate on purpose; the pickup selector is instead closer to the rear of the guitar. I did this so I could have full, unobstructed access to the volume knob. Also, though I'd purchased a nice white pearloid pickguard with a plan to install it, I abandoned the idea because in my view it took away too much of the simplicity of the guitar, and I just never was a big fan of pickguards. Both Ted Vig and Andy Leaf from My Music Store contributed a lot of work to the assembly of this guitar.