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Afternoon pedalboarding

Spent this afternoon reconfiguring the big board. Added an Electro Harmonix Freeze pedal and replaced the TC Spark Booster with my Boss Dual Overdrive SD-2. I’ll be using this current setup with my custom Starr ODS-HRM head, which is a clone of a Dumble amp. Here’s a quick video of me running the current setup through its paces. Shot with a Canon EOS-M camera using the onboard mic.

Enjoy!

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“Chilean Dance” live video from The Frethouse

Played at The Frethouse in downtown Covina on May 17. It’s a really cool guitar store that’s been around for decades and they host concerts in their basement. While most of their acts are folk/bluegrass/fingerstyle/country, some top CG names like Scott Tennant, Andrew York and Evan Hirschelman have also played there.

Here’s a clip from the 2nd half of the concert. The piece is Andrew York’s “Chilean Dance”, which is off his “Into Dark” CD. It’s not well-known, in fact I don’t think Andy plays it in his concerts anymore. I found a few places in the music which would benefit from the 10-string’s extended range so I made the tweaks.

Enjoy!

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Perfecto De Castro 2014 Live Rig Demo

Finally finished shooting this video demo of my live gear. A little lengthy but I give an in-depth tour into my guitar, amp and pedalboard as well as some insight into how I use them to get my tones. Enjoy!

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A lament for the passing of Paco de Lucia (1947-2014)

It’s 3:10am and my mind is still reeling from the news of Paco de Lucia’s passing. Even though I am not a full-fledged flamenquista, Paco’s influence on me, and countless other guitarists, is undeniable. I feel like l have lost one of my teachers.

As I always do when I deal with grief and sadness, I take to my instrument and play whatever comes to mind. The improvisation below is not any particular Flamenco form nor is it a cover of Paco’s music, but rather a lament… a cry of anguish for this huge loss for the guitar and the entire musical world. Descanse en Paz, Maestro.

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Perfecto plays an LSL Instruments Saticoy XT

SaticoyXTI dropped by the LSL Guitars booth at the NAMM Show today and checked out their new Saticoy XT and boy what an AWESOME guitar!

This particular guitar has a bound Swamp Ash body with a baked Maple neck and is equipped with an original Floyd Rose locking tremolo and hot wound LSL humbuckers. The overdriven tone grabs you by the throat with its heavy and aggressive yet articulately clear roar. Rolling back the volume yields a chimey, barely-breaking up bluesy voice that tugs at your soul. There are no dead spots on the neck and notes sustain forever regardless what string or fret you’re on.

Imagine my disappointment when I found out the this guitar is already spoken for! But Lance assured me that they can build me one exactly like it if not better! Check out the Saticoy XT in action in the video below.  This is my solo on Mystic Reign’s “Ride Hard”, now available on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon

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Perfecto De Castro endorses #GruvGear !

I’m proud to announce that I have officially joined the artist endorsers of GruvGear Products! I will be using their VCart to cart my gear around and their Fretwraps to reign in unwanted resonance when recording. Check them out!

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Merry Christmas 2013!

It’s that time of year again and I’d like to share this arrangement I did of “The First Noel”. This was recorded several years back and I do plan to re-record it maybe even in a video performance but perhaps I’ll get to it next year.

In the meantime, feel free to share this post and spread some Christmas cheer!

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