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Gibson Les Paul Doublecut P90 jam

Just installed a fresh set of my Curt Mangan signature strings on this 2005 Gibson Les Paul Special Doublecut with stock P90 pickups. In this video I jam to a tune inside my head (haha) and explore the tones of a P90-equipped guitar, watch how I tailor my licks in reaction to the tones of the different pickup combinations.

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MovAll Hornet Overdrive Pedal Demo

MoVall Audio sent over a couple of pedals for me to check out. In this video, I play through the Hornet Overdrive.

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Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork pedal Demo/Review

Here’s a quick demo/review of the new EHX Pitch Fork pedal

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BOSS Dual Overdrive SD-2 pedal demo

New video up! Video demo of my go-to distortion pedal, the BOSS Dual Overdrive SD-2

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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.


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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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Happy Birthday, FrancisM!

Today, Oct. 4 2013, would’ve been Kiko’s 49th birthday and I’m pretty sure that if he was still with us he wouldn’t look a day over 24! I miss him and I try to re-connect with him through music every chance I get.

A lot of people have seen my FrancisM tribute on 10-string guitar but here’s a rare video where I actually sing the words. This was shot back in 2010 at a gig in West Covina, CA.

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New single available now!

Excited to announce my first electric release since 2006! This is a Hard rocking collaboration with MYSTIC REIGN, the hardest working Rock N’ Roll band in the SoCal Inland Empire. This song encompasses brotherhood of all bikers!

Buy the single and leave a comment in the reviews section. RAWK ON!

Mystic Reign: Ride Hard
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Gig Report: First gig with the Marshall


Played a gig with Mystic Reign last night in Victorville, CA and used my recently acquired Friedman-modded Marshall head for the gig. My setup worked pretty well! More than enough volume on tap, and TONE for days! Nothing beats a 100w beast pushing enough air for you to feel the hairs on your forearms move!

I’ll need a proper effects loop to route my delay and reverb into as running them in front of the amp makes their levels unpredictable. Looks like the Bad Cat Unleash attenuator/boost is the answer, will report back when I get it.

This clip is a good demo of my use of the amp. My Explorer has a 6-way toggle switch which allows me to get single coil sounds as well as full humbuckers. You’ll also hear the RC Booster as an attenuator (reverse boost), the 95Q Wah and the Dunlop Hendrix Tribute Unvibe.

Click on the play button to listen.

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New amp day!

I’ve been looking for a suitable amp for live use and have settled on a Hot Rodded Plexi type of amp. After several weeks searching, the stars aligned and I’m now the proud owner of a 1979 Marshall JMP 2203 100w head. The bonus is that it’s already modified by Dave Friedman of Friedman Amplification with his “kitchen sink” mod. I’ve played through Friedman’s amps at the 2013 Winter NAMM and was thoroughly impressed so it’s awesome that this amp came to me with the mods I wanted.

PDC RigHere’s a photo of the Marshall along with my other gear. The cab is a Mesa Stiletto 4×12 loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s. The pedalboard is a PedalTrain Pro with the following pedals: Dunlop 95Q Wah, Guyatone WR3 Wah Rocker, Dunlop Hendrix Tribute Univibe, Danelectro Milkshake Chorus, MXR Script Phase 90, MXR Micro Flanger, Earthquaker Devices Hummingbird Tremolo, MXR Classic 108 Fuzz, TC Electronic Spark Booster, Boss SD-2 Dual Overdrive, Xotic RC Booster, TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay/Looper, TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb, This1smyne Buffer, One Control Iguana Tail True Bypass loop switcher. Everything is powered with a Joyo Power Supply mounted under the board.

Here’s a a quick and dirty walkthrough the amp and the different pedals.

I might shoot a completed demo video in the future but in the meantime I’m having a great time blasting through this rig! Enjoy!

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