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My first Kickstarter is live!

I have been building electronics for over 15 years and designing for almost as long.  For the first time though I am hoping to start selling my project as a kit – under the brand SSGuitar.com. Enter the “Honey” amp, … Continue reading

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Load Arduino / avr bootloader using Raspberry Pi

This is more notes for me than anything else, but maybe someone else interested in using a Pi to program their Arduino would be interested. It can be done: https://learn.adafruit.com/ftdi-friend/programming-the-arduino-bootloader https://learn.adafruit.com/program-an-avr-or-arduino-using-raspberry-pi-gpio-pins/programming https://oxygene.sk/2015/02/using-raspberry-pi-as-an-arduino-avr-programmer/ https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/raspberry-gpio/gpio-pinout https://learn.adafruit.com/introducing-pro-trinket/pinouts https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_ProTrinket_Bootloader sudo avrdude -p atmega328p -C … Continue reading

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8bit Metronome

Editor’s note: This post has been over a year in the making (I just kept procrastinating). It’s finally here, time to share some Arduino fun. After creating my last metronome, based on a 555 IC, I decided I wanted to … Continue reading

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Copper pipe guitar wall hanger

I’ve finally made a wall hanger for my telecaster.  Everything was scrap from other projects.  The wood came from the underside of a dresser that got taken apart, the copper is from old baseboard, the wooden “plugs” in the copper … Continue reading

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True bypass with DPDT and LED indicator

Typically to get true bypass with an indicator LED, you need a 3PDT.  Sometimes these are hard to source, and even when found, quality can be less than perfect.  To get around this you can use relays to control switching … Continue reading

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Simple guitar cable tester

With social distancing being the current norm, I’m working primarily from home right now.  As such, I found I needed to clean my work area.  Doing this, I also found I had a lot of random bits around and decided … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Digital Signage

There have been many different attempts at inexpensive digital signage over the years.  My favorite, one that I use regularly where I work, is Raspberry Pi for digital signage.  Put simply, I set up a Raspberry Pi to load a … Continue reading

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Truer words

“We are made to persist, to complete the whole tour.  That’s how we find out who we are.”– Tobias Wolff

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555 Metronome

I wanted to make a metronome and decided on the venerable “555” chip. In this case I used an LM555CN. I had all components needed except the IC itself, so I ordered a handful (they are only about $0.75/each) and … Continue reading

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Original iPod Shuffle – on Linux

That’s right, I’ve finally found a way to use my old 512mb Shuffle on Linux. Thanks to keyj for making a simple python script in 2006. How it works is you put whatever you want for mp3s onto the shuffle … Continue reading

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