May 27-28, 2017
Classes meet Sat. & Sun., 9am – 4pm
This workshop includes: lecture, demonstration and hands on experience in advanced guitar electronics. Students will study alternate guitar wiring schemes demonstrated by instructor Scott Walker, and stereo wiring and Onboard Effects loop options will also be covered. This class will focus on signal paths, diagrams, and component selection, in passive and active circuits. Students will learn about basic preamp design.
During the Advanced Electronics class students will build a simple low impedance booster by hand, from paper to breadboard, to a point-to-point wired circuit board. The Booster can be put into a guitar or other type of enclosure. In addition, Scott will familiarize students with his ‘harness wiring’ tool, that is available online by visiting Guitar Modder.
Scott Walker began tinkering with electronics at an early age. In his early teens he began playing guitar and experimenting with pickups. In the Spring of 2001 he attended the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. Following graduation he accepted a job with luthier Richard Hoover, of Santa Cruz Guitar Company. At Santa Cruz Guitar Company his specialty became hand-carving necks, and he also began to take on other responsibilities, including the position of shop foreman. At this time he began developing an electric guitar for the ‘21st century.’ After meeting musician Barry Sless, he began to develop an instrument that had the broadest tonal range available. After five years of R&D he began offering his guitars to the public. During his pursuit to develop an electronic package to incorporate into these instruments, he began working with electronic wizards Peter Miller and John Cutler. This collaboration resulted in the current design now found on all ‘Walker Guitars.’ For more information please visit: www.scottwalkerguitars.com
Finished preamp ‘Booster’ for guitar, electronic wire harnessing ideas and schematics, knowledge for advanced rewiring, demo and information on Guitar Modder – online designs.