Mackie 808S Powered Mixer Blows A Fuse

This powered mixer lives two lives; During the week, it rides quietly in the back of the sound van; When the weekend comes, it works hard as the sound system on the main stage for outdoor festivals. After years of incredibly reliable service, the unit just stopped. And it already had a date on the…

Peavey Artist Combo Amp Refurb

This Peavey Artist combo amp was WAY too distorted to suit even the most extreme metal head. Could the Unbrokenstring Crew look into this and put this unit back into service? First, a tour.  You can have two channels, or a mix of the two ‘Automix’ inputs.  This was a ‘thing’ back in the day.…

Ibanez Compressor Pedal CP10 Repair

Mysteriously, this pedal just went mute while playing.  Can the Unbrokenstring Crew get it going again? I find this to be a unique design.  But I cannot help but think that the assumption was made that everyone uses their right foot to run the pedal.  Using your left foot is a little awkward.   Let’s…

Gibson Les Paul De-ghetto-izing and Rewiring

Quyen found this 2013 Les Paul Custom Lite on Craigslist, and purchased it from a church musician.  The instrument was everything he wanted, except the controls were not the traditional Les Paul controls that he was familiar with.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew make the control configuration a little less ‘ghetto’?  Let’s see what we can…

Crate Vintage Club 50 Amp Repair

St. Louis Music produced this handsome tube-based Crate amp. Robin said that this unit is ready for some service. I just love the blonde Tolex and clean appearance of this unit! The front panel reveals that this is a single input, two channel unit.  The clean channel sports conventional treble and bass controls.  Bringing the…

Peavey Stereo Chorus 212 Head Stuck In Mono

The owner of this amp was so anxious to get it fixed, he removed the chassis from this Peavey Stereo Chorus 212 combo and even helped load it!  The amp plays, but only one stereo channel is operational.  Can the Unbrokenstring Crew help? A quick look of the front panel shows the inputs and the…

Bugera V22 Infinium Combo Amp Repair

This beautiful combo amp excels in all categories except one…  no audio out.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew help? Taking a walk-around, the rear panel tells us that this amp was built in Macao, PRC. Good corporate branding… The TRIODE/PENTODE switch is advertised as a ‘half-power/full-power’ switch.  The LEDs labelled “Tube Life Monitoring” light up when…

Wireless Shure SM58 Battery Leaked

This microphone was part of the estate of an amateur journalist. As she moved into treatment and into hospice, there were other concerns besides removing the batteries from unused equipment. Could the Unbrokenstring Crew revive this unit and make it usable again? This microphone is a basic SM58 capsule coupled to a battery-operated VHF FM…

Professional Advice for Those Caring For Flood-Damaged Guitars

Roy Bowen and Scott Leedy of RS Guitarworks in Winchester, Kentucky had it in their hearts to reach out to Houston area musicians, documenting their experiences gained while working with flood-damaged guitars during the big flood in Nashville back in 2010.  The Unbrokenstring Crew is honored and blessed to be able to publish this document…