Body Blank

Here’s a little insight into how I build and prepare a body blank for my electric guitars. This particular build is from New Zealand Black Beech and a strip of Puriri. The Black Beech board was about 1000 x 180 x 50mm. I spent half an hour cutting one edge square on the table saw, […]

Guitar Body Sizes

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been looking into building my first solid body electric guitar. If it’s one thing I’ve learned, preparation is the key. Now I am at the stage where I’m looking to purchase some native timbers in order to make some guitars with a New Zealand flavour and quality. […]

How to Build Your Own Pedalboard

As a guitarist one of the things you eventually get into is effects pedals. For many years I used the programmable multi effects units and never needed a board. I upgraded to start building a collection of the good reliable and hard working Boss Pedals – also it’s a kind of the best wah pedal […]

Alesis Multimix8 USB2.0 FX

Today we purchased and installed our new mixer – an Alesis Multimix8 USB2.0 FX. Purchased from the Rockshop, it comes with the warranty that our previous mixer didn’t come with due to it’s second hand nature. The main feature that we went for the Alesis Multimix USB 2.0 is because of it’s ability to send […]

Adding Stereo Speakers

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been focused on my music and in particular my studio set up. After rebuilding an old organ to make it a MIDI keyboard and computer desk, it was time to find some more permanent speakers or studio monitors. Sound wise, I do have to balance out the tone […]

David Crowder Band – Give Us Rest – Review

David Crowder Band – Give Us Rest (or A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys]) A long drawn out title for an album, but considering this is said to be their last studio album, I guess they can call it what ever they want. It is a 2 disc set, with both discs […]

Sad Clown, Lilac Wine, Mary Oh Mary, Some Day

Recording Today we spent time doing a bit of recording with the new setup at the studio. We worked on 4 songs, getting some of the vocal mixes done. Over the past few weeks I have worked on “Sad Clown” and “Lilac Wine” myself, with Stu joining me to work on the negro spiritual songs […]

The New

This is the new site for Haven Grove Studio. I hope you like it. It has come about because of a few changes to the server and my WordPress set up. I am hoping that it will still serve the same purpose as before. If you have any suggestions for the site, then please let […]

iTunes: Get it to do what you want it to do.

So a while back now I was frustrated with iTunes. I was frustrated at it’s insistance to monopolise my music collection by organsing it for me, but without allowing me to choose just how it is organised. For instance, when I first started collecting my music in mp3 format, I decided that I wanted my […]

Haven Grove Studio – Mural

So its finally finished. After the eradication of the pink, it was time to put up some rock and roll stencils of some famous guitarists. Heres the final result!

The Studio: Decor

So the first major project in our new home has begun, a year after we moved in. The studio as it has come to be known, has been in regular use, and every time it is used, I have a regular urge deep, deep down, to curl up and die. It is the most hideous […]