New video: 一センチ (Issenchi)

VIDEO: 一センチ (Issenchi) (Live at Heart Beat in Fukuoka, Japan)

Lander changes his bass strings!

Japanese Disaster Relief

Last Friday, Japan was hit by a terrible earthquake and tsunami. As a result of these natural disasters, there is also the possibility of two nuclear meltdowns at damaged reactors in Northern Japan.

Since then, many of our family and friends have been asking us how they can help.
The following information is what we have heard from the Japanese government:

“The Japanese Red Cross Society is collecting donations to assist victims of the natural disasters that have struck the region. You can help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, blankets, etc. to victims by donating to their relief fund. The Japanese Red Cross Society’s website often reaches user capacity but is still in operation. http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/ index.html

However, you can also donate directly to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief efforts of the American Red Cross now.”

We wish everyone up north a speedy and safe recovery.

This week not one, but two new videos!

This week we wanted to share two new videos with you. You can view one of these two videos below. For the other video click here or go to our “Media” page.
Happy Tuesday!

This week’s video…

It’s Tuesday again, so we just uploaded a new video to our “Media” page.

VIDEO: Sinnocular – Nothing More Than Friends (Live at Battle-Stage, Kumamoto, Japan)

Walter’s Guitar Setup

New photos online!

Check out our “Pictures” page for some new pictures!

It’s Tuesday again…

It’s Tuesday again, so we just uploaded a new video to our “Media” page.

VIDEO: Sinnocular – Cliche Love Song (Live at Heart Beat, Fukuoka)

Guitar Upgrade #2

Let the guitar wizards of the world rejoice, for Walter recently finished upgrading another guitar!

This upgrade is similar to the last one, so here’s what he did:

1.) Removed all original switches, potentiometers, and wiring.

2.) Added electrical shielding all throughout the control cavity (deja vu…).

3.) Replaced the switch with a Schaller “E” Megaswitch, replaced the volume potentiometer with a Stewmac 500k part in the tone pot position, replaced the saddles with Graphtec String Savers, and…once again never replaced the tone pot.

4.) Oiled the fretboard with lemon oil.

Surprisingly enough, this upgrade was significantly more difficult than the last one despite being almost the same procedure. The control cavity on this guitar is much smaller than the one on the previous guitar. Since this guitar doesn’t have a pickguard, all electronics are jam-packed inside the control cavity without much room to spare! Let’s take a look and see this step by step!

A.) This guitar is difficult to classify. It was originally an Ibanez rg7321, but a lot of the hardware has been changed. It now has Schaller locking tuners, a Blaze 7 in the neck position, and a D-Sonic 7 in the bridge position. All of Walter’s guitars use Dimarzio Cliplock locking straps.
B.) After turning the guitar over, we can get a good look at the control cavity (it’s the light black patch in the upper middle of the guitar). Walter has written the word “applause” in Japanese using glow in the dark tape on the back of his guitar. He thinks it’s hilarious and occasionally will flip his guitar over after a show to show it off.
C.) Wow, that control cavity is REALLY small! Let’s start to take out all of the original electronics.
D.) Almost there!
E.) Here we’ve laid down the first bit of electrical shielding. It’s the gold strip in the center of the control cavity. Let’s keep going until we’ve finished lining the entire cavity.
F.) Alright! The electrical shielding is finished. So far so good!
G.) We’ve very carefully soldered the new potentiometer, switch, pickup leads and ground inside the guitar.
H.) Now it’s time to replace the saddles. Since this is Walter’s primary guitar for live concerts, the old set has gotten really worn out!
I.) The new saddles look and feel great. Since they are the same kind that Walter put on his other guitar, he already knows that they will sound fantastic!
J.) Guitar necks can get really dry in the winter and it is a good idea to keep the fretboard well oiled to prevent cracking. Tung oil or lemon oil both work well.
This guitar is ready to rock! Listen for it at Sinnocular’s upcoming concert at Kokura FUSE on March 5th!

Chaotic Shade (Live at Battle-Stage)

We just uploaded a new video to our “Media” page.

Tuesday is “Video Day” on Sinnocular.com

We just uploaded a new video to our “Media” page.
From now on we will be uploading a new video every Tuesday, for in February and March, Tuesday is “Video Day” on Sinnocular.com!

Autograph session

This Thursday (10 February), Sinnocular will do an autograph session during the Fukuoka Release Party/Now Lounge – Valentine Party !

With The Style (Fukuoka)
福岡市博多区博多駅南1-9-18
Tel: 092-433-3901
www.withthestyle.com
19:00 ~ 01:00

Guitar Upgrade #1

Woohoo! Walter finished upgrading one of his guitars and is thrilled with the results.

So what exactly did he do? Great question!

1.) Removed all original switches, potentiometers, and wiring.

2.) Added electrical shielding all throughout the control cavity and under the pickguard.

3.) Replaced the switch with a Schaller “E” Megaswitch, replaced the volume potentiometer with a Stewmac 500k part in the tone pot position, replaced the saddles with Graphtec String Savers, and…mysteriously never replaced the tone pot at all!

But pictures are worth a thousand words, so let’s take a closer look and walk through this!

A.) Here’s Walter’s trusty Ibanez rt150. It has Sperzel locking tuners, a PAF Pro in the neck position, and a D-Sonic in the bridge position.
B.) We take off the pickguard and…voila! Here is the original stock wiring. The output jack and bridge ground will have to be desoldered before we can completely remove this. Hmm…kinda tricky, huh?
C.) Ah, now we can remove the pickguard. Take a good look at the wiring, because it’s about to be completely taken apart!
D.) The control cavity is a little dirty – let’s clean it up so that we can lay down the electrical shielding.
E.) Here’s the Stewmac adhesive shielding that we’ll be using. This roll is 2 inches wide, but we can cut it into any smaller size necessary.
F.) Whew! It took a long time, but we finally finished shielding the control cavity. Looks nice!
G.) After desoldering and removing all electronics, we’re left with only the pickups. Now we can start to apply the shielding to the pickguard!
H.) We’re just about finished with the shielding here. Next, we will be redoing all the wiring.
I.) Ok, a lot has happened here so let’s take a look at this. First, we attached the volume knob to the tone knob position. Next, we attached our Schaller “E” Megaswitch. We then soldered the pickup leads to the Megaswitch and the ground/output wires from the Megaswitch to the volume knob. Whew. Now, it’s time to solder the bridge ground and output jack wires.
J.) Alright! The pickguard is back on now. But we’re not done yet! We still need to replace the saddles.
The guitar looks great, plays great and SOUNDS amazing! Listen for it on Sinnocular’s upcoming album!

Fukuoka Now

Sinnocular is pleased to announce their appearance on the cover of “Fukuoka Now”. Not only is Sinnocular on the cover of the Japanese magazine, but they also feature a four-page wide article.

Go to our “Press” section to read the full cover story or visit the online version of the magazine:
http://www.fukuoka-now.com/en/articles/show/4536

Check out our “Pictures” page for some pictures that were taking during the cover shoot or watch the “Behind the scenes” video in the “Media” section.

Guitar Upgrades

There are some interesting things happening in the guitar department of Sinnocular! First, Walter recently added a wireless system to his rig. He’s looking forward to having total freedom of movement onstage! Second, he will be doing some significant upgrades to 2 of his guitars today including replacing some parts and rewiring others. Check back here later for before and after photos!