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Mar 7

Recording Bass for Adorned In Thorns

Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Music

Here’s a short teaser clip of me recording a bass line for the title track on our upcoming release, “Adorned in Thorns”.

Dec 31

Guitar Setup – Free Printable Action Gauge

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in Music

If you’re planning on setting up your guitar, there are a few tools that come in really handy to get the right measurements. Without them, you’ll never really be 100% on point. I looked online for a Guitar String Action Gauge and they roughly cost around $20. The problem was that I needed to setup this guitar and bass right away but I would have had to order it online and wait for them to ship it to me before I can set it up correctly.

Most guitar techs will purchase their tools from Stewart MacDonald. It’s pretty much the go-to place online for anything guitar related. Check out the price of their action gauge here: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Straightedges/String_Action_Gauge.html. This is before shipping. If you’re outside of the US you’re going to end up paying even more to have one of these shipped to you if your local guitar shop doesn’t carry one.

Setting up the action on your guitar means that you’re correctly positioning the strings above your frets using a measurement to get the perfect distance throughout the whole neck. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that will show you the correct way to do it. You can print this gauge out that I posted above using Illustrator or Linkscape.org. Print it out on card stock or get it laminated if you want it to last a lot longer. However, paper works too as long as you cut it straight on the lines. If you have shaky hands, ask your mom to do it. Last time she gave me a handy, her strokes felt pretty steady.

Anyway, back to string action on your guitars; If the action is set too high, you’re going to have to press down on the strings a lot more and a lot harder in order to hit your notes which can be frustrating and tire your fingers a lot faster. If your action is too low, your strings will rattle when they hit the frets and your music will sound like shit. No, I mean worse than it already does. And no one wants that, right?!

What I normally do is set this gauge at the 17th fret so it sits right on the metal, not the wood, and I make sure the string sits about 4/64ths above the fret. Make sure you also check your intonation and for string buzzing after you set the correct height. It may need to be adjusted again after raising or lowering the action.

So above you’ll see the handy string action gauge ruler for you to print out. Just make sure you use the correct software to print it out or else you’re going to print out out the wrong size and the measurements will be way off.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to post them in the comments section and I’ll do my best to help you out!

Nov 12

Deadstar Assembly – Breathe for Me at Bar Sinister Jan 2013

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Music

Here is a video of Deadstar Assembly performing our song Breathe for Me at Bar Sinister on Jan 26, 2013. We were playing with The Dreaming during the 2013 Winter NAMM Convention weekend. I had a blast this night and there are a few more songs from the set that I uploaded to my channel if you want to watch.

Nov 12

Old-School Photos of My First Band, Atrocity

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Music

Here are some photos of me performing with Atrocity. This is the very first band I ever joined and pretty much where I learned to play bass. Thanks to Joey Belknap and John Holtz, they both really helped me pick on on playing. I believe we were performing at club Fubar here in south FL. Rudy was our singer for this show but we never seemed to have a stable singer in the band.

Sep 14

FedEx Employee Throwing Boxes

Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Music, News, Personal

It really sucks to see this FedEx Employee Throwing Boxes.

I know it’s more than likely a regular occurrence, but the thing that really bothers me about it is that so many employees that we trust to handle our stuff do this shit. It’s disrespectful and disgusting to see this. We were at Southwest Airlines last weekend getting on the plane for our NY Triton Festival show, and we asked the Airport Employees to put FRAGILE stickers on our equipment. I even politely asked them to handle my custom bass guitar with care because the coffin case I had it in was beginning to fall apart from years of abuse on the road while touring with Deadstar Assembly. Right when I turned around to walk away, I looked back for a second and watched them literally throwing our equipment cases onto the belt. They could have nicely set it down, but they chose to throw them instead. Before boarding the flight, we watched from the window as they loaded our gear onto the plane and the guy dropped Mubo’s keyboard on the ground and proceeded to throw the rest of our equipment onto the plane. It’s a shame, What’s the point of asking for Fragile stickers anymore? It seems like they see that and decide to throw it JUST BECAUSE it says FRAGILE on it. Pretty fucked up. What do you think about employees handling your belongings in this manner? Should they be fired immediately?

And here are more videos of eomployees throwing around someone’s belongings. You can find many more all over the internet too with a quick Google search:

Sep 5

Deadstar Assembly Messing Around at Rehearsals

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Music
Here’s a little clip I video taped with my New GoPro Hero Black attached to my headstock on my Schecter Bass.
We were rehearsing for the NYC Show, Triton Festival 2013 on Sept 06th, 2013
Sep 1

NatalezWorld Interview With The Dro

Posted on Sunday, September 1, 2013 in Entertainment, Music, Personal

Check out the recent NatalezWorld Interview With The Dro.

It was just posted this past week and you can read all about the new upcoming Deadstar Assembly CD, Coat of Arms as well as talks about the upcoming Triton show in NY.

Check it out at:

Apr 8

The Muggles performing at Propaganda

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Music

Video I shot of The Muggles performing at Propaganda in Lake Worth, FL on April 06, 2013. Mel, my girlfriend, plays keys for them. Be sure to check them out if you never have. Sorry about the shitty audio quality, I forgot to turn down my mic before recording this song.

Feb 11

Deadstar Assembly – Killing Myself Again – Live at Bar Sinister

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 in Entertainment, Music


Deadstar Assembly Performing Killing Myself Again at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA. Shot by Brian Blitzkrieg on my 60D. Jan. 26th, 2013. We performed with The Dreaming.

Feb 11

Deadstar Assembly – F.Y.G. at Bar Sinister

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 in Entertainment, Music

Deadstar Assembly performing F.Y.G. at Bar Sinister on Jan 26th, 2013 in Hollywood, CA.
Filmed by Brian Blitzkrieg with my 60D