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I got a new guitar: Hondo II HDLP-2B

Today my mom brought home a Hondo II HDLP-2B, a Les Paul model. I’ve always wanted a Les Paul and am happy I finally own one now. It’s not in a usable state at the moment and as you can see from the picture it’s extremely dirty. I’ve never really seen a guitar that dirty really. Dirt can be cleaned, but dirt isn’t the biggest issue with this guitar. The pickups and screws are rusted and the electronics don’t work anymore either as well.

I do however plan to restore it. This will be a first time for me, but I’m excited about it. I have a little bit of material about replacing components on a guitar and I’ve had an education in electricity and wiring. Luckily I’ve still got my soldering iron!

First steps will be to clean the guitar and figure out what exactly needs to be replaced. I also need to do some research on guitar pickups. I don’t need a hard rock or metal guitar. My ESP LTD Viper 200-FM is suited for that. I hope to make a guitar out of this one that’s suitable for blues.

Another thing I’m excited about is that the guitar is quite old (to my standards). I believe it was build somewhere in the 1970-1980’s. It definitely shows that this guitar has been used and I’m rather curious about its life story! One can only guess…

Update: The guitar has been dated to 1977. Thanks Wietse!

Maximus 1.1.1 released

Earlier today I released Maximus 1.1.1. Maximus is a BlitzMax module manager. With Maximus it’s possible to easily install and update BlitzMax modules which are provided by 3rd party module developers.

Version 1.1.1 improves the usability for the GUI users. If maximus-gui can’t find your BMXPATH it will now present you with a directory dialog in which you can select your BlitzMax installation directory. Another improvement is in communicating back to the user when a certain action has finished.

Binaries for both Windows and Linux are available from maximus.htbaa.com/client as well as an installer for Windows.

Happy 2012!

To everyone that takes the time to visit my blog I’d like to wish to a happy new year!

Lets hope 2012 won’t be the end of the world :-)!