Justin Driscoll

Hello, my name is Justin Driscoll. Originally from New Jersey, I call the wonderful state of North Carolina home. I might have taken your photo at some point or met you at a Rock N Roll show? However, I also have many other facets of my life I am passionate about. I started this site to talk about some of those things. Whether it be guitars, guitar gear, Harley's, Jeep stuff, photography, vinyl or travels, I'll be on here to chat about it. Stay Weird, Stay Creative!

Pretty Reverend Machine

First off I would like to thank Ken, Tim, Zak and the whole Reverend Guitars family. They have been taking care of my crew since 2017. Such an amazing company! Shortly I will be happy to announce a new music project. For this project I needed a solid, specific guitar. It needed to hold tune and sound good in drop B tuning . This is often a hard task unless you play baritone specific guitars. …

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An Electrical Nightmare? Or Masterpiece? – Pedalboard build

I ran out of space! I’m Sick of the buzz!  I have been using the same trusty pedalboard for over a decade. It served its purpose but it was time to do it right. No more Onespots and daisychains. The most important part of a board is the signal chain. There are no rules… but there are pretty tried and true guidelines I adhere to: Tuner first (pur signal from guitar) Wha / pitchshifters / Volume (can …

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Be vewy vewy quiet I’m Hunting Hollywood – a year long saga

2004 – I remember being at a red light and our spaz of a merch guy jumped out of his car and threw a CD-R in my Jeep window. He shouted “Mandatory auditory listening” and he sped off.  It was a burned pre-release copy of Wilmington, NC’s own HE IS LEGEND.  I had mp3’s of their original project The Uriah Omen. I also had their debut EP entitled “91025” released on NC’s Tribunal Records. But this was …

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Les Paul Standard Project with Planet Tone Pickups

For the record, None of my guitars are stock. I play aggressive music in drop tunings. I always replace my stock bridges, humbuckers and tuners. Humbucker I had been hearing great things about Planet Tone pickup co. After a few phone chats and emails with their staff I settled on the “Defiance” humbucker. “The Defiance humbucker offers a tasty mid range, and big bottom end for high power, high gain tone. Perfect for heavy styles …

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We Sing With our Heroes, 33 Rounds Per Minute

What could make a Plaza Midwood bottle shop even cooler? A vinyl Record store, that’s what! Years ago when I found out Tip Top Market was adding Premium Sound to their space I was super stoked. I mean, my favorite bar (Hattie’s Tap & Tavern), Tip Top Market and Premium Sound, all in a row?!?! Yes! At the time I lived literally right behind the building. This was convenient and addicting at the same time. …

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Legend Bourbon Dinner Pairings – The Public House and Trolley Barn Fermentory & Food Hall

This is my 4th round working Legent Suntory. A true collab of east + west, this is a bold Kentucky bourbon made by Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe, and blended and refined by Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo. Legent is matured in oak and finished in wine and sherry casks. Get hints of spice and dried fruit. Two-nights back to back at some of Charlotte’s great spots; The Public House and Trolley Barn Fermentory. …

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Darci Frank – The Vintage Cigar Bar – Purple Drink

I first met Miss. Darci Frank at a Jim Beam industry event in 2016. I was pleasantly surprised to see she was (amongst a myriad of things) mixing up amazing cocktails at The Vintage Cigar Bar in Southend.  Check out the full story at https://southparkmagazine.com/lovely-lavender/ Justin DriscollHello, my name is Justin Driscoll. Originally from New Jersey, I call the wonderful state of North Carolina home. I might have taken your photo at some point or met you at …

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Kurt Cobain Signature Mustang VS 2002 Competition Mustang Reissue

$4,500,000 was the final closing price for the infamous “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video guitar at Julien’s Auctions. Well, since that is ridiculous, here is my replica! A 2002 Japanese  1969/1973 reissue, Ocean Turquoise, Competition Mustang with matching headstock and racing stripe. The bridge pickup (on both guitars) was swapped out. A Seymour Duncan 1990’s Hot Rails on the 2002 and a SH-4 JB on the Cobain model (stanard from Fender). The horrible stock Fender bridge was swapped …

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The California Takeover – SNAPCASE – EARTH CRISIS & STRIFE

In 1996, Victory Records released an iconic live album called The California Takeover, which featured recordings from a three-band bill in L.A. that boasted Earth Crisis, Snapcase and Strife — three of the most popular and influential hardcore bands of the Nineties. This show was rescheduled due to COVID and I decided to travel to Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY. I have been very vocal about SNAPCASE. It was Tremont Music Hall 8/28/1998 – within …

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Delectable Davidson

I recently spent the day in Davidson NC. Home to the elite liberal arts college, Davidson also has some great eats, drink and shops. I visited a few. Milkbread, Grow, Summit Coffee, The Pickled Peach and Main Street books. Also on the Davidson Campus look for the sculpture made of hardwood tree branches. “Common Ground” by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty is rustic art you can walk in, around and through. Another notable work is Magdalena Abakanowicz’s …

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