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February 28th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Session Update “Darrell Ellis Blues”

00:00 - Hunt for Goldtop owner?

Apparently he lived in Iowa most of his life and died in 2015…if anyone out there has any info about him please tell me.

February 21st, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Volume 285, Tom Bukovac “The Top 5 Most Asked Homeskoolin’ Questions”

00:00 - Hello, friends! / Elaborate full production
00:32 - Jacob Collier / "Greatest Night in Pop" (We Are the World)
02:13 - Martin D-45 / "Then I'd be happy" (Black hole inside us all)
03:19 - "What are the top 5 questions?"
  1. "New, cheap guitar as good as old?"
  2. "What New pickups as good as old?"
  3. "Desert island guitar and amp?"
  4. "Will you evaluate my playing?"
  5. "Are new Nobels pedals as good as old?"
04:50 - Today's setup
06:20 - Duesenberg bridge
06:50 - Duesenberg neck
07:09 - Burst with PAFs bridge
07:49 - Burst with PAFs neck
08:21 - 2006 SG Special Lollar P90s bridge
09:01 - 2006 SG Special Lollar P90s neck
09:17 - '61 SG Special original P90s bridge
09:49 - '61 SG Special original P90s neck
10:30 - Fender Tele with '62 and Ellis bridge
11:26 - Esquire with original bridge
12:03 - "What New pickups as good as old?" / Don't know
12:32 - "Desert island guitar and amp?" / Goldtop and Princeton
13:00 - "Will you evaluate my playing?" / Don't always have time / Lessons
13:33 - "Are new Nobels pedals as good as old?" / Nothing as good as original

The title pretty much says it all here kids....

today's test gear...
amp: dead original 1965 Fender Princeton Reverb with original 10" Jensen
pedals: original no-balls ODR-1, strymon el cap slapback, tiny bit of reverb from the amp

full disclosure...i completely forgot to mention that the bridge pickup in the 1954 esquire is actually an original wound fender pickup taken out of a 1960 tele custom, so not original to the guitar, but still over 60 years old.

If you guys are getting something useful out of these ridiculous videos please feel free to visit the tip jar...

paypal is tombukovac@gmail.com
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Thank you for watching...and i TRULY mean that. Uncle Larry realizes that you have PLENTY of other choices when it comes to Youtube travel.

February 17th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Volume 282, Tom Bukovac, “Pet Smells”

00:00 - Foreigner - Double Vision
01:40 - Dio - Don't Talk to Strangers (with singing)
03:00 - Different version of Bad Company - Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy
04:00 - 800+ videos and Homeskoolin' community
04:55 - Amp buzz vs hiss
05:18 - Brian Wilson work / Mills
05:55 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin)
06:25 - "Why hate for Foreigner" / Painful lyrics / Hot Blooded ("Three Blind Mice")
09:23 - "New guy" rukus causer (Bum petty)
10:12 - Learning songs exactly like the record
12:38 - Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix play the same way?
13:40 - John Waite exploring / Fine line in changing the song's melodgy
15:20 - Pet peeve with covers
16:30 - Pay attention to the singer and lyrics / "Hit lyrics"
17:25 - "Marriage again?" / Bachelor life
18:40 - "Perfect Rock 'n' Roll guitar tone?" / Gretsch Playboy amp

Uncle Larry plays some ol’ honk and wades into some heavy VCB swamp…

February 9th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Volume 276, Tom Bukovac, “How To Be Great At Guitar In 15 Minutes”

00:00 - Rockin'
00:41 - Session Man Rule #1: "Never write a lick you can't play."
01:11 - Pantera and Lamb of God
02:28 - Roll out of bed episodes
03:15 - '58 Gibson Les Paul TV Junior
05:54 - Gibson Doubleneck photo recognition / Historian (Eric Ernest) / Original owner
07:30 - Nick Drushel / Gibson SG break and restoration with CNC
09:04 - Argent - Hold Your Head Up / Organ madness
10:30 - Lesson: Lots of techniques & over the I
11:11 - Listening to the amazing solo
12:44 - Lesson: Guitar part
13:35 - Musicians are better now? [heavy sarcasm alert]
14:25 - "The Panteras"
15:15 - Common thread between listeners / Family playing / Malcolm Young
16:15 - Pickups (PAF, P90, minihumbuckers, etc) / Favorite pickup of all Gretsch Filtertron

Hello friends, several YouTuber friends of mine have recently suggested that I should start experimenting with clickbait video titles and thumbnails to get more views…so I thought “how to be great at guitar in 15 minutes” would REALLY get some people’s attention…even if the video has nothing to do with that

…and then I’m gonna find a picture of some really delicious looking cheesecake to put in the thumbnail…I mean, they HAVE TO click on that right?

February 2nd, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “The Art Of Guitar Repair & Restoration”

00:00 - Followup Episode to Goes to Gruhn's Volume 5 about a '59 Burst repair

As promised…a follow up video on a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard that had a very hard life…

I first showed you guys this guitar 4 months ago in a video called “Homeskoolin’ Goes To Gruhns Volume 5”

Sadly it was chopped to pieces by a previous owner.

Tony Nagy and Greg Voros give it to you straight about what separates the men from the boys when it comes to guitar repair and restoration.

Hope you enjoy

January 31st, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “Leaving Las Vegas”

00:00 - Taking songs to the next level

Remember that scene where Nic Cage is cleaning out the booze aisle with a shopping cart while Mike McDonald kills it in the background?

January 8th, 2024

Homeskoolin' Volume 268, Tom Bukovac, "Panties Applied For"

00:00 - Homemade Evel Knievel stunt
00:45 - Plucking that Goldtop
03:27 - Episode 268 and Homeskoolin' Inc. / Hardest thing about playing guitar (bending content)
05:00 - Cookin' with Larry thanks / Taking things too literally / Nick Gordo shame
06:20 - Heavy double-stop tangent into Marilyn Manson
06:56 - Cleveland into the playoffs
07:23 - Working with Steely Dan's Michael Omartian (Omar)
08:19 - Comparison of PAFs
09:27 - Burst PAF (Bridge)
10:42 - Goldtop PAF (Bridge)
11:45 - ES-335 PAF (Bridge)
12:54 - Burst PAF (Bridge)
13:20 - Goldtop PAF (Bridge)
13:48 - Goldtop PAF (neck)
14:54 - Burst PAF (neck)
15:47 - ES-335 PAF (neck)
16:33 - Goldtop PAF (neck)
18:11 - Burst PAF (Bridge)
18:47 - ES-335 PAF (Bridge)

Uncle Larry lines up a couple PAF equipped suspects in a tone identification interrogation...

a 57 Les Paul Standard, a 58 Les Paul Standard and a 63 es-335

We all know that it's impossible to REALLY hear anything in this iPhone mic'ed scenario, but let's just act like we can hear, and play along for fun.

Which one ya like best?

January 6th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Bonus, “Yesterday's Plastic" (starring Greg Voros)

00:00 - Working on a '59 Burst with PAFs

Uncle Greg teaches us some cool inside stuff about the good old days back in Kalamazoo...

and totally unrelated....get ya' some Floater

January 5th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “Monophonic Blues”

00:00 - Blues the way they were played
05:50 - Hello, Homeskoolers'! / Working again after the holidays
07:20 - Epiphone Zephyr Amp
07:50 - Thanks all
08:05 - '58 Goldtop
08:34 - In the session with Gordon Mote / Goldtops and old equipment / Mitch

Uncle Larry takes a stroll through the dirty south…armed only with a half dozen dead strings and a couple of unopened early pre-sticker PAF’s screwed right into a solid chunk of roughly 200 year old Honduran Hog that weighs around 8 pounds....

Thanks for watching/commenting/laughing/crying/falling and stumbling along with Larry throughout these last 3 crazy years (and please note that all of these moments have been closely monitored and recorded by my team of associates that work tirelessly behind the scenes of Homeskoolin’ Incorporated, all in an effort to provide you with the best customer service possible)

PS…the handsome face at the end of this video belongs to none other than Michael Robert “Mitch” Bukovac, who sadly left this world in 1971

The Guthrie record is coming out soon folks....it really is I swear...sorry about the wait.

If you feel led to contribute to the cause, here's whatcha need:

PayPal tip jar is tombukovac@gmail.com
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December 24th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 267, Tom Bukovac, “Jack Frost Roasting On An Open Fire”

00:00 - Playing medley on the Goldtop
02:09 - Merry Christmas! / Doinking out on a Gibson Les Paul
03:15 - Goldtop love phase / Goldtop vs Burst sound
05:05 - Battle royal with family around hoildays
05:30 - NFL and channels and Peacock scam
06:38 - Tom Waits / Charles Bukowski
07:45 - Uncle Larry's Garage Sale: Gibson SG
09:00 - AC/DC
09:30 - Playing: Whole Lotta Rosie
10:00 - Comparing the '57 Goldtop (Whole Lotta Rosie)
10:23 - Newer guitars sound like digital models of old guitars
12:50 - Edgar Winter Group
14:35 - Wynton Marsalis watches Homeskoolin'
15:28 - Peter Gabriel gig and dance moves / Have a good Christmas

Merry Christmas my dear rock and roll enthusiasts

check THIS shit out

December 23rd, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 266, Tom Bukovac, “Christmas In Gold”

00:00 - Special singing and playing
02:10 - Breaking into the outer realms
04:20 - Whazzup! / Birthday gifts thanks!
05:00 - Phase 100 Script logo / Topps card Bukovac t-shirt / Books and albums
07:00 - VCB / Live setting tempo Singer vs. Guitarist (Opry Rules: Always follow the singer) / Framing the vocal
12:36 - King Crimson, Robert Fripp / Bill Bruford vs. Alan White (Yes) / More presents
14:19 - '57 Les Paul PAF Goldtop / Blowing shit up

Happy holidays dear friends…hope you all have great times with your families and I hope that you can avoid the usual frustrations that come from being secluded with your relatives that have terrible communication skills.

Thank you for the 3rd year of supporting this loony little channel

December 13th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 263, Tom Bukovac, “Talking Buk”

00:00 - Saying something with the guitar (Steve Wonder - I Believe)
03:33 - What's up! / Early morning breakfast
05:00 - Funny story (colonoscopy) / Pantera
07:45 - Bad to meet your heros? / John Oates
09:10 - Stevie Wonder - I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)
09:42 - Constructive fighting in the studio is good
10:45 - Ever walk out of a session?  Yes
14:58 - Damn fine Boogie guitar playing / Bring Boogie and chords back
15:43 - Buddy Jolly
16:37 - Video Game Math Rock?
18:00 - Definition: Cloying
18:36 - Lesson: IV Minor Chord / Gordon Mote perfect pitch

Uncle Larry plays a deep album cut and relives some past horrors and painful memories solely for your amusement and viewing pleasure.

I sincerely appreciate those that have told me that this channel helps them get through the day...i can feel the love.

December 8th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 260, Tom Bukovac, “Uni-Friday “

00:00 - Vibe'n
01:20 - Checking in
01:52 - Kid Rock is a cool cat
03:28 - Clean old Uni-Vibe
05:46 - Thanks for Brett Papa video
06:10 - Homeskoolin' "Code of Conduct"
06:54 - The Les Paul and laid in treble bleed (reversible mod)
08:40 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / "What have you been listening to?" Robert Palmer
10:24 - Steve Morse being a fan and Day 444
12:49 - Uni-Fuzz

Uncle Larry discusses some obscure but not forgotten ancient modulation….the kind of modulations that perhaps inspired the “aliens” to create some of their finest works. The analog throb that may have built the Pyramids….

wanna hear something perfect?

where is the tip jar?

You can make PayPal donations to this address:
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AND...you can purchase a myriad of Homeskoolin' related merchandise..including several different T-shirts and some beautifully constructed coffee mugs for those afflicted with thin lips...

AND....believe it or not....i have a new website people....an actual proper website.

You can see all kinds of weird old photos there, you can also purchase a download of the live concert i did last December if you like.

There are still a few more of the hand signed limited edition Uncle Larry prints that Ziggy O'Leary did left....if you wanna check one out go here:

A lot of these very same new viewers don't seem to know that Uncle Larry made a couple records that they could potentially listen to... one is an instrumental solo record called "Plexi Soul" that is available here:

another is an instrumental collaboration with his dear friend Dean Deleo (originally from the Stone Temple Pilots organization) that is available here:

November 19th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Hey Kid, You Like Music?”

00:00 - Larry gets Heavy, chunking Heavy Metal into light playing
00:35 - NFL favorite team
01:20 - Laugh out loud, funny comments
01:50 - Foreigners cannot comprehend Buck-ees
02:15 - Led Zeppelin cool stuff vs. cover band / Keith Richards low 6th
02:40 - Lesson: Open G tuning (Led Zeppelin) / Satanic sound
05:47 - Hated songs continued - Cheap Trick, Aerosmith....
08:05 - Film music?
08:30 - Guitar case for Les Paul...what is it? / More hated songs - Roxanne, Breakfast at Tiffany's
10:30 - Amp cannot find? Gibson GA-83-S
11:52 - Guitar cannot find? Lake Placid Blue Stratocaster turned green
12:30 - Remastered songs

Larry gets a major kick out of perhaps the most enlightened comment section in all of the Youtoobz...good stuff friends

Thank you guys for all the kind words and generous donations.

Happy Sunday folks

if you are a football fan and you haven't seen this already, you are in for a treat...cuz this is some funny ass shit right here...

November 18th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 256, Tom Bukovac, "Remake/Remodel/Remaster"

00:00 - Developing some sounds
05:51 - John Lennon guitar playing
06:15 - Day at Gruhn's
07:25 - Gibson Burst / "Beat the Burst" / Pulled from pain
08:45 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Buck-ees - "The most American thing"
10:25 - "Worst songs in Rock history?" / Statlin Bros., Elton John, Clapton - Forever Man / Clapton
12:20 - Lifting, stealing, borrowing songs (Led Zeppelin, Taurus, 70's)
13:17 - Remastered records thoughts? / Thank yous!
16:20 - Greg Voros checking out the Burst

Larry discusses the "great trilogy of pain" and plunks on his old very lightly flamed 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard and answers a few questions in the VCB

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thank you friends

October 19th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus "Blues For Paul Hornung"

00:00 - Some fuckin' great rauchy sounds!
05:13 - Hello, friends! / Mister Vertigo sent a pedal
05:48 - Electronic Audio Experiments - Citadel demo
08:03 - Firebird video thanks / Firebird Prototype
09:00 - Doug and Pat Show
09:43 - Football cards

I have always been a huge fan of the gorgeous dissonant rub of sliding two note scales...there is so much good shit in there, and NO ONE does it....but i do it....cuz i think it sounds fuckin' cool.

check out this pedal kids....i can't find a single thing to complain about with it...and that is pretty rare.

THANK YOU TO ALL you sweethearts for all the recent PayPal and Venmo donations...i really appreciate the comments saying that you guys are getting a lot out of these videos.

Well, ya' know, i never got to replace CC in Poison... which was my dream all along.

i might have failed the BIG dream...but at least i can show you guys a few licks now that I'm old

October 3rd, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Goes To Gruhn’s Volume 5

00:00 - Introduction / Tony Nagy shows a '59 Burst major repair
05:27 - Biggest pain in the ass repair?
06:59 - Woodwork is most important / Finish
09:38 - In depth look at Les Paul neck tenon
11:10 - Tools and other guitar tour ('53 Goldtop)
15:05 - '34 Martin 00-40H
16:45 - 1800s 7 string acoustic
17:00 - Larsen acoustic
19:00 - D'Angelico mandolin
20:26 - Gibson mandolin / Rebindings / '53 Goldtop
22:50 - '63 Gibson Explorer (verified)
24:50 - Strangest thing ever seen in repair?
25:29 - '58 Gibson Flying V and prototype together
26:45 - Fender mix matching bodies and necks
28:20 - Gibson TV
29:25 - Tremetone, Bigsby, Duesenberg, Cam Trem
32:09 - '53 acoustic / Separated neck
33:50 - What's the worst nightmare? / Pulling a neck / Neck resetting

“Oh yeah? Ask him if he does neck sets”

August 28th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 239, "Can't Find My Thank You Can't You See My Way Home"

00:00 - Electric football montage / Plunking around intro / Surgery update / Family life / Heat
03:37 - Gibson Deluxe
04:13 - Electric football teams / Rolling Rock thermometer / Cool magazine thanks
05:30 - Thanks and relation to Homeskoolin' / 80%/20% rule
07:35 - VCB / "How many instruments do you have?"
09:48 - Song: Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin' For You
10:42 - Theory about money and success
12:30 - Costco and armchair financial advice from Uncle Larry

Frank Zappa's definition of "folk music"

"when you play a D chord and wiggle your little finger around"

In this episode Larry talks about finances, he talks about Costco, and most importantly, he talks about the 7 decade legacy of Tudor Electric Football...which is potentially the catalyst for the single greatest bond between a father and a son to be found on this earth.

August 23rd, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus Jam "The Boogie"

00:00 - Playing the '52 Lester

shake your booty

August 23rd, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Primitive Gold"

00:00 - '52 Gibson Les Paul guitar gets new bridge
03:10 - Out of phase pickups due to wiring and poles
05:30 - Frets, fretboard, inlays and depth of inlays
08:50 - Tour of the rest of the guitar
10:32 - Old Gibson case
11:00 - Hardest part?
13:20 - In tune
16:40 - Playing

In this video Larry picks up a very crude early first year model ‘52 Les Paul that was just worked on by Andrew Jellison at Strung Out Guitar Repair in Nashville.

The miracle bridge that retrofits on to the ancient original tailpiece that these guitars came with from the factory is designed by Music City Bridge.


Hope you enjoy

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