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
venmo is @Tom-Bukovac-1

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.

November 25th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Saturday Pedal Shootout For Nobels Lovers

00:00 - Comparison Nobels
01:50 - Clean sound
02:11 - New Nobels pedal
02:49 - Old Nobels pedal
03:40 - Old higher gain
03:54 - New higher gain
04:30 - Old, old Nobels pedal on hidden board
05:00 - Vemuram
05:30 - Big Jam Distortion
07:00 - Old Burst photos

Hello lads and lasses…the kind folks at Nobels were kind enough to send me a 30th anniversary ODR-1 Overdrive pedal to try out, so I thought I would give it a swing.
Tell me what you think.

I realize this subject matter has been perhaps flogged on a bit too much in the past, but I still get a million questions regarding ODR-1s, so there must still be people wondering...so here we are,

The sweet lads at Nobels asked me for a short quote so I will say this:
“I am extremely proud to be a long time card carrying member of the Nobels family, the finest overdrive pedals ever made”

May 9th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 214, Tom Bukovac, "The Viking Scale"

00:00 - Jamming on some strings
01:13 - Demonstration of ashtray (faraday cage) on a guitar (with and without)
02:00 - Hello / Box of Rock rehousing / Greg Voros coffee
03:08 - Speed playing around
03:28 - Lesson: "The Viking Scale"
04:12 - "Original Ace Hendrix Strap"
04:35 - '54 Esquire / Playing
05:45 - Ashtray cover back on comparison
05:58 - Pedals (Simulate ashtray cover / Snare rattle)
06:44 - Joe Glaser & Music City Bridge cool idea
07:15 - Tele bridge pickup in guitar demo
08:16 - Steel guitar playing / Waylon Jennings
09:13 - "Learn how to fix a Wurlitzer"
09:30 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Ebo comedic timing
10:00 - Grammar helping a viewer / Session players humor and getting serious
11:45 - Bohemian Grove
13:22 - Double slide / Learning new tricks
14:17 - Lesson: New trick / Doubling track
16:37 - The Gear Page and the ODR-1 / Social Media is not cool

Uncle Larry filets and pan fries the VCB and plunks around on a nice old slab of golden age Fullerton Fender.

April 2nd, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 206, Tom Bukovac, "Disclaimers Are A Sign Of Weakness"

00:00 - Tinkering around / Loop
03:09 - Hello, friends! / Beer cans / Old stuff and born out of time
04:11 - Old neck, new body Telecaster with Ron Ellis pickup / Thanks
06:30 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin)
07:10 - Original 10" speaker in Princeton (Jensen)
07:50 - Nobels pedals and no disclaimers / Mini
10:00 - The Klon thing
10:34 - Use your ears not your eyes and blindfold test
11:40 - Klon value
12:47 - Pedal video
14:00 - Randy Rhoads tone
16:20 - Billy Sims (NFL)
16:45 - Todd Sharp - Vacuum Tube Loop Driver


Uncle Larry gets busy on a Ron Ellis tele bridge pickup through a device that Todd Sharp made into a device that Leo Fender made.

and...just try to get through this whole video without bawling like a baby.


March 31st, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Special Episode, “Uncle Larry's Hearing Test”

00:00 - Pedals, pedals, and more pedals (Duelist, Memory Man, etc.)
04:30 - XTS pedal tester
07:18 - Test setup
10:32 - Test starts / Klon
12:18 - Ibanez - Mostortion
13:22 - Nobels - ODR-1
14:30 - Ibanez - Tube Screamer
14:39 - Klon
16:15 - Analog Man - King of Tone
16:48 - Nobels - ODR-1
18:07 - Redo / Ibanez - Tube Screamer
18:29 - Klon
18:39 - Stand outs / Nobels - ODR-1
18:50 - Ibanez - Tube Screamer
19:07 - Analog Man - King of Tone
19:25 - Results of old pedal test
20:40 - More modern pedals / Test setup
22:35 - MXR - Timmy / Brighter hands (Ford Thurston)
23:49 - KingTone - HeavyHand
25:05 - Pedaltrain - Nightlight Distortion
25:25 - Comparison: HeavyHand vs. Nightlight / Cars - Dangerous Type
27:50 - Strymon - Sunset / Randy Rhoads - Crazy Train
30:36 - Browne Amplification - Atom / Atom vs. Nightlight
32:15 - Results of new pedal test
33:45 - Nobels vs. Nobels / Differences
38:10 - Clean sound
38:40 - Marshall - Bluesbreaker
39:17 - Roger Mayer - Voodoo-1 / Michael Landau
40:32 - Nobels vs. Nobels test setup
41:11 - Nobels mini (4)
41:43 - Nobels (2) / Mini (4) vs. (2)
42:45 - Nobels (1)
43:08 - Nobels (2)
43:26 - Nobels (3)
44:11 - Swapped pots
44:30 - (3) vs. (1)
45:00 - Mini (4) vs. (1)
46:00 - Roger Mayer - Voodoo-1 (palate cleanser) / Runthrough test
47:15 - Pedal runthrough
50:28 - Results of the Nobels / Runthrough again with matched volume


Uncle Larry doing a blind pedal shootout where it is absolutely impossible to “listen with your eyes” like people sometimes do....special thank you to all the sweet friends who helped put this video together....credit list below.

Ryan Nixon and Brett Moore from guitareffectspedals.com

Barry O Neal and Greg Walton from XTS pedalboards

September 14th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 165, Tom Bukovac, “Flutter And Wow”

00:00 - Hello, class! / Video intro about loop building lesson / '62 Strat
01:17 - Loop: Starting the loop
02:04 - Loop: Changing loops
04:02 - Get the bass / Tuning
05:38 - Lesson: Chords and progression
07:30 - Harmony H22 hollowbody bass
07:56 - Loop: Bass recording and play along
10:49 - Getting ready to solo / Looper
11:40 - Loop: Practice soloing
13:00 - Marshall 50-watt Combo Amp / Cleaning it up
13:45 - Loop: Restarting the loop for solo
16:35 - Tone (pickup, pedals)
17:34 - Loop: Take 1 soloing
20:33 - Summarizing

Uncle Larry takes the class along on a leisurely stroll to looptown….with a cameo appearance by his son’s old Harmony H-22 hollowbody bass.

Ampluhmicatiun provided by a ‘78 Marshall JMP 50 watt 2x12” combo with master volume.

If you guys are indeed learning and enjoying these meager low cost tutorials…the tip jar is just a click away…and it’s TOTALLY on the honor system.

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venmo is @Tom-Bukovac-1

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I GREATLY appreciate all the past donations my good people….a couple bucks here and there makes this all make sense, and it keeps the old fridge stocked.

Thank you for watching friends, i mean it

December 1st, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Volume 117, Tom Bukovac, “What??? He’s Talking About GEAR????”

00:00 - Hello, class!
00:16 - Pedal browsing
00:51 - Pedalboard
02:29 - Playing
04:35 - Beer trouble
05:09 - Dean Cadillac
06:20 - Nobles overdrive shootout explanation
07:38 - Clean sound
08:40 - Original overdrive
09:22 - Newer overdrive
10:09 - Back to original
10:21 - Back to newer
10:34 - Notes
11:03 - One more time with original
11:15 - One more time with newer
11:50 - Conclusion

A rare dissertation from your Uncle Larry about the ups and downs of life in the mild distortion lane.

Disclaimer…this video is intended for amusement only…i COMPLETELY understand that any gear comparison demo done with an iphone microphone is a ridiculous waste of time….no user serviceable parts inside….if swallowed, get medical help immediately or contact a poison control center…objects in the rear view may be larger than they appear.

Unrelated….just WAIT until you guys see how cool the two new Plexi Soul shirts are that our resident genius Ryan Conover designed….Ryan is responsible for all the previous HS t shirt designs (except the very first one which was designed by my dear friend Eric Crilli)….i think you guys are gonna dig it the most

October 28th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Update…PLEASE read the video description below!

00:00 - Mini pedalboard build

Bandcamp links:

As soon as i know the link to the bandcamp website where the album will be posted for sale, i will pin it on the comments for this video.

Dearest Nathan from Duesenberg proposed a brilliant idea. In an effort to include EVERYONE….we are gonna do it this way. Everyone who buys both copies of the record will automatically be entered into a drawing that will most likely happen on Christmas morning….the winner will receive a new Duesenberg Session Man guitar.

I want this to be a two part contest type deal…I'm thinking part one is the drawing where EVERYONE who buys both versions of the record can win….part two will be for all the players out there…where we will give away an Ebo Customs amp to whoever wins the playing portion.

This is all still being put together and nothing is carved in stone here. I will present all the final details about the contest situation as soon as they are officially cemented I swear.

I want to sincerely thank my dear friends at XTS pedalboards here in Nashville for throwing this killer little fly board together for me on VERY short notice…these guys are the absolute greatest and i appreciate them so much.

Stay tuned for the link to my silly record guys…thank you SO MUCH for your continued support of the channel.

I can’t express how much i cherish the heartfelt comments many of you have sent about how i have helped so many of you get through covid with these lessons…it means the world to me and i hope you all know that.

Rock on brothers

February 11th, 2020

In response to Zac Childs "Tom Bukovac and the Nobels ODR-1 video"

00:00 - Explanation of Nobels pedal

Hello Zac, thanks for the video, just wanted to expound even a bit further on the crazy story that led me to the greatest overdrive pedal of all time. I actually owe all the credit to the legendary Mike E





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