Electric Instrument Optimization by Bob Palmieri
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Electric Instrument Optimization by Bob Palmieri of Duneland Labs

Hi there, my name is Bob Palmieri, chief engineer at Duneland Labs.  I’ve been in the business of making professional guitar players truly happy with their gear for half a century. With my high-profile clients, I’ve needed to stay in the background so as to be able to give them honest advice, gear and mods without endangering their endorsement deals and relations with other techs and builders. However, I’m happy to be coming forward in partnership with The Old Town School Music Store to offer these services and devices only available previously as custom pieces. Below are some of the services I'll be offering. Take a look, and if you are interested you can get it touch by filling out the interview/questionnaire at the bottom of the page.

Potential Service Offerings:
  • General Instrument Optimization - I can make sure that everything you already own is working as well as possible before you buy new items and/or mod or sell what you have
  • Foundation assessment - Are weight, compliance, string gauge, scale length, wood choice (for neck, body & fingerboard) and pickup placement options ideal for your goals?
  • Full shieldingMuch of what is referred to as shielding just doesn’t make it in our modern world
  • Tuning of onboard controls for impedances/dampingOften, changes in control values can make a real difference for discriminating players
  • Resonance selectorsAccurate use of tuning components, with optional switching, can change a guitar’s voice significantly without changing pickups
  • Bass rolloff controlA nice option for boomy axes
  • Volume control contour adjustmentA quite personal choice. Onboard passive volume controls do affect tone (can get brighter or darker) as they’re moved away from full output, and many of the best players use this function consistently as part of their personal sound
  • Tone control tuningTraditional component values are rarely optimum for most players
  • Integrated switching solutions Pickup selection options & hum-canceling can often be combined in efficient ways that eliminate the need for extra switches 
  • Custom cancellation coilsPlaced inside an instrument, these can greatly reduce hum while allowing for the retention of vintage original pickups
  • Full phased & balanced arraysAs an alternative to the usual “which pickups in which positions” way of thinking about the transducers on an axe, a fully integrated system of coils, magnets and switching can be crafted. This is often the only way to maximize tonal options and hum canceling; it also allows for some advanced controls generally unworkable with commercial pickup systems
  • Conservatorial mods for vintage instrumentsProprietary surface-mount pickups can enable mods including humbuckers on vintage instruments without the need for routing. Transposed integrated harnesses on replacement pickguards can also be used to effect mods that are fully reversible so as to not affect resale value of vintage instruments
  • Magnetic enhancementsPrecise use of supplementary magnets and field guides can substantially alter the sound and response of existing pickups
  • Assessment of potential purchases - If you can get an instrument on approval I can inspect all functional aspects and give you the lowdown on its potential attributes and “gotchas.” Like a CarFax report for instruments
I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunities to test these optimization strategies in many of the greatest recording facilities and with many of the world’s best musicians in roles as player, tech and gear designer. If you are serious about giving yourself every chance to be really connected with your electric guitar or bass, let’s talk. You can answer some gear, tone and goal related questions on the form below, and I'll get back to you with some ways I can help get your electric guitar in optimum playing condition. Thanks for stopping by!