Matts Design & Effect

Matts Design & Effect Building/repairing/modifying electric and acoustic guitars and basses. Building/repairing/modifying effects pedals.

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Contact me for any questions you may have. Craftsman, luthier, graphic designer, tailor, artist, musician, painter, illustrator, printmaker, screen printer, metalsmith, jewelry maker, pyrographer, upholsterer, etc...

Guitar/bass setups and repairs, custom pedalboards, effects pedals, guitar straps, amp/cab covers, etc...

I also barter services for spare parts, gear, and stuff. Che

ck out my photos section for a wide variety of past projects. http://www.bestbassgear.com/ebass/bass-of-the-week/bass-of-the-week-its-not-easy-being-green.html

I made some zipper pouches out of supplies on hand for some camera gear.
06/20/2024

I made some zipper pouches out of supplies on hand for some camera gear.

I made 11 tote bags out of leftover materials from other projects. 18”x13” duck cloth canvas + 15.5”x15” leaf canvas. Pr...
05/22/2024

I made 11 tote bags out of leftover materials from other projects. 18”x13” duck cloth canvas + 15.5”x15” leaf canvas. Pretty sick. I did buy another yard of the leaf fabric, so I should be able to make three more of those. Attempting to linocut print “the Forest Room” logo on them next. Merch for

I made my mother a wine tote with her favorite wine for Mother’s Day. My mother is pretty awesome.
05/12/2024

I made my mother a wine tote with her favorite wine for Mother’s Day. My mother is pretty awesome.

I made myself another pair of overalls. This is a polyester pants type of fabric. It has a bit more stretch. I was havin...
05/08/2024

I made myself another pair of overalls. This is a polyester pants type of fabric. It has a bit more stretch. I was having issues with the buckles that I ordered, so I ended up using a brass set from another store. Very cool.

I have successfully made myself a pair of denim overalls. I modified my front left pocket and lower back pocket to have ...
04/13/2024

I have successfully made myself a pair of denim overalls. I modified my front left pocket and lower back pocket to have a buttonhole inside of them to feed my insulin pump tubing which is a game-changer. This was a lot of work from start to finish. I’ve learned a few things. Win/win.

I’ve had this wallet for ten years and it was falling apart, so I made my own entirely out of scrap and supplies on hand...
03/24/2024

I’ve had this wallet for ten years and it was falling apart, so I made my own entirely out of scrap and supplies on hand. Win/win.

Left-handed Squier Telecaster partscaster. Lollar pickup install, locking tuners, new nut, hardware upgrade, and Certano...
02/16/2024

Left-handed Squier Telecaster partscaster. Lollar pickup install, locking tuners, new nut, hardware upgrade, and Certano B+G Bender install. 8-38 E standard. This Certano bender is very cool! Very solid and not difficult to install.

1996 MIM Fender P bass. DGCF 110-85-70-50.I got a part-time job cleaning and painting my local community center when I w...
01/08/2024

1996 MIM Fender P bass. DGCF 110-85-70-50.
I got a part-time job cleaning and painting my local community center when I was 14 years old. I saved up and bought this as my first bass. I brought it back from the dead as I might be jamming with some dudes in near future.

I painted my Arturia Keystep midi keyboard. I bought it used a couple years ago, and I love it. Unfortunately the mesh l...
12/09/2023

I painted my Arturia Keystep midi keyboard. I bought it used a couple years ago, and I love it. Unfortunately the mesh liner inside the case I have for it created all these black smudges in several areas that wouldn’t wash off, it ruined the k***s, and the previous owner wrote his name in sharpie on the back. I replaced the liner in the case, so that’s no longer an issue. I scanned the keyboard, recreated the labeling, and applied it with a waterslide decal. Very happy with how this turned out.

12/06/2023
Two pedals One enclosure. EHX Crayon Overdrives. LED swap on one. Long story short, using the patch cable internally was...
11/11/2023

Two pedals One enclosure. EHX Crayon Overdrives. LED swap on one. Long story short, using the patch cable internally was the simplest solution, otherwise I would’ve had to remove the jacks completely which has higher risks and if ever wanted would make putting back in original enclosures a lot more difficult.

Another one! Blanket hoodie and pants. There were some challenges with this material, but it all worked out pretty nice.
10/25/2023

Another one! Blanket hoodie and pants. There were some challenges with this material, but it all worked out pretty nice.

This hoodie turned out pretty good. Different blanket material than previous projects. Also, I made a platform out of sc...
10/22/2023

This hoodie turned out pretty good. Different blanket material than previous projects. Also, I made a platform out of scrap wood to hold the sewing machine footswitch in a better position on my work table. I normally used it on an upside down bucket, but that eventually slips away. Making matching pants soon.

I made a hoodie and pants out of a couple thrifted blankets. Comfy as hell!Coincidentally, the colors are identical to c...
10/15/2023

I made a hoodie and pants out of a couple thrifted blankets. Comfy as hell!
Coincidentally, the colors are identical to chicken of the woods haha.
More to come. Party on!

I got a thrifted blanket, but after cutting out the pants and most of the hoodie patterns, I ended up with not enough fo...
10/14/2023

I got a thrifted blanket, but after cutting out the pants and most of the hoodie patterns, I ended up with not enough for the sleeves. I had to hunt down another blanket made of similar material. It worked out nice. I think I got my template down for what fits me best. I got a new template for the pants. More to come.

Check out my drip. Hoodie and matching pants made out of a blanket.
10/05/2023

Check out my drip. Hoodie and matching pants made out of a blanket.

Squier Classic Vibe Vintage Jaguar. Bridge replacement due to bad saddle from factory and setup proper.
10/01/2023

Squier Classic Vibe Vintage Jaguar. Bridge replacement due to bad saddle from factory and setup proper.

I made a hoodie out of a thrifted blanket. I made my own template from another hoodie that fits right. I hope to be able...
09/28/2023

I made a hoodie out of a thrifted blanket. I made my own template from another hoodie that fits right.
I hope to be able to make matching pants in the near future. Party on!

Maybe this will be more visible than the stock dim red LED.
09/20/2023

Maybe this will be more visible than the stock dim red LED.

Fender American Elite Precision Bass. D standard setup 45-110.
08/15/2023

Fender American Elite Precision Bass. D standard setup 45-110.

Gibson Double Cutaway. Fret crown setup and block inlay stickers. It parties harder now.
08/03/2023

Gibson Double Cutaway. Fret crown setup and block inlay stickers. It parties harder now.

Gibson Les Paul COPY. Fret level/crown, Planet Waves locking tuners install, setup, and Seymour Duncan bridge pickup ins...
07/25/2023

Gibson Les Paul COPY. Fret level/crown, Planet Waves locking tuners install, setup, and Seymour Duncan bridge pickup install.

Custom amp cozy for a Peavey Minx 110 bass amp.
07/05/2023

Custom amp cozy for a Peavey Minx 110 bass amp.

Dr. Bass cab cozy.
06/28/2023

Dr. Bass cab cozy.

More pics of the amp cover process.
06/20/2023

More pics of the amp cover process.

I made this cool new amp cover out of duck cloth, quilt batting, webbing for the trim, and a zipper pocket in back. It’s...
06/18/2023

I made this cool new amp cover out of duck cloth, quilt batting, webbing for the trim, and a zipper pocket in back. It’s an “amp cozy”.
Message me for pricing if you’d like a custom fit amp cover. I offer several material options.

Kinda nutty. Flashback. Time machine. I thought I’d go organize my scrap materials before moving on to other projects. I...
05/24/2023

Kinda nutty. Flashback. Time machine. I thought I’d go organize my scrap materials before moving on to other projects. I have a large plastic bin that contains mostly scrap pick guards, scrap pick guard materials, and scrap fabrics. Most of the fabric is from two periods of time; 2018/2019 when I was making guitar straps and April 2020 during quarantine and there was a PPE face mask shortage. Crafters with a sewing machine and fabric stores were working together to make and donate face masks to healthcare facilities. This quickly resulted in a shortage of elastic strap. I’m looking at a pile of narrow strips that were part of the 1/2” strap I made used to tie the mask to your head. It was very tedious. I made and donated 2-3 dozen masks.
I also found a bunch of photos from a Photography project using a 35mm b&w camera when I was in college at SCSU in 2007. I’m crackin up laughing because it kinda reminds me of the show Six Feet Under for several reasons. I was working at pharmaceutical company at the time.
🤣🤣🤣

Yeah yeah okay, I made another one, BUT my goal this time was to make better templates for cutting the fabric patterns. ...
05/22/2023

Yeah yeah okay, I made another one, BUT my goal this time was to make better templates for cutting the fabric patterns. I mirrored the paper template for each whole piece, glued it to a very thick art board, carefully cut out, then sprayed with clear coat to seal it. It saved me a lot of time. Win/win.
I have new hat patterns to try out soon. For your health.

Another one!
05/16/2023

Another one!

I made a bucket hat. Everyone go tell Fred Durst that Tiny Hats is now open on Sundays.
05/11/2023

I made a bucket hat. Everyone go tell Fred Durst that Tiny Hats is now open on Sundays.

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