I’ve made a lot of special modifications myself.

There’s got to be a better way

Have you ever been using a tool or device, or doing a task, and thought to yourself, “There’s got to be a better way.”? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

As you go through life, you can accept things the way they are, or you can try to improve them. I’m one to always look for a way to improve things. Even if it’s not broke, it can still be fixed!

Whether it’s on the road, in the recording studio, or just around the house, there are many small things you can do, special modifications that you can make, that will make life easier, less cluttered, more efficient, and just plain better. That’s what this site is all about. I hope we can learn a lot of special modifications together.

About the proprietor

My name is Brance Gillihan. I’ve always been an adventurer. Leaving home at 17 years of age, I moved from the Midwestern United States to Northern Wyoming to try my hand at being a cowboy. After several years as a ranch hand, I did a brief stint as a logger, then headed South to West Texas, where I studied music, sound technology, and video production.

In 1998 I moved to Nashville, TN. I worked on the road for a Grand Ole Opry star and studied music business at Belmont University. Then in the summer of 2000, I moved to Virginia and opened a recording studio. I recorded, and filmed, some of the best acoustic musicians in the industry. I ran the studio for 10 years and produced nearly 40 feature-length DVD projects (concerts, and instructional programs), along with close to 20 full length CDs.

It was during this time that I discovered blogging. In 2005 I co-founded what became the primary online news source for the international bluegrass music industry. In 2007 the International Bluegrass Music Association awarded my blogging partner and I the “Print Media Person of the Year” award, the first time an online platform had ever won this award.

In 2011 I moved to Boston, MA, where I pastor a small church in the neighborhood of Southie.

From the Midwest, to Wyoming, to Texas, to Virginia, to New England, I’ve met a lot of interesting people, and discovered a lot of special modifications that make life easier. I hope to share them with you on this site.

About this blog

My intention is to post one post each week. My commitment to you is that these posts will be substantial in length and content, offering do it yourself ways to make some special modifications designed to save you time, money, and frustration. Much of the content will come from my experience in the music business, but I’m sure a lot will cross-over to everyday life. My aim is to be helpful.

From time to time I’ll be tapping my friends and colleagues for wisdom. We’ll hear from musicians, engineers, designers, tour managers, carpenters, all sorts of folks who have learned how to make a few special modifications in their area of expertise. I’m excited to learn what they’ve got to share.

About You

But this site is about you also. If you’ve found this blog and have taken the time to read this, it is because you are not one to leave good enough alone, but like me are constantly looking for ways to improve on what you see. I’m sure you have wisdom of your own to share with us. So please us the contact page to send me an email with a special modification you’d like to share with the community. Or join in the comments on any post, ask questions, share your own mods, let’s do this together!


One last item of business we can file in the full disclosure department, just so that you can’t say I didn’t tell you. The links contained within this site may occasionally be affiliate links. This means that I will earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) from that site if you make a purchase through one of those links. I only ever use affiliate links if I am familiar with the product and genuinely believe it will help my readers. The money earned through these links helps to keep SpecialModifications.com online, but if the idea bothers you please feel free not to use my links.

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