Magazine articles on adventure motorcycling by Paul H Smith:

Technical articles ghostwritten by Paul for the music industry....

Interview with Sergio Hamernik


Don't Blow that Tranny (part 1)

Educational Article

Don't Blow that Tranny (part 2)

Educational Article

Don't Blow that Tranny (part 3)

Educational Article


Rusty Transformers

Educational Article

Transformers and Amp Tone

Educational Article

How and Why to Replace Your Output Transformer

Educational Article


Technical manuals by Paul for the music industry....

The Vox AC4-TV Upgrade Manual

Educational Manual

This unusual manual was written to make it possible for a complete novice to perform the complex task of modifying a guitar amplifier's circuit board and related electronics. It's an extremely unique document in that it breaks down every single step required to perform the relatively complex operation. This manual is one of a series written, photographed and illustrated by Paul, and used by Mercury Magnetics.

The complete manual is available here in five parts for review:

Studio-Pro manual (part 1 of 5)

Studio-Pro manual (part 2 of 5)

Studio-Pro manual (part 3 of 5)

Studio-Pro manual (part 4 of 5)

Studio-Pro manual (part 5 of 5)


Owner manuals and technical production for DeTemple Guitars....

Custom Shop Guitar Manuals

Individualized Instruction/Ownership Manuals

DeTemple Guitars' instruments are custom-made, and typically require several years to handcraft. Subsequently a purchase represented a sizeable investment of several thousand of dollars. The manuals are individualized for each owner and contain photographs of each guitar's construction as well as other personalized information. The concept, as well as all copywriting, photography, illustrations and technical diagrams were all created by Paul. Only two official printed versions of each manual existed. One for the owner and the other for the company's master files. All part of the uniqueness that lead to DeTemple Guitars being one of the most sought-after and coveted electric guitars of the world.

Here are links to three sample DeTemple Guitars manuals:

DeTemple '56 manual sample

DeTemple '52 manual sample

DeTemple "Twins" manual sample

Here is a sampling of several technical illustrations as well as copywriting originally used by DeTemple Guitars for production and marketing purposes: