Tuesday, 21 December 2004
Friday, 17 December 2004
Thursday, 16 December 2004
Tuesday, 14 December 2004
One-woman guitar storm: Fife-born and forthright, singer KT Tunstall tells Neil McCormick why she's more than just another Katie Melua or Joss Stone (from The Electronic Telegraph). I saw her perform on Jools Holland's Later show on TV recently and she played an amazing solo number building up a whole accompaniment using delays.
Beatles' "jinxed" guitar set to beat auction record: but is the guitar really cursed?
Thursday, 9 December 2004
Wednesday, 8 December 2004
Tuesday, 7 December 2004
Monday, 6 December 2004
Friday, 3 December 2004
Breedlove Guitar Company Introduces Revival Series: dreadnought and orchestral model guitars due to be unveiled at the upcoming Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.
AmpliTube Live Available Now for Both Windows and OS X: turn your computer into a virtual guitar amp!
Thursday, 2 December 2004
Tuesday, 30 November 2004
Monday, 29 November 2004
Thursday, 25 November 2004
Wednesday, 24 November 2004
New Retrofit Stoptail Bridge for Vintage Tremolo Strats: I agree with the sentiment, but I can't say that I like the flame design.
Saturday, 20 November 2004
Friday, 19 November 2004
Wednesday, 17 November 2004
ElectroKraft Announces Axe*Synth Synthesizer/Theremin Guitar: it's a theremin, in guitar format!
TheAirtightGarage Introduces the Betsy Guitar Amplifier, a 5F6A-based combo guitar amplifier and recreation of the classic Fender Bassman design.
Monday, 15 November 2004
Thursday, 11 November 2004
Monday, 8 November 2004
Thursday, 4 November 2004
Wednesday, 3 November 2004
Tuesday, 2 November 2004
Sunday, 31 October 2004
Fender Stratocaster, Limited edition Antigua re-issue, 2004
This new Antigua finish 70s style Strat is lovely, and I think I like the finish more than I liked my paisley Strat. Once again, it's a japanese Strat and it plays and feels just like my old paisley jobbie. Playing this guitar feels like resuming a relationship with an old friend, and I'm beginning to understand now just why the Stratocaster this year celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The guitar is so popular simply because it is a classic piece of design work. I mean, I love my Gibson Flying V but it's not exactly comfortable or convenient to play in a sitting position. The Stratocaster's curves and contours are ergonomically designed to fit to the player's body. It is a superb piece of design.
For me it had to be a 70s style Strat, no other Strat would do. This is partially because I wanted a replacment for my old paisley Strat (the recent paisley reissues are not 70s style), and partly because I like the big headstock and the neck profile. Don't ask me why, it's just what I'm comfortable with, both visually and in use.
These limited edition Antigua re-issues (there's also a Telecaster and a very limited Jaguar available) have been created exclusively for the European market. I got mine for a very nice price all the way from Germany. For more info see www.fendereurope.com.
Friday, 29 October 2004
Wednesday, 27 October 2004
Monday, 25 October 2004
Wednesday, 20 October 2004
Tuesday, 19 October 2004
Friday, 15 October 2004
Wednesday, 13 October 2004
Tuesday, 12 October 2004
Monday, 11 October 2004
Friday, 8 October 2004
Thursday, 7 October 2004
Friday, 1 October 2004
Six String Arts, the art of the guitar in stunning miniature reproductions: check out these ultra-detailed models of guitars as owned by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Beatles, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain and many others.
Fender Jazzmaster and Jaguar - the higher evolution of off-set waist guitars: A tribute to Fender's Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars.
Thursday, 30 September 2004
Monday, 27 September 2004
'Deer Hunter' theme might stump beginning guitarists: I thought everyone knew it was called "Cavatina". Funny how it gets referred to as the "Deer Hunter" theme. To me it'll always be the music they played for the "Gallery" section on the kids' TV programme "Vision On" featuring Tony Hart.
Tuesday, 21 September 2004
Photographer Ross Halfin's favorite rock stars and rock guitars: be sure to click on the hyperlinks in the text.
Monday, 20 September 2004
Vintage guitar plucked from floodwaters only thing he has left: Hellertown man's prize possession saved by passer-by.
Thursday, 2 September 2004
OK, I'm off to France on my holidays for two weeks now, so there won't be any updates until later in the month when I return. I will be taking my Traveler Pro Series guitar with me (see www.travelerguitar.com), although the unique stethoscope headset is a little uncomfortable, so I'm also packing a very small Danelectro headphone amp which fits nicely into the front pocket of the Traveler's gig bag.
Wednesday, 1 September 2004
Thursday, 26 August 2004
I went to see DKT/MC5 last night, featuring three of the now legendary rock'n'roll revolutionaries the MC5 from Detroit. Absolutely fantastic show, and Wow! that Wayne Kramer can't half play the guitar! It almost makes me want to get a Fender Stratocaster again. (By the way, I noticed he was playing a hardtail, i.e. non-tremolo, Strat, which conversely had the legend "with Synchronized Tremolo" on the headstock. A mis-matched neck and body, perhaps?). Anyway, catch them if you can!
Tuesday, 24 August 2004
Monday, 23 August 2004
BOOTSY EXCLUSIVE BABY BUBBA - Bassist keeps the funk alive and skates around politics with new album. Or so it says here. It's about Bootsy Collins, in case you hadn't worked it out already.
Mercurio Electric Guitars Offers Interchangeable Pickups: Mercurio Guitars has launched a new line of guitars that feature an interchangeable pickup system so you can change the sound of the guitar in seconds, and works with all standard pickups. For more information, visit www.mercurioguitars.com.
Thursday, 19 August 2004
Yamaha Pacifica 112 Guitar Project, Part 3Having finished sanding the guitar body, I was ready to proceed with applying the wood stain. I decided against using just a single colour and making the guitar look like it would have originally. I decided instead to try to create my own more interesting finish through the use of masking tape and three different colour stains!
Masking the body with tape
The first stain has been applied and the tape removed
Taped up again and the second stain is applied
Tape removed again: the first two colours
A view around the back
The third colour having been applied
The neck, scratchplate and bridge positioned to show what the guitar will look like
Redneck And Here To Stay - An Interview With Gretchen Wilson courtesy of Epiphone Musical Instruments
Wednesday, 18 August 2004
Tuesday, 17 August 2004
Monday, 16 August 2004
Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Blink-182's DeLonge Expects 'Always' To Change Life As We Know It: kiddie-band guitar player talks total bollocks.
Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Pilot creates cockpit-friendly folding guitar: A Swedish pilot and amateur musician has created a folding guitar that fits into his cramped cockpit. It is similar in size and style to a Fender Telecaster, with a neck that folds back into the body and the strings being pulled onto a roller.
Saturday, 7 August 2004
Yamaha Pacifica 112 Guitar Project, Part 2Today I spent quite a while sorting out the bad sanding job that someone had done when they stripped the body of the guitar. I don't think they even took the neckplate or perhaps even the scratchplate off the guitar as there was evidence of the guitar's finish underneath both of these!
I did the donkey work with an electric orbital sander and then switched to sanding by hand - you always get the smoothest finish that way. There was also some of the original finish lurking inside the cutaways so I applied Nitro Mors to these areas to dissolve it away, before cleaning it up and re-sanding.
I also checked my box of guitar spares to make sure I have everything I need for re-assembly. I have a loaded Pacifica scratchplate, a tremolo bridge (although with no arm and no springs), and various knobs. Pieces I still need to find (or rather, buy) in that case are tremolo springs, tremolo arm, jack socket and plate for side-mounting, pickup selector cap... and that's it!
Here's what the guitar might look like when I re-assemble it:
Bear in mind that it won't be that colour though. I've not decided on the colour yet, other than it'll be a natural finish, but my inclination is to go for a darker stain, perhaps even mahogany-ish.
Here's a couple of options that I'm considering:
Chrome dome knobs for the volume and tone, rather than the ordinary Strat type knobs, and replacement black pickup covers for the single coils (they look a bit weird here in the photo because I simply placed them on top of the existing pickups for the picture). I'm not decided yet which would look the best (the existing white pickup covers are very dirty), I think we'll have to try it and see when I put the guitar together again.
Friday, 6 August 2004
Thursday, 5 August 2004
Wednesday, 4 August 2004
Yamaha Pacifica 112 Guitar Project
On the guitar body itself, someone has had a go at stripping it down to the bare wood, but they have hardly made a brilliant job of it. The first job to do will be to get it sanded properly, nice and smooth, and then I think I'll re-apply a finish - I will most likely use my tried and trusted remedy of Ronseal All In One - it's very easy to apply and gives a superb natural finish.
As for the neck, well, at the moment it appears to be slightly bowed, but we'll have to see what it's like once the instrument is finished and strung up. Hopefully, it'll not need much more than a truss-rod adjustment.
More on this project later.
Tuesday, 3 August 2004
Friday, 30 July 2004
Thursday, 29 July 2004
There's loads of new gear stories over at Harmony Central, including:
- Left-Handed Ibanez Artcore Guitars Announced
- New Generation USA Custom Added to Peavey's Guitar Lineup
- Schecter Debuts Twin Tribal Double Neck at Summer NAMM
- Schecter Adds 007 BlackJack to Diamond Series
- Third Model Joins Schecter's Aviation Family
- New USA Exotic Hardtails from Dean Guitars
- Vox Unveils Their Next Generation Hybrid Amps
- Five New DigiTech Overdrive/Distortion Pedals
- Dean Goes Upright with New Pace Basses
- Dean Zen Acoustic Guitar
- PM-10 and PM-20 from Parker Offer New Body Styles
- S.O.B. Offers Looks of BC Rich Beast Model in Smaller Size
- Burns Shows New Guitars and Basses for Summer NAMM
- The Gretsch Duo Jet Special Guitar Returns
- Gretsch Introduces G6122SP Country Classic Special at NAMM
- New Resonator Guitars from Hohner
Wednesday, 28 July 2004
Tuesday, 27 July 2004
Thursday, 22 July 2004
Guitar distortion has come a long way over the years: the art of noise!
Wednesday, 21 July 2004
Guide lights make this guitar an easy instrument to play: The Yamaha EZ-AG
Thursday, 15 July 2004
Win the PROTOTYPE for Fender's New Custom Shop '66 Stratocaster: It's another "only open to U.S. residents" job. Unfair!
Wednesday, 14 July 2004
Tuesday, 13 July 2004
Monday, 12 July 2004
Thursday, 8 July 2004
Auction of Eric Clapton's Guitars Rakes in Over $7M: "Guitar Center buys several of the top lots which will go on public display around the country" (or, so it say here. I think when they say "the country" they are talking about the United States. I think the writer of this piece forgot that it's the WORLD wide web and not the American wide web. Sorry, rant over, but it does piss me off).
Tuesday, 6 July 2004
Sunday, 4 July 2004
Mystery "Silvertone" acoustic guitar
Here's another eBay find. It's an old - possibly 1950s - archtop guitar, and is supposedly a Silvertone. However, at some point in its life someone has refinished the guitar in dark green, and removed all logos, serial numbers, etc, in the process. The Silvertone logo on the headstock has been painted on by hand so possibly it isn't a Silvertone. But then again, why fake a Silvertone?
To complicate matters even further, the name Silvertone was a brandname used for guitars sold by Sears and Roebuck, and were often re-badged guitars from other brands. So, who knows what this guitar really is?
The back of the guitar suffered a split at one point, and this has been repaired. The splints can be seen quite clearly through the upper f-hole.
Soundwise, it's very sweet. It has quite a pleasing tone, and playability isn't bad as the action is quite reasonable given the age of the instrument. The string spacing leaves a lot to be desired due to some pretty random slots cut into the bridge. Possibly this is something I could repair. The machine heads are old but work perfectly well, and the guitar impressively stays in tune very nicely.
The red "scratchplate" is actually a glued on piece of felt; I assume this was done by the person who painted the guitar green - possibly someone called "John B" because the intials "JB" have been added to the top of the guitar on the lower bout, and also the incredibly sturdy case also sports the name "John B".
I would love to know the history of this guitar, but chances are it'll remain the mystery Silvertone acoustic.
Friday, 2 July 2004
Relatives of Jimi Hendrix resume court battle over guitarist's estate: Bloody disgraceful I call it. They all want a bigger slice of Jimi's legacy, but why don't they get off their arses and actually DO something themselves?
Nelson won't play guitar at picnic due to hand pain: Country star Willie Nelson said Thursday that he will still sing but won't be able to play guitar during his annual Fourth of July picnic, scheduled to be held in Fort Worth for the first time.