Monday 12 December 2005

Music Industry starts war against online song lyrics and guitar tabs: Bastards! It's the Industry that is killing music.
JamMate UG-1, the USB guitar

Friday 9 December 2005

Wednesday 7 December 2005

Monday 5 December 2005

Mikey Guitar: Now this is really clever. Guitars and basses that can convert from fretted to fretless at the flick of a switch! Check out the demo videos - they have to be seen to be believed.

Friday 2 December 2005

Visiting Dignitaries: Nick Paumgarten from The New Yorker hangs out with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Here are the Turbo Diddley guitars that Billy refers to in the article.

Monday 21 November 2005

Link Wray, RIP
Girls with guitars: The Times looks at some more up and coming all-female bands.
Guitar Intonation: What's this "intonation" malarkey all about then?
String Master automatic guitar tuner keeps your strings tight: Now I've seen everything! This device actually turns the machine heads for you.
Guitar gets refined by fire: guitarist swears that his guitar sounds better than ever having survived a house fire.
Guitar has Intel inside: Could this be what Ananova was whittering on about (below)?
Guitar surfing: A new guitar allows musicians to surf the internet and send emails while playing the instrument. Technology built into the guitar allows users to download chords from the net to play instantly reports The Sun. The Intel Concept Telecaster Guitar - currently in the design stage - is expected to cost thousands of pounds when it goes on sale. Ananova
Let Your iPod Teach You Guitar: Jam along, learn chords, scales and tune-up with iRocker.

Friday 18 November 2005

Nashville's Guitar Art Limited Edition Book Available Now: This colorful limited edition, commemorative book highlights Nashville’s popular GuitarTown Project. The book includes beautiful photographs of all of the guitar sculptures and showcase guitars. It also includes profiles of the visual artists, as well as quotes and photographs of the many Country music artists who supported this project. From Kenny Chesney to Wynonna, the book is a memoir of the project which has been recognized worldwide. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, United Way of Nashville, and The DISTRICT.

Thursday 3 November 2005

Friday 28 October 2005

NASA - How is a rocket like a guitar?: Guitars and rockets have a lot in common, but what's good for a musician might spell trouble for an astronaut.
Gibson offers new way to 'play' guitar: "Gibson Guitar has teamed with videogame developers Harmonix and RedOctane for a new musical simulation game called "Guitar Hero." The game will launch November 1 on the PlayStation 2 entertainment system..." It sounds hideous.
Guitar maker picks a winning partner: Patrick Eggle teams up with the Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) to develop a low-cost, high-volume guitar for the US using polymer technology.
What is Guitar Tablature and Can I Find It Online?
Woman finds Johnny Cash's guitar amid debris
Bo Diddley: 'I make a guitar do things that others can't'

Wednesday 26 October 2005

Monday 17 October 2005

Epiphone Announces New E Series Amplifiers
Alvin Stardust locks his £1,000,000 guitar away
Guitar Musician News :: General :: Buying A Guitar - Do You Know What To Look For?
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Jackson Makes Jenna Guitar: guitars and porn stars. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...
Paul, guitar are stars: The life and times of guitar legend and Waukesha native Les Paul are being chronicled in a documentary that is expected to air nationally on public television. (USA that'll be.)
Les Paul keeps rocking at age 90
Big Audio Dynamite guitarist Nick Hawkins dies

Monday 10 October 2005

Version 2 of Guitar Rig Announced: with more amp and effects models, plus an upgraded foot controller/audio interface, Guitar Rig 2 also adds a selection of bass gear emulations.
Faith No More guitarist squashes competition: Jim Martin, formerly of Faith No More, has given up music and now grows pumpkins! (Just how many guitarists did Faith No More have, by the way? Another ex Faith No More guitarist, Dean Menta, has been playing guitar with Sparks for two or three years now.)
Guys know best guitars have plugs by Dave Barry. An amusing tale of middle-aged would-be guitar heroes!
Guitar Musician News :: Lessons :: Basic Guitar Chords: How to Easily Master the Guitar Chords
McCartney uses Paperback Writer guitar for new album
The FireWire Electric Guitar: another one you can plug straight into your computer. Now, where have I seen that guitar design before?

Tuesday 4 October 2005

Leafing through a Japanese guitar magazine the other day, I was rather surprised to see an advert for a new line of Zemaitis guitars. How can Zemaitis guitars exist without Tony Zemaitis, who sadly passed away in 2002? His operation was hardly comparable to that of Gibson or Fender. He wasn't the head of a factory churning out guitars; he used to build all the instruments by hand.

It seems someone (or some company more likely) has bought the rights to the Zemaitis name. My initial impression is that it sounds rather like sacrilege to me, although is it any worse than the Danelectro re-issue guitars courtesy of the Evets Corporation that have nothing whatsoever to do with the original Danelectro guitars, or the new American Vox guitars?

For more about Tony Zemaitis and the original Zemaitis guitars, see this article.

Penta Systems Pentasitar


Hurry hurry hurry! This auction ends soon. You really wanted a Penta Systems Pentasitar, didn't you? Awwwww... go on! It could be a real snip with a starting price of $2,199.00.
(Via MusicThing)

Monday 3 October 2005

Johnson introduces new Viola Bass model: Inspired by the classic 60's era bass, Johnson's JJ-200 semi-hollowbody bass features two humbucking pickups with independent volume controls.

Thursday 29 September 2005

Chafin Custom Guitars introduces the Volante Custom
The Fender American Series: Evolution of a Revolution: "A Fender American Series guitar is set apart by features such as rolled neck edges, which makes it feel like you’ve been playing it forever. Then there are the staggered tuning machines, which eliminate a string tree, yet still provide a sharper string-break angle over the polished nut for improved performance."

Yeah, never mind all that... is that a hardtail Strat I see on the left in the photo?

Wednesday 28 September 2005

A doubleneck travel guitar? Isn't that an oxymoron?

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This tribute to Jimmy Page's Gibson doubleneck is part of Fernandes Guitars' new Art Rock series featuring 60/70s Rock Legend flavoured variations of their popular Nomad travel guitars (with built-in amplifier).

As well as the Two Heaven model shown above there is another Led Zeppelin-themed guitar, the Kashmir which is a Fernandes Nomad with a Danelectro DC-50 twist (lipstick pickup, "seal" scratchplate), and also one for Eric Clapton fans, the Sunshine Love which pays homage to Clapton's psychedelic Gibson SG. The series is completed with two basses - the Sunshine Love Bass and the Ladyland Bass.

However, the one fly in the ointment is that as far as I am aware, these are only available for the Japanese market and do not appear on the Fernandes Guitars website aimed at the rest of the world. I only found out about these guitars in the first place from a Japanese guitar magazine that a friend sent me. (I could hardly read a word of it, but there were lots of pretty pictures!)
Guitar worth £35,000 goes on show in store in Northampton: it's another doubleneck, kids. What a pity it's a PRS.

Saturday 24 September 2005

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I've just waved goodbye to the Danelectro Convertible (above, right). It was a lovely guitar, but when I bought the doubleneck I made the decision that one of the other Danos had to go. I'd love to keep them all but I'm running out of space for all these guitars, so sometimes I have to adhere to a strict "one in, one out" policy when buying guitars. It was a tough decision deciding which of the Danos to get rid of. In the end I decided to keep the 56'U2 because that is one I put together from the remnants of two broken guitars, and therefore is much more personal to me. Anyway, I hope the Convertible is going to a good home.

Friday 16 September 2005

Roger Waters says Pink Floyd will be back. Perhaps. Maybe. We'll see...
Keith Richards Named Top Rock Hell Raiser
Former Jimi Hendrix bandmate accuses author of 'revisionist history': Billy Cox sets the record straight.
Brian May Joins Yamaha Guitar Artist Roster: No, don't panic he's not retiring the Red Special! He's been using the Yamaha SLG100 silent guitar for live acoustic work. I myself tried one of these guitars at the London Guitar Show earlier in the year and was quite impressed with the sound.
Guitar Musician News :: Lessons :: Make a Game of Your Guitar Practice and Surprise Yourself
SimS Custom Shop: A great site showing guitar customisation projects by Martin Sims. Check out also their now legendary SimS L.E.D.s!

Thursday 15 September 2005

Phat Axx Overdrive Added to Indyguitarist's Pedal Line: "Available in either a diamond plate or more affordable Hammond enclosure, the Phat Axx adds a bass boost switch to its standard overdrive controls." I bet they're kicking themselves they didn't think of the skull knobs thing first.
Wicked Metal Pedal from Audiotech: "Designed for extreme distortion sounds, Audiotech's upcoming pedal comes complete with skull knobs." How absolutely wretched.
International Superstar Soraya Chats With Epi: Epiphone interviews another person I've never heard of.

Monday 12 September 2005

Image hosted by Photobucket.comTexan Blues star Brown dies at 81: Grammy-award winning guitarist and singer Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown has died in Texas at the age of 81.

Nicknamed "Gatemouth" for his deep voice, he cited his father, a railway worker and fiddle player, as his greatest musical influence. "If I can make my guitar sound like his fiddle, then I know I've got it right."
Yamaha introduces new guitar and bass GigMaker packages: great for beginners.
Seven effects pedals from TC Electronic: vintage tremolo, vintage delay, and vintage compression pedals as well as four different flavors of vintage overdrive and distortion for both guitar and bass.

Thursday 8 September 2005 is relatively new to the web, but has potential as quite a nice little guitar gallery/community. Go on - register and post some pictures of your guitars. I'm certainly going to do so myself.

Friday 2 September 2005

Phil Lynott Statue Unveiled: After months of campaigning by Thin Lizzy fans and Dublin residents, legendary bassist and vocalist Phil Lynott has finally been immortalised in bronze.
Gretsch UK Tour - September 2005: Mike Lewis, International Marketing Manager of Gretsch guitars, will be hosting the tour where he will be presenting and demonstrating the finest collection of Gretsch guitars ever seen in the UK, including the USA Custom Shop Models.

Do you remember the Williams Keyboard Guitar that I briefly commented on last year following its appearance at the Summer NAMM show? Well, they've now got their website up and running at I still think it looks very silly, but wonder what anyone who's ever tried one thinks of its playability? (Don't ask me, I'm not a keyboard player).
The Stones: still rocking, still controversial: In an exclusive interview at the start of their world tour, rock legends The Rolling Stones talk about life on the road at 60-plus years, US politics and why they didn't play Live 8.

Thursday 1 September 2005

Vintage Guitar Magazine reviews Epiphone's new valve amps
I've been away for a few days, but have just noticed - this blog is now over three years old!
Voivod Guitarist Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour Dies Of Cancer At 45
Metallica's Kirk Hammett joins string quartet for concert
Modern Guitars Magazine: Yngwie Malmsteen Interview
This guitar man doesn't mind 'roadie' tag: Alex Alvarez, guitar tech for Mick Jagger, Los Lobos, Lenny Kravitz and others.
Win a signed Iron Maiden guitar
Battered but still standing, Kojis-built guitar sign survives Katrina

Wednesday 24 August 2005

Monday 22 August 2005

Farley's Journeyman Guitar Tool: A "Swiss Army Knife" for guitarists. (Farley's? I thought they made rusks for babies?)
Ergo Guitars by Charles Fox: Charles Fox has introduced the Ergo Noir guitar at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. "The ergo noir is a high-performance 'super guitar' from the workshop of master luthier Charles Fox. The ergo is an instrument of unusual refinement and unlimited musical possibilities; a virtuoso guitar for exploring your most ambitious musical ideas and dreams. Besides sounding and playing like nothing else in the world, the ergo is also a compelling design object, an empowering musical partner, an inspiring creative muse, a player's dream, a performer's delight, a collector's prize, a serious investment and a high end walk on the wild side."
Image hosted by Photobucket.comI recently got myself this Washburn WI64-DL secondhand at a very nice price. (It's much more purple in real life than the photo shows). As I may have mentioned before, I am not a fan of tone controls on guitars becuase they are usually pointless (i.e. they don't do anything other than roll off the treble) but this guitar features the Voice Contour Control (VCC) system which basically means you can mix between single coil and humbucker sounds - not just one or the other but all the "inbetween" positions as well!

Added to that it has the Buzz Feiten tuning system, and whilst I haven't quite worked out what exactly the Buzz Feiten tuning system actually is, I am not complaining because the guitar plays in tune all the way up to the top of the neck.

I've wanted one of these guitars since I tried out the Washburn WI64-DL at the London guitar show earlier this year. The guitar I've bought an earlier model that's now been discontinued, although I can't quite see from the specs on the Washburn website what the differences between the WI65-DL and the WI64-DL models actually are. But who cares? All in all, it's a fantastic guitar - a great buy.

Wednesday 17 August 2005

The Who's Townshend destroys guitar for charity: "Pete doesn't tend to smash up guitars any more, but he made an exception in this case as it was for such a good cause."
For sale on Danelectro Convertible, re-issue, semi-acoustic guitar

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New Subhuman Model Guitar from Malden: Malden's latest electric guitar design is a double cutaway model featuring a mahogany body and dual high-output humbuckers. Is it just me, or does it look somewhat Parker-like?
Line 6 Announces TonePort UX1 and UX2 USB Audio Interfaces New interfaces designed for recording guitar, bass, and vocals on your computer.
Daguet Guitars: Guitars built to order by a French luthier. It's nice to see someone who doesn't just trot out the same old tired variations of Fender designs. Check out his Crestwood Deluxe replicas - they are stunning!

Tuesday 16 August 2005

Unseen Hendrix footage released: Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance at the Woodstock festival in 1969 is to be released on DVD in its entirety.
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Monday 15 August 2005

Sunday 7 August 2005

Sanox Sound Creator acrylic-bodied Strat and Countryman 6-string banjo

Here are a couple of new additions to my personal guitar collection:
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The first is this clear acrylic Strat copy by Sanox Sound Creator (try as I might, I can't find out anything about them on the web). It's actually quite a good quality Japanese copy from the 1970s; Nile Rodgers from Chic used to play something similar, I believe. This particular example has been well-used and shows a fair few battle scars - the perspex is chipped beneath the bridge, and it has worn frets in places, etc. However, it does have that certain 'mojo' and it sounds and feels great - it's perfect for those Hendrix impressions! I have to confess that I actually prefer this beaten up old copy guitar to my real Fender Strat (a Japanese 'Antigua' reissue from 2004).
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My other new addition is this Countryman guitar banjo. It's basically a banjo with a 6-string guitar neck on it, so it allows guitarists to play a 'second instrument' simply by using their current knowledge of the guitar. Sneaky, huh? A friend of mine commented that it's not a 'real banjo', but it sounds like one to me, and I can't be bothered with all that 4 and a half strings business! Anyway, it's a relative cheapy, I suppose, made in China but with an American-made Remo head, but it's very nicely built and as I say it has that authentic banjo sound.

Monday 1 August 2005

Jimi Hendrix: I Don't Want to be a Clown Any More: one from the archives of Rolling Stone magazine.
Wietse's guitars: I love websites like this where people talk you through their guitar collections. This guy Wietse is from The Netherlands and he's built up quite a collection of interesting guitars by scouring his local fleamarkets. He's also refinished a few of the more damaged guitars and it looks like he's made a real nice job of them.

Saturday 30 July 2005

Hendrix 'left army after gay lie': Jimi Hendrix pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army, according to a new biography.

Monday 18 July 2005

Meet the New Kids on the Block! Fender introduces the Big Block series of guitars in the UK and Europe. Lots of black and chrome and block fingerboard inlays!
The original guitar god: The Guardian talks to Davy Graham.
Music event claims world record: A music festival in Surrey is claiming to have set a new world record for the biggest ever "air guitar ensemble". How cringingly embarrassing.

Friday 15 July 2005

Tanglewood Guitars to Debut Premiere Series at Summer NAMM: Tanglewood announce a new line of mid-priced acoustic guitars and basses all featuring solid tops and Grover machine heads.

Monday 11 July 2005

New Moral White Line from Oscar Schmidt
Marshall Ships Handwired Plexi Stack Reissue
Stones guitarist Richards joining Depp on Pirates set: Johnny Depp has persuaded Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards to play a cameo role in the sequels to "Pirates of the Caribbean".
Priceless guitars rescued from blaze at Hard Rock Cafe in London

Crazy J

Plenty of other blogs have recently been featuring Crazy J, guitar-playing robotic creation of the Georgia Institute of Technology. I feel it's time to remind you all of some previous guitar-robots that I've listed on this blog, namely GuitarBot (watch the videos of that thing in action - it's quite impressive) and the similarly-named but altogether more scary GTRBOT of Captured by Robots.
Led Zeppelin voted 'ideal supergroup'
Show must go on for Ravi Shankardespite two of his treasured sitars being broken during a flight from Lebanon.

Saturday 9 July 2005

The return of Frankie 2

I was never happy with this project as it was. The left-handed neck wasn't really working for me and the roller nut I'd installed made the action too high at the head end of the neck. Tonight, I replaced the neck for a more ordinary Stratocaster neck - a Squier Strat neck with 22-fret rosewood fingerbaord. I also removed the tremolo bridge, the springs, etc, and have installed one of these fab Hot Rod hardtail bridges from Custom Shop Parts. It now plays beautifully!

As for the parts that I removed, I may keep them for a future project or else I might have a clear out and sell them on eBay.

(Click on the photo to enlarge it).

Thursday 30 June 2005

RKS Guitars Wins Two 2005 Industrial Design Excellence Awards: check out the radical designs for yourself again over at
Get free guitar cut outs from New Order sleeve designer: Around 500 guitar cut outs designed by Peter Saville will be left across the capital to promote the launch of new hand-held game and music consol the Sony PSP, and they can be taken home by those who find them.
JamLab Makes Computer Recording Easy for Guitarists: M-Audio's JamLab combines a USB audio interface with a 1/4" input and line/headphone output with software effects, amp simulation, and drum loops for jamming with.
New Additions to Parker's Current Guitar Lineup

Tuesday 28 June 2005

There's no real reason for this picture here, other than to illustrate an alternative use for a Vox amp (a seat for a cat!). Actually, I'm just testing this new picture upload facility on Blogger. Never mind... normal service will be resumed shortly!
The Flying V ukulele!

Monday 27 June 2005

Jazz guitarist Billy Bauer dies aged 89
Blues guitarist Harry "Big Daddy" Hypolite killed in Car Crash
Turning 80 sweet for blues guitarist B.B. King
Jimi Hendrix's infamous 1966 Fender guitar hits the auction block: see this ebay auction here.
The Pac Man Guitar
Guitar signed by Blur and Led Zeppelin up for grabs
Yamaha Announce the A2 Air Guitar: "...Yamaha’s newly developed A.I.R. technology (Alternative Internal Resonance) shatters this precondition, specially positioned ‘sound tubes’ pass through a lightweight body at intricately selected angles. This allows string vibrations, which normally only resonate the top of the guitar body are more effectively ‘transmitted’ through the whole instrument..."
Archer Debuts Kasim Sulton Signature Bass
Zoom Announces G2 Multi-Effects Pedal: Their most powerful pedal to date, the G2 features 96kHz sampling rate and 24-bit converters, plus up to 5 second of delay, built-in tuner, and drum machine.

Thursday 23 June 2005

Wayne Kramer
Last week I went to see DKT/MC5 again, this time in Oxford. I also remembered to take my camera this time! As ever, they played an exciting set full of the MC5's best known songs.

What I want to know is, what model Fender Stratocaster is it that Wayne Kramer uses these days? It's a hardtail Strat, that's for certain (despite the "with Synchronized Tremolo" legend on the headstock!), and on the scratchplate near the pickup selector switch there is a Fender "F". Does anyone have any ideas what model it might be? Just curious...

Tuesday 14 June 2005

Science search plucks guitarist from obscurity: A nationwide search for the "Pop Idol of science" has been won by an electric guitar-playing civil servant.
Brian May gets encore at the Palace: guitar legends Brian May and Jimmy Page are among Britain's greatest musicians honoured by the Queen this week, whilst Live Aid founder and Ultravox star Midge Ure gets an OBE along with guitarist John Mayall, the father of British blues.
Have guitars, will travel: Rhett Butler explains how he plays two guitars at once.
Instrumental success for guitar builder - Colfax resident now an international craftsman
When he couldn't play the guitar, Vine Grove man decided to make them
Guitar pick enthusiast to expand his collection this summer
Solo Bass Competition set for October
Budda Introduces Superdrive 45 Series II Amps
Satriani, Metheny, Vai and Santana signed guitars auctions
Music Man unveil new Sting Ray and Sterling models with dual pickup options

Friday 10 June 2005

Archtop guitar
Here's my old battered cello guitar that was rescued and brought back to life through the efforts of a couple of friends. I really can't take any credit for this project, as all the work was done for me. This work included re-glueing the body, re-setting the neck, sanding the remaining old finish off (someone had made a half-arsed attempt previously) and re-spraying in this gorgeous gold.

I've strung her up tonight for the first time and the initial impressions are good. The sound is sweet and I have achieved a very nice playable action. I just need to play the new strings in a bit and get the tuning stabilised, as they always sound overly bright when you first put them on.

In case you don't remember, this is what she looked like before!