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!
SonyBMG Breaks Out Big Guns For Rory Gallagher Anthology
Guitarist will be cast in stone: A statue of the Rolling Stones' rock legend Brian Jones is to be erected in his home town of Cheltenham.
House Music Pioneer From The Band Ten City Meets Legendary Guitar Player From The Rock Band Thin Lizzy on Branch Recording: Andy Gee? When did he play guitar for Thin Lizzy?
FR3000V Tube Drive Reverb from Guyatone
New Petite Jumbo Model from Bourgeois: Designed for fingerstyle guitarists, the latest Bourgeois model features a 16" jumbo-style body constructed with European Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood.


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