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.

Friday 29 July 2005

Harmony Central's Summer NAMM 2005 Coverage: press releases are being added daily at the moment. There's a whole bunch of guitar product news, but nothing that sets the world alight, to be honest.
Franz Ferdinand's Drummer Becomes Their Third Guitarist
Korn name new guitarist, confine him backstage: very very odd.
Guitars Once Owned by Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, and Others to Be Auctioned: click here for further info and photos! (I'm just amazed that they keep finding these old Hendrix guitars. There can't be any more left, surely?)
While my guitar gently creaks: the middle-aged are dusting off their guitars and playing again, says this article from the Telegraph.

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).


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