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[12 Sep 2011 | Comments Off on Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar | 8,178 views]
Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar

About, bloody, time.
In my alter-ego persona as a mild-mannered, guitar-repair guy, about half of the times I get a call about a Jaguar, it’s someone with a stock model asking about modding it to make it all Cobainy.
Well now, they don’t need to. Fender have gone and done it already.
The Kurt Cobain signature Jaguar is a replica of the ’65 Jag that Cobain played with Nirvana. It’s been reliced too, to capture some of the original’s vibe.

As you’d expect, it’s got a pair of DiMarzio humbuckers shoved in there, with …

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[27 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | 8,934 views]
Jasperbridge Percussion Guitar

What the…? What’s going on here? It’s a guitar. Sort of. It’s all futuristic and stuff. It’s got backwards bits. I mean… What?
Say hello to the Jasperbridge Percussion Guitar. It’s the brainchild of Tom Shaper (guitarist and inventor). The strings are on BOTH sides.
What?
Yeah. So the strings head down the neck as usual and then make their way through a tunnel of sorts before appearing at the (offset) rear of the guitar.
Why?
Good question. Shaper says that it’s to allow you to play guitar with a drumstick or similar. You fret …

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[21 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on New Radiohead Track on From The Basement | 2,002 views]
New Radiohead Track on From The Basement

New track from Radiohead’s upcoming appearance on From The Basement.
I went off Radiohead for a while. What to you think of this one though—good ‘Head or bad ‘Head?

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[20 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments | 12,216 views]
Gibson RD Standard Reissued

Here’s one to split opinions and have guitarists arguing over their beer for a while. The Big G has reintroduced the RD Standard, a guitar originally offered back in the late ’70s.
First beer-argument point: the looks. Personally, I love how this thing looks but I can definitely see how there are some that might not. Does that make me right and them wrong? Probably, but if it’s your round, I’m prepared to enter into debate.
Second beer-argument point: the specs. Gibson have released the RD Standard in typical Gibson dress. It’s …

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[17 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on Joe Bonamassa: Signature Les Paul Comparison | 5,726 views]
Joe Bonamassa: Signature Les Paul Comparison

Joe Bonamassa is a man close to my heart. Not only is he an incredibly talented guitarist; not only is he working tirelessly to deliver some great blues and rock; not only is he a total guitar-geek but he was also the guy I presented with the first of my Haze BC-1 model guitars (yes, I do have to work it in to every conversation).  Top it all off with the fact that he’s a genuinely nice guy and you’ve got the total package.
And, speaking of total packages, Joe has …

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[17 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on From Scratch | 2,015 views]
From Scratch

Yes, yes, it’s me. I’m blowing the dust off the old blog and getting things moving again. I have a new broom and I intend to get this cobwebby place ship-shape once more. I will not stop mixing metaphors until it’s done.
So, I know things have been a bit—ahem—slack around here for a while. I could make excuses about dogs eating my homework or my spiralling despair at not being an internet millionaire quickly enough but you don’t want to hear that.
Nope, what you want is guitar geekery.
And that’s what …

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[3 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 8,558 views]
Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul

You will, I’m sure have seen the Joe Bonamassa Les Paul from gibson. Quite nice, isn’t it? It’s also quite expensive.
But now, you can get the Joe Bonamassa experience from Epiphone. And it looks like it’s a well considered experience.
Based on the ’59 Les Paul, this Epi is constructed in the same manner. Solid mahogany and maple body with a long-tenon, glue in neck. Nice. It’s got the 50’s profile neck for Joe-friendly chunkiness.
Importantly, and very nicely, this Epiphone comes loaded with two Burstbucker pickups – a BB-2 …

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[3 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 6,175 views]
Watered-Down Esquire

I don’t know why I think this is really cool. Perhaps it’s the geek in me getting impressed at what the guys in Fender’s R&D department have engineered here.
What they’ve done is to take a solid block of Lucite and hack it into the shape of an Esquire. That’s nothing too unusual. However, they also hollowed out the body to enable it be filled with water.
You see, this guitar is a being auctioned to benefit NASH2O, a charity helping out after the Nashville floods earlier this year. You’ve probably seen …

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[12 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on Joe Bonamassa Plays My Guitar – Holy Crap! | 22,208 views]
Joe Bonamassa Plays My Guitar – Holy Crap!

You know what’s cool? A job where you repair and make guitars for a living. That’s pretty cool.
You know what’s even cooler? Getting to see and hear Joe Bonamassa play a guitar you’ve made. To be honest, it doesn’t come much cooler than that.
Or much more scary.
Last week, I met Joe Bonamassa before his show and presented him with his very own Haze Guitars instrument, hand-made by my good self. It was nerve-wracking to say the least but it all went rather well and I think Joe was happy with the …

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[29 Sep 2010 | Comments Off on Zero Interest In Taylor Guitars Continues | 2,339 views]
Zero Interest In Taylor Guitars Continues

Wonder how long I can get away with those cheeky titles.
Anyway, a little while back, we let you know about Taylor Guitars offering a 0% interest financing offer on selected instruments. Taylor have announced that they will extend this offer until the end of the year. So, if you’re considering treating someone special to a special Christmas gift or, if you’re considering treating yourself (who’s more special, after all?) to a spanking new Taylor, you might be able to organise a 12-month purchase plan at zero percent interest. Not too …

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