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[5 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Crap Like A Rock Star | 6,392 views]
Crap Like A Rock Star

Holy crap!
Are you so damn, bat-shit, guitar-crazy that you even think about guitars when you answer the call of nature?  If so, these might be just the thing for you.
Jon over at GuitarNoize found these and I can’t decide if they’re an interesting curiosity or the product of a deranged mind.  They’re from Jammin’ John’s and, as you can see, they’re toilet seats in the shape of guitars (he also does piano-shaped seats – bet Elton John as one in each of his nineteen bathrooms).  
If you’re a folkie, you …

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[4 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on PRS 25th Anniversary Models | 12,887 views]
PRS 25th Anniversary Models

Seems everybody’s having anniversaries.  PRS are 25 and are celebrating by getting you to give them money.  In return, however, they’ll give you guitars.  And not just ordinary guitars, but 25th Anniversary models.
Quite plush they are too.  They’ll have all of the usual PRS snazziness built in – you know the story – and will feature new colours, special binding and the anniversary inlays (you can see some in the image above). These are the 25th Anniversary Shadow Birds.  If you like the PRS birdie inlays, these are a nice …

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[1 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 4 – Gibson Guitar Factory | 6,514 views]
Weekend Field Trip 4 – Gibson Guitar Factory

A trip down Nashville way this week.  Off to Gibson Guitars with that bloke from that show – what’s his name?

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[31 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Thank You From PRS | 3,514 views]
Thank You From PRS

PRS is not ungrateful.  Provided you live in the US of course.
If you are States-based, and you buy yourself a shiny new PRS guitar – from an authorised PRS dealer – between October 15th and December 31st, 2009, you can get yourself a big thank you from PRS.
All you need to do is to send a copy of your receipt and the serial number of your axe to PRS and they will send you the PRS Thank You Pack which includes PRS-branded picks, strap, strings and cleaning kit.  Oh, …

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[21 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Rotosound British Steel Guitar Strings | 5,123 views]
Rotosound British Steel Guitar Strings

Rotosound launch their British Steel guitar strings and provide a, rather splendid, picture of Hendrix and chums too.  Click on it for the big image.  No doubt it’s cool.
The British Steel strings are based on Rotosound’s original, Stainless Steel Electric Guitar Strings from the 60’s but are manufactured with modern, improved processes and better materials.  The new British Steels are designed to give brilliant tone, sustain and volume.  Rotosound use stainless steel with the highest possible iron content to provide better magnetic properties.
The originals were used by Hendrix (hence …

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[19 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Strings Attached: Dunlop Strings | 3,006 views]
Strings Attached: Dunlop Strings

Jim Dunlop – purveyor of many cool things such as the MXR range of pedals, the wonderful Crybaby wah and my regular brand of picks – also make strings.
There are a number of gauges and styles of acoustic, electric and bass strings.  There’s even banjo strings if some pickin’s yer thang.
Acoustic gauges are available in phosphor-bronze and brass.  Electrics run the range from extra light (8 top) to extra heavy (13 top).  Four and five string bass sets are available.
In addition, Dunlop have got their heads together with some pretty …

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[18 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 2: Taylor Guitar Factory Tour | 3,039 views]
Weekend Field Trip 2: Taylor Guitar Factory Tour

OK, so this is an interesting one to follow on from yesterday’s Yamaha tour.  Today’s tour is to Taylor Guitars.
Just like you did in school, I want you to compare and contrast Taylor’s approach and what you see in their factory to what you saw in yesterday’s video from the Yamaha factory.  I think it’s interesting to see these two tours and the approaches outlined in each.
Now go and write an essay on what you’ve learned.  Or not, I don’t care.  What am I, your mother?

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[17 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip: Yamaha Guitar Factory Tour | 6,371 views]
Weekend Field Trip: Yamaha Guitar Factory Tour

It’s the weekend and most of you have a little time on your hands.  You might, therefore, like to spend twenty minutes touring the Yamaha guitar factory.
I’ve a bundle of these tours bookmarked and I thought I’d share them with you as, if you’re interested in guitars (and why else would you be here), you’ll likely enjoy watching how the things get made.
This is one of my favourites.  Pay attention now…

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[13 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Guitars for Lefties | 2,563 views]
Guitars for Lefties

What’s wrong with this picture?  Something’s off.
Oh wait, it’s backwards. It’s for the lefties.
You’re looking at the Classic.  It’s one of quite a few models available from Gaskell Guitars, an Australian company that only make left-handed guitars.  That’s right (ha!), only guitars for the sinister guitarists.  All of us norms can take a hike.
And quite right too.  For far too often lefties have been forgotten about by major manufacturers.  Many guitar makers either don’t make left-handed models or add an additional charge for them.  They’re penalising people for being left-handed.  …

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[12 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Buzz-Kill – Tracking Down A Zingy String | 15,831 views]
Buzz-Kill – Tracking Down A Zingy String

There are a number of reasons that a plucked guitar string might buzz.  We’ll probably go into some of those reasons in future articles but, as I happened to have one of the more uncommon reasons for a buzzing string in the workshop, I thought I’d share it with you.
What I had was a Tele with a few minor issues and a pronounced, ‘zingy’, buzz on the D-string.  This wasn’t fret-buzz – the string buzzed even when fingered at the last fret with no more neck in the picture (and …

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