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[17 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on From Scratch | 3,763 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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[11 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 10: Trussart Guitars | 3,762 views]
Weekend Field Trip 10: Trussart Guitars

We all know Trussart Guitars, right?
The crazy ones made out of steel?
Sure you do.  And, if you’re like us, you’ll probably think they’re pretty, frickin’ cool.
For this week’s field trip, we’re off to visit Jame’s Trussart’s workshop to get a look at some of these guitars coming together.  It’s a photo tour this time (no video, sorry).
The tour is hosted over at wired.com – not necessarily the first place that springs to mind when you think of rusty, steel, guitars but you can’t argue with the images they’ve got.
Off you …

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[20 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Travelling Light #3: Voyage-Air Travel Guitars | 5,600 views]
Travelling Light #3: Voyage-Air Travel Guitars

The last in our look at a few of the travel guitars available to the discerning, jet-setting axe-man/axe-lady.
Simultaneously the most traditional and most unusual guitar of our series, the Voyage-Air range of travel guitars feature a ‘foldable neck’.
As you can see, the neck is hinged. You unscrew a knurled bolt to loosen it (the bolt doubles as a strap-button) and fold the neck down to the body, effectively halving the length of the instrument. When you want to play, reverse the process and tighten up the bolt.
Easy.  And pretty clever.
There is …

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[20 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Travelling Light #2: Emerald X5-Life | 6,647 views]
Travelling Light #2: Emerald X5-Life

To continue our look at a few of the, slightly more unusual, travel guitars available, we’re now considering the Emerald Guitars X5-Life.
As you can probably see, the X5, in common with the Blackbird Rider mentioned previously,  is another carbon fibre guitar. Why, it’s like the wonder material of the future.
Clocking in at 3 lbs, the X5 looks a little more ‘guitar-like’ although it certainly has some Emerald eccentricity about it.  It has a scale length of 25.5 (longer than the Blackbird) which is the same as most Fender-type guitars and …

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