I really like the idea of using a guitar as a platform for artistic expression – the idea of a tool for artistic expression (music) being itself an artistic expression. In the 1990s, NYC street artist John ‘Crash’ Matos painted several guitars for Eric Clapton. Eventually Fender got involved and some 50 various “crashocasters” were… Continue reading Tuttomondo!
In my search to add wackier and wackier electronics to my home-made Telecasters, I have gone from simple things, like trying to wire different pickups together as a giant humbucker, to more complicated things like trying to create an infinitely variable single coil-to-humbucker knob, and with the latest project, I built a guitar with a… Continue reading More wacky electronics
Some time ago (actually, 11 months ago) I stumbled across a neck which struck me like a slap in the face. It was a Stratocaster neck made from a single piece of quartersawn Goncalo Alves. I figured because this neck was so unusual looking, it would eventually be part of a beautiful guitar and that… Continue reading The Butterscotch neck
G.E. Smith is a name you may know or you may not know. While he has recorded under his own name, he is not so well known in that vein but he has certainly recorded with and toured with many bands, including many years with Hall and Oates, touring with Bob Dylan, and playing for… Continue reading Master of the Telecaster
The long-shaft pots have arrived from Stewart MacDonald and it’s now time to start assembly of my fingerstyle inspired Telecaster. You may recall the body from the last post – it is very pretty. Almost as pretty as my daughter’s cat: But I digress. Back to work. First the ferrules. But that’s easy. So next… Continue reading Fingerstyle part II
I’ve started trying to learn how to play fingerstyle guitar. Fingerstyle is a technique in which the high strings are plucked by the first three fingers and the thumb plays the bass line on the lower strings. The aspect of this technique which I find interesting is that it allows playing the melody and the bass… Continue reading Fingerstyle!
I visited my brother this Christmas and so I needed a present. My brother is interested in guitars and he also appreciates unusual things so I thought I would look for something for him in the guitar realm. Recently, I happened to see in the news that Eric Clapton was selling some more guitars, presumably for his… Continue reading The case of the missing Christmas present