Thursday, 31 January 2008
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Crazy rabbit guitarI think that the creature featured on this kids' guitar with built in amp is supposed to be a rabbit with very skinny ears. The position of the pickup makes it look as if the rabbit is playing the harmonica through its nose. I'd have loved an electric guitar when I was a kid, but I'd have preferred something like I'd seen people playing on Top Of The Pops, not something quite as embarrasing-looking as this. Gotta love that turnip headstock, though.
Monday, 28 January 2008
Friday, 25 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Watch the birdie
Here's another supremely daft guitar which the deranged amongst you can purchase now on eBay. I appreciate it's supposed to be some kind of bird - an eagle or buzzard perhaps - but why the Alien fingerboard inlays? Actually, from the way the bird seems to be looking around at the neck, it's probably wondering the same thing. The listing claims it is a Hamer, which I very much doubt.
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
I can find out very little about this Lobro Bass Spring that I found on a Google search for something else entirely. It seems to be some kind of bass diddley bow with a screen door spring acting as a string and is tuned to A1, i.e. the low A on a piano. It appears to be the work of a fan of the German industrial/noise band Einstürzende Neubauten. It's not strictly speaking a guitar, but it's a relation of sorts.
Sunday, 20 January 2008
Kaki King - free MP3 download from her new album
Although she had already recorded three albums, I have to confess that I had never heard of Kaki King before watching her brief performance on "Later with Jools Holland" last year. Her guitar playing style was unusual, to say the least, although very intriguing - she was knocking the neck and the body of her Adamas guitar for percussive effects whilst hammering-on and tapping the strings on the fingerboard with her left hand from over the top of the neck and playing open strings with her right hand. I'd never seen anyone play guitar quite like that before.
Her latest album, her fourth, Dreaming Of Revenge showcases Kaki King's desire to branch out with songs that feature electric and pedal-steel guitar, horns, and, for the first time, vocals. To hear for yourself, download the free MP3 of Two O'Clock (right click and "Save As"). It's well worth it - this song is quite beautiful.
Read the full press release here.
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Spiritual Enlightenment from Fernandes
According to the eBay listing for this one-off Fernandes with custom artwork:
"Porong" is a mountainous region in Tibet where the monks use their musical instruments to reach and maintain spiritual enlightenment. With that in mind look closely at guitars graphic: The little man (monk?) on the body of the guitar is wearing a backpack and hiking boots, his hand pointing upwards. On the headstock you see what he is pointing to: The mountainous region of "Porong"! Look closely at the hat he is wearing: the word "Porong" is written on the brim of his hat suggesting that his spiritual journey is always on his mind! So what we have here is an instrument that reflects ones "spiritual journey" towards enlightenment via music! Now that my friends is some serious MOJO!Classic!
Friday, 18 January 2008
Russia - Why Not?
In my previous post about Flight Of The Conchords I briefly mentioned Bret McKenzie's Casio DG-20 digital guitar. However, I'd been wondering, what is that retro-looking bass that Jemaine Clement plays? (See above left).
I've found a very similar looking Russian bass (above right) over at Cheesy Guitars in their Unidentified Guitars section. Unfortunately the only information we have is that it was made in a factory in Belarus. Still it narrows things down a bit, as I had previously suspected that Jemaine's bass was a Teisco or some other 60s/70s Japanese bass.
EDIT: It's a Kavkaz!
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
"Price points," says Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "They're going to go from cheap to high-end custom, personally signed by Slash."
Also on tap for this year is a new Jimmy Page guitar. "The ink is still drying on the deal," Juszkiewicz says. "It's going to be a special guitar."
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
This Tonika bass is one for all you collectors of the bizarre and curious. It looks like something that Devo would play (only as a southpaw, Gerry Casale would play it upside-down making it look even weirder). According to the fantastic Cheesy Guitars website: "The legendary Tonika bass is the first Soviet-made electric bass. Made in the sixties together with Tonika guitar - the first Soviet mass - production electric guitar."
Monday, 14 January 2008
Sunday, 13 January 2008
It looks like things have come a long way from the days of Steinberger and Status guitars and basses.
Thursday, 10 January 2008
Seasick Steve - Cut My Wings
I was at a party on New Year's Eve and so missed the phenomenal Seasick Steve's appearance on Jools Holland's end of the year "Hootenanny" programme on BBC2. If anyone recorded this on DVD-R, please get in touch as I'd love a proper copy of this. Oh, and if you get the chance - go see him play live!
Edit: The programme was repeated on BBC2 on Saturday 12 January, so I managed to catch it then, but guess what? It looks like the programme was edited because we see Seasick Steve playing another song, "My Donny", on an acoustic 6-string, but don't see him playing "Cut My Wings" on the 3-string Trance Wonder as in the above YouTube clip, which is clearly from the same programme (same set, same guests, etc). Grrrrr... Did anyone record the original broadcast?
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
Tele with T Rex vinyl pickguardHere's a clever idea that I'm surprised no-one has ever thought of before. This Squier Tele has been fitted with a pickguard made from a vinyl LP record, in this instance "The Slider" by T Rex. Marc Bolan fans can bid for this guitar on eBay now.
Monday, 7 January 2008
Sunday, 6 January 2008
Skull StringsI've just installed a set of Drop C tuning Skull Strings on my Fernandes Native Pro by way of experiment. The makers claim that they are of the "perfect gauge and tension for extreme music", and that they last longer and sound louder! Quite a claim.
Actually, I haven't used a Drop C tuning as such, I've downtuned the entire guitar by two whole steps below standard tuning, so that low to high it's tuned C-F-A#-D#-G-C. Experimenting with the various different effects settings I'm able to get some quite convincing modern metal tones, but far more interesting for me is that using digital acoustic simulation, I'm able to create some really interesting and quite usable sounds. (I'm not really aiming to get into that whole death metal/grindcore thing). Anyway, it's early days and I expect I'll report again on how these strings are working out for me.
Friday, 4 January 2008
Thursday, 3 January 2008
It's the HARRY WORTH* double-neck Strat!
Here's another highly comical bad-looking guitar that I scraped up from the bottom of the eBay barrel especially for your delight and amusement at the beginning of this new year.
Who is this supposed to appeal to? Is it for those who can't decide if they want to play left or right-handed but don't want to appear to be a complete tool like that Michael Angelo Batio fellow?
I suspect it was just a cheap and easy way to build a double neck using readily available parts. I doubt it'll be a popular seller though.
Actually, it seems it's a half-arsed effort; if you click through to the eBay selling page you'll notice in another photo that it has two right-handed necks on it, thus spoiling the mirrored illusion.
* For those of you outside of the UK or else of not advanced enough years to remember, Harry Worth was a British comedian who had a TV show back in the 60s, during which title sequence he used to get up to some memorable shenanigans playing about with his reflection in shop windows. Somehow the above guitar brought this to mind!