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Sorry Converse, it's been done

Wah-Wah Boots: the untold story
posted by Lorin on Jun 22, 2016 - 14 comments

An extraordinary madeleine

A few months ago, I opened an email that changed my life. I vaguely remembered an urban myth about a man who throws his wedding ring into the ocean. Ten years later, he sits down to eat fish at a local restaurant, cuts open the fish and there it is. That’s how I felt when I clicked on an email from someone I didn’t know called Keith Rushton. What he said to me was this: “I’ve got your electric guitar.”
The Guardian's film critic Peter Bradshaw got rid of the guitar he’d loved as a teenager during a clearout and regretted it instantly. He thought he’d never see it again—then an email arrived ...
posted by Sonny Jim on Jun 1, 2016 - 20 comments

Stradivarius also made guitars

Five of them still exist, albeit chiefly as artifacts and inspiration for luthiers. In 2011, luthiers Daniel Sinier & Françoise de Ridder got the job of restoring one of them, a process they describe in some detail. End result, the Sabionari can go back on stage. Here's Rolf Lislevand (and others) making it work. [more inside]
posted by BWA on May 29, 2016 - 21 comments

Better to light a single candle than shred in the dark.

Behold the Candela Vibrophase, the world's first candle powered guitar effect. More details here. Brought to you by Metafilter's own (well, sort of) Zachary Vex.
posted by gamera on Feb 25, 2016 - 35 comments

Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity

Sandra Bae covers Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" on guitar. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Feb 23, 2016 - 19 comments

Hammer In Her Hand

Beverly “Guitar” Watkins is seventy-six years old. She is wearing house slippers, a hair net, and an Atlanta Hawks t-shirt on backwards. She is probably the greatest living blues guitarist that no one has ever heard of. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Feb 15, 2016 - 14 comments

bondcliff made a guitar

"I made a guitar" [via mefi projects] I’m not doing this because I want to have an electric guitar. I already have an electric guitar. I’m doing this because I want to build an electric guitar.
posted by Greg Nog on Jan 29, 2016 - 52 comments

Superstition...

Peter Huttlinger, who died on January 15th, was an American guitarist known for impressive fingerstyle arrangements, in particular this one [SLYT]
posted by 43rdAnd9th on Jan 19, 2016 - 25 comments

Two phones calling in the night

It was strangely sad, for some reason. Like two strangers met for a short distance of path in their lives because they had a common goal, and then one of them suddenly vanished, leaving the entirety of the task's weight and responsibility to the person that remained.
Kavinsky — Nightcall (Samsung Cover Cover) by D___N builds on Kavinsky — Nightcall (Samsung Cover) by Arsen Sayadyan. [Via.] [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet on Dec 25, 2015 - 7 comments

Fun use for paper products...

What if Fender made a Stratocaster... out of cardboard?
posted by dfm500 on Dec 5, 2015 - 21 comments

...particular wedges not readily available at the toystore

In early 2010, experimental multi-instrumentalist and headgear innovator Buckethead (previously) released It's Alive, the first of a series of albums called "Buckethead Pikes" sold directly to fans "from a small kiosk inside the Bucketheadland park." While things started out slowly, with a release now and then squeezed in between other commitments, by 2014 Buckethead had left most of the bands he'd been playing with, and was releasing on average one pike per week. And he has kept going; earlier today, Buckethead released pike album #199 8 Days Til Halloween: Flare Up, with #200 not very far away. [more inside]
posted by effbot on Oct 24, 2015 - 10 comments

Lee Moses, soul man of mystery

If you love grit in your R&B and funk in your guitar, you might love the deep, deep soul of singer/guitarist Lee Moses. (Wikipedia) Born in Atlanta, Moses worked with producer Johnny Brantley, recording only a handful of singles in the late 60s and one album, Time and Place, in 1971. A remastered anthology of his work was released in 2007 under the same title. [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Oct 10, 2015 - 2 comments

Happy 70th birthday to Leo Kottke

Here's a live set by Leo Kottke, the phenomenal acoustic guitarist, who turns 70 today. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Sep 11, 2015 - 30 comments

Larry Chung here...

Larry Chung talks about and plays a 1934 Gibson L-5. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Aug 29, 2015 - 14 comments

"Re-Compositions, Not Covers"

Sam Amidon is a fiddler, guitarist, banjoist, and songwriter who writes and performs distinctly American music. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 11, 2015 - 10 comments

Sol's Song

A guitarist captures visible sound waves by placing a camera inside his guitar, pointing it towards the Sun, and making the strings dance.
posted by banal retentive on Aug 10, 2015 - 17 comments

Got a few few hours this Sunday?

Make your own 20 dollar cigar box guitar (slyt) Three strings of awesome. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on Aug 8, 2015 - 13 comments

The 56 Greatest Musical Moments in Guitar History

Get your guit on. As chosen by the staff of Guitar Player. Rumble!
posted by Wolof on Jul 27, 2015 - 51 comments

I was not prepared for that

13 prepared guitar videos. A prepared guitar is a guitar that has been modified with various objects (such as alligator clips or chopsticks) in order to change the sounds it produces. Here are videos from thirteen different musicians who use prepared guitars (including Keith Rowe and Fred Frith).
posted by klausness on Jul 1, 2015 - 15 comments

Walmart Rockstars

Rocking out at Walmart on a toy guitar
posted by jpdoane on Jun 5, 2015 - 36 comments

Love Me Chicken Tender

Cockatoo loves Elvis. Other Cockatoo does not.
posted by The Whelk on May 30, 2015 - 41 comments

"Can I look at it?" "No, no - you've seen enough of that one..."

Les Paul's 1954 Custom: The One & Only Original by Michael Molenda, Guitar Player. More on Les Paul, and his partnership with Mary Ford, at Gibson.com. YouTube: How High The Moon (1951). [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Mar 28, 2015 - 24 comments

fuzzy

What Makes an Electric Guitar Sound Like an Electric Guitar.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse on Mar 23, 2015 - 58 comments

Phranc talk (with a P-H and a hard C)

Phranc, the self-described "All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger" has been a little quiet lately, but she's back with a new website and a new instrumental song. And if that wasn't enough, her entire solo catalog is now available on Bandcamp. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 3, 2015 - 8 comments

Gresham College lectures

Gresham College has provided free public talks within the City of London for over 400 years.’ ‘Since 2001, the college has been recording its lectures and releasing them online in what is now an archive of over 1,000’ of them. Some examples: Snails in Art and the Art of Snails; The History of the Bowler Hat; “Speaking Scars” - The Tattoo; Mother Green Tree Frog and her Children: How Folktales Contributed to the Confucianisation of Korea; The Psychology of Doing Nothing; Möbius and his Band; Harmony in the Lowest Home: The Guitar and the Labouring Poor. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Feb 25, 2015 - 3 comments

Richard Dawson and his music

Black Dog in the Sky; Final Moments of the Universe; The Vile Stuff; Wooden Bag; Poor Old Horse: some songs by the English (specifically Geordie) singer & guitarist Richard Dawson. ‘[A] distinctly English folk equivalent of Captain Beefheart’s deconstruction of the blues,’ opines The Guardian, of his recent album Nothing Important. ‘Syd Barrett’s freewheeling poetry teamed with the guitar strangle of Eugene Chadbourne or Derek Bailey’ hazards Rolling Stone. Of his own work, Dawson has said ‘I have come to think of it as ritual community music. Perhaps you could call that folk music, but it is certainly not in the folk tradition. I hope it belongs to part of a wider tradition of north east artists, people like Jospeh Crawhall, Jack Common, Basil Bunting, John Martin and Peter Beardsley.’
posted by misteraitch on Feb 17, 2015 - 15 comments

The flamenco of Sevilla

Soleá follows an aspiring flamenco guitarist around the streets of Sevilla. "Ten years playing for dancers, ten years playing for singers, and, afterward, you can begin to become a soloist." A short video from The New Yorker (alt link).
posted by carter on Feb 8, 2015 - 7 comments

Ulf is content.

Meet Ulf. He lives north of the Arctic Circle and makes boat. He swims daily (brief male buttock shot), does household chores, and relaxes. Ulf is content. [10 minutes, Vimeo]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 16, 2014 - 26 comments

Metalfilter

On December 8, a great musical artist’s life tragically ended when he was not yet 40 years old, shot by a murderer who’s euphemistically referred to as "a crazed fan." The world lost one of the giants of heavy metal 10 years ago today. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Dec 8, 2014 - 26 comments

Indigo Girls - Backstage At The Greek

In July 2014, Indigo Girls did a show at the Greek Theater in LA with Joan Baez. They filmed a series of videos backstage discussing their songs and their songwriting process. In Part 1, they discuss and perform Amy Ray's song Devotion. (album version, lyrics) [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Dec 5, 2014 - 8 comments

Won't You Come Out to Play?

Beatles Guitar Secrets
"My videos are really intended for accomplished guitarists who want to polish up their Beatles repertoire and can benefit from 'seeing' how a song is played. If the various chords that I am playing are not familiar to you then I would suggest that you visit some of the many free guitar chord sites. I had to learn these songs by listening to vinyl records and watching live performances on tv." [more inside]
posted by Atom Eyes on Nov 1, 2014 - 17 comments

Music is the cup that holds the wine of silence

“Select a note,’’ [Robert Fripp] told them, “and then, in silence, establish a relationship with that note. Keep it within you until you can no longer contain it and must give it voice.’’

"Surviving a Weekend with the Wizard of Prog Rock"
posted by oakroom on Oct 31, 2014 - 19 comments

Of bells, harps, accordions, the kalimba and a saw: amiina

If you've encountered delicately uplifting chimes and bells or a singing saw, seen the contributions of a string quartet in a Sigur Rós video, heard the last recording by Lee Hazlewood and noticed the gentle singing and music, or listened to Yukihiro Takahashi consider words, then you've possibly encountered the Icelandic band amiina. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 28, 2014 - 7 comments

" ... and what a stunning voice it is"

We wanted to create something quite muscular and meaty. I was getting a little disenchanted with boring wet music. I wanted something with some kind of punch to it ...
Esben and the Witch formed in 2008 after neophyte guitarist Thomas Fisher bumped into old friend Rachel Davies on the street in Brighton and asked if she'd like to be in a band. Together with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Copeman, they started making a kind of bruised, ghostly electro goth-pop that drew comparisons with dubstep and witch house. Then things changed. Their third album, A New Nature, recorded with Steve Albini after a successful Kickstarter campaign, sees the band step away from their electro-pop origins, combining English-major Davies' lyrical obsessions with Herman Hesse and Jack London with the band's love of uncompromising noise, psych, and transcendent post rock. A New Nature, released last month, can be streamed via Stereogum.
posted by Sonny Jim on Oct 24, 2014 - 11 comments

If I'm unworthy

Blake Mills is a Venice Beach-based guitarist who combines lo-fi folk with smart pop-rock song craft. Described by Eric clapton as "the last guitarist I heard that I thought was phenomenal" Premier Guitar interview (long), Rolling Stone interview, soundcloud: If I'm unworthy
posted by Lanark on Oct 22, 2014 - 10 comments

The Big 'E'

You can read on Buddy Emmons' Wikipedia page how by the age of 19, he had already mastered and redesigned the pedal steel guitar, slowly turning it into the instrument whose sound we are all familiar with, in one form or another. You can read on his website how his peers revere him, and how he gives back to the community whom he's profoundly influenced. (Or, watch a 100-minute concert and tribute.) But perhaps it's just best to marvel at The Big E as he backs up legends in their own right; on television in 1965; how he destroys the world in a 1970's Redneck Jazz Explosion (with Danny Gatton, previously); in the mid-'80's with the Lawton Jazz Kicks Ensemble; at the 1988 British Steel Guitar convention; at the at the 1997 International Steel Guitar Convention; and in 2007, the year he retired. Or just messin' around with Nashville's top session musicians or reinterpreting the classics. There's also a great AskMe thread of Pedal Steel Guitar recommendations, if you want to hear more.
posted by not_on_display on Oct 17, 2014 - 8 comments

Félix le Chat

10 year-old is handed a guitar, shrugs off the blues
posted by a lungful of dragon on Oct 17, 2014 - 23 comments

Words and Music with Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson interviews Joe Pass and Count Basie for his 1980 show "Words and Music." [more inside]
posted by Gygesringtone on Aug 22, 2014 - 4 comments

SKREE clonk blONK REEE

A video of the Guitar Center store in Times Square. As per the video description, "36 seconds of hell on earth".
posted by codacorolla on Aug 10, 2014 - 109 comments

"It's the only thing that I've really been good at."

He played with everyone from Muddy Waters to John Lee Hooker, and played a midnight set at Woodstock. American blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died Wednesday, he was 70.
posted by BigHeartedGuy on Jul 17, 2014 - 42 comments

while my guitar not-so-gently weeps

Weeping, wailing Japanese politician inspires copycat guitarist to dizzying heights of emotional expression.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 12, 2014 - 27 comments

Welcome to the Jungle

Guns n' Roses, Welcome to the Jungle: guitars and bass only (impeccably clear tracks); lead guitar and bass removed (highlighting the vocal and drum tracks).
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 15, 2014 - 30 comments

Of Course

What song do you play when you have a crow sitting on your guitar? Blackbird, of course. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by tommasz on May 30, 2014 - 36 comments

Spinning Steel into Gold

The rise and fall of the steel guitar
posted by Wolof on Apr 25, 2014 - 25 comments

She will melt your face and warm your heart

Li-sa-X is an adorable 8 year old Japanese girl who plays rock guitar covers (youtube channel)
posted by roaring beast on Mar 26, 2014 - 44 comments

Adios Maestro

Paco de Lucia (1947 - 2014) legendary flamenco guitarist and composer has died aged 66.
His death is an ‘irreparable loss’ to world of culture.
Entre dos Aguas and his YouTube page and a brief biography.
posted by adamvasco on Feb 26, 2014 - 36 comments

Watch them all, since you'll never afford the pedals

From the Electro-Harmonix Effectology series, in which the amazingly well crafted pro grade guitar pedals of Electro-Harmonix are used to ends that blur the line between guitar and synthesis. The original 1963 theme for Doctor Who recreated from scratch using only guitar and Electro-Harmonix pedals.
posted by mediocre on Feb 5, 2014 - 73 comments

The Simpsons

The Simpsons theme on acoustic guitar [1:36]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 4, 2014 - 17 comments

A song for the formerly hearing impaired

I Liked You Better Deaf. (slyt, now with captions)
posted by Soliloquy on Dec 27, 2013 - 6 comments

Jim Hall (1930-2013)

The jazz guitarist Jim Hall died yesterday. The New York Times reports:
Jim Hall, a jazz guitarist who for more than 50 years was admired by critics, aficionados and especially his fellow musicians for his impeccable technique and the warmth and subtlety of his playing, died on Tuesday at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 83.
[more inside] posted by John Cohen on Dec 11, 2013 - 28 comments

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