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Why that's just smashing!

Perfected by the old masters, this age old tradition has been imitated, innovated and passed on to the next generation. The question remains, what made them hate those guitars so much? (MLYT)
posted by TheCoug on Jan 21, 2012 - 32 comments

Dooooo Yooooo....Feeeeeeel Like I Doooooo

After 30 years, Peter Frampton had been living without 2 critical pieces of his legacy: 1) his hair and 2) the Les Paul that he used in Humble Pie and on the (in)famous Frampton Comes Alive album. But now Frampton can rest easy, as one of those things has been returned to him.
posted by spicynuts on Jan 4, 2012 - 110 comments

You got Atari in my geetar!

Behold the gAtari 2600. An Australian musician performing under the pseudonym cTrix specializes in creating chiptunes using a combination of games consoles from 1977 - 1992, including a Commodore 64, Amiga 500, a clear-cased Gameboy, and an Atari 2600. The latter is possibly the most striking setup, incorporating the Atari (running custom-written sequencing software) into an oversized guitar body, with a fretboard packed with Boss stompboxes and a great pun as a name — gAtari.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Dec 31, 2011 - 40 comments

"Ask for forgiveness, not permission."

Tricks for getting your violin on a plane, by Lara St. John.
How about an upright bass? A cello? A guitar? (previously) A trombone? A tuba (and other horns)? What about lutes, a djembe, a hurdy-gurdy, or bagpipes?
(Some general tips. More general tips - part 1, part 2.)
posted by flex on Dec 27, 2011 - 36 comments

Hendrix Hatches Heavy Holiday Haze

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Jimi Hendrix: Little Drummer Boy / Silent Night / Auld Lang Syne.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 24, 2011 - 10 comments

Hornlets and hornlings.

Specimen products is the workshop of Ian Schneller, a Chicago-based sculptor-turned-luthier. His site is worth a look if you are interested in unusual guitars and other stringed instruments (like this electic lute), eccentric amplifiers and speakers, or extreme guitar repair. Currently Schneller is collaberating with musician Andrew Bird on Sonic Arboretum, a musical perfomance/installation piece. Here is video of a performance at the Guggenheim in 2010, and a slideshow of the preparations for an upcoming performance at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.
posted by gamera on Dec 1, 2011 - 9 comments

The multi-talented Hans Reichel, 1949-2011

Hans Reichel, of Wuppertal, Germany, maker of exquisitely beautiful guitars, on which he made exquisitely beautiful and idiosyncratic music, inventor of the delightfully expressive daxophone, on which he made delightfully expressive and often humorous music, creator of elegant fonts and architect of one of the most endearingly creative flash websites you'll ever see, has died at the age of 62. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 23, 2011 - 25 comments

Ijna / Anji

Ijna is backwards for Anji. Anji is a guitar tune known as the most famous piece written and performed by Davy Graham. Inja (on the album cover the track is titled Ijna (Davy Ji) is an homage dedicated to Graham's Anji, written and performed by Steve Tilston in his new album "The Reckoning". [more inside]
posted by lipsum on Nov 11, 2011 - 4 comments

How Leonard Cohen got his song.

Leonard Cohen's speech from his acceptance of the Prince Of Asturias Award for Letters, whereby he details a moving yet previously untold story about where he received his inspiration. [transcript]
posted by myopicman on Oct 26, 2011 - 11 comments

unfortunately, i don't know what else to do with my life

Incredibly smooth-voiced singer/songwriter Jay Brannan covers Adele's Someone Like You on acoustic guitar. (The post title is from his website.)
posted by desjardins on Oct 6, 2011 - 23 comments

All This Remains

Folk guitar legend Bert Jansch has passed away aged 67. [more inside]
posted by motty on Oct 5, 2011 - 47 comments

Long Live Jason Becker

At the vanguard of the neo-classical metal genre in the 1980's was the singular Jason Becker, a young guitarist who was known for his progressive compositions (slyt) and technical prowess (slyt; yes, that's a yo-yo; yes, he's yo-yoing and playing guitar at the same time). Following a stint in Cacophony with Marty Friedman and the release of his solo album Perpetual Burn, Becker was recruited by David Lee Roth to replace the departing Steve Vai on the upcoming album A Little Ain't Enough. Just one week after joining the band, Becker's meteoric trajectory was reversed in dramatic fashion with the diagnosis and sudden onset of Lou Gehrig's Disease. [more inside]
posted by troll on Sep 21, 2011 - 9 comments

Tom Scholz

Donald Thomas "Tom" Scholz (born 10 March 1947) is an American rock musician, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, inventor, and mechanical engineer, best known as the founder of the hard rock band Boston. He is also the inventor of the Rockman guitar amplifier. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Sep 15, 2011 - 59 comments

Guitar Makers Singing the Blues

During a raid on the Gibson Guitar factory, a million dollars worth of Madagascar ebony and rosewood were seized under the 100-year-old Lacey Act which protects endangered species. But the Lacey Act is retroactive and also covers the trade in vintage instruments, which means owners can be asked to account for every wooden part of their guitars when re-entering the U.S.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Sep 4, 2011 - 124 comments

William Brown - Mississippi Blues

William Brown was a man who recorded a handful of blues on Sadie Beck's Plantation on July 16, 1942 for Alan Lomax. Once thought to be the same man as the Willie Brown who played with Son House and Charley Patton--and was immortalized in Robert Johnson's Crossroad Blues--the consensus now is that William Brown was a different man, about whom we know next to nothing. Certainly, the handful of recordings we have that feature him supports this. The Willie Brown who recorded Future Blues and M & O Blues was an archetypal Delta bluesman, with both songs being stripped down versions of Charley Patton's Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues, among others, and Pony Blues, respectively. The William Brown who recorded Mississippi Blues, Ragged and Dirty and Make Me a Pallet on the Floor plays and sings nothing like that Willie Brown. That we know nothing about him and never heard any more of his music is one of the many tragedies of recorded blues. [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Aug 30, 2011 - 15 comments

On The Path: Ipad Music Lessons

Jeff Bridges digs this app, ..man. What might be a whole new way of studying music in general. “What I like about the app,” says Jackson Browne, “is that it is very much like a book in that you can open it whenever you want, it will keep your place, and you can come back to it whenever you want. It kind of defeats the constraints of time and space, all the barriers of getting together with a teacher at a particular time.” Reviews are varied, and the lessons aren't cheap.
posted by thisisdrew on Aug 25, 2011 - 29 comments

I like both kinds of music - fuzztone Country AND fuzztone Western!

"Call me nuts, but I find extraordinarily endearing the improbable blend of country music traditionalism and tastefully restrained space-age guitar pyrotechnics that can be heard in these tunes." Yes, friends, the fine folks at WFMU are back with the long-awaited 2nd installment of the tasty and wonderful Country Fuzz Spectacular! [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 comments

The Medley Guitar

Luthier Keith Medley plays his custom 27-string guitar. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Aug 21, 2011 - 29 comments

James Taylor gets out a tackle box, does his nails

People really like to hate James Taylor, but he's doing some excellent guitar lessons on his website. Well, there's one guitar lesson and one lesson on fingernail care.
posted by jwhite1979 on Aug 21, 2011 - 140 comments

Faster, Pussycat! Shred! Shred!

John Taylor playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" on electric guitar at 600 beats per minute
posted by Trurl on Jul 28, 2011 - 97 comments

Riffing on riffing

"I was unaware, in my awe of adults playing folk songs, that they would push me into a different world altogether, a world in which only some would ultimately be deemed worthy to publicly perform music: those who were ‘musically talented’. And that talent was determined by one’s ability to imitate, precisely, music written by others." How I Learned To Play Guitar
posted by mippy on Jul 26, 2011 - 48 comments

Guitar String Oscillations via iPhone

Guitar String Oscillations via iPhone - your physics lesson for the day.
posted by Ardiril on Jul 14, 2011 - 15 comments

To the people who stole my Les Paul

To the people who stole my Les Paul.
posted by nevercalm on Jun 22, 2011 - 126 comments

Happy Birthday Les Paul, 5565 98

In another deadly strike in Google's war against productivity (previously), today's Google homepage features a playable guitar in honor of Les Paul's birthday. [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 9, 2011 - 45 comments

Steinberger instruments

The most famous Steinberger design is the L-series instrument... made entirely of the Steinberger Blend, a proprietary graphite and carbon fiber mix in two pieces: the main body and a faceplate. It had no headstock for tuning, tuning instead at a redesigned tailpiece using micrometer-style tuners and special strings with a ball at both ends.
posted by Trurl on May 13, 2011 - 43 comments

Acoustic Version of C418's "Sweden" from Minecraft

A very eloquent and tranquil performance of a young chap from Sweden playing C418's "Sweden" that you may have heard from Minecraft on classical guitar (SLYT)
posted by Cogentesque on Apr 14, 2011 - 6 comments

Guitar Spin Idiots

Idiots Failing at the Guitar Spin Trick
posted by Ardiril on Apr 12, 2011 - 37 comments

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World. An hour-long docu about the device born out of an organ company's need to replace a $4 switch with a 30 cent potentiometer. The Wah-Wah pedal's influence on rock and r & b (among other things) is indisputable. And yes, it is still in production today.
posted by grabbingsand on Mar 17, 2011 - 45 comments

Guitar Music From Western Sahara

The Music of Group Doueh. Doueh is a guitar genius from the disputed territory of Western Sahara. [more inside]
posted by TheCoug on Mar 12, 2011 - 9 comments

Acoustic OONTZ

How to play a trance song ... on a guitar. [via reddit]
posted by bayani on Mar 11, 2011 - 62 comments

Happy Birthday, Tele

"Sixty years ago this month, a musical icon was born. If you've listened to any kind of popular music from the past 60 years, you've heard a Telecaster." [more inside]
posted by Maaik on Feb 28, 2011 - 58 comments

Goin Back Home

The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins A 1967 Les Blank film of Lightnin Hopkins visiting his hometown of Centerville, TX "…a gorgeous 31-minute poem of a movie, a series of snapshots from his life as well as a look at an era fast disappearing…Watching the film is something of a revelation, at least if you ever had a doubt where the blues came from." [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Feb 19, 2011 - 16 comments

Sol K. Bright, Hawaiian musician

Let's head down to the sunny Hawaii of the 1930s and pay Sol K. Bright a visit, shall we? His charming vocal work and masterfully playful guitar wizardry are sure to please! Hawaiian Cowboy - Honolulu How Do You Do? - Tomi Tomi - La Rosita. Aloha!
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 4, 2011 - 11 comments

Strum me a tyrannosaur

Here is the all-guitar orchestra playing Jurassic Park you were looking for [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Jan 31, 2011 - 27 comments

Ry Cooder – Talking Country Blues and Gospel & The Jas Obrecht Music Archive

Originally published in Guitar Player magazine in 1990, here is Jas Obrect's interview: Ry Cooder – Talking Country Blues and Gospel -- I only wish it was online when I made my Dark was the Night post. Now is it is part of the Jas Obrect Music Archive, where you can also find ''Rollin’ and Tumblin' '': The Story of a Song (See also Hambone Wille Newbern - Roll and Tumble Blues for the first recording of those lyrics) -- not to mention Jerry Garcia: The Complete 1985 Interview and Bob Dylan’s ''Highway 61 Revisited'': Mike Bloomfield v. Johnny Winter and Blues Origins: Spanish Fandango and Sebastopol among many, many others. There is quite the cornucopia of interesting, informative music articles there. Check it out--you will dig it.
posted by y2karl on Dec 24, 2010 - 8 comments

fly high freak flag

Jarvis Popovich takes requests and "gives credit to the asker." He doesn't know how to play guitar and is willing to prove it! He has a facebook fan page and one of those twitter accounts. I give you: Songs Butchered Beautifully. (Over 100 songs and counting.)
posted by cjorgensen on Dec 23, 2010 - 17 comments

Enrique Morente, gigante de flamenco, fallece a 67

Enrique Morente, a controversial, influential giant among flamenco singer-songwriters, died today in the Madrid clinic La Luz, where he had been in an induced coma for the last several days. He was said to have been suffering from stomach cancer, and last week had entered the hospital for surgical intervention for hemorrhaging. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Dec 13, 2010 - 4 comments

"When celebrities inflict their hobby"

2002: Conan O'Brien disses former talk show host Alan Thicke for playing guitar with the house band on the first "Thicke of the Night" show: [more inside]
posted by iviken on Nov 9, 2010 - 52 comments

Meanwhile, over at the reservoir...

Effectology is an ongoing series of videos* that go into exceptional detail on how to use guitar effects pedals*. [more inside]
posted by mhjb on Oct 1, 2010 - 20 comments

It was in tune when I bought it...

Danny Gatton, 'the greatest unknown guitarist in the world' has been eulogised here previously, but that was before someone had digitised and uploaded his instructional video and put it on You Tube. Here it is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
posted by mhjb on Aug 29, 2010 - 13 comments

Little North Korean girl playing guitar.

Little North Korean girl playing guitar. North Korean children playing guitar.
posted by Sticherbeast on Aug 21, 2010 - 37 comments

Six Feet Small

Kristian Matsson is The Tallest Man on Earth. Really. [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Aug 2, 2010 - 28 comments

102 Alternatives to the Default Facebook Profile Picture

102 Alternatives to the Default Facebook Profile Picture.
posted by WCityMike on Jul 30, 2010 - 29 comments

Antoine Dufour & Tommy Gauthier

Tommy Gauthier and Antoine Dufour are a very talented guitar/fiddle duo (usually) who draw influence from nuevo tango, folky bluegrass, metal, and some other harder to classify places.
posted by DZack on Jul 9, 2010 - 5 comments

Tone-Quester Fail.

"Tone-Quester" is generally a musician (more than likely a guitarist) who purchases/modifies amps/pedals/cabinets in search of a certain sound. They fiercely pride themselves on being able to distinquish the differences between pickups, tube amps vs. transistor amps. With this in mind, Wolfe McCloud, a pickup designer, decided to challenge My Les Paul forum members. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jun 18, 2010 - 34 comments


She's been called "the greatest posthumous success story in music history." But when she died of melanoma at age 33, few people outside of the Washington DC-area had heard of Eva Marie Cassidy. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 17, 2010 - 62 comments

All Thumbs

I stopped there, in a sort of awe. here's the new Choir teacher, (way too flamboyant for a small town in the 70's and fired the next year), sitting in his office with an ES175 and a small amp just wailing some kind of jazz I had never heard, I played guitar, but was still on a CSNY diet. He just sits up, looks at me, and says... "What!? You telling me never heard of Joe Pass?" [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Jun 16, 2010 - 16 comments

Phone Guitar

Dude plays an interpretation of Cracklin Rosie on 2 Android devices, 2 Windows Mobile devices, and 1 iPod Touch.
posted by gman on May 24, 2010 - 12 comments


The John Butler Trio's Ocean is an incredible thing to hear and to see (SLYT)
posted by Flashman on May 6, 2010 - 39 comments


Her full name is María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Moquiere de les Esperades Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Najosa Rasten, but she's better known to the world as Charo. According to Wikipedia, "One of Charo's regrets is that because of her flamboyant stage presence, she has been overlooked as a serious guitar player." So here' some Charo on guitar: [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Apr 26, 2010 - 40 comments

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