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The Art of Recording

Soundbreaking is an 8-part documentary series about the art of producing records, featuring both legendary and lesser-known producers like Quincy Jones, Linda Perry, Don Was, RZA, Brian Eno, Questlove, and of course George Martin. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Nov 19, 2016 - 24 comments

Jealousy incarnate.

Jeff Beck describing (and playing!) some of his favorite guitars. (SLYT)
posted by dfm500 on Oct 24, 2016 - 17 comments

Drained of meaning

The premise of Jack Hamilton’s deep new study Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination seems like something that’s been on rock history’s tongue for a long time without ever quite leaving it. Chuck Berry, a black man with a guitar, had been a rock and roll archetype in 1960, but by the end of the decade Jimi Hendrix would be seen as rock’s odd man out for being... a black man with a guitar. How did that occur? "Tracing the Rock and Roll Race Problem" an interview in Pitchfork.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 6, 2016 - 27 comments

Pretty Polly Parrot Portuguese

This Brazilian duo of guitar and parrot are pretty good, but birds and guitars are not unusual. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 26, 2016 - 7 comments

Harvesting Guitars from the Bones of New York City

Rick Kelly, owner of Carmine Street Guitars makes guitars from the salvaged wood from old buildings.
Every guitar has a story. (via Great Big Story)
posted by dfm500 on Jul 17, 2016 - 8 comments

It works by squashing the strings in all the right places.

Introducing the Chordelia. Tim of the utterly charming WayOutWestBlowinBlog Youtube channel has invented a device to assist in guitar playing for people who find all that chord business "tricky."
posted by emjaybee on Jul 10, 2016 - 29 comments

Unified, focussed, huge

Let’s not kid ourselves, we ain’t young. We have pretty big ideas garnered from many years of listening to shitty records, splendid records, and albums that are supposed to be influential. Each time we notice our name getting mentioned on certain genre specific internet forums we get the fear. Who in their right minds wants to get stuck playing one sort of thing for seven years and beyond?
London/Somerset/Watford band Hey Colossus, "the most exciting guitar band on the planet" according to Artrocker Magazine, have spent 12 years producing noisy/doom/stoner-influenced/experimental/riff-rock. Near the end of 2015, however, they declared that "it is more subversive for us to compose songs with rigid song structures than it is to absentmindedly clang off another riff-athon." The result, the Radio Static High LP, can now be streamed at The Guardian or via Spotify. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Feb 25, 2016 - 21 comments

How Eddie Van Halen Hacks a Guitar

Eddie Van Halen describes early experiments with guitars, electronics, and home wiring in the quest for his famous tone. "I'm poking around, and all of a sudden I touch this huge blue thing and my God, it was like being punched in the chest by Mike Tyson."
posted by swift on May 21, 2015 - 37 comments

Gum is the impossible meal.

An Oral History of Radiohead's OK Computer.
posted by kenko on Apr 29, 2015 - 29 comments

The Holy Grail of Guitars?

John Lennon's second Rickenbacker 325 has been put on display (complete with 1964 set list taped to it!) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. [more inside]
posted by colie on Sep 24, 2014 - 58 comments


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

Cats Against Guitars!

Cat vs. Electric Guitar. Two Cats vs. Acoustic Guitar. (Subtitled: Pay Attention to MEEEEEEE!!) Cat plays Electric Guitar. Cat plays Acoustic Guitar. This one just rolls with it. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Apr 9, 2014 - 23 comments

Odd guitars made via 3D printing

This Les Paul inspired guitar body was created via 3d printing. Here are some more ODD guitars. ODD was started by Olaf Diegel. His day job is professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. [more inside]
posted by Herodios on Feb 5, 2014 - 27 comments

The state of ebony

The state of ebony Bob Taylor on why your next guitar's fretboard may show some striation.
posted by Wolof on Feb 4, 2014 - 44 comments


Famous Eyeglasses, Famous Shoes, Famous Guitars (video), Famous Guns by designer Federico Mauro
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jul 31, 2013 - 20 comments

Willie and Trigger

A biography of Trigger, Willie Nelson's guitar. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 17, 2012 - 33 comments

He Said, She Said, Starring Bob Dylan and a $1 Million Guitar.

Bob Dylan famously "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. 47 years later, experts believe a woman in New Jersey has the guitar the Dylan played on stage that day. [more inside]
posted by COD on Jul 13, 2012 - 46 comments

How High The Moon

The Les Paul Estate is up for auction Browse through the Les Paul Estate auction catalog and see the historic collection of guitars, recording equipment, and personal memorabilia owned by Les Paul. Sorry, you cannot bid on these items, the auction finished yesterday. News of the auction results are just coming in now. The auction brought in a total of $5 Million, with the proceeds going to the Les Paul Foundation in support of music education and medical research. [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf on Jun 10, 2012 - 40 comments


Jim Marshall, builder of guitar amplifiers, has gone silent at the age of 88. Perhaps one day, the volume knob will surpass him.
posted by Smart Dalek on Apr 5, 2012 - 51 comments

Wilco's Nels Cline rig rundown

Wilco's own Nels Cline gives a 38 minute video rundown of his stage guitars and rig.
posted by Ardiril on Jan 25, 2012 - 51 comments

Gianmarco Magnani illustration: Silence Television

Gianmarco Magnani draws girls, guitars and motorcycles.
posted by Tom-B on Apr 2, 2011 - 25 comments

Smells like Teen Spirit, alright.

Chicks Rock! 10 basement youtube unknowns.
posted by Ardiril on Mar 18, 2011 - 31 comments

Standing Ovation

The passing of someone who invented the gas-turbine-powered helicopter, or a wildly-popular new type of guitar, or even a guide dog school with over 1,300 graduates would be notable. Charles H. Kaman did all three. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Feb 3, 2011 - 15 comments

Guitars are pure awesome

Look, I just like guitars. And I think this is the best guitar blog I have ever seen. For example, this great story about a punk rock bass from New Zealand. And this one about the Maton Phil Manning Custom Stereo. And it's always nice to find some good Antipodean content.
posted by awfurby on Jul 30, 2010 - 11 comments

Love to play, this here guitar. . .

50 Guitars which you have heard.
posted by Danf on Mar 24, 2010 - 87 comments

Superfabulous Dingulators

Charlie Nothing made guitars--
Dingulators--from American cars.
He'd play them and sing a song about wars or higher powers,
or how to keep from spending time behind bars.
His something-side wrote, and helped bees with the flowers.
Good-bye, Charlie Nothing, wherever you are.
posted by not_on_display on Feb 8, 2010 - 5 comments

Is That a Guitar In Your Hand Or Are You Just Here to BLOW SOME SHIT UP

Want a new guitar, but don't want a boring ole Fender or Gibson? Then Johnson Guitars U.S.A may be the guitar maker for you. Keep your audiences wondering if you're here to rock out or gun them all down, sacrifice them to Apophis, feed them to a shark (or dragon), or simply take off into the stratosphere fueled by the power of your rock.
posted by robocop is bleeding on Jul 17, 2009 - 28 comments

Ziggy really sang, screwed up eyes and screwed down hairdo

Of all the pretenders to the throne of "British Elvis" in the pre-Beatles UK music scene, none had the swagger or moves quite like Vince Taylor. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on May 3, 2009 - 15 comments

Flight of the Conchords, Redux

The first episode of the new season of Flight of the Conchords is available to watch free online (US only, sorry). "Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo," their first season was chock full of hilarious moments and musical interludes, including some drawn from their live performances. Previously on Metafilter.
posted by explosion on Dec 17, 2008 - 73 comments

Single-Note Solos

During the Spring of 1996, Neil Young and Crazy Horse were recording a new album at his ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains. To prepare for the forthcoming tour, they embarked on what has become known as ‘The Northern California Bar Tour of 1996’. If you want to learn how to sound like Neil Young, you need to study these three photos taken at one of the shows. They provide a glimpse of what Neil calls ‘the whizzer' (PDF interview about his equipment). It's a device that physically turns his amp's knobs via switches on his pedalboard. Of course, you also need to be playing an exact replica of Old Black through vintage amps that are ready to explode. If this all sounds too complicated, you can shell out money for the Crazy Horse pedal by Durham Electronics, which was designed to be 'Neil Young in a box’. Yeah, because that's totally possible.
posted by AdamFlybot on May 1, 2008 - 31 comments

The three together is God. That's the same thing with us three.

Imagine being born into a set of triplets. You are all inseparable... for an entire lifetime the three of you live together, work together, play music together... your bond is so unique and people find you so endearing that you all even become famous together. Now imagine that time has passed and you have become a frail 85 year old, left alone for the first time in eight decades... Send Milly Del Rubio a Christmas card. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Dec 7, 2007 - 26 comments

The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars

The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars.
posted by Soup on Dec 6, 2007 - 84 comments

And you thought Guitar Hero was cool...

With the wild success of the Guitar Hero series, using video game controllers shaped like guitars is nothing new. However, the duo at Modal Kombat actually use guitars as video game controllers. They won't reveal all of their tricks, but you can read a bit about their technology here and at this interview with Urban Guitar. The results are awfully impressive. View the original Modal Kombat here, and their newest installment, the admittedly trippy GuitarKart here. via
posted by Ufez Jones on Dec 3, 2007 - 5 comments

"Put your boob in my scotch. Come on, put your tit in my drink."

Bob Log III plays distorted trash grimey blues slide guitar with his hands, he drawls through a telephone attached to the bubble face of the motorcycle helmet he wears, and he drums with his feet. He is known to ask women to stir his scotch on stage with their breasts, which is sadly Not currently Safe for Work. Sometimes he asks them to sit on his knee, bouncing up and down on the blue glittery jump suit he wears whenever he plays. [more inside]
posted by 6am on Oct 11, 2007 - 47 comments

Doesn't quite look to be a Chu-Chu Rocket, but...

The Japanese Trailer to Kokoro Scan. Japanese game trailers always seem pretty interesting and fun. And, well, most often more-or-less nonsensical. This is for the new game Kokoro Scan, which, um, looks like it might be a dating sim of some sort? Maybe? The animation and segues are pretty interesting, and, though it's 6 minutes -- awfully long for a trailer, particularly one sans any gameplay (I think) -- it's interesting/off-the-wall enough to be engaging. What do cartoon nipples, pixellated white things and bananas have in common? (via)
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me on Aug 3, 2007 - 13 comments

Rock Stars, Guitars n' More

Oh, but it's much more than just guitars. How about a John Lennon set list from 1974? Maybe Bon Scott's tour jacket is more your thing. Me? I want the Mr. Big tour cases because they're in mint/hardly used condition.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Apr 3, 2007 - 12 comments


The Lou Reed Guitar Archive "Pre-VU, The Velvet Underground, solos and collaborations"
posted by wobh on Jan 3, 2005 - 18 comments

looky that funny gee-tar Martha!

Artistic guitars. Check out the Folk Legend, the Skeletar, and the MotorGuitar.
posted by Wet Spot on Dec 5, 2004 - 14 comments

Guitar + Tape + Schwinn Bicycle Paint = Eruption

Striping Guitars with Eddie Van Halen (in what appears to be his living room). More of his painted and unpainted guitars. Extra guitar geekiness: watch the evolution of Frankenstein.
posted by turbodog on Jul 13, 2004 - 59 comments

Cigar Box Guitars

Cigar Box Guitars. Welcome to the first museum dedicated to the humble cigar box guitar. We have gathered the facts & legends, pictures & players and stories that span over 150 years.
posted by eastlakestandard on Apr 6, 2004 - 9 comments

Vintage resonator instruments.

Notecannons. An online pictorial history of National brand stringed instruments from 1920 - present.
posted by eastlakestandard on Mar 26, 2004 - 3 comments

Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression

The Mu Major Chord Outstanding guitar themed Steely Dan fan site. Learn the secret Steely Dan chord substitution!
posted by crunchburger on May 8, 2003 - 15 comments

OK, so not only is this a link for guitar bores, its also a link for Europe-based guitar bores. For shame! However, Stringsdirect are more or less the living embodiment of everything that makes buying on the internet great. Really cheap, really simple, really quick. (Well, they were for me yesterday...) And they sell Line 6 PODs as well. You really have no excuse not to buy one now. Awww hell, let's start a Shred-Thread...widdly..widdly..widdly...weeeee
posted by Jofus on Oct 20, 2002 - 20 comments

E Street Band guitarist and erstwhile Sopranos star Little Steven is launching a syndicated radio show to be centered around garage rock of the '60's plus latter day punk as well according to this story. Steve's own site includes some great live reviews and excellent garage rock links . I, for one, am really looking forward to hearing this show. Good luck, Steve.
posted by jonmc on Apr 4, 2002 - 11 comments

Daisy Rock Girl Guitars

Daisy Rock Girl Guitars Girly-lookin' electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. I may not be a teeny boppin' little girl. but I want one so badly! Oh my god, they are so cute!
posted by mcsweetie on Jun 15, 2001 - 30 comments

Everyone has a hobby.. mine is is playing the guitar (rather badly I may add). I love wholenote .com. Are there any other hobbyists out there who have a site to reccomend?
posted by ttrendel on May 12, 2001 - 10 comments

Musical instruments are pretty good examples of form following function. Over time, they evolve into standard shapes. Occaisionally, some people push the instruments in new directions. Other times, they run at right angles to reality
posted by plinth on Nov 17, 2000 - 1 comment

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