By: Chris McMahon There’s a lot of bad information on the internet, as I was reminded while trying to resuscitate a recent score: a Silver Sparkle 20th Anniversary Squier Jagmaster. Don’t laugh, it’s paid for! It’s not a guitar for everyone, but I bought my first about five years ago when I started playing […]
The guitar is a beautiful instrument. Whether you play Classical or Jazz, Folk Music or Rock Music, there is no instrument that is easier to learn, nor is there one which creates such a variety of voices and sounds. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock If You Want to Be a Guitarist … Once you have fallen […]
Have you ever listened to or overheard a conversation between seasoned musicians? The phrases, terminology and body language are very different from non musicians. Depending on what type of musician you are talking to, the words, lingo and animations vary. For example a conversation between two jazz performers might sound like this: That cat can […]
Top 10 Reasons to Play in a Band It’s a no brainer; much of the initial aspiration to play any instrument comes from the desire to have what your musical heroes have, or to at least produce the kind of material they produce. In many cases, you’ll end up having to find a few […]
So I have been getting into slide guitar quite a bit lately and have been diving into my blues collection for inspiration. One thing I noticed was the tone that guys like Elmore James and Lightning Hopkins were getting was not your typical electric guitar plugged into an amp an cranked. After a bit of research I realized that these guys were taking flat top acoustic guitars and mounting electric pickups on them to get their tone. So I set out to make a slide guitar that would pay homage to those blues artists of the past.
England native, Phil Jones is a natural born electronics/audio geek. Around the age of 13, he “borrowed” some magnets from school and hand wound a double bass pickup on a record player, ( He dug it out of a closet and showed me…amazing!). As a child he raided dumpsters in search of old tv’s and radios that he could dissect and turn into amplifiers. He even collected old tobacco tins, turning them into hand built stomp boxes!
One of the most legendary musicians of all time was also quite the great guitar player. Many don’t associate John Lennon with being a great guitarist, but in actuality he was. Sure in the early Beatles’ days, he played standard rhythm guitar, but in later years he was soloing along side George Harrison. So what guitars did John use as a Beatle? Lets take a closer look.
As a full time repair tech, I would say that set ups are probably the most common procedure I do in the shop on the average day. And probably 90% of the guitars that come through the door need a fret level and recrown along with the set up. I thought I would share with you the process I go through to inspect frets and what is actually involved in a fret level, as well as some of the reasons your guitar’s frets became undeveloped in the first place.
A couple of months ago, I inquired about an Eastwood 12-string electric guitar. Your response was immediate, and ever since, I have enjoyed your website. After seeing today’s email, your request for stories brought back memories of my first Fender. I hope you find it interesting.
Approximately 4 yrs ago I had a brainstorm. I thought I would try to find a guitar that was similar to the one I had in Junior High (1963). That would be a four pickup Silvertone solid body guitar. When I was 12 and the Beatles came out, I had decided that I wanted to play guitar. My sister bought me a Stella to learn on, and I saved up enough to buy my own Silvertone guitar and the Twin 12 amp.