Vincent’s Tips on Tones Issue 17 “You are what you eat” is an expression we all know and understand as truth. Simply put, if you want to live a healthy and balanced life, you need to eat a healthy balanced diet. That said, the expression can be used with a much more metaphorical meaning for […]
For this last musing on ugly duckling guitars, let us turn our attention to this example from Japan, this Guyatone LG-160T. The Fenton-Weill Tux-master we contemplated was pretty much unrelentingly ugly, only redeemable if you fondly remember it from your youth. The Burns UK Flyte was more of a space oddity than especially ugly, but it sure didn’t grow on me, at least. However, some unusual guitars do eventually win your heart over the more you stare at them. I think that this is the case here.
If you’re a young person, you probably don’t have much of a reaction to the adjective “Commie.” You might know that China is still officially “Communist,” but so fiercely Capitalistic that any associations with Mao are hard to parse out. Ditto Russia and Lenin and Stalin. You’ve got to find an old map to locate the “former Soviet Union.” But, if you’re an old fogey like me the term is full of “complex notes” as the vinophiles would say. What has this to do with guitars, you ask?
If you’ve read even a little of my writing about guitars over the years, you know I’m fatally attracted to unusual guitars. There’s a reason I’m “The Different Strummer.” But even I have to admit some guitars are just plain ugly. A case in point: the Fenton-Weill Tux-master from England, a country (sorry, friends) that has more than its share of these birds.
When you receive your guitar back from a reputable guitar technician or luthier, you can expect to be “wowed” by their quality of service and professionalism. It takes years of experience, practise, and a willingness to learn in order to get job after job done well, and on time. With that said, it would sound […]
Stocking Stuffers for the Budding Guitarist by Vince Schaljo With the Christmas season fast approaching, finding the perfect “something” for someone can prove taxing. Depending on how well you know the person, you can often find yourself taking a shot in the dark picking something up that you think they might like or use. When […]
If you’ve seen many movies that involve a good ol’ car race, you’ve probably also seen one or two that have the classic “bad guy sabotage” bit written into the story. You know; the part where the bad guy loosens a few bolts on the good guy’s vehicle, causing him to crash and burn? It […]
Every guitar player can agree upon one thing: we always want to sound good. In the world of the electric guitar, it’s a widely accepted fact that in order to achieve “good”, we need to play loud! Perhaps you’re not the person who has a soundproofed studio in their basement to record your hottest new […]
To many, recording music can seem to be a mystical thing. The incredible sounds and balanced mixes that pulse through your speakers can both inspire and intimidate the novice musician into getting the best possible sound in their recordings. While there do exist “magicians” in the realm of engineering, producing, and mixing and mastering songs, […]
When you walk into a guitar shop, there’s a few main differences you’ll notice about the instruments hanging on the walls (other than their price). The first could likely be all the different colors, while the second may be the variety of shapes and sizes. So when looking for a guitar with a particular tone […]
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