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Friday
Feb122010

The Mermaid Guitar

I couldn't pass up sending this one on. Before you size up the builder as a "pure-bred loony" --  and he may very well be, I never met him -- have a look around his site for all the incredible instruments he has built. Nice guitars, mandolins and mandocellos for John Paul Jones, Josh Homme and others.

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Saturday
Jan302010

Gear I can't seem to live without

While I'm really not much of a gear fetishist -- musical instruments, and the tools that go with them, have come and gone a lot in my  life -- I am discovering that some gear is just too sweet to move on from.

I'm in the process of selling off most of my musical gear. A lot of stuff I have had purely for the rigors of long-term, old school, professional touring. Since I am now fully new school, I just don't need this stuff anymore. For example, speakers. I don't need them anymore. I am using in-ear monitors and I go direct to the house board. And if you don't need speakers, then you don't need power amps either.

And since I am presently processing my live instrument entirely through the laptop, then I don't need stomp boxes or effects racks either.

The process of selling off my stuff is quite slow and laborous. And it turns out, there are few things that I just can't let go. Some boxes do something so unique that I can't send them off. Other things (a compressor and preamp, for example) I had planned on selling, but when I pulled them out to check that they were in good enough condition, I just couldn't... They had something about them that just made me hold on. There was some extra life that they added to the instrument that I could feel and sense in the articulation of my hands.

Here are those items. Those ones that I just couldn't let go and be replaced by their digital counterparts. I haven't included any of my Warr Guitars -- my main tapping instrument -- as it goes without saying that I can't play without them.

 

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