Polyphonic takes us through the blues and rock scenes from the ’40s to the ’80s to look at the invention and evolution of the electric guitar distortion. For such an important and flexible effect, its funny to think that its origins and development mainly came from accidents.
Cath of The Square to Spare shows off a fun little project for guitar players and anyone who appreciates a good musical instrument. In the first clip, she shows us how to make tiny electric guitars using popsicle clips, and in the second, she crafts a mini acoustic.
Boss‘ new Katana-Air is a compact wireless guitar amplifier. Its transmitter lasts for up to 12h per charge and has a power saving mode. The amp itself can also be powered with AA batteries for portable playing. It can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker.
Most hard rock music is played on a 6-string electric guitar, but Music is Win decided to see what it might sound like if he attempted to play some metal riffs on a 12-string blues guitar. The resulting sound is quite unique – like some kind of prog rock from the future.
Jamstik’s new smart guitars offer portability for both pros and newbies. The Jamstik7 is perfect for beginners – it has 7 frets and works with Jamstik’s educational apps. The Jamstik12 is a 12-fret smart guitar with low latency, palm mute sensing and MIDI compatibility.
Do you like sitcoms? Then check out this wonderful medley of theme songs from shows like Friends, Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, and The Office, performed on acoustic guitar by Nathan Mills of Beyond the Guitar.
We can say with certainty that we’ve never heard Blue Öyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper like this before. But we’re impressed with the surf rock treatment that musician Bruce Lindquist gave to the 1976 smash prog rock hit, even if it could use more cowbell.
A look inside the McPherson Guitars‘ factory, where talented artisans use a mix of high tech materials and traditional finishing techniques to create lightweight, durable, and visually striking musical instruments. The Carbon Series guitars range in price from $2799 to $3299.
The latest version of the pocket-sized electronic guitar tuner. Unlike its predecessor, Roadie 2 doesn’t need its app to tune your guitar (and other stringed instruments). It also vibrates to let you know when it’s done. The app provides extra features like custom tunings.
This truly 21st-century take on the electric guitar, has a built in dock for an iPhone (5 through 7 Plus) or iPod Touch (5th or 6th gen), and works with iOS apps like IK Multimedia’s Amplitube to modify and sweeten sounds through its 20-watt class D and trio of high-quality speakers.
Fender presents a massive new series of guitars designed for working musicians. The extensive collection features new Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jazzmasters, Jazz Basses, along with two new models – the Jazzmaster and Jaguar. In all, there are 16 models in 11 colors.
Luthier Linda Manzer shows off one of the most amazing stringed instruments we’ve ever seen – a multi-necked guitar with a whopping 52 strings that she built for musician Henrik Andersen, based roughly on a hilarious cartoon he provided. Hear Henrik play it at 3:06.
Our brains are so programmed to hearing hard rock and metal guitar riffs played with fuzz, that we’ve forgotten what electric guitars really sound like. The Paranormal Guitar Channel reveals what some tunes sound like without the effect – basically, it’s surf music, a la Dick Dale.
An incredible, one of a kind electric guitar, handmade using layers of laminated scrap skateboard wood by 2ndShot’s John Gibson (so we guess it’s a Gibson guitar of sorts). It’s fully playable, with Humbucker and hand-wound single coil pickups, and a maple neck.
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