Although there have been many times in the past when I’ve felt like smashing my guitar, I’ve never done it. And my desire to smash my guitar was not for some onstage histrionics – rather in frustration at my lack of ability to play. But if you feel the urge to smash a guitar – here’s one designed specifically for that task. Go ahead, knock yourself out.
Those crazy freeks at ThinkGeek have come up with this playable t-shirt – it comes with an amp too – that goes to 11.
Joe Bonamassa – Ballad of John Henry
Ramblin’ Dawgs – Worse Without You
Ben Robinson – The Easy Part’s Over
Jim Boyd – Blues To Bluegrass
Katie Webster – Two Fisted Mama
Billy Walton Band – Spreading The Blues
Anni Piper – Come On In My Kitchen
Coco Montoya – Don’t Go Making Plans
George Thorogood – Baby Please Set A Date
Beer Money Blues Band – The Devil Sent Me
Mississippi John Hurt – Frankie
Todd Wolfe – Who’s Been Talking?
Clarence Gatemouth Brown – Better Off With The Blues
A.C. Reed – These Blues Is Killing Me
Brother Dege – The Battle of New Orleans
Albert Collins – Cash Talkin’ (Workingman’s Blues)
Jason Ricci – Done With The Devil
Pete Anderson – Even Things Up
Mr. “H” – Joe Meek
Magic Slim – How Many More Years
Long John Hunter – Grits Ain’t Groceries
Billy Boy Arnold – Wish You Would
Motor City Women – Can You Feel My Blues?
Electrofied – I’ll Go Insane
Hard Bargain – People Get Ready
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – Baby Doll Blues
Music loving, guitar playing shrink Tsuken has got a new custom guitar. He’s posted a comprehensive piece over at his place, so I won’t go in to too much detail, but I will say that I love the look of the guitar – a nice blue finish that still shows the woodgrain beneath.
The switching at first looks a little complex, but the explanation given makes it all (fairly) clear – and hey, when you get your custom guitar made you can decide how many switches you want too! I’ve always liked the possibility of a piezo bridge pickup in an electric guitar too. The guitar was built by Adrian Hamilton of ash customworks who has a large collection of other guitars on his site.
And can he play it? Of course – check this:
I love this t-shirt! Really ideal for the 21st Century Blues I’m suffering.
Here’s a very comprehensive, interesting and informative interview with vintage guitar restorer, author, and “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser Richard Johnston. Not only does he talk about the histories of Gibson and Martin, he also comments on the effects that age and different types of wood have on the sound of a guitar. He certainly knows his stuff, he has a fantastic guitar business Gryphon Stringed Instruments here.
Picture of a Martin D-18 from 1953 from the Gryphon website.
I first heard Steve Vai when he was playing with Frank Zappa. I rushed out and bought a copy of his solo album Flexable and played it to death. I have it now on CD of course, with 2 or 3 other early albums, but I haven’t listened to any of his new stuff for years. But he sure can play – and here are a few of his guitars – some a little more tasteful than others.