Monthly Archives: August 2007
“The Burst guitar, with its lush finish and rich sound, has gone from pawnshop to castoff to $500,000 collectible.”
“When Joe Ganzler found Gladys, it was love at first sight. She had a curvaceous body and graceful neck. When he held her in his arms and turned her on, she filled with electricity and purred. ‘The belle of the ball,’ Ganzler said. Ganzler, 51, has been married three times but has fallen for just one guitar. Gladys, as a former owner named it, is a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard with a sunburst finish. Ganzler keeps it in his Orange County garage, in a massive safe that looks as though it could withstand a bazooka attack. For good reason. Only about 1,500 Bursts, as they are known, were made between 1958 and 1960. They were a commercial flop. But today the Burst is considered the Stradivarius of solid-body electric guitars. Its distinctive, syrupy sound, mythic back story and cherry-and-gold wood finish have made it the world’s most sought-after ax. ” Read more.
I recently purchased the Line 6 TonePort GX for my nephew; it’s a small USB connected device, sort of a music synthesizer for electric guitars, which works with PCs or Macs. The software that comes with the device offers a hardware-like iunterface that resembles a personal sound studio, and the device itself is small enough to hook onto your belt while playing. I’ll get my nephew to write a review up for it as soon as possible. I got this new on ebay from Musicgear4less; it’s also available from Musician’s Friend (though presently it’s on backorder). Cost? Under $70.00.
“Guitar picks, despite varying in size, thickness and material, typically share one common trait – they’re flat and thus lack an adequate grip surface. Sweaty fingers and/or heated play can cause the guitarist to struggle to control the pick as it shifts position or ends up being dropped. In response, the guitar player may end up squeezing the plectrum harder thus creating tension in the hand, arm and shoulder. As a result, picking accuracy and speed can suffer and this extra tension can contribute to Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI).” Read about Big Rock Guitar picks.
Exotic guitars. Keyword: exotic. Some of the designs look like they’d be more at home in a custom motorcycle shop.