We all know about 6-string guitars and 12-strings... you may have even heard of 10-strings, and twin-necks that can have 18 strings... but check this out - 42 strings! Known as the Picasso guitar, after its likeness to the cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso, this one pictured belongs to jazz supremo Pat Metheny, one of the most famous jazz guitar players of our time.
Believe it or not, this weird guitar is not just for show - Pat plays it for real... all 42 strings! The Picasso guitar was built for him by read more »
In the 1950s, when electric guitars started to become mainstream brought new requirements for guitar strings - not only did they need to have great tone and longevity, that also needed good magnetic properties to work with magnetic pickups. The requirement led string manufacturers to experiment with different metals and alloys including Monel steel, stainless steel 430, chrome, nickel, and others. These had better magnetic properties than the traditional bronze and brass used in acoustic guitar strings. read more »
Slash (real name Saul Hudson) is of course best known as the lead guitarist of the Guns N' Roses in the 1980s and early 1990s, but also played in Slash's Snakepit for some of that time. He then co-founded the Velvet Revolver and continued to play great guitar through the mid to late 2000s. In 2010, Slash released his debut solo album, along with an all-star roster of famous guest musicians. read more »
Guitar Gizmos, the company that bought you first the Space Trainer for helping with chord hand position and then the Power Chord Trainer to help beginners learn Rock Chords has now opened a new web store. Gizmos is on a mission to help guitarists learn and practice more effectively and their latest offerings include "liquid skin" to help prevent the usual sore fingertips that all new guitarists suffer and an innovative color-coded system for finding notes all up the fretboard - humorously called "Don't Fret". They also sell some basic accessories specually chosen for new guitarists and we'll sure they will be expanding the range soon.
They boast worldwide delivery and accept payment in a variety of local currencies, from US, Canadian and Australian Dollars to Euros and UK Pounds. Check out their store at shop.guitar-gizmo.com read more »
Guitar Tech (best known for their wide range of guitar accessories) . has introduced a new lightweight capo for acoustic, electric and classical guitars. Unusually for a 6-string guitar capo, it is also said to be suitable not only for 12-string guitars, but also for banjos and mandolins.
Capos are popular with beginners and experienced players alike, whether changing the key of songs to suit a singer's vocal range or experimenting with different tonal qualities and chord inversion. The GT capo is designed for easy one-handed operation and with no sharp edges, and soft rubber parts that touch the instrument shouldn't leave any marks on your favourite guitar's neck. Ease of use should also mean that the user can place the capo accurately, essential for avoiding fret buzz with the capo fitted. read more »
It’s not often that you hear of a new musical instrument being invented, but Cleveland guitarist Tom Shaper has just launched what he refers to as a “percussion guitar”, designed to be played with drumsticks! The Jasperbridge Percussion Guitar uses a standard six string guitar neck with regular guitar tuning, but with a clever “reversing” body that brings the strings through to what would normally be considered to be the back of the instrument, enabling them to be played with a drumstick. read more »
The true physics of guitar strings is very complex, but the basic theory is quite straightforward. The starting point is that the fundamental frequency of vibration of a string is inversely proportional to its length and directly proportional to the square root of the tension. This frequency is also inversely proportional to the square root of its mass per unit length. So the frequency that sounds when you pluck a guitar string is a combination of these three properties - length, tension and mass. read more »