Monthly Archives: October 2017
THE MARSHALL AMP JTM45
This model was named the JTM45, (only 1/2 as good as a 90).
One of the earliest production models, this head's main claim to fame was its left-justified control panel and indeed, completely offset chassis.
This was from the days when the central placement of the handle was absolutely the most important cosmetic feature!
MAESTRO FUZZ TONE
No, not a 60's 45 record player, but actually one of the earliest fuzzboxes available.
Designed by synth guru Tom Oberheim, these very simple fuzz tone pedals are now extremely rare.
Yamaha G10 Midi Guitar Synth & Controller
Hot on the heels of their DX7 success, Yamaha came out with this.
Looking more like a modern day rifle grenade, this axe utilized ultrasonic fretboard tracking and required both a midi converter unit and sound module to operate.
The G10's lack of commercial success goes to prove that not everything that looks like a DX7 will sell like a DX7.
KRUNDAAL BIKINI GUITAR
Nicknamed "THE BUGGERLUGG" because of its resemblance to a human ear, this extremely handsome self-contained unit was brought to us by Davoli. .
Similar in style to other Italian instruments of the early 1960's, the egg shaped pod suspended underneath the guitar body is actually the guitar's built in amplifier.
Ideal Bourke St. Mall busker's axe.
THE VOX GUITAR ORGAN
Designed by Vox engineer Dick Denny in the very early 60's and based on the Phantom Guitar, this was actually a genuine Vox Continental Organ within a guitar body.
The fretboard had a whole passle of thin wires running through it to each fret and by using a hard wired metal plectrum to complete the circuitry .
It was possible to play organ sounds, guitar sounds, or a combination of both. "Incredibly rare"!!!
Posted: October 12, 2017|
GUITAR RESTRING TUTORIAL
Tuning Key - The Locking Hold Fig 1
Proper stringing of your guitar is critical to how well your instrument stays in tune and performs.
Follow the simple steps below for electric, acoustic, and classical guitar to maximize string stability.
Steel String Acoustic Bridge Fig2
The locking hold - The most secure method of wrapping around the tuning peg is to bring the extra string back around and under the string as it winds around the peg.
This is especially critical on strings that have no windings (plain steel or classical nylon treble strings).
Classical /Nylon Bridge Fig 3
On steel string acoustic guitars, make sure the ball end of the string is firmly seated under the bridge by pushing down on the bridge pin while pulling up on the string.
At the bridge, it is essential to create a l
Posted: October 11, 2017|
WHY DO PEOPLE PLAY MUSIC?
There are many different reasons why people become involved in music and many types of musical instruments and playing levels attainable.
It is the “journey” we take in music that makes creating music so special and the instruments we use to create our music carry the expectations of all our emotions.
INSTRUMENT MAKING IS A FINE ART
The manufacture of musical instruments is a fine art, of which there are many aspects and considerations. The very nature of the materials used requires expertise and extreme skill to manufacture a playable instrument.
A guitar is not just a guitar, a violin is not just a violin and a saxophone is not just a saxophone. It must be playable!
UNPLAYABLE AND INFERIOR QUALITY INSTRUMENTS
With the industrialisation of China, a large number of businesses have emerged masquerading as manufactu
Posted: October 06, 2017|
How To Set Up Your Drums
If you want to avoid injury, sound your best, and get the maximum efficiency and enjoyment out of your playing, you owe it to yourself to start with a properly arranged drum set. Keeping in mind there are almost as many strongly held opinions on this subject as there are drummers in the world, if you understand some basic principles, finding a setup that works with you rather than against you will be much, much easier. For this little ergonomics primer, we’re using a basic 5-piece kit with a crash, ride, and hi-hat. Once you get that core setup where you want it, the sky’s the limit for the ambitious percussive architect.
The first thing you’ll want to do is get your throne adjusted to a comfortable height. This is your centre of power, so make sure you feel centered and balanced at all times. A good place to start is with your thighs n