Again, this blog is about guitar making, but the object of guitar making is guitar playing, so here is a glimpse at my last music performance, an piece for improvising guitars, grand piano, and electronically sound-enhanced table soccer game (kicker in German, foosball in American English, babyfoot in French...)(and the first concert for my new Epiphone Dot).
A great piece of art as much as a great piece of fun! We do it again in spring with a video streaming to the World Wide Web...
Our working process has been quite chaotic, so I kept the pictures in complete disorder - would have been pointless to pretend that there's been a logical progression... The key thing that happened is at least that our expectations that the crackle box would work as a filter for the guitar pickups are fulfilled - see the video...
Next session and achievement of the crackle guitars should be next February in Amsterdam!
The last week-end was dedicated to the conception and making of 2 crackle guitars (yes we do it Sonic Youth style, each of us has his own personalized model) - these are the more or less definitive sketches of the guitars.
There's been a few modifications of the original projects, a. o. with the introduction of stroboscopic LEDs than can interfere with the crackle circuits and add rhythmic patterns, and of little speakers to respect the original spirit of the crackle bow, that is to be independent from external amplification (but there are outputs too of course).
Is it vain to have a personal guitar blog - one more guitar blog? Probably...
But when I started to pay more and more attention to my guitars - lifetime companions and much more than mere working tools -, I've been quite happy to gather information on the net, on blogs, forums, fan sites, etc... So maybe some people will benefit in a way or another from this one.
And maybe also one day someone will see and appreciate my design work and ask me to design guitars for his project or his company - feel free to contact me if you're interested!
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A sunburst Stratocaster walks into a bar, orders a beer and takes a stool next to a hot-looking Les Paul Goldtop, who's sipping an umbrella drink. The Strat leers at the Les Paul for several minutes and then says, "Hey, that's some set of humbuckers you got on you, darlin'."
"You're not getting any feedback off of me with a pickup line like that," the Goldtop says indignantly.