Sunday, July 26, 2009
In my previous color variations post, I strangely forgot 'transparent black' - it's actually the finish I intend to do for my guitar projects... Also someone suggested 'seafoam green', I didn't think I'd like it but I wanted top check so there it is... Still not convinced but I acknowledge it as a honorable finish.
Though I play my Fender Jaguar HH for a few months already, I had not so far managed to really understand what all these switches and knobs are really about (I just found my right setting and stuck to it since) - since I bought this guitar second hand, I had no user's manual and I couldn't get anything usable on Fender's official website.
So it took me a while but I finally found a few days ago what I was looking for on fenderjaguar.net, and understood that on a Jaguar you have two independent settings you can preset and switch to very easily. The Fender old-timers will think I'm dumb but really, I had no way to know that before - none of my previous guitars have this kind of system...
And, well, I love this guitar...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I was wondering about my favorite guitar finishes so I made some color variations on a design from a few months ago... You can see that I have quite classic tastes: black and metal, white and black, natural wood and transparent cherry with black or metal pickguard, and - how fancy me! - orange and black... I think that when you have this, you don't really need more...
(clicking on the small pic allows you to access a bigger version)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This is not the object of this blog but I couldn't resist showing here this beautiful new guitar model by Nick Page Guitars, the Baron...
It's not only a great design, but they are nice people and their workshop is around my corner - I posted about them already a few months ago.
I tell more about it on the Guitar blog.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I reached lately some designs that I consider valuable enough to not blend in my mass production... So I made cleaner sketches. I will try to do this more often now, also to come back on old sketches to check how they feel after a few weeks/months, and stop pretending everything is at the same level...
These are quite classic - with a little something extra, I hope.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
So I finally have time to update this blog about the Televangelist. I made a few changes - mostly reworking the pickguard and varnishing... I'm still not completely happy with the setting - one string keeps buzzing down the neck, I would like to solve this myself and not have to ask for pro help... Gotta try again!
A friend who saw it asked me if I would make one for him but I think that he'd better wait until I made a few more and know more what I'm actually doing!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
No guitar making nor sketches these last days, I'm on travel, but the brain is still active. I met a few days ago with my friend and experimental electronic musician Daniel Schorno who works at STEIM Amsterdam (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) and build his own instruments.
Brainstorming about instrument making, we had the idea of building together a Crackle Guitar, an hybrid of guitar and STEIM's famous crackle box, an analogic pocket synthesizer played by finger contact on electronic circuits.
We intend to transform the pickguard of a guitar into a graphic circuit that can be touched by the guitarist while playing and alter the sound of the pickups... That will be a project for next year since my working agenda is already quite full, but I'm already quite excited about it!
And though I don't post much here, I keep contributing daily to the Guitar Blog - check me there!
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