Tuesday, December 28, 2010

more sketches

Saturday, December 25, 2010

blog information

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Friday, December 24, 2010

more sketches

Sunday, December 19, 2010

more sketches

Friday, December 17, 2010

Guitar Haiku

As they showed the Doppelcaster on the Guitarz blog, I figured out that I'm sometimes too discreet with my work, and also guitars are to be played above all. So let me show you what I do with a Fender Jaguar Special HH - still my favorite guitar though I got several since, probably because it's the easiest to use - plugged in a Marshall MB30 via a Boss FZ-5 fuzzbox. The Jaguar may have less personality than my Dan'o Longhorn Baritone or my Musima Eterna - just to mention the recent ones - but when it comes to pure playing, that's the first choice.

This video was also produced for and presented in my current Angel Meat exhibition.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

more sketches

Saturday, December 11, 2010

more sketches

Time to go back to guitar sketches after all the Doppelcaster frenzy... (actually I never stopped drawing but lately I find the scanning process tremendously boring... chacun sa névrose !)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Self playing Doppelcaster

Life is cruel: the very day i finished the Doppelcaster, I played on it one hour - enough to understand that it will take a long time of practice to figure out what to do with it - then I turned it into the sound installation for which it's been made. So it's currently hanging on a wall of the Akademie Schlos Solitude in Stuttgart, next to the video I posted previously, both being part of the exhibition Angel Meat I already mentioned. Now I'm back home, won't see it before one month - then the hardest will come...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dancing on Ashes (Kalifornia)

Don't only draw or build guitars, I play some also, though not often in conventional ways - that would be for example to play songs in front of an audience ; not that I have anything against this, I did it and plan to do it again, but I'm busy with other things for the moment... Anyway, here I am playing a brand new Ibanez Talman acoustic guitar and singing with my partner, for a video currently exhibited in a show I have in Stuttgart, about which you can know more here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ladie and Gentlemen, the Doppelcaster!

Here it is, the Doppelcaster is born (and I must say that I'm quite proud of myself)! 

The lower neck is stringed in Nashville tuning (you can buy the set from D'Addario), the upper one is supposed to be replaced by a baritone one as soon as I've saved enough money to buy one. There are two outputs, so I can play each neck with its own effects... Better pictures will come soon, and a demo once I figured out what to do with a double neck guitar... I feel like playing like John McLaughlin but I'm not able to, so I have to find my own way...

You can also noticed that I'm extremely bad at soldering, but after a lot of sweat and some help from Seymour Duncan's wiring diagrams, I managed to do the job - and it works... 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

the finish

Two layers of wood stain and one of oil - still drying... 

in spite of the hours of standing, there's been a few small patches of the previous finish left, that I discovered too late, after I put the color. At first I was  desperate and decided to cover it all with lack, then I put all the gear on and after all, the few flaws end up looking like a slight relicking - absolutely involuntary since I usually hate that - and it feels good. Tonight I finish the oiling and tomorrow I start soldering (gasp!)

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