Recycled riffs: bad. Recycled wood: good. The new Fender Reclaimed Wood guitar line takes Eastern Pine and Old Growth Redwood and shapes them into Telecasters and Stratocasters. The Eastern Pine comes from wood used to build a Michigan dairy barn in 1868. Meanwhile, the Old-Growth Redwood comes from wood used to build California road bridges in 1933. Quite amazing to imagine the history someone holds in their hands while they play these. Not sure what sound someone playing the Fender line of reclaimed wood guitars will get. What does the sound of saving the earth make?
Gear By on May 6, 2014
Imagine if Paul McCartney or John Lennon forgot the melody to ‘Hey Jude’ or ‘Strawberry Fields’. The world would be deprived of masterpieces. Musicians out there need a backup so that their masterpieces don’t slip into the ether. A Gibson Memory Cable ($150) records up to 13 hours of music to Micro SD cards. Plug it into a guitar, PA mixer or any cable output and never worry about losing a great idea.
Gear By on Oct 22, 2013
Pity the poor bass player; always kept in the background, forced to lay down the groove, and never allowed step to the forefront for a solo. But perhaps this 100% stainless steel bass guitar from Stash will change the way bass players are perceived. For $3,000 you get a spectacular piece of craftsmanship that yes, also makes great music. As if the stainless steel wasn’t enough of an attention-getter, the tubular neck design seals the deal as this being one surefire way to finally get the bass player some post-show groupie action.
Gear By on Mar 15, 2013
What do you once you’ve run your skateboard ragged? If you’re Ezequiel Galasso of Argentina you turn that outdated deck into a guitar. Galasso and professional skateboarder Gianfranco de Gennaro have teamed up for Skate Guitars; lovingly recycled old skateboards that get stringed up and turned into electric instruments. From shredding in the streets to shredding on stage, this is the perfect gift for the ultimate shredder.
Gear By on Jan 31, 2013
Playing a guitar with a leather pick is pretty rare, and Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan is one of the rarest leathers in the world, so if you play a little acoustic “Come As You Are” by the campfire with one of these things, it may not even matter that you thought G flat was the name of 50 Cent’s crew. These special picks promise to deliver a much warmer tone than their plastic counterparts, last longer than natural leather picks, and even mold to your grip. Each one takes about six months to make, so honor the cow that sacrificed his skin and please refrain from any Warrant covers.
Gear By on Jan 8, 2013
Chicks dig picks. For years people thought it was the actual guitar that lured the ladies, but nope. Turns out the cooler the pick, the hotter the chick. Well, prepare to be assaulted by more panties than Tom Jones at Victoria’s Secret. These handmade Coin Guitar Picks ($10) are crafted out of authentic silver, gold, brass, bronze, and more, with each one delivering standout style and undeniably sturdy construction. If playing your six string with an antique USA Indian Head Buffalo Nickel pick doesn’t drop some drawers, man, we don’t know what will.
Gear By on Nov 14, 2012
Not every person who wants to play the guitar wants to devote their life to it (there’s a marriage metaphor in there somewhere); and yet many people who wanna dabble want more than just a few rounds of Rock Band 2. Fender and Apple are tapping into this market with a new USB-equipped Squier Stratocaster ($199.99) that’s meant to thrive in GarageBand. You get a standard 1/4-inch output jack, a 30-pin connector cable that works with older iOS devices, plus cables that let you hook up directly to a Mac or PC.
Gear By on Oct 11, 2012
Digital DJ controllers have been trending up pretty hard over the last five years, but Apple hasn’t given their full blessing to any of them. But now, like Don Corleone sitting behind his desk, looking down on each groveling visitor to his marinara-stained office, Apple has nodded its head. And that nod goes in the direction of the Vestax Spin2 DJ Controller ($399), the first controller fully certified by Apple. Of course it lets you play, mix, and scratch your music with jog wheels, touch strips, and an array of buttons, but it’s the Algoriddim software and compatibility with Apple’s OSX and iOS operating systems that has iPhone and iPad users excited. It’s also the first controller to offer true dual stereo outputs for iOS6 devices. It should be great for parties, like on your daughter’s wedding day!