Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guitar Porn


My nephew Jon, whom I have mentioned here from time to time, got a new toy. He's a clever lad, works in the gaming industry and is a much, much better guitarist than I. Majored in computers, minored in music.


The new game upon which he has been working, BandFuse: Rock Legends, was just shown off at E3, and will be out some time in the not-too-distant future.


Um. Anyway, as guys who are into Strats sometimes do, the new axe is a composite. You see a neck and pick-ups you like, but the body doesn't do it for you, so you buy it for parts; then you see a body you want, and you get that. You assemble the parts, a voila! new guitar. 


Kind of like that gun scene in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, where Eli Wallach's Tuco puts together a revolver in the store ...


My silat teacher, also a guitarist of great skill, does this. Hunts down various parts–you can't do it with every kind of electric guitar, but Fender's Stratocaster lends itself to this, puts them together, sells the result, and starts over. 


GAS, aka "guitar acquisition syndrome" infects most players sooner or later. And since, according to guitar zine sources, the average guitarist has owned at least seven guitars, if you haven't, why, you are behind. (I'm halfway convinced that number was generated by players so they could tell it to their wives when they found themselves lusting over a new guitar: "Honey? The average player has seven and I only have five, so you see ... ?)


Jon's new Strat has a chambered black korina body,  natural wood bindings, solid maple neck, and–off into territory about which I know very little here–Lindy Fralin vintage hots. 


The image is sans strings because he had to glue the nut into place. He has a buddy who knows from set-up, so they'll do that, and then the moment of truth will arrive. If it plays half as good as it looks, it will be a winner. 


Now he has to decide which strings to use ...


If he puts up some music playing it, I'll stick a link to that. 

3 comments:

Unknown said...

Ernie Ball has the new "Cobalt" series Slinkys. http://www.ernieball.com/products/electric-strings/4978/cobalt-regular-slinky

They feel a bit different..seem to get a better, the only word I can think of is 'grip' on the string surface.

Their claim to fame or infamy is that they have a better magnetic connection between string and pickup ,something the Dean Markley company tried once with a different iron content in the core wire, with decent results, but low commercial success.

Not generally being one to trust paid endorsers overly much, I have had a few of our local players, and our teachers here at the store try them out, as well as our technicians, and have gotten really positive feedback.

One has set up a couple of guitars with them and claims to get the best harmonic response he has ever heard on an electric string.

Anyway, thought it may be worth a try..If you drop me a gauge and anaddress, I would be happy send you a set for him to try out. ( tho I would love some feed back good or bad, after he has played on them.)

Anonymous said...

Warmoth parts? Those sure look familiar. Beautiful looking instrument.

As for BandFuse, I've been looking forward to that game since it was announced. I can't wait for it to come out.

-Aaron

Steve Perry said...

Somehow blogger has eaten a couple of posts here. The note that Jon sent about being happy to try out some strings, with an address, and another one whose content I didn't get a chance to see.

Anybody who posted something and it's gone? Take another shot ...