Posts Tagged ‘guitars’

Stratocaster

January 5, 2015

Stratocaster

“The Fender Stratocaster turned 60 last year. When it came out of the factory in 1954, it didn’t sound — or look — like any other guitar. Leo Fender’s small company was looking to improve the Telecaster, its groundbreaking solid-body electric, first introduced three years earlier. But far more than a tweak here or there, Fender created an entirely new instrument that’s become almost synonymous with the phrase ‘electric guitar.'”

“Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives,” Robert Goldstein, NPR News

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Image (“Stratocastrian Man, after Leonardo da Vinci and Leonardo Fender”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,NotionsCapital.com

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Sevastapol

March 29, 2014

Sevastapol

To generations of American musicians “Sevastapol” hasn’t referred to a place in Crimea but to a guitar tuning, also called “Open D” (DADF#AD low to high). Liverpool-born Henry Worrall was teaching guitar at the Ohio Female College in 1855 when he wrote and published a piece commemorating the Siege of Sevastapol in the Crimean War. “Sebastopol: A descriptive fantaisie for the guitar,” specified Open D, and the sprightly march helped spread the tuning.

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Fender

September 30, 2012

Fender

The Fender company makes electric guitars that have become American icons. The firm is “being buffeted by powerful forces on Wall Street,” writes Janet Morrissey:

“A private investment firm, Weston Presidio, controls nearly half of the company and has been looking for an exit. It pushed to take Fender public in March, to howls in the guitar-o-sphere that Fender was selling out. But, to Fender’s embarrassment, investors balked. They were worried about the lofty price and, even more, about how Fender can keep growing.

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Gibson Guitars Caught Smuggling

August 9, 2012

Gibson Guitars Caught Smuggling

Gibson Guitars agreed to pay penalties totaling over $$600,000 for smuggling exotic endangered wood into the United States in violation of the century-old Lacey Act. The Act was amended in 2008 to ban importation of illegally harvested hardwoods like Madagascar ebony. Gibson builds many well-known guitar models including the ES-355 (B.B. King and Chuck Berry play it) and the Les Paul, and many of these guitars have ebony fretboards. Madagascar has forbidden logging of its slow-growing ebony since 2006, meaning US importation from that date forward was illegal.

In order to avoid criminal prosecution, Gibson acknowledged that it imported exotic wood in violation of environmental laws, paid the Justice Department $300,000 in penalties, forfeited claims to over $250,000 worth of wood seized by the Feds, and contributed $50,000 to a foundation to promote the conservation of protected tree species.

At least Gibson didn’t get caught smuggling illegal weapons into the country. Blackwater did that.

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Fender Trading on the Stock Exchange

April 11, 2012

Fender Trading on the Stock Exchange

The Fender Musical Instrument Corporation (FNDR) filed papers to trade stock on the NASDAQ exchange. Founded by Leo Fender in 1946, the firm manufactures the iconic Stratocaster and Telecaster electric guitars.

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Bert Jansch, 1943 – 2011

October 6, 2011

“Bert Jansch, an Influential Folk Guitarist, Is Dead at 67,” William Grimes, New York Times

“Bert Jansch: a modest man with an immodest talent,” Pete Paphides, The Guardian

“Brilliant Guitarist Bert Jansch: An Appreciation,” Tom Cole, All Songs Considered, NPR

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Woman Wins World Air Guitar Championship

September 1, 2011

Woman Wins World Air Guitar Championship

26-year-old Aline Westphal from Hildesheim in Lower Saxony has won the 2011 Air Guitar World Championship in the annual competition in Oulu, Finland. The young German, also known as die Nichte des Teufels (“The Devil’s Niece”), is not just another pretty face. A university drama student, she’s writing a dissertation on “Air Guitar.”

Ms. Westphal is the first woman to win the world air guitar title in the global competition’s 16 year history. Rock on, Aline.

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Return of a Musical Classic?

April 20, 2011

Return of a Musical Classic?

Guitar Hero, the music-themed video game with the plastic guitar-shaped controller first introduced in 2005, was recently discontinued. Sales had been in the billions but fell to under $300 million last year. Now the Activision corporation says there might be a reprise:

“‘Guitar Hero’ Not Dead, Says Game Maker Activision,” Scott Steinberg, Rolling Stone

 

Image (“Portrait with Video Game, after Paul Bril”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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The Telecaster Turns 60

March 2, 2011

Celebrating 60 Years of the Fender Telecaster

Fender’s classic Telecaster guitar just turned 60 years old. The solid-body guitar that changed County, Rock, and Blues music sounds just as good as ever. Take it from James Burton, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Elliot Easton, Keith Urban, and a few of their pals.

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Classic Guitar Riffs

January 19, 2011

Classic Guitar Riffs

Jason Persse posted his list of the “50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in Rock ‘n’ Roll.” While we may disagree with some of his choices, you can’t beat the way he did it, with streaming sound clips.

“50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Jason Persse, Spinner.

 

Image (“Gentleman in a Blue Jacket with a Red Guitar, after Jacopo Amigoni”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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