Posts Tagged ‘guitar’

ESP Sonic Guitar 25th Anniversary

Posted: July 14, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar, studio
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In honour of the 25th anniversary of the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, ESP Japan are releasing these limited edition models! Expect to pay around £1200 for the normal editions, or an eye watering £4664 for the super fancy ones.

ESP SONIC-II PRICE : 665,000yen (without TAX) SPECIFICATION:Bolt-on-neck Construction, Alder Body, Hard Maple 3P Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 24 JESCAR FW55090-NS frets, Foyd Rose Tremolo & Locknut, 648mm Scale, GOTOH SG360-07 MG Tuner, Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB & SCHECTER MONSTERTONE Pickups COMING WITH:Cerificate, SONIC & SHADOW Pickset, Score, Special Polishing Cloth, Exclusive Hard Case

And then once you have it, learn some tunes!

With an iconic (and slightly weird!) design, the Expressiv MIDI guitar joins a long list of controllers that promise to revolutionize the way musicians use synths. We’re not sure what’s going on at 1.22, however this is an impressive piece of technology that will win over progressive guitarists.

Pure unadulterated funk. – Thundercat

Posted: April 11, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar, Songs
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We got the funk, we got that funky….. wait. Thundercat has definitely got the funk. Great video, awesome production and a great Isley Brothers sample.

How to handle a broken string…

Posted: April 11, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar
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Panic? Run off stage? If you’re Stevie Ray Vaughan, it’s not a problem.

Candle powered vibrato!

Posted: February 25, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar, hardware
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Have you ever yearned for a more authentic sounding vibrato? Then feast your eyes on this fancy bit of engineering, the Z.Vex Candela Vibrophase! Combining a candle, Stirling Engine, solar cells and photocells, the Vibrophase generates its own current and power that drives a very pleasant sounding vibrato.

Such beautiful work doesn’t come cheap, (an estimated $6000!) therefore we might have to stick with cheaper battery powered alternatives for the time being. One can always dream….

A Cardboard Guitar?

Posted: December 4, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar, hardware
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Electric guitars have been made of wood (and occasionally plastic) since they were invented, due to the stress that the tension of the strings places on the neck. Watch this amazing video to see how Cardboard Chaos manage to solve this problem and create a cardboard guitar!

10 Exotic Scales to Spice Up Your Songs

Posted: September 28, 2015 by csgsbrandon in Techniques
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As a guitarist, I get sick of playing the same boring scales when improvising writing solos. To add a bit of interesting flair to your songs, why not check out these 9 interesting sound scales? Of course they can be played on a piano, or just about any instrument really, so don’t worry if you don’t play guitar. Each scale is in the key of A.

Arabian Scale

A very distinct sounding scale that almost sounds eerie and mystical, you’ll probably recognize it immediately when you play it. It is also a minor scale.

Arabian Guitar Scale

Persian scale

Imagine it a bit like the major version of the Arabian scale, similar sounds but yes, it’s major.

Persian guitar scale

Byzantine Scale

Another middle eastern scale worth taking a look at, again similar sounds and this one is another major scale.

Byzantine guitar scale

Oriental Scale

The 5th mode of the Double harmonic major scale, a very interesting sound that also looks cool when played on guitar, especially if you run up the A string.

Oriental guitar scale

Japanese Scale

This pentatonic scale will give you that Japanese sound you hear on any traditional Japanese folk song. It’s also really easy to play.

Japanese guitar scale

Indian Scale

A really interesting variation of the phrygian scale, also has a lot of applications for varying genres of music. The cool part about this scale is it is played differently ascending and descending! The Indian scale is also called the raga Asavar.


Indian raga


Indian music

Hungarian Scale 

Another quirky minor scale that’s really useful for metal music.

Hungarian gypsy scale

Romanian Scale

A simple minor scale that yet again just sound a little different to your traditional scales.

Romanian guitar scale

Chromatic scale

By far the best scale to use. Fits into any key, works with every chord and requires 0% skill to play! Just go mash some notes and call yourself an expressionist. While you’re at it, might as well throw any resemblance of a time signature and tempo out of the window too.

One question I often get asked by Music Tech students is “What is the difference between guitar and speaker cables?”. To understand the difference, we need to look at the component parts of the cable.

Both will have a outer jacket and jack connector – no difference there.


An instrument cable carries the signal through a centre conductor, then a layer of insulation, then a braided or foil second conductor, followed by another layer of insulation or shield. This shielding keeps noise interference out, and gives you a clean guitar signal. The centre conductor has a high impedance (resistance), which matches the output of the guitar, and enables the flow of current to the amplifier.


A speaker cable has two much larger cores that are wound around each other, each with its own insulating sleeve. This means that the impedance is much lower.

In simple terms, this means that a speaker cable is unsuitable for a guitar because the cable is not sufficiently shielded (will pick up noise) and the low impedance means that the voltage to the amplifier will be very low. This will not cause any damage to systems, but your signals will be weak and degraded.

An instrument cable is unsuitable for use with speakers, because the main centre connector will not be able to carry the high levels of current effectively due to the high impedance. This can lead to overheating or even the complete failure of the cable, leading to equipment damage or short circuits if the insulation is breached.


So check your cables before using them to record! You may be using an unsuitable cable!

Long live the King.

Posted: May 15, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Guitar, Songs
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The world lost one of its greatest musicians today – a true virtuoso and legend.

Some more detail for your special focus style notes on Graham Coxon of Blur, plus lots of other interesting info on 90s guitarists. (Coxon is no 16)