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Aristides 020 White Gold

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Aristides 020 White Gold

It’s not often that the first thing that has you fall in love with a guitar is the tone. I had not come across Aristides Instruments until a couple of days ago when Jordy Markus contacted me. I browsed the website and what took my eye most was this 020 ‘White Gold’ model. What blew me away, though, was this video demo: Just love that clean tone! I know there’s bags of reverb there, but what a warm, open, but amazingly sparkly tone? There are plenty of video demos on the Aristides website if you want to explore the high gain possibilities and some guitars are brilliant instruments for metal. Where does that tone come from though? Well, these guitars are not made from wood. They are made from a material called Arium. To quote from the website: Arium is a material produced from different special resins and microscopically small vibrationsensitive glass particles. A wear-resistant cover made of glass and carbon fiber protects the sensitive mixture when it is inserted in its Aluminum mould. The material has several advantages as compared to wood: wood cannot vibrate in the direction of the fiber and it therefore forces sound waves to resonate only two-dimensionally. Arium in contrast, has no fiber structure and it vibrates three-dimensionally, which does not only extend the sustain considerably, but also enhances the acoustic sound volume. As it does not contain any water, it is more stable than wood, it reacts less to temperature fluctuations and humidity, has a conspicuously more stable tuning, and requires less maintenance. Fifteen years of research led to a tonematerial with amazing acoustic features. The possibility to build an one-piece construction combined with the unique cell-structure of the material resulted in a revolutionary property: the sound waves could resonate three dimensional without any disruption throughout the whole instrument. Well – hearing is believing. Would love to get my hands on one some day! http://www.aristidesinstruments.com/ Share...

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Gittler Guitars

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Gittler Guitars

Gittler Guitars are back! The most unique, revolutionary guitar of the 20th century is now a 21st century marvel. The Gittler Guitar is a striking minimalist design incorporating rounded cylindrical and ergonomic features. The guitar is manufactured entirely of 6AL-4V aircraft grade Titanium. With only 60 models made during the 1980’s, the original guitar became a legendary and iconic symbol of think-forward design. Allan Gittler, the creator of the instrument, was a visionary musician who aimed to dispel the common misconceptions embraced by guitar players since the 1930’s. His goal, and ours, is to provide modern guitarists a foundation from which to build their personal tone. We at Gittler Instruments maintain that a musician should begin to develop his or her signature sound by starting with the purest signal, completely absent of coloration. Just as a painter begins with a blank canvas, we believe each musical journey should begin with the bare principles of vibration and gain. http://gittlerinstruments.com/ Share...

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#141 by Peter Malinoski

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#141 by Peter Malinoski

Here’s a new one by Peter Malinoski – don’t think he’s got a name for it yet … http://www.malinoskiguitar.com/index.html Share...

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Bonetops by Michael Spalt

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Bonetops by Michael Spalt

Another one on the way from Michael Spalt. Amazing. http://www.spaltinstruments.com/ Share...

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The Maiden by Francis Guitars

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The Maiden by Francis Guitars

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Squid by Ben Reuters

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Squid by Ben Reuters

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A ’68 Gibson Les Paul – in sparkly blue … with killer whales!

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A ’68 Gibson Les Paul – in sparkly blue … with killer whales!

Bruce Johnson from Toronto sent me these pics of his Les Paul which he has owned for 17 years. Apart from the fact that it has a blue sparkle finish with a killer whale motif (!), it’s interesting from a back-story point of view. In Bruce’s own words: The story I heard from the guy I bought it from was the the fellow who painted it did four guitars like this. One for Clapton (supposedly a Strat), one for Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick (an Explorer), one for Jimmy Page ( a tele) and the one I have, with no word on who the supposedly famous guitarist was that it was owned by or intended for. Makes for a fun story with no way of backing it up, and all the research I’ve done leads to dead ends …. except … Clapton had a Strat that he sold in one of his auctions. The last I heard, the Hard Rock chain had it at their Chicago location. I’ve seen pictures of it and it has airbrushed snow leopards within a gold metallic sparkle paint scheme and looks like  a brother to my LP. Spooky. As for the guitar? There’s something in the wood, it weighs a ton  (5 kilos actually) and would completely impractical to play with live. But sitting down with it on your knee it plays beautifully and sounds gorgeous. Share...

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Modulo Tipo 3 by Italia

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Modulo Tipo 3 by Italia

It’s pink and sparkly. http://www.italiaguitars.com Share...

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Eclipse by Adamovic

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Eclipse by Adamovic

If I were a bassist: http://www.adamovic.nl/2basses/Custom/EC.htm Share...

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Devil’s Guitars by Eric Boucher

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Devil’s Guitars by Eric Boucher

I can only find a MySpace link for this guy:  http://www.myspace.com/devilsguitars Share...

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