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F Bass – Alain Caron Signature
Oct19

F Bass – Alain Caron Signature

Stunning looking bass. Seriously – makes me want to be a bass player … again. Ahem – not that I ever was – I mean since the last time I wanted to be a bass player. (Hat tip to Scott Levine at http://scottsbasslessons.com/ for alerting me to this manufacturer).   fBass say: This model was developed in collaboration with Alain Caron over many years. The AC line was inspired by Alain’s desire to have one bass that could do it all, having an extended range with easy access for soloing and being able to produce anything from acoustic to modern electric tones. This wide variety of tonal possibilities is mainly due to the configuration of pickups and controls. As well as offering a “standard” magnetic tone, the piezo pickup and chambered body allows you access to acoustic tones, and the attack that an acoustic instrument offers. The two separate volumes allow you to blend the magnetic and piezo pickups in any amount of each, not limiting you to the fixed levels of a blend control. The passive tone control functions whether in passive or active mode enabling it to modify a different set of frequencies than the ones affected by the active tone controls. This bass is the “King of Fretless” with a very “BIG” sound!   http://www.fbass.com/ Share...

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Samurai by Manuel Ali
Oct18

Samurai by Manuel Ali

  http://www.gitarrenwerkstatt-lippe.de/ Share...

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Amps by Jesse Davey and Howard Wilson Robinson
Oct17

Amps by Jesse Davey and Howard Wilson Robinson

Sod beautiful guitars. How about beautiful amps? The hand-built, hand-crafted Kingtone 100 watt head by Jesse Davey and Howard Wilson Robinson.   Commissions only I believe, but pay a visit to Lindsay Wilson Guitars: Share...

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Custom Resin Top by Michael Spalt
Oct17

Custom Resin Top by Michael Spalt

I post quite a lot of images of Michael Spalt’s guitars. No apologies from me …   http://www.spaltinstruments.com/ Share...

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Aristides 020 White Gold
Jul04

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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