20 03 2010

If you’re looking for a guitar pick, there’s no shortage of different shapes, styles and materials available for you to choose from. Customized picks have been prevalent since the days when Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick would throw hundreds of them out into the audience. In fact, most famous guitarists have their own custom guitar pick. Even among the myriad of different styles, some plectrums are more unique than others. The world’s most expensive guitar picks are some of those.

Starpics, an Australian company known for plectrums made of precious metals, created a completely unique pair of guitar picks. Like their other picks, they’re guaranteed to last pretty much forever and to significantly reduce string breakage. So what makes these picks so special?

They’re made of meteors.

World’s most expensive guitar picks

These two luxury picks were fashioned from pieces of Gibeon meteorite. Said to be around 4 billion years old, Gibeon meteorites were discovered in 1836 in Namibia, Africa, where their sale and export were banned by the local government. Despite that fact, over twenty-five tons of the meteorites have been recovered and it is the most commonly found meteorite on the market today. One of the most interesting things about the meteorites is the pattern of Widmanstatten lines created by their frigid passage through space. These patterns are preserved in the picks and can be seen in the picture .(linked up)

The most expensive guitar picks in the world are priced at $5,000 AUD ($4,674 USD).


Cheap guitar?

17 03 2010

Blackie, Eric Clapton’s favorite mid-career modified Strat has been surpassed in value and is no longer the most expensive guitar ever, despite that it was bought for $950,000 USD in 2004 by a guitar archaeologist.

The latest most expensive electric guitar in the world dethroned its predecessor at an auction in Doha, Qatar on November 16th, 2005. The Strat was signed by several rock musicians to benefit a tsunami charity, ‘Reach out to Asia’. It was bought one year ago by Qatar’s royal family for a million dollars and donated back to the Asia Program, bringing in $2.7 million USD at the more recent auction, whose attendees included Former President Bill Clinton. Technically, the guitar has generated a total of $3.7 million USD, making it the most expensive guitar yet.

Signees of this expensive electric guitar included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus & Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard, and Bryan Adams, the coordinator of the project.

Weird guitars.

5 03 2010

I’ll not post the images as I did in the other posts.I guess it’s annoying to just scroll down again and again and again…and again.and again again.and again again and again….I’ll post them links on the words in a upcoming description about each we go:

1.– Gun guitar

Play and kill at the same time with the Gun guitar.

2.-Pikasso guitar

The Pikasso guitar was built for Pat Meheny by luthier Linda Manzer in 1984 and it has 42 strings.

3.– Cigar box guitar

As it’s name says,the cigar box guitar is for players with few money.It’s handmade and has quite a good sound.

4.Toilet seat guitar

This toilet seat guitar includes all the accessories for making it look very real, like the turd and the toilet paper. Makes me wonder, does it sound like sh*t?

5.-Harp guitar

For some people (like me) it’s difficult enough to play the guitar, leave alone if it is combined with a harp. This is a combination of two instruments in one, and there are thousands of models, with different number of strings and configuration.

6.Skate guitar

The first combination of a guitar, a bass and a transport. Get on stage, play the damn thing and be the first to leave on your skate. Just take care of not stepping on the strings.

7.The Angel guitar

Ever heard of YOUR angel?Now this is more than that,cause this angel can fight,sing and also protect you from nightmares…pretty sure it’s price is bigger than these advantages.

8.Angel’s sword guitar

Hmmm..guess your angel died fighting a robber or something…now it’s your turn.Grab this..uhm..guitar..or sword..and go kick some of those haters.

9…Another guitar

I won’t describe this guitar.I don’t want to.

10.Scissors double neck guitar.

You can cut your…sound..with this one


You can tell me what this is..or what is it for?

12.Fresh guitar.

Now this is a nice guitar..Isn’t it?

13.Skull guitar

I guess it’s fake..I hope so.

And I’ll end here..It’s already too much.

Eric Clapton in Bucharest!

25 02 2010

Eric Clapton will perform In Bucharest in June

Eric Clapton
Photo: Hotnews

Eric Clapton will perform in Bucharest in June, on the Iolanda Balas Soter national rugby field, according to The Eric Clapton Fan Club Magazine. The concert is part of the artist’s 2010 European tour. Eric Clapton announced on December 7 the European tour date, which will start in May next year. The first concert is scheduled for Birmingham, Great Britain, on May 18 and the last performance will take place on June 13 in Istanbul.

Before his solo career, Clapton performed alongside several bands: the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream and Blind Faith.

Musical critics and international charts consider him one of the best guitarists of his generation. Eric Patrick Clapton was born was born on March 30 1945 and is also known under the nickname of Slowhand.

Clapton ranked 4 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, and 53 for the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” category.


Concert Eric Clapton si Steve Winwood la Bucuresti

Scris de Marian pe 8 Dec 2009 la 2:41 pm in Bilete Concerte, Concerte, Rock
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11 Jun 2010

Vineri, 11 iunie 2010, de la ora 20:30, Eric Clapton si Steve Winwood vor sustine un concert la Bucuresti, pe stadionul de rugby Iolanda Balas Soter.

Turneul european al celor doi, “Two legends – one live experience“, va debuta pe 18 mai 2010, in Marea Britanie si se va incheia pe 13 iunie la Istanbul, in Turcia. Turneul va mai cuprinde si Germania, Franta, Suedia, Olanda, Serbia si Austria.

Eric Clapton este un chitarist de blues-rock britanic, compozitor si interpret, nascut in 1945. Descris deseori de critici şi fani ca fiind unul dintre cei mai buni chitaristi din istorie, Clapton s-a clasat pe locul al patrulea in topul revistei Rolling Stone “100 cei mai buni chitaristi ai tuturor timpurilor”.

Stilul lui Clapton a variat de-a lungul carierei sale, dar intotdeauna a ramas conectat la blues. Totodata, el este creditat drept un inovator in numeroase genuri, precum blues-rock, psychedelic rock, pop (piesa “Change the World”), reggae (“I Shot the Sheriff”, cover după Bob Marley). Doua dintre cele mai de succes inregistrari ale sale sunt piesele “Layla” şi “Crossroads”.

Steve Winwood este un cantautor englez, nascut in 1948, care compune si interpreteaza rock, blues-rock si jazz. Steve canta cu voce de tenor si este un multiinstrumentalist. In 2008, revista Rolling Stone l-a clasat pe locul 33 in topul “100 cei mai buni cantareti ai tuturor timpurilor”, iar in decursul carielei sale a castigat numeroase premii Grammy.

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Top Ten Guitarists of All time(in my opinion)

29 01 2009

It isn’t too easy to decide who gets the first place,or the second ,in this top.There isn’t any official top ten of guitarists,only subjective charts,or maybe vote-made ones.Still,here is my own subjective one.It’s very hard to decide their order…I added some videos,for those who are curious.

10.Carlos Santana-Samba Pa Ti

9.John Frusciante-Don’t Forget Me

8.Eric Clapton-Layla

7.Pink Floyd-Comfortably Numb

6.Zakk Wylde-Farewell Ballad

5.Jimmy Hendrix-Voodoo Child (slight return)

4.Eddie Van Halen-Eruption

3.Brian May-Last Horizon

2.Slash (Solo’s)

1.Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing

Construction & Components

15 01 2009


Guitars can be constructed to meet the demands of both left and right-handed players. Traditionally the dominant hand is assigned the task of plucking or strumming the strings. For the majority of people this entails using the right hand. This is because musical expression (dynamics, tonal expression, color, etc.) is largely determined by the plucking hand, while the fretting hand is assigned the lesser mechanical task of depressing and gripping the strings. This is similar to the convention of the violin family of instruments where the right hand controls the bow. Left-handed players generally choose a left-handed (mirror) instrument, although some play in a standard right-handed manner, others play a standard right-handed guitar reversed, and still others (for example Jimi Hendrix) play a right-handed guitar strung in reverse. This last configuration differs from a true left-handed guitar in that the saddle is normally angled in such a way that the bass strings are slightly longer than the treble strings to improve intonation. Reversing the strings therefore reverses the relative orientation of the saddle (negatively affecting intonation), although in Hendrix’ case this is believed to have been an important element in his unique sound.

  1. Headstock
  2. Nut
  3. Machine heads (or pegheads, tuning keys, tuning machines, tuners)
  4. Frets
  5. Truss rod
  6. Inlays
  7. Neck
  8. Heel (acoustic) – Neckjoint (electric)
  9. Body
  10. Pickups
  11. Electronics
  12. Bridge
  13. Pickguard
  14. Back
  15. Soundboard (top)
  16. Body sides (ribs)
  17. Sound hole, with Rosette inlay
  18. Strings
  19. Saddle
  20. Fretboard (or Fingerboard)

  1. Nut
  2. Machine heads (or pegheads, tuning keys, tuning machines, tuners)
  3. Frets
  4. Truss rod
  5. Inlays
  6. Neck
  7. Heel (acoustic) – Neckjoint (electric)
  8. Body
  9. Pickups
  10. Electronics
  11. Bridge
  12. Pickguard
  13. Back
  14. Soundboard (top)
  15. Body sides (ribs)
  16. Sound hole, with Rosette inlay
  17. Strings
  18. Saddle
  19. Fretboard (or Fingerboard)


3 01 2009

Before the development of the electric guitar and the use of synthetic materials, a guitar was defined as being an instrument having “a long, fretted neck, flat wooden soundboard, ribs, and a flat back, most often with incurved sides”. The term is used to refer to a number of related instruments that were developed and used across Europe beginning in the 12th century and, later, in the Americas.These instruments are descended from ones that existed in ancient central Asia and India. For this reason guitars are distantly related to modern instruments from these regions, including the tanbur, the setar, and the sitar. The oldest known iconographic representation of an instrument displaying the essential features of a guitar is a 3,300 year old stone carving of a Hittite bard.

The modern word “guitar” and its predecessors applied to a wide variety of cordophones since ancient times and as such is a cause of confusion. The English word “guitar”, the German “gitarre”, and the French “guitare”, were adopted from the Spanish word guitarra, which comes from the Andalusian Arabic qitara (قيثارة),[5] itself derived from the Latin of the Roman empire, cithara, which in turn came from the earlier Greek word kithara (κιθάρα), a descendant of Old Persian sihtar ( سی تار) (Tar means string in Persian).

The guitar is descended from the Roman cithara brought by the Romans to Hispania around 40 AD, and further adapted and developed with the arrival of the four-string oud, brought by the Moors after their conquest of Iberia in the 8th century. Elsewhere in Europe, the indigenous six-string Scandinavian lut (lute), had gained in popularity in areas of Viking incursions across the continent. Often depicted in carvings c. 800 AD, the Norse hero Gunther (also known as Gunnar), played a lute with his toes as he lay dying in a snake-pit, in the legend of Siegfried. By 1200 AD, the four-string “guitar” had evolved into two types: the guitarra moresca (Moorish guitar), which had a rounded back, wide fingerboard, and several soundholes—and the guitarra latina (Latin guitar), which resembled the modern guitar with one soundhole and a narrower neck. In the 14th and 15th centuries the qualifiers “moresca” and “latina” were dropped and these four course instruments were simply called guitars.

The Spanish vihuela or (in Italian) “viola da mano”, a guitar-like instrument of the 15th and 16th centuries, is often considered a major influence in the development of the modern guitar. It had six courses (usually), lute-like tuning in fourths and a guitar-like body, although early representations reveal an instrument with a sharply-cut waist. It was also larger than the contemporary four course guitars. By the late 15th century some vihuelas began to be played with a bow, leading to the development of the viol. By the sixteenth century the vihuela’s construction had more in common with the modern guitar, with its curved one-piece ribs, than with the viols, and more like a larger version of the contemporary four-course guitars. The vihuela enjoyed only a short period of popularity in Spain and Italy during an era dominated elsewhere in Europe by the lute; the last surviving published music for the instrument appeared in 1576. Meanwhile the five-course baroque guitar, which was documented in Spain from the middle of the 16th century, enjoyed popularity, especially in Spain, Italy and France from the late 16th century to the mid 18th century. Confusingly, in Portugal, the word vihuela referred to the guitar, whereas guitarra meant the “Portuguese guitar”, a variety of cittern.

Wikipedia & YouTube.