Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It Might Get Loud

And it definitely does. Well worth the price of admission. While you may not agree with the choice of guitarists it's a great look at three different generations and what inspired and inspires them. Each of them take a walk back through their early days early influences. The deleted scenes are nearly as long again as the main feature.

I came away with a greater respect for Jack White. I just didn't get him before this but now I see that he and Page are not that far apart musically. Watch for the scene where White writes and records ( on an old 8 track no less) a song for the cameras. There are musicians who spend weeks in the studio trying to capture what White got down on that tape in a short period of time.

The best part was the look on Jack White and The Edge when Page ripped into "Whole Lotta Love". Like kids at a candy store.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Review on Analog War Cry

The review of my Monterey single coils and V-59 humbuckers went up today. It's a great site with tons of interesting and useful guitar related reviews on it. If you're not aware of it here's the link:

Analog War Cry


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Phil X and Gretsch Synchromatic 400

A little change of pace. Get some acoustic in ya. I just never get tired of this guy.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Snowy White - I Loved Another Woman

Awesome tone from a very under-rated player. Nice goldtop too.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Latest Copyright Infringement Case

This made me laugh. Right out loud. And I'm alone in the house so you know it's funny.



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

THANKSGIVING PHIL X!!! 1964 Gibson Firebird 01073

The year I was born. Not my favourite guitar but it sounds pretty good. Those Firebird pickups are really their own thing. They used the same parts as the regular mini but had two magnets in the coils instead of one underneath.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

How electron tubes work

Here is a cool vintage film reel by Westinghouse that explains how basic electron tubes work. Pretty interesting and informative.

Electronics at work


Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Armour Gold cables

I picked up some of these the other day out of curiosity. They got here pretty quickly, about two and a half weeks, which I can't complain about because I got free shipping.

They are beautifully made cables. Good heavy duty plugs with thick heat shrink over them. The braided covering on the cable feels very tough and is very wear resistant and is fairly flexible. Maybe a little less than the Planet Waves cable it replaced.

To my ear it sounds a little less bright than the Planet Waves. Capacitance is the key to guitar cables and these are 33 pf, which is pretty much right in the middle. I use lower output pickups which can be very bright so a cable that cuts a bit of that is exactly what is needed. If you really want to cut top end use one of those older curly cords. If you look closely at film clips from the 60's and early 70's you'll see lots of those cords.

These are excellent cables for about the same money as I paid for the Planet Waves. Ordering direct gets a discount. Here's the link:

Armour Gold


Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Peter Green Story (1/12)

There's 12 parts to this posted on youtube. Well worth watching for anyone who is interested in Green. There are interviews with Mick Fleetwood, John MacVie and Jeremy Spencer among others.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

1960 Gibson Les Paul 01013 Phil X

Phil X again with another beautiful guitar. That little Tonemaster amp is very sweet as well.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Word Detective

Not actually related to music but just a very entertaining and informative site.

The Word Detective

If you ever wondered where a certain phrase or word came from this is where you will find out. He's kept me entertained for about 8 months now so I though I would give him a plug.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

ZZ Top - Just Got Paid (Live)

Okay, now he has a guitar. A Moderne of sorts.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DunlopTV - Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top

I don't think anything needs to be said about this one.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1955 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top 00601

Phil X on another great guitar.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Eric Clapton - I'm Tore Down

From 1994. Clapton with a Gibson!!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

TOM WITTROCK | 1960 Gibson Les Paul Burst for $2000, Billy Gibbons

I happened upon a series of these videos on Youtube. I thought they were really good and wanted to share them.

Friday, June 12, 2009

What guitar player are you?

Here is a fun little quiz that I did and here are the results. Who would have thunk it? You can do the quiz for yourself with the link on the bottom of the results.

Which famous guitarist are you?
Your Result: Jimi Hendrix

You are all about jamming and just making music. You are born for making music. When you make music, you like to be with people you know well so you have a feel for them. You are in the spotlight all the time. Cut your hair, hippie!

David Gilmour
Jimmy Page
Adam Jones
Dimebag Darrell
Synyster Gates
Tom Delonge
Which famous guitarist are you?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Sunday, April 5, 2009

FET Dream

I have had this pedal for a few days now and I can honestly say it is one of the best OD pedals I have heard. And it's Canadian to boot! Made by Cause and Effect Pedals of Mississauga.

From a little "hair" to to a lot of drive the pedal retains the essential tone of your guitar. I can make my 18 watt sound like it's dimed at low volume or give it a little ( or a lot) extra at high volume.

It has a surprisingly small footprint, about two thirds the size of my Pearl Overdrive, with some great graphics and a bright blue LED to let you know when it's on. Not like you need that light but it is cool, none the less.

The web site is here and it's well worth a look if you're in the market for an OD pedal.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Jethro Tull - Aqualung (Live)

Here's one I haven't heard in years. I remember having a good giggle over the lyrics when I was younger. Now I just want to know where Martin Barre got those pants.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Plain enamel wire

I recently lucked in to a nice supply of old formula plain enamel magnet wire. It's a beautiful dark purple, almost black, and smells like magic marker. I've wound a few sets with it now and it really goes on nice. Looks the part as well, much better than the newer plain enamel formulas.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Science of Music

Here is a good video explaining the evolution of the modern tempered scale.

The Science of Music


Thursday, February 5, 2009

That Buzzing Sound

Excellent article in the New Yorker about hearing damage. I saw this posted on one of the forums and then went back to try and find it and I couldn't.

That Buzzing Sound

It's a pretty important topic for musicians so I thought it wouldn't hurt to post it here. The article actually prompted me to purchase these.

Now I can enjoy my JCM 800 on annihilate again.

Thursday, January 15, 2009