Ah, a lot of new buzz these days around the Led Zeppelin suit, alleging that the mighty rockers are nothing but plagiarist. Specifically when it comes to their trademark hit and the one song you MUST not play when in a guitar store: Stairway To Heaven, of course, and the controversy around who came up with the riff first, Randy California of Spirit or the four lads from Great Britain.
I don’t know a lot about him, but I certainly remembered his name when I read about the death of ex-Wings guitarist and Paul McCartney collaborator Henry McCullough. He is know for his contributions to the famous James Bond theme “Live and Let Die” as well as his chart topper “My Love”. But Sir Paul was not the only one McCullough worked with since he started his journey as a full time musician. Other business great including Joe Cocker, Donovan and Marianne Faithful, just to name a few, are among the renowned colleagues he made and recorded music with.
Not the best title, I realize that. But nonetheless, this is not about my deficiencies in grammar, but rather regarding a young man with autism – his name is Zayne Harshaw – and his passion for blues guitar. And how that passion changed his life to the better.
Is Eric Clapton really struggling to play guitar due to nerve damage? That would be sad indeed. While I’m not the biggest Clapton fan, I sure am super found of his early stuff, specifically – but not exclusively – the couple of years he spent with Cream.
Oh-oh, that’s one of those dreaded guitar questions, isn’t it? Maple vs. Rosewood Fingerboards! Some people are convinced that there is not even a noticeable, but actually rather significant difference in tone and not just the way they feel. Personally, I have my doubts that there actually is that much of a gap, as a matter of fact, I would go as far as saying that if there is in fact a difference, it’s marginal at best. And as such, to me, irrelevant when it comes to the sound and tone question with regard to Rosewood vs. Maplewood neck.
Just when you think you’ve probably seen it all, there it is; meet the ‘Match Guitar’, and electric guitar completely made of matches. And yes, it actually works. So, who’s behind this rather unique idea and how would anyone think of taking 40,000 matches to design and build a full-fletched electric guitar?
Alright, I admittedly don’t know anything about guitar cigar boxes. I just realized, I actually never ever seen one of those other than on videos or TV. With that said, I was really blown away when I read this nice article (with videos) about the 2016 Cigar Box Guitar Festival in Webster Groves.