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The World’s First Fretted / Fretless String Instrument

Think about a guitar that can convert from fretted situation to fretless.. It’s very easy to do that when you are playing the instrument. It uses a rounded facet in fretted mode and a flat facet in fretless mode.  The principle behind the mechanism is a rotating fret.

Let’s see some videos how that frets work..

Convertible (Fretted/Fretless) Bass Guitar Demo


Convertible 6 String Electric Guitar

 According to MIKEY GUITAR (the manufacturer of these instruments) These instruments do not need for maintenance or adjustment. the meterials used for making the frets are polished stainless steel for long life. The frets require no lubrication.

They have also had a stress test to prove the durability of the mechanism. The mechanism was hooked up between two solenoids and driven back and forth. A counter kept track of the cycles. The “clack clack” sound of the solenoids drove everyone nuts but, over the course of 8 weeks, the mechanism was cycled 1,000,581 times. That’s equal if you switch 20 time back and forth a day for about 137 years. there is no signs of wear in this observation.

Story of Jackson Guitars

A guy named Grover Jackson owns the Jackson Guitar Brand.  Jackson Guitars started with the “Rhoads” V model guitar, originally designed and used by guitarist Randy Rhoads.

Jackson Guitars has become known for its slender and elegant models, these guitars have an aggressive look and they are pretty popular with harder rock and metal music players.

During the Fall of 2002, Fender has purchased Jackson/Charvel, and manufacturing plant was moved to the Fender factory in Corona, CA.

If you are a fan of hard rock or metal music, and trying to decide which electric guitar to pick, I’d recommend buying a used Jackson guitar.  I like the sound and quality.

Cort Electric Guitar Review

One of my friends has asked my opinion about Cort electric guitars.  I have never played a Cort electric guitar, but will stop by one of the local guitar shops and try one out.

Cort electric guitar prices seem pretty reasonable, and there are some good reviews at guitar review sites.

While searching youtube for cort guitar videos, I’ve found this test video for cort electric guitar:

I was wondering if anybody owns a cort electric guitar, and would like to share their views on it?

Free Guitar Lessons by Gibson

There are many websites that offer free guitar lessons.  Most of them are packed with ads, affiliate offers, etc.  It’s rare that you find a quality free guitar lessons site.

Since the day I’ve played a Gibson Les Paul Standard, I’ve been a big fan of Gibson Guitars.  Gibson’s website has a Free Guitar Lessons section.

If you like to watch the video of a 16 Note A Minor Pentatonic, or 12 Bar Blues or even a Standard 12 Bar Blues, Gibson’s guitar lessons site is a great place.

You can also download over 200 songs at Gibson’s Download Section.

It’s always great for guitar players to find free guitar lessons of any level online.  I hope Gibson takes this section seriously, and keeps adding more tutorials, videos and podcasts to their site.

Also if you play the classical guitar, remember to check Classical Guitar Sheet Music post I’ve written about free sheet music resources.

Paco De Lucia , John McLaughlin , Al Di Meola Guitar Concert

If you haven’t watched this legendary guitar concert, you have to watch it.  Great three guitar players Paco De Lucia , John McLaughlin , Al Di Meola are playing together.

Enjoy the guitar:

Finding a Musician For Your Local Band

Local bands are inspiring part of communities.  Most local bands are formed by close friends, and usually they play for fun, not for the money.

But sometimes a friend or a band member must leave the band for different reasons.  And the rest of the band members need to find somebody new.  In the old days, finding a musician for your local band was one of the hardest things.  Now, with the help of internet, it is much easier.

Most of the bands around me use Craigslist for finding a new band member.  Craigslist even has a Musicians Category (Change New York to your location) under their Community section.  Bands advertise here for free to find new members.  There are even some ads about starting a band.  So, if you decide to start your own band, it would be a great place to find the other band members.

How do you go with finding a musician for your local band?  Do you use Craigslist? Are there other websites out there that helped you?

Pablo Sáinz Villegas Classical Guitar Concert in New York City

Summer is almost here, and there are many concerts and tours starting around the country.  This tuesday (May 27, 2008, at 8:00 pm) Pablo Sáinz Villegas will have a classical guitar concert in New York City.

If you live in NYC or visiting, do not miss this classical guitar concert.

Here’s more information about the concert and Pablo Sáinz Villegas:


Merkin Hall
129 West 67th Street
New York City


May 27, 2008, at 8:00 pm

About Pablo Sáinz Villegas:

By capturing the Gold Medal Stotsenberg Prize at the inaugural Parkening International Guitar Competition, Pablo Sáinz Villegas has quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. He has performed in over twenty countries and on such prestigious stages as Milan’s Sala Verdi, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. 
Recipient of more than twenty-eight international awards including the Andrés Segovia award, Mr. Sáinz Villegas has been soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, the National Orchestra of Brazil and Orquesta de Radio Televisión Espanola, among others.  
Engagements this season include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and concerts in the Lincoln Center in New York, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Musikverein in Vienna, National Auditorium in Madrid and Spivey Hall in Atlanta, among others.  

Phone for more information: 212-501-3303
Website: http://www.pablosainzvillegas.com/