Well, this is the first installment of my very first blog. My job from day to day varies in terms of what, exactly, I'm working on... but stays pretty much the same in terms of an over all goal, which is to carefully listen to what people say is wrong or not quite perfect about their guitar in artistic terms and try to translate that into the physical world. I'd say about half of the time the problem is actually a physical problem... the guitar has been neglected or kept in extreme hot or cold or arid or humid conditions, the guitar hasn't ever been properly setup (which somehow never happens in the factory, even on the nicest of instruments), or the guitar is just due for some basic maintenance.
The other half of the time the problem is basically the guitar equivalent of being really thirsty and realizing that all you have is pizza.
What I mean is that the instrument that you own isn't being the medium that you had hoped it would be between your ideas and you ears. You're thinking John Fahey and when you play you're hearing Motorhead.
Now to be clear, both artists in my opinion do what they do perfectly, but perfect is not a synonym for appropriate.
Since the beginning, guitar manufacturers have touted their products as being "best," or "most versatile," or "professional." But all of that is nonsense. Every instrument has it's own sound, and with your hands and ideas (good or bad), becomes something unique. Many great records have been made with equipment that is thought of as amateur or cheap, and there are plenty of bad songs played poorly every minute of every day on really expensive vintage and boutique instruments.
Long story short- there is no right or wrong. There is happy and unhappy. If what you have suits you perfectly, gives you the sound you hear in your head, inspires you to play differently, calls out to you to be picked up whenever you walk by... it can't be wrong. Even if it's a $5 thrift store find (which my first guitar was) that has no name and is mostly held together with duct tape and charleston chews. It isn't wrong, or less-than, or inferior to a $200,000 '50's Gibson. It makes your art, it's part of you.
If it isn't all of those things, all is not lost... it can be. That's what I try to do all day, and that's what this blog will be about.
Basically, i'll be posting ideas both simple and nerdy-complicated that might help you figure out what you're looking for.
I considered going in some sort of order with this; from basics to more advanced, but have abandoned that idea. I think it'll be in some sort of order of what's on the bench that week, or if I notice a trend in hearing the same questions from different groups of people, i'll go with it. If you have any particular areas of interest, drop me a line. I may not get to it
right away, but i will certainly get to it. Thanks, and let me know what you're thinking.
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