David Byrne’s ‘Guitar Pedals’ installation

Check out David Byrne’s Guitar Pedals art installation:

“An interactive art piece consisting of a grid of 96 guitar effects pedals that are wired together, as well as a guitar and an amplifier. As people step on the different pedals they activate various effects, which multiply over one another, creating a dynamic sonic experience.”

Interactive Guitar Pedal Art Installation — by David Byrne from Todo Mundo on Vimeo.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Agile Partners GuitarToolkit 2.0


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Agile Partners Announces GuitarToolkit 2.0

Featuring All-New iPad Version and GuitarToolkit+ Upgrade for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, December 15, 2011 – Agile Partners, a leading developer of iOS apps for guitar players, today announced GuitarToolkit 2.0, featuring an all-new iPad version that is free for existing GuitarToolkit users and the GuitarToolkit+ Upgrade, an in-app purchase that adds Chord Sheets, Custom Instruments, and Advanced Metronome.

One of the App Store’s top-rated apps for guitar players, GuitarToolkit was introduced on the opening day of the App Store in July, 2008 and has received thousands of five-star ratings from customers around the world. Recognized as an iPhone Hall of Fame inductee, GuitarToolkit on iPhone, iPod touch, and now iPad is a collection of essential tools for guitar players: an extremely accurate tuner, a precision metronome, an extensive library of chords, scales and arpeggios, standard and alternate tunings, and more. In addition to 6, 7 and 12-string guitar, GuitarToolkit also supports 4, 5 and 6-string bass, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, with chords, scales, arpeggios and alternate tunings for each instrument.

“We redesigned GuitarToolkit specifically for iPad to take advantage of the large screen and power of the device,” said John Berry, a principal at Agile Partners. “The large, high-resolution screen is perfect for displaying the interactive Chord Sheets that are included in the new GuitarToolkit+ Upgrade. Users can capture chord progressions and song ideas by adding any combination of chords from GuitarToolkit’s vast chord library. You can touch any chord on a chord sheet to hear it play, print the entire chord sheet to an AirPrint-enabled printer, and email a PDF of the chord sheet to a band member or student,” said Berry.

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NAMM 2012: Dean Markley Commemorative 40th Anniversary Acoustic Guitars

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SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA DECEMBER 13, 2011 – In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Dean Markley is issuing a limited-edition run of acoustic guitars. Nine models are now available, with 25 guitars in each series. These finely crafted instruments are made of solid wood, with bookmatched backs, sides and tops, ebony fretboards and bridges, and gold plated hardware.   Distributors and retailers can place their orders now and all models will be on display during the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show January 19 in Anaheim, California.
All limited-edition Dean Markley acoustic guitars have a five-ply hardshell cases with plush interior. Cases retail for $200 MSRP.
Dean Markley Talks about the Dean Markley Limited-Edition Acoustic Guitars:
DM-41
“The original model DM-41 is a sight to behold, and even more to play and hear. Gloss finish, bookmatched Indian rosewood back and sides, sitka spruce top, one-piece mahogany neck. Gold tuning pegs with tortoise-style buttons with an 18-1 ratio. Abalone purfling with maple outer edging, maple-strip ‘neck’ and ‘back’ outer-edge binding. Abalone fingerboard inlay, 24kt gold-plated stereo end pin jack, ready to accept any two pickups and come out in stereo. Compare this to the competition: the DM-41 sounds better, feels better and looks better.”  $4,950 MSRP
DM-41N
“This is the same guitar as the DM-41. The name was changed because there were a couple of minor bracing movements and a thinner finish than the DM-41 giving it a beautiful and rich sounding. This particular run of DM-41N’s features beautiful three-piece necks for super stability.” $4950 MSRP

Firebird X and the Evolution of the Intelligent Guitar

Check out my latest for Gibson.com: Firebird X and the Evolution of the Intelligent Guitar. I’ve really enjoyed watching all this stuff develop over the last few years, and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future. As for the Firebird X specifically, I’d love to see a cheaper version in black with white binding, a rosewood fretboard and block inlays. Wouldn’t that be cool?

 

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Way Huge Red Llama Overdrive

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PRESENTING THE WAY HUGE RED LLAMA OVERDRIVE

The often imitated but never duplicated thunder of the Red Llama is back! This is not a reproduction, but a continuation of where the groundbreaking archetype left off in 1999. Every single feature that made the Red Llama so mighty is still in place, right where Mr. Huge left them.

 

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