GUEST POST: Reducing String Breakage

joe C tele bridge exit holes post ramped smoothOkay, so we are all guitar players here, bass players, stage techs, play a bit of drums, FOH etc. Well I am (at best) below average at most of the above. Fortunately, I’m pretty handy at repairing – so I’ll try to give hints and tips through this blog, to get you through ‘the battle’ of the gig and on to fight another ‘war.’ Today’s subject is maybe one for a day off, or pre-tour if you get the chance. It’s really easy and often overlooked, and will make a huge difference to tuning and string breakage issues. If you want the straight up fix – scroll down direct to THE SOLUTION. Read More …

Most Metal Thing Ever: Giant Screaming Fireskull In Space

screamingskullRemember those great old Yamaha guitar ads with the tagline ‘Naked Girls And Flaming Skulls Don’t Make A Guitar Work Better. Unfortunately’? Well, sure, that may be true, but it certainly doesn’t diminish the awesome metal power of The Screaming Flaming Skull In Space. Or, to be more accurate, planetary nebula Sh2-68. Estimated to be at least 45,000 years old, the diffuse orange emission to the upper right is the result of the planetary nebula’s motion through the disk of our galaxy, while the bluish interior is from energized oxygen atoms. The progenitor star is the very blue star at the center of the bluish gas. But as cool as all that stuff is – and I’m rather into astronomy – it’s nowhere near as cool nor as metal as the fact that there’s a giant screaming flaming skull in space. Read More …