MUSIKMESSE 2012: Bigsby

I’m way too much of a Bigsby fan. One of these days I’m probably going to get drunk and wind up with a big ‘ol Bigsby vibrato bridge tattooed on my back or something. This year Bigsby expert Adam Seutter is at Musikmesse to detail each step in the vibrato installation process. Guitar models to be included in the demonstrations are a Framus Earl Slick Signature and a Framus Mayfield (you might remember this model from Devin Townsend’s recent custom). Stop by Hall 4.1 booth E12 to check out the process and get your questions answered.

A Guitarist Answers: What’s That Stick Thing You See On Guitars Sometimes?

This post is a public service announcement for non-guitarists. Especially those who design guitar-based toys or who design cartoon characters. It’s not intended for guitarists who already know this stuff, but they might get a kick out of it anyway, and may even want to refer non-guitarists to it the next time this question comes up.

One thing I’m often asked by non-guitarists is “What’s that stick thing you see on guitars sometimes?” They’re referring to this.

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Check out Devin Townsend’s new Framus Mayfield Custom

If you’ve caught Devin Townsend live lately, you might have noticed him playing this beautiful Framus Mayfield Custom. Devin is using this guitar for his open C tuning (CGCGCE). It has a Bigsby B7 tremolo, passive MEC electronics, EMG Devil Signature set, a Graphtech Black Tusq nut, it’s made of AAA grade flamed maple body and neck, and it has a tigerstripe ebony fretboard, and check out those cool illuminated inlays on the 12th fret, headstock logo and fretboard side dots.

I had a chat with Devin backstage at the Soundwave Festival yesterday and he mentioned how he loved combining the 50s look of the hollowbody shape and the Bigsby bridge, with the EMG active humbuckers and low tuning. He’s also got a Sadowski Telecaster on the way, which I think will be really cool – I loved the ESP Telecasters he used in the Infinity era.

Wait a minute. [Record Scratch]. EMG Devil Signature Set? Check out the logos on the pickups. Cool!

Now, this is a Framus Custom Shop instrument rather than a commercially available signature model, and it’s a great example of what Framus can do. Check out their site for more info and a gallery of beautiful customs.

Oh and he’s a video of the guitar in action at Devin’s show here in Melbourne the other night.

And here’s a great interview with Soundwave TV about Devin’s next album, Epicloud, which he’ll be recording in Perth, Australia after Soundwave wraps up.

NAMM 2012: Fender Custom Shop goodies

Hands down, one of the best things about NAMM is seeing all the sweet Fender Custom Shop stuff in one room.

How about this: Jaguar with select Alder body, Oval C-shaped neck, 7.25″ fretboard radius, vintage frets, Vintage ’62 Jaguar pickups, binding and block inlays. MSRP $9,700.

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NAMM 2012: Year Of The Sea Foam Green

One thing that really, really stood out to me at NAMM this year was the prevalence of Sea Foam Green. It’s not quite blue, it’s not quite green, but it’s definitely cool this year. Hell, Steve Vai seems to like this shade so much that it features on his new signature Ibanez Jem70V Premium model and his new Carvin Legacy III amplifier. See?

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Gibson Midtown Standard with Bigsby

Now, you probably know that I’m a bit of a Bigsby geek (and you can see my article on how to set up this notoriously fickle tremolo here), so I’m pretty stoked about the existence of this guitar: the Gibson Midtown Standard with Bigsby. I know, right? “What do you mean you’re into Bigsbys and F-holes, Peter? You’re into pointy guitars, 7-strings, flouro paint jobs and high output pickups!” Well, yeah, sometimes, but the first guitars I ever lusted after were Bigsby-loaded F-hole-totin’ old-timey axes, and the Midtown Standard with Bigsby captures that vibe quite nicely, thank you very much.
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Buy the Gibson Midtown Standard with Bigsby at Musician’s Friend in red or ebony

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From Gibson.com:

“What if you married the best attributes of Gibson’s classic archtops together with the innovative solid-body designs Gibson USA currently offers? Taking a cue from our past, Gibson USA mixes historic design with modern styling to come up with the ultimate hybrid Gibson, a new breed of electric guitar that offers ultimate “Tonestry.” This new Gibson recipe creates a whole new level of sonic versatility, resulting in an instrument that’s perfect for an amazingly wide range of musical genres. With a trimmed-down and more player friendly body size that still emulates the best of Gibson tradition, built with solid-wood construction rather than a laminated top and back, the Midtown Standard with Bigsby® truly embodies the optimum marriage of solidbody and archtop—and its twin ‘57 Classic humbuckers, top-notch hardware, and Bigsby® vibrato tailpiece are just the icing on the cake.”