Following on from my previous blog, guitar security and theft prevention is worth thinking about. Here we have the Kensington Lock of the guitar world: The Rock Lock.
It’s a simple idea, that you lock your guitar to something larger to prevent your guitar being stolen. Perhaps it’s the handle of your 4×12, or part of the drum kit. Either way, it makes it harder for a thief to put your guitar under a long coat and walk off with it.
Check it out over at www.therocklockcompany.com
Here’s a lucky chap, who had recorded his guitars serial number before his beloved Telecaster was stolen. Meaning when he happened upon it being for sale on eBay 6 years later, he could contact the police and get it back. I would assume you’d need photographic proof and perhaps have registered it before it was stolen, and likewise informed the police of the theft already… BUT it was worth it in the end!
Check out the full story over at Star Tribune.
Oh boy was this a good find. I often use a very thick plectrum when playing fat riffs, but if there’s a clean passage in the middle of a song, it’s hard to do it justice with the brutal attack that a non flexing thick guitar pick gives you… Well here’s the answer! A pick/plectrum that is really a pair of different thickness plectrums in one.
It’s called the Duoplec, and you can buy them online for very little money. For example they’re shipped from Australia, and it’s still less than £10 including delivery for a pack of 5. Obviously the more you buy the cheaper it becomes per pick.
Check them out at
Do you have a POD HD500, HD Bean or HD Pro? Well you’re in for a treat. Line 6 have released a free update for you with some great additions.
If you want more DSP, then you can configure a POD HD500 and a POD HD Pro (or multiple POD HD Pro’s) daisy chained using an S/PDIF and a MIDI cable, and configure your 1st device to control effects on the 2nd device. This means that you can potentially run half your single signal chain on each unit, while still having total control, and keeping your audio in the digital domain. OR you could run dual tones (1 on each) and have more DSP intensive FX in your chain… Like if you want to have, say 8 complex reverbs… (kidding). That dual tone approach is possible because the Pro has a dry output which you could feed back to the HD500′s or another Pro’s input… As we don’t like dirty signal degrading Y cables!
I blogged a while back that Line 6 had announced the impending release of their premium iPhone4/iPad/iPad2 audio interface. Well I’ve just heard that Mobile In (the interface) has started shipping, and Mobile POD (the free amplifier and effects simulator app) is available to install from the App Store. Watch this space for a full review coming in the next few weeks.
There really are some sick people in this world… A man dies, and in his coffin is placed his beloved Fender Telecaster, only to have some grave digger decide that it’s worth too much to be left in his coffin, and so swipes it! For The Love of God, what was he thinking?
Read the full article at Mail Online
Rechargeable batteries are all well and good, and for some applications they are the best option: For me though, I’m not willing to trust rechargeable batteries in my guitar wireless because they don’t output 1.5volts (they usually output 1.2volts) and when rechargeables start to run down, they can sudenly drop all power, which would be bad if I’m in the middle of a gig. So regardless of the green issue, or spending money on batteries, I will be sticking to AA Alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries.
There are so many clichés for musicians, but here’s a top 10 just for Lead Guitarists put together by Musicradar.com
Has Richard Gere got a bit short on cash these days? Perhaps… Or maybe he’s just got bored of storing 106 guitars, and decided he wants the room for some other hobby as he gets older.
Check out the BBC News article for more info.