June 25, 2013
While on the subject of electric guitars, we should probably discuss how the sound is translated from something organic into something electric. The technology that allows this to happen is analogous to the technology that allows a record to be heard through the use of a small needle. It is also similar to the way a CD drive’s laser reads a CD, or how a tape recorder can read magnetic signals. There is a form of communication that happens between two devices – and during that transition, the sound needs to be transmitted without the noise and interference of outside sources.
A guitar with a single pickup will be much noisier than a guitar with two pickups. That sound is picked up from the fingers when they slide across the frets of a guitar. A bad needle will perform in a similar manner. It will pick up the pops and …
May 10, 2013
What makes a guitar a guitar? This is not one of those silly philosophical questions, but more of a practical one. How do we define in words what an instrument really is? Does it have to do with the type of sound it makes? Or perhaps it has to be able to make that sound without the help of computers or digital add-ons. I would say that by nature a guitar is supposed to be a stringed instrument that responds to the touch. I would say that without strings and frets on a guitar, there is no guitar at all. A good counter argument would be something like a Guitar Hero guitar. It has no strings at all, yet it resembles a guitar and few would stop short of calling it one.
Perhaps a guitar is nothing more than a body that holds an instrument around the neck. That is …