Month: February 2010

The Most Expensive Bass Guitar

I’ve been trawling through the web doing a preliminary recce of what there might be out there to populate a new blog on beautiful and exotic guitars and came across this.It is the ‘Flora Aurum’ by German luthier, Jens Ritter. He is already quite well known for creating high end, boutique instruments for – well, how shall I put it? – stinking rich bass players. His instruments normally sell for between £3,000 and £10,000, but this one completely takes the biscuit having been valued at $250,000! How come? The face of the bass bears a floral pattern fingerboard developed...

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Drool: Joe Bonamassa’s guitar & gear collection

Just click anywhere to get the bigger picture! UPDATE: I don’t know when this photo was taken – nor do I know it’s provenance – I found it in the forums on Joe Bonamassa’s official site and in turn, it came originally from the MyLesPaul forum. However, the point is, it’s a little out of date as it doesn’t include his recent Ernie Ball Music Man acquisitions. Happily, I have a few pics taken at a recent gig in Nottingham and here they...

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Very nice review of ‘Standing with Stones’ at About.com

ORIGINAL ARTICLE AT ABOUT.COM  Michael Bott (director). 2009 (DVD). Standing With Stones – A Journey Through Megalithic Europe. Written and presented by Rupert Soskin, produced and directed by Michael Bott. 2 hours and 15 minutes, plus 1.5 hours of features. Illuminated Word, copyright 2007. There are thousands upon thousands of megalithic monuments in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, but to a large extent, the public really only knows one—Stonehenge. Yet much of the rural areas of the British Isles are crammed with these monuments that few know of and fewer still visit. The 2007 video Standing With Stones is an attempt to correct that lack of knowledge. Standing With Stones: A Journey through Megalithic Europe Standing With Stones is 2.5-hour-long video, written and presented by Rupert Soskin, and photographed and directed by Michael Bott. The two-man production team spent the greater part of eight years developing the project, which took them all over the British Isles, visiting dozens of monuments from Ballowall Barrow in Lands End, Cornwall to the Tomb of the Eagles in the Orkney Islands off Scotland’s northern shore. Standing With Stones takes the viewer on a geographic tour of these amazing monuments. Seven chapters include the West Country, Southern England, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Northern England, Scotland and the Scottish Isles. Also included is an interview with Soskin and Bott, a blooper reel,...

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Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott’s – ‘Angel Footsteps’

In my humble opinion, this is one of the finest displays of taste, control and mastery of the device know as the electric guitar that you are ever likely to see. Jeff beck played Ronnie Scott’s back in 2007 and this is a small excerpt from the film that was recorded there – in part broadcast by the BBC and thankfully available in full on DVD (My next purchase, perhaps?). I just love it – by turns it makes me weep, laugh and have my jaw on the floor in awe. Other musos are; Tal Wilkenfeld – Bass Jason...

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Video: Zebra finches rock the house on Les Paul copies

This is an exhibition  by a French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot who creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. For his installation in The Barbican Centre, Boursier-Mougenot creates a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape. I have to note that the finches seem to prefer the straight-through method of stringing the bridge of a Les Paul rather than the wrap-over method favoured by Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons etc. Then again, tension and sustain doesn’t seem to be a concern for...

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