There are a couple of scenes in the 1986 Walter Hill film Crossroads
in which Eugene's character plays some really bluesy, laid-back, heavily-reverbed slide guitar. I really love this kind of blues guitar. Unaccompanied (by vocals or other instruments), haunting, chilled-out. Can you recommend similar performances? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Nov 7, 2013 -
I bought a used Roland Cube 60
guitar amplifier online. It seems okay for my purposes except every so often the signal falls out. I'm intending to return it but wonder if perhaps this sort of signal loss is to be expected with a used amp of this sort, in which case I might hang on to it. Some more details inside. [more inside]
posted by bertran
on Sep 7, 2013 -
Over the weekend, I was blindsided by a powerful urge to buy an acoustic bass guitar (not stand up bass), mostly for noodling around the house without plugging in my electric or an occasional acoustic jam with friends. Can you give any buying advice or perspectives? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I've been wanting a Strat for years. More recently, I have been enjoying Les Paul sounds as well. I'm trying to decide if I should take the plunge and buy a Fender Strat made in America. What seems more appealing is to buy two cheaper guitars. Many people like the Yamaha Pacifica and the Squire classic vibe 60's as alternatives to the Strat. I don't see many alternatives to the LP, other than Gibson's cheaper lines. In any case, I'm looking for recommendations for both. I know people will say just play a bunch of guitars to see what you like, but it takes me 6-12 months to know if I like an instrument.
posted by DTHEASH1
on May 29, 2013 -
As a favor for a friend I'm trying to find contact information on Roger Edison, who has written or edited a number of guitar and music books for Alfred over the years. Most of his books are long out of print, unfortunately. Web searches have proven fruitless and I was unable to get anything useful from Alfred themselves. He has been producing books since at least the 70s but I've only actually been able to get my hands on one and there was no information on the author in it. Any pointers to either Edison himself or where I might want to look would be appreciated.
posted by tommasz
on Nov 13, 2012 -
I've been looking for a certain guitar (a Yamaha SG 3000) and have lately been looking on Japanese web sites to see if I can have one shipped from there. I've found one I like the look of, but Google Translate isn't being particularly helpful. Could anyone translate the description for me? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Looking for a list of old-timey popular standard songs to play (guitar/banjo/mandolin/harmonica, etc) with friends in the living room while we drink beer and let the kids jump around. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast
on Oct 20, 2012 -
I'm an huge Everlast fan. Finding others songs or artists that are like his rap-heavy songs is easy; please help me find more like his acoustic guitar-heavy songs. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Oct 7, 2012 -
Identify this song please! I'm making a mixtape of songs with distinctive vocal flourishes and there's a snippet going through my head that I just can't place. This song's building to a crescendo and the singer yells "Whoo!" followed by three piano chords that sound almost like percussion (bum! bum! bum!) before continuing on. [more inside]
posted by psoas
on Oct 2, 2012 -
Does anyone make something like a Yamaha APX Thinline but with a thicker neck? [more inside]
posted by VTX
on Aug 21, 2012 -
I need an acoustic guitar to incorporate into an art installation. It'll be played roughly (by machines!), rest at an odd angle for years in conditions of unknown temperature and humidity, and be tuned only occasionally. What guitar should I get that won't crack, warp, or otherwise disintegrate under this treatment? Durability is more important than beauty or tone quality. I'm sure an electric guitar would be tougher, but I'd like to stay acoustic if possible. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk
on Apr 28, 2012 -
I'm looking for songs that will help me incorporate fingerpicking into my guitar practice. What are some good songs to start out on? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote
on Feb 18, 2012 -
Song. Early to mid 1990s. On the UK radio all the time, especially Atlantic 252. Vaguely grunge sounding, with a "dun dun da dunna dun da dunna da da" guitar riff, followed by a pause, then a quiet/bored sounding "yeah". What was it?
posted by scruss
on Jan 5, 2012 -
Is Tracy Chapman's guitar in this video
(best shots are in the first 10 seconds) a custom jobbie, or is an acoustic with electric pickups a thing that can be bought off the rack? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl
on Dec 27, 2011 -
My 13 year old wants a bass guitar for Christmas. People who have some idea about musical instruments, please tell me what I should be looking for in a beginner bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999
on Nov 20, 2011 -
Can you help me identify this guitar riff? I have a feeling it might be Roy Harper, but I can't find the track (and I haven't heard it for 30 years...) [more inside]
posted by MinPin
on Oct 14, 2011 -
Music Filter: Trying to find composer and video for guitar ensemble which produced music 'that sounded like it came directly from hell"
I'm trying to track down the name of a composer who I read about a few years ago. He crowdsourced guitar players of all skill levels (via open audition calls, and newspaper adverts), and then created a guitar orchestra. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams
on Aug 7, 2011 -
Looking for the specific model of an Ibanez RG guitar before I sell it. Pictures inside! [more inside]
posted by roobot
on Jul 24, 2011 -
About 20 years ago while working at a guitar store, a guy sold us his stuff, and in the case was a piece of weirdness.
A small black plastic box called the "Geraci Keetaar Converter" It has six keys, with corresponding felt tipped hammers below, and is mean to be mounted to the top, and over the neck of the guitar, and allow you to use the hammers to sound the strings instead of your fingers or a pick. Tried it once, and it was sort of a neat effect.
The only other info is it says "Norwood Company, Morton Grove IL. Patent Pending"
I have never been able to find any info on this thing, nor the company. Has anyone even HEARD of this particular piece of wonderful weirdness?
posted by timsteil
on Jul 9, 2011 -
Help! What guitar-filled rock song has the lyrics "won't tell a soul" as the refrain, I think? It is a male singer - I couldn't tell if the song was old or new. My Goog-itsu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by rakim
on Jul 2, 2011 -
Someone please explain the chord structure/key change/whatever in Roy Orbison's 'You Got It' [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits
on Jun 23, 2011 -
Which guitar amp should I buy? Requirements: small, all tube, nice tone at low volume. [more inside]
posted by gijsvs
on Jun 18, 2011 -
How should I go about finding someone to build a custom guitar display case? [more inside]
posted by DigDoug
on Jun 9, 2011 -
Where can I get a detachable sheet-music holder for acoustic guitar, similar to the lyres used for instruments in marching bands? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan
on May 25, 2011 -
I'm doing a song analysis on this awesome song, but I can't nail down one of the instruments.
It appears around 3:15
into the song, and also at the end.
I'm figuring its either a xylophone or a synth. Anyone care to shed some light (that will never go out)
posted by bodaciousllama
on May 23, 2011 -
Who would you see as a seminal guitar player in the early to mid eighties? Totally frivolous question! [more inside]
posted by gijsvs
on Apr 7, 2011 -
I'm thinking about getting back to playing guitar after a decade. I never got past the basics the first time around, so I've always wondered about two things: how do experienced guitar players fundamentally see and "know" their instrument (especially where everything is on the fretboard), and what motivated them to keep practicing when they were newbies? [more inside]
posted by jklaiho
on Apr 1, 2011 -
What is this musical technique / style (?) called? Consists of a simple pattern that becomes more complex as the song progresses till it reaches full maturity. [more inside]
posted by Upal
on Mar 7, 2011 -
Emmylou Harris ordinarily uses a Gibson acoustic guitar, but on some songs (notably The Pearl) she uses a crazy guitar with its lowest string lifted off the fretboard as a drone. Who makes it?
Here is a (mesmerizing) video of her playing The Pearl
And here is a photo of her playing it.
(The pic shows the luthier's mark on the headstock, but I do not recognize it).
posted by capnsue
on Mar 6, 2011 -