A few weeks ago in May, my son and I went to Crimson Guitars to build a guitar each, which is documented here in my Crimson Guitars 2017 Build pages.
I took quite a few photos during the week and gave copies to Crimson, and their media team has made a video montage as an example of a couple of student builds. Many thanks to Shaun for creating the video, and to Master Luthier Christopher for guiding us through this process!
The forum jam on the Rob Chapman Forum is now quite a long-standing tradition. Every quarter a backing track is chosen, of around 45-60 seconds, and anybody who wants to take part can record a solo piece over the backing track. Some poor soul (often me, though not this time) then has to laboriously glue them all together and produce a video which is published on YouTube.
The 2017 Summer Jam video has just been published. I took the opportunity to give my new Crimson build guitar its first real public outing and my jam is the first one in the video (not my choice!).
I hope you enjoy it, and maybe one or two of you will join us for the next one!
Phillip McKnight is an American guitar shop owner who regularly publishes videos on YouTube (see his channel here). Today he has posted a video in time for Christmas where he gives ten ideas for gifts for guitar players. They aren’t the usual, rather tired ideas of “a strap and a tuner and a cleaning kit”, but they are a bit more thoughtful and interesting – I particularly like his idea for a pick case.
Since today is the first day of December, I think this is a good time to watch this video – or to somehow persuade anyone who might want to give you a gift to watch it! Good luck 🙂
The first video in my series documenting my recent build with Crimson Guitars has been published on YouTube. This video covers the first day, and there will be five more videos, one for each day of the course, and then one or two more to wrap up. I will try to get the other videos out quickly!
Another article and video episode have just gone up on the subject of my son’s cigar box guitar build. In this episode, the main tasks were working on the frets, and sorting out the design and holes for the electronics.
The latest article giving more details is here, and the video is below.
One of the the YouTube channels that I follow, EytschPi42, has recently published a video that I enjoyed a lot. The channel owner is Henning Pauly, a German guitar nut (although the channel is in English), and he recently received a new guitar by Isaac Berumen which he unboxed in a separate video.
This is a gorgeous guitar, and the attention to detail is fantastic with lovely touches like custom tuner wings and knobs. Henning created an instrumental track with this guitar which I think is the best playing that I’ve seen from him, and so I decided to link it on here.
Henning’s videos are often entertaining although he does ramble on a bit, so they are often a bit long and so I tend not to watch all of them. He certainly knows his stuff, though, and he’s an engaging presenter with a lot of experience and interesting things to say.
I have just published the latest article and video on the cigar box guitar that my son and I are building. The video is below, and you can read the description of what we did in the article – Cigar Box Guitar build episode 5.
The title says it all, really! You may already know that I’m a member of the Rob Chapman forum, and we regularly do a forum jam where we pick a backing track of around 45-60 seconds. Anybody can record themselves playing over it, and we make a video of all of the contributions.
The Autumn jam track this year was a blues track in B minor. I didn’t get around to making an entry myself this time, but I edited the video, and here is the final result.
Feel free to visit the forum and join us next time!
I’ve just published a new article, part one of a series on the build process for the cigar box guitar kit that I bought for my son. You can find the new article here, and episode one of the build videos is available on YouTube as below.