Tagged With guitars

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This is wild. When cameras try to capture guitar strings being played, they see wavelength-type movements from each string because of the camera's rolling shutter effect. But it can only be seen on camera, the wild wiggly effect is totally blind to the naked eye. Not anymore! This Wobble Strings project recreates a camera's rolling shutter effect to humans in real time through sweep line projection. It's wild.

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Video: I don't know what I'm most impressed with in this video of a guitar being made by hand: Eitan's Bartel absolute love for the instrument he makes, the perfect measurements needed to craft one of his guitars, the unbelievable skill and precision required in each step, the shots of woodworking, the imagination of smell. It goes on.

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What happens when you give Steve Benford, the Professor of Collaborative Computing in at the University of Nottingham, a guitar and some time? He creates an instrument that blogs is what.

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Ensuring that no spontaneous but memorable riff ever gets forgotten, Gibson has teamed up with Tascam to create the next-generation of audio cables that actually records everything being played on an instrument, for up to eight solid hours on a single AA battery. It's like a dashcam for catching musical accidents you definitely want to remember.

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Line 6, the well-regarded guitar gear manufacturer that just sold to Yamaha, has a new guitar amp that's going to give tube traditionalists — like me! — a migraine. Bluetooth?! iOS app? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. OK, but let's not be luddites for the hell of it. What's Line 6's new Amplifi got to offer?

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Drummers are the worst, but for guitar players the options are limited. You either get a drummer or deal with a bunch of extra gear to replace a drummer. Which is why Beat Buddy, despite its really unfortunate name, is a totally intriguing. It could be the simple hands-free drum machine guitar players have been waiting for.

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For as far back as we are able to look into the prehistory of the human race, music has been a crucial part of the life of humans. Some scholars even speculate that human music may have come before language. From the beginning, people living in little groups sang and danced to self-made music. Drums and pipes were readily developed, and even today they can be found in use, still often hand-made, in every culture anywhere in the world where simple communities gather for group celebrations.

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Guitar tuners aren't always the simplest gadgets in the world, even if they're mostly charged with an impossibly simple task. In fact, advanced features on more expensive tuners might confuse someone who doesn't know what they're doing. This one, however, opts for simple and cheap. There's something to be said for that.

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Sound art is a term that's almost always cause for concern, but this elegant installation by artist Ruben Dhers is gloriously captivating. In "Playa", 14 guitars lying under a tangled canopy of wires are listlessly strummed by an orchestra of 31 fabric-clad DC motors conducted (in the musical sense) by an Arduino processor.

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"If it's too loud," the saying goes, "the neighbours are going to call the cops and screw up your late-night shred session." In an attempt to solve this eternal conundrum, the guitar amplification specialists at Vox have teamed up with the headphone geniuses Audio Technica to create Amphones. Yes, guitar amplifier headphones. It's a preposterous idea that's just crazy enough to work.