Notes on the fretboard correspond to letters on a keyboard.

Physicist/inventor/tinkerer David Neevel (of Oreo separator machine fame) has unveiled designs for an Adruino-powered guitar that converts notes to corresponding letters on a keyboard using a Roland GK pickup system and GR-33. Though the idea of shredding your way through an important memo seems rather inefficient, the technical expertise to make it happen is completely real, and Neevel shares how to do it yourself, if so inclined, on his blog.

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This rare English Tonemaster was made circa 1957.

The Valco-produced English Tonemaster is a rare, lap-steel-inspired gem from the 1950s—when genres and guitar design were fluid.

The 1950s were a peculiar time for the electric guitar. Innovators, designers, and tinkerers were pushing the boundaries of the instrument, while musicians were experimenting with various playing techniques and sounds. There was an evolution of sorts (or de-evolution, depending on your slant) from solidbody “sit-down” guitars, like pedal and lap steels, to “stand-up” or “upright” solidbody electrics. If you look at an early Fender catalog—let’s say from 1953—you’ll see the Telecaster (and Esquire), the Precision Bass, and then a whole bunch of steel guitars. There was a shift underway, and many manufacturers began to blur the lines of what a guitar should look, sound, and play like.

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PRS Guitars and John Mayer officially announce the PRS SE Silver Sky, an affordable version of the original with PRS trademark bird inlays and three single-coil pickups.

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