Big Ideas from FreePatentsOnline We may be redefining "guitar geek" here, but bear with us -- we''re trapped inside due to flooding. If you''ve got some time to burn,

Big Ideas

from FreePatentsOnline

We may be redefining "guitar geek" here, but bear with us -- we''re trapped inside due to flooding. If you''ve got some time to burn, browsing through guitar-related patents is kind of fun. Check out this one for a color-changing guitar, or another for a split solidbody guitar. If you''re really lucky, you might stumble across a patent from a familiar company -- there''s gotta be a few in the 8000+ results from searching "guitar." Of course, if you''ve got an idea to patent yourself, we can help.

Jimi''s Burned Guitar For Sale


One of Jimi Hendrix''s famous flaming guitars will be auctioned off in the UK this summer. It''s not the famous one from Monterey, instead the one burned at the London Astoria and in Miami -- the same guitar that failed to sell in 2002. So how much of your hard-earned cash is this going to take? It''s expected to draw £250,000, which is £50,000 less than was turned down six years ago.

Pedaltrain Founder, GearTrap On Radio

from Gear Trap

We let you know about Nashville bloggers GearTrap''s coming attempt at the world''s largest pedalboard. Now the man behind the pedalboard, Jaux King, along with Pedaltrain founder John Chandler, are going on the radio in Nashville to answer pedalboard questions. The show will be at 9 p.m. on Sunday, for more information, see GearTrap.

A faithful recreation of the Germanium Mosrite Fuzzrite with a modern twist.

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Presets extend the flexibility of an already expansive and easy-to-use reverb.

Intuitive. Great range in all controls. Well-built.

Some digital artifacts at long decay times.


Walrus Audio Slötvå


Walrus Audio is a prolific builder, but, as the five reverb pedals in their lineup suggest, they have a real affinity for manipulating time and space. The beauty of the Slötvå reverb (which is derived from the company’s very similar Spin FV-1 chip-based Slö reverb) is how satisfying and simple it makes dramatic shifts between time/space textures.

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With such a flashy flame top, the Silvertone 1445 was built to catch the eyes of department store shoppers.

I don’t know what’s going on lately, but I’m breaking down all over and my shoulder is the latest to crumble. When I was a kid I would practice guitar in my bedroom near a radiator with an ungrounded amp plug and I’d get a zap right through my guitar and into my hands. Well, my shoulder pain is like that now, only without the cool story of rock ’n’ roll survival. I simply woke up one day like this. After a few weeks of discomfort, I figured I’d try out a new pillow, since mine are flattened like a wafer. I ventured out to the mall and, much to my sadness, saw the local Sears store shuttered, with weeds growing up from the sidewalks and concrete barriers blocking the large glass doors. I know I don’t get out much, but, man, was I sad to see the Sears store I’d known since childhood closed-up like that. My wife was laughing at me because apparently it had been closed for some time. But since I seem to exist on a separate timeline than most folks, it was all news to me.

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