Over 1900 Guitarists Take World Record In Poland from Polskie Radio 1951 guitar players gathered on May 1 at the Wroclaw market square (Southern Poland) to simultaneously play "Hey

2008 Thanks Jimi Festival

Over 1900 Guitarists Take World Record In Poland

from Polskie Radio

1951 guitar players gathered on May 1 at the Wroclaw market square (Southern Poland) to simultaneously play "Hey Joe" at the 6th annual "Thanks Jimi Festival." The group broke their own record, set last year with 1881 players. Despite taking place in Poland, the event consisted of pluckers from around the world.

Outside of setting a world record,the organizers also wanted to make May 1st "World Guitar Day," setting up potential record breaking moments in the future. Click here for both the article and related radio piece. If you would prefer to see it first-hand, watch the YouTube video.
Picture taken from Cichonski.art.

Big Foot Guitar

Sasquatch Guitar

from Slippery Brick

Big Foot has been spotted in relation to George Marlin. The guitar marker created this monster piece just before the Miami Beach Guitar Festival. When considering a legendary musician with mystique, Big Foot definitely squashes the competition.
Christian Mirabella with guitars

In High Demand: Christian Mirabella

from the New York Times

You have to be making a pretty big splash in whatever you do to make the pages of the New York Times, especially when working in a trade like building archtops. Christan Mirabella demanded attention of Times writers in a few ways: he has a two-year wait list on his $6000 instruments, he reconstructed a Pete Townshend guitar recovered by fans after being tossed from a window seven stories above ground and he made a pickguard for one of Keith Richard''s guitars. Not too shabby for a 36-year-old.

In their corner, from left to right: Wilco’s Pat Sansone (guitars, keys, and more), drummer Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.

Photo by Annabel Merhen

How Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone parlayed a songwriting hot streak, collective arrangements, live ensemble recording, and twangy tradition into the band’s new “American music album about America.”

Every artist who’s enjoyed some level of fame has had to deal with the parasocial effect—where audiences feel an overly intimate connection to an artist just from listening to their music. It can lead some listeners to believe they even have a personal relationship with the artist. I asked Jeff Tweedy what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that.

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We polled our readers to find the coolest guitar shops in the US, and here are the first half of the results, in no particular order.

The 20 Coolest Guitar Shops in the US, Vol. 1
"We asked PG readers what is the coolest guitar shop they've been to in the US. And while long-gone favorites like Manny's Music (New York) and Black Market Music (San Francisco) came up again and again, there were even more current shops topping readers' favorites list. We compiled the 20 most mentioned stores and quickly realized there were too many great photos we'd have to cut in order to get them all in one gallery. So here's the first installment in no particular order. If you're wondering where your favorite is, it may be coming next time, or we might not be aware of it, so feel free to leave your faves in the comments section."

A recreation of George Harrison's '61 Sonic Blue Strat, hand-painted in psychedelic Day-Glo colors and affectionately named “Rocky.”

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