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Ultimate Guitar Pick Geek Guitar Picks for Guitar Pick Geeks - By Riki Le Plectrier




The boutique guitar pick craft renaissance is officially underway. Must be...

This awoke me from my blogging slumber-- and I rarely even use picks!

By now, most of us have seen some esoteric picks, i.e. exotic wood & polished stone creations. However, France based Riki- Le- Plectrier is raising the bar more than a few notches with a sizeable line representing various themes from steampunk to spiritual-- and all points in between.

Regardless of theme, the big deal here is extreme craftsmanship and artisan level results. And you certainly pay for this... But before grumbling about what you ain't about to spend on no damn guitar pick, consider these jewelry as well as art, especially since all picks are drilled for pendant/charm/earring accessorization.

Hell, even if I used a pick, I'd hang these around my neck first before losing them to the omnipresent black hole of lost guitar picks which no-doubt still stalks me.

So I'm just talking about how friggin' cool and beautiful these picks are, that's all. 

Now, with all that said, closer inspection also reveals that the artist has not neglected functionality and ergonomics either.

Just click the link above and browse the site, cuz if you dig the photos here, there's a lot more to see! 

Also at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riki.plectrier





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Friday

Austin Crum - Young Guitar Wonder, Newport, Tennessee



April 24, 2015
Very pleased to introduce young Austin Crum of Newport, Tennessee; our latest Young Guitar Wonders addition. Currently 16 (15 in the video above), Austin is obviously deeply inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan as are so many contemporary Blues guitar players both young and old.

And Austin is SERIOUS about it! Everything from his feel & phrasing to the tones of his Strat & signal chain is dialed in sweet! Not just another kid with a distortion pedal, slopping through and being "good for a kid" either. Plenty of veteran clubsters out there would kill for some of these chops & tones!

That said, like so many SRV 'clones' out there, Austin also tends to play way too many notes and rush things. We suggest he study SRV's Texas Flood in Tokyo video for tips on s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g out and taking the time to smell the roses & savor & breathe those big notes and licks.

But then again there is being a teenager, just bustin' outta the gates, right. So he has more than ample time to settle, season and hold the pocket as well as eventually evolve his own style. We're very confident in his future musicianship.

Discover more and follow Austin Crum:

https://www.facebook.com/TheAustinCrumExperience/timeline 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuUlDKA8MtbT8rhTlQRVDbw








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New John Page - Ashburn Guitars

photo cred: www.hrsunlimited.com

April 10, 2015
The buzz is building on John Page's new line of guitars, particularly the highly affordable Ashburn. Gotta love someone with the balls to reverse the bridge pickup angle in a Strat-type. Okay, so why would that take any balls? Good question. It's just that you never see it, Fender has never offered it as a pickguard option and other builders aren't doing it-- at least on a noticeable scale, Suhr? Grosh? Tyler? Anderson? Tuttle? Anyone you know?

Always made sense to me for tightening up the low end response and fattening the high strings. And besides, ever heard of Jimi Hendrix?

ANYWAY... 

For those who don't know, John Page co-founded Fender Custom Shop, is a Masterbuilder and was a key designer there for several years. Whole lotta FCS COA's out there with this signature. The Ashburn model featured above is a John Page design built in Japan to sell at a budget friendly $1500 sub-boutique price point (less than an EJ Artist Strat). It has Gotoh hardware, nifty & streamlined bolt neck/insert design for better resonance and easier high fret access, NO string trees needed and special pickups by "Bloodline" I'm trying to find more about...

Page is partnering with another industry giant, Howard Swimmer of Premier Builder's Guild fame, now HRS Unlimited & Bloodline Pickups. 

Visit www.johnpageclassic.com for the full scoop on John's line as well as video interview with him.

Also see: Guitar World Feature








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