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Flicking round YouTube, enjoying clips of late maestro Jon Lord in full flight, came across this clip from 1993;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5eaV6_dIvw

If you look on Blackmore’s guitar, there’s a black box, like an effects pedal behind the tail piece/fine tuner assembly. Any ideas?

Mike

Thought: - as “gearhead” is the American term for car enthusiast, wouldn’t “machine-head” be more appropriate for guitarist?

     

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mcraggs27 - 23 August 2012 08:26 AM

Flicking round YouTube, enjoying clips of late maestro Jon Lord in full flight, came across this clip from 1993;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5eaV6_dIvw

If you look on Blackmore’s guitar, there’s a black box, like an effects pedal behind the tail piece/fine tuner assembly. Any ideas?

Mike

Thought: - as “gearhead” is the American term for car enthusiast, wouldn’t “machine-head” be more appropriate for guitarist?


Haven’t a clue what that was - maybe a combination lock in case he ever needs to chain it to a lampost (or mic stand) ?? Sorry - that’s the best I could come up with until I’ve had my first beer wink

I spent most of the time distracted by his scalloped fretboard - all very odd, but the guy can play allright wink

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Cheers Ian,
I can remember years back, some technical report on Ritchie’s guitars, and the radius of curvature of the fretboard: my dad who was a woodworker then worked out how many guitar necks would be needed to make a barrel.

I wondered if the black box was anything to do with radio transmitter, but seemed odd that it was on the guitar and not a strap attachment. Otherwise, knowing how Blackmore often likes to kick his guitar, maybe its something to clean chewing gum off the soles of his shoes….

‘93 though, that was a troubled tour. Not sure if that show (Birmingham) was the one filmed where Blackmore threw a glass of water over Gillan. Know he left, sort of mid-tour and Satriani took over. Odd thing, since then Blackmore has been playing some of his consistantly best stuff, albeit on mandolins and hurdy-gurdys - like cowbells, can’t get enough hurdy-gurdy…but I can’t decide which is the dodgier - the tights or the ‘tash.

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Hi Mike,

It’s most probably a Roland ‘Guitar Synth’. They are basically an effects unit that can make the guitar sound like anything you want, from a piano to a sax or whatever. It works by taking the signal from the guitar strings via a small black strip that sits (just like a regular pickup) under the strings right next to the bridge. This signal then goes into the effects unit and (I presume) is controlled by the black box. This sound can then be used alone or mixed with the regular guitar sound. Richie experimented with them quite a lot during the mid ‘80’s onwards.

Hope that helps!!

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Aynsley knows! It’s priopably Roland GR-50 Guitar Synth.

http://www.guitarforum.co.za/guitar-gear/what-is-it/

     

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Goes to show - ask the right people the right question…. thanks guys for clearing that up. Probably explains, on listening to, especially later, Rainbow albums why it was often difficult to hear the changeover between guitar and keys in some of the solos.

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Not so much a question as an observation: don’t know if anyone has come across Raw Guitars, makers of very retro-style models.

Mitch Laddie was giving one a good spanking on Friday night, think it was the “Hellhound” model. Think Ian Siegal has played “The Skinny” model recently.

Worth checking out if you like that old, Delta sound.

http://www.rawguitars.net/

     

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mcraggs27 - 05 November 2012 09:34 AM

Not so much a question as an observation: don’t know if anyone has come across Raw Guitars, makers of very retro-style models.

Mitch Laddie was giving one a good spanking on Friday night, think it was the “Hellhound” model. Think Ian Siegal has played “The Skinny” model recently.

Worth checking out if you like that old, Delta sound.

http://www.rawguitars.net/

Yes Simon Raw, nice bloke I heard on gary graingers blues show he’s in touch with Bob Margolin too.

     
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Thank you for posting details regarding The Raw Guitar Co. Over the past two years we have designed a series of blues inspired guitars called “Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue”,  developed two working prototype guitars from the series, namely “The Prowler” and “The Skinny” and designed and developed three pickups. The first link below shows Ian Siegal playing some delicious bottleneck on “The Skinny MKI”. The second link, shows Mitch Laddie road testing “The Skinny MKII” now that she has added Jimmy Reed sex appeal in preparation for Ian’s forthcoming European Mississippi Mudbloods tour. The third link shows Mitch putting “The Prowler” through her paces after she was fitted with our “Vigilante” humbucker.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPsZKlwWwqI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kcVPrVBbF4&list=UU_dU4HAAsBCJ_bBP4Pod47A&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6RZ1rPJoLc

We are currently working on our next prototype, “The Gallows Pole”, a guitar we have “designed” for Leadbelly!!, I’ll be posting further details on this project on our website next week. Hope you like the video clips.

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Hi Simon, and welcome to the forum.

Well, I guess if guys like you don’t make the guitars, then guys like Mitch, Ian and Aynsley will have to take up cowbells. The fact that you’ve got the likes of Ian Siegal playing one of your models is a great endorsement, and Mitch certainly made that one sing last Friday (sorry I got the model name wrong… red face ).

Aynsley loves his Probetts, but I bet if he hasn’t already, his fingers would be twitchin’ to try a couple of your models….and I wouldn’t mind being in the room for half an hour if he does.

Mike

PS - great clips, thanks for sharing.

     

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Hey Aynsley - fancy a go on this “little” beast?

Not to be attempted unless you have the arms of a primate….

     

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Talk about a “kid in a candy store”....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o74oNozUVVk

     

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Oh-oh; looks like Aynsley’s been having problems with airplanes & guitars again. Well, if you can’t do a “Steve Howe” and reserve a seat on Concord for your favourite 6-string, maybe one of these will be a good investment:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1OivI3k1F8  - Snapdragon Folding guitar.

Mind, the idea isn’t new - check out this clip, 2 minutes in; while you’re waiting, check Les Paul & Chet Atkins having a bit of a jam, luvvely-jubbly:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydqfZN-LAWQ

     

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Seen advertised at Gateshead Sage, 3 Advanced Guitar Workshops that may be of interest, especially for those who may not have got down to one of Aynsley’s famous week-enders, or indeed for anyone who’s been suitably fired-up by one.

Workshop 1 - 28th May - The Three Kings:-
Take a look at the lead guitar work of Albert, Freddie & B.B. King. Examine their approach to lines and comparing and contrast their styles and scale choices including Albert’s most minor pentatonic, Freddie’s predominantly major, and B.B. King’s flexible mix of the two.

Workshop 2 - 25th June - Early Blues
Learn the basic 12 bar form and use of sliding chords as the basis for solos. Explore Robert Johnson through to imitating Elmore James’ slide work and even look at the evolution in John Lee Hooker’s playing and Bo Diddley’s famous chord riffing.

Workshop 3 - 23rd July - Going Electric
Cover the big names from the ‘Chicago blues’ period including Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin.


All sessions are for 16+ and cost £15.
Further details at Gateshead Sage.

     

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Last night, Tilerman & myself we’re at WATB’s 2017 Newcastle gig, supporting was Aussie Claude Hay who, as well as being a right clever .... a fine musician, makes his own instruments, especially guitars from mostly re-cycled materials - a “green” bluesman….

Here’s a look at what and how…..
http://www.claudehay.com.au/guitars

     

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