The Firebird X, said to be Gibson’s stake in revolutionizing the guitar industry and changing the future of instruments, is part guitar and part machine. A homage to the original Firebird, the X has new features such as automatic robotic tuning head, inner modulation, echo, reverb, compression, EQ, and distortion. The guitar even boasts Bluetooth capability.
While guitar aficionados may find the features completely unnecessary and the price tag of $5,500 a bit bloated, some interesting news trickled down the tubes today that may save grace for Gibson. They’ve recently announced the Pure-Analog Engine, an electronic system within the guitar that is user replaceable and can be upgraded according to the wants and desires of the player. The best part of this change is that Gibson has opened up creation of the devices to third party developers, a move which will rapidly lower the price tag for these items over the course of time. Pure-Analog will get its own app. store as well.
Buddy Guy represents what perfect blues should look like. He's got a terrific voice. You can recognize him playing guitar between thousands. His records are awesome. And didn't lose his blues on stage. This is the kind of elder who has seen and done A LOT and still ask for more.
And we do ask for more too. This is Chicago, this is electric blues, this is ruff for the tuff. This guy inspired Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, Vaughan... I think you get the point. Every gods are immortal, this one kept his youth enthousiasm. Get ready for a great blues experience.
Buddy Guy at the Community Theater Center at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts on October 28.
“No instrument has spoken in more voices to more people than the guitar.”
Ever since Les Paul rigged electrical receiver components to a wooden 4x4 stud in a crude attempt to amplify the subdued sound of jazz guitar, the history of American music has been dominated by the use of guitars in every musical genre. Even the rising popularity of synth-produced electronic music in the 80s and 90s had numerous notable examples indicating that guitars are the main instrument of music delivery. The fact is, no other instrument has had such a lasting and encompassing effect on music history as the guitar.
Apparently, an instrument that once upon a time transported millions of listeners into musical ecstasy warrants a six-figure price tag regardless of its condition. In this case, it's a smashed Fender Mustang that belonged to Nirvana's late frontman, Kurt Cobain. Cobain destroyed the guitar onstage at a New Jersey gig during Nirvana's first US Tour and then swapped it for a functional one belonging to Sluggo, a guitarist and friend. Clearly, Sluggo received the better end of the deal because after holding onto the “damaged goods” for several years, he sold the guitar to a private collector for a whopping $100,000.