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Do we have a topic like this already? Aw, what the hell... This is for anyone who's a music lover and has seen or is interested in unusual instruments of any kind. Please share your interests...
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 01, 2006 04:06PM

I'm currently interested in baritone guitars - that is guitars with around a 28" scale neck length. It is tuned to the octave between a guitar and a bass. I'm thinking of building one for fun...
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 03, 2006 04:52PM

I saw a midi controller for a wind instrument the other day. What a cool idea, an electronic clarinet/trumpet/bassoon/tuba/french horn...
The baroque orchestra has apparently made the jump to light-speed while we weren't looking.
posted by Clint Phipps on Dec 05, 2006 12:52PM

I just got a new electric guitar, a Washburn Idol WI64DL, emerald green with gold hardware. Its a really nice guit-fiddle! I'm very pleased with it, just played it in my jazz group (a lil' fun jammy jam jazz on the side never hurt nobody), and everyone really liked the tone, not to mention the look! Maybe I'll throw a picture on here soon...
posted by Cody Phipps on Mar 01, 2007 08:03PM

Have you ever heard of the "Pikasso"? It is a guitar built by Canadian luthier Linda Manzer. It has four necks coming out at all different angles, and 42 strings. It also has midi capabilities.

Bob Taylor, of Taylor guitars, built guitars out of pallets to prove that good guitars didn't need to be made out of exotic woods.

Fylde did the same thing only with old Scotch whisky barrels.

I'm having a Oriskany guitar built for me out of cherry and redwood with koa binding. I'm building a jazz mandolin in exchange.

posted by Jenny Warner on Mar 08, 2007 08:13PM

I just picked up a new amplifier. Well, its old, & new... Its in mint condition, but its a 1978 Traynor YRM-1sc... basically a hot rodded modded hybrid amp with Marshall EL84 tubes stuffed into a fender super reverb chassis and gain stage layout. It is very clean, but unlike the fenders, with a master volume in addition to a channel volume, it allows for a nice smooth overdrive build up, with real tube breakup, in both preamp and power tubes. Unlike the newer full-hardcore-over-the top-rip-your-shedded-head-off gain, this is a very subtle, dark beautiful sounding amp.
posted by Cody Phipps on Mar 14, 2007 10:34AM

I am pickin' up a korg microkorg. Its a cool little synth w/vocoder. Should make some wicked effects sounds...
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 11, 2007 12:05PM

amazing list of crazy stringed beasts and beauties.
posted by Cody Phipps on May 08, 2007 12:10AM

I'm in the process of building a white bodied stratocaster. Partsin' it up... Photos to phollow.
posted by Cody Phipps on May 16, 2007 12:24PM

I just finished my first electric guitar at school. I'm pretty happy with it. We started our acoustics on Monday.
posted by Jenny Warner on Jul 18, 2007 12:54PM

Any pictures?
posted by Cody Phipps on Jul 19, 2007 06:07PM

I'll get some.
posted by Jenny Warner on Jul 26, 2007 12:50PM

can't wait!
posted by Cody Phipps on Jul 31, 2007 11:07PM

I just bought a Selmer-McFertin style Gitane acoustic. It is awesome. Braced like a mandolin, large oblong soundwhole, massive acoustic timbres. Nice guitar! Pics coming soon.
posted by Cody Phipps on Jul 31, 2007 11:09PM

I also just purchased an MX9000 Behringer mixing desk. I have a picture too!
posted by Cody Phipps on Jul 31, 2007 11:11PM

I'm upgrading my Abelton to ver. 6, and getting the operator and sampler progs as well. Yay for me, happy recording in my immediate future!
posted by Cody Phipps on Sep 11, 2007 10:27AM

Hey Jenny! I love the pictures. Next time you're in the area, give me a call, or an email, I'd love to catch up with you and try out your creations!! They look beautiful, and I can tell by looking that they'd be great to make music with! I am really interested in that bass... I've been looking into buying an acoustic bass for a while. It may be the only instrument I don't have yet. Any chance of you building a fretless?
posted by Cody Phipps on Sep 13, 2007 08:02AM

Thanks for your encourgement. I'll be home just after Christmas with four guitars. I'm working on a classical guitar and then we start on an archtop. I would love to get your opinion on all of them, and I would be really excited for the bass to find a good home with you. My teacher said that it is the best sounding bass to come out of the school. As for building a fretless, it may be a few years before I am really up and running, hopefully not too long.
posted by Jenny Warner on Sep 15, 2007 07:41PM

Here is why I am STILL going to be picking up a microkorg...
posted by Cody Phipps on Sep 19, 2007 11:05AM

I just turned a dollar guitar my folks bought back in the day (named 'ol buck) into a dobro. By way of the old methods... installing a pie plate into the soundhole and suspending it from the soundboard. It rocks. What a sound! Pictures may follow...
posted by Cody Phipps on Nov 20, 2007 08:17AM

Whoa that sounds awesome! Now that youve piqued my interest--you HAVE to put up a picture!!!
posted by Katie Hine on Nov 23, 2007 07:25AM

I got to play a celtic folk harp last week. 22 strings, with levers for sharps and flats. Very fun... but it was more comfortable for me from guitarland to play it backwards. Go figure.
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 09, 2007 10:04AM

Just fixed a 40 year old student guitar. It was a workout, had to totally re-engineer the bridge with a custom piece. And also replace tuners, file frets, & hammer frets.
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 09, 2007 05:37PM

tried out a tenor uke yesterday. very sweet timbre. musical as can be.
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 16, 2007 10:45PM

With all this luterie you are doing, sounds like you are putting me out of a job.
I'm home from guitar school, and I have six guitars for you to try.
posted by Jenny Warner on Dec 20, 2007 09:17PM

That was supposted to be lutherie, not luterie.
posted by Jenny Warner on Dec 20, 2007 09:18PM

call or email me, or just stop by! I'd love to try out the guitars!
posted by Cody Phipps on Jan 12, 2008 01:43PM

Georg Bohlin 11 string alto
posted by Cody Phipps on Feb 11, 2008 02:28PM