When I first got my Squier J. Mascis Jazzmaster, I was enamored with the power and midrange of its P-90 sounding pickups. They were warm, fat and drove amps and pedals beautifully. The bloom went off the rose, however, after one gig where I was unable to get the kind of clean country twang I sought, and another where the noisiness of these high-powered single-coils became problematic. Investigating the noiseless options I came across a Brett Kingman video where he demoed some Kinman pickups. I thought I would give them a go.
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A few months ago, I met Ricky Graham at an Ableton Live event in Nashville. His melding of an 8-string Electric guitar with designing hardware modules, using and instructing about Ableton and Max/MSP seemed a perfect match for Guitar Moderne. We did a long Skype interview that revealed Graham’s history as a guitarist and how he got into the modular synth world. It was way too long for my arthritic wrists to transcribe and my transcription service decided they couldn’t deal with our rapid speech and technical terms, so I am posting the original interview in full. I suggest watching Graham’s videos first to help understand what it is he does. Be sure to download his plug-in Stream . You can hear his music, as Signals Under Tests, here .
I never know where I am going to discover a fresh modern guitar talent. Oddly, The New York Times has become a source. The online version publishes a weekly Playlist, which spotlights recent releases, with clickable examples. Most of it leans towards execrable pop sameness, but these lists have led me to Rafiq Batia, and now Martin Miguel Tonne.
A couple of records featuring Bill Frisell in his role as excellent sideman, a bunch of Tim Motzer releases, and some new faces.