Let me start out saying I respect the hell out of Joe Bonamassa. The man has carved out a highly successful career by virtue of hard work and perseverance in both his music and his business. Still, his recent comment about pedals and the people who use them begs rebuttal and who better than Guitar Moderne, home to many players who “call themselves soundscapists [continue reading for the full quote],” to accept the challenge.
I recently received and email from guitarist Fernando Perez. His work adapting the music from all over the world to the guitar is very interesting, but not in the usual Guitar Moderne wheelhouse. More relevant is his microtonal work, and his collaboration with luthier Jose de Prados on a guitar with interchangeable fretboards, allowing you to instantly switch from a standard fret system, to fretless or any microtonal system you choose. There have been and are others venturing into this field, especially in the microtonal field but Perez and Prados appear to have come up with something workable.
Also a nice introduction to other microtonal guitar solutions:
First it was the Ottobit Jr., then the Mercury 7, and now the Polymoon. With these three pedals, Meris is jump-starting its entry into the world of boutique effects. The latest is a spacey delay that conjures up Pink Floyd and Vangelis, making it perfect for the new psychedelic movement. Modern guitar wizard, Noveller puts it through its paces in this video.
Just in time for the holiday that inspired its name, comes Shawn Persinger’s Halloween Baptizm. A problem with much “guitar music” is that it is too much “guitar” and not enough “music.” Much as I love the idiosyncratic nature of the instrument, other than noise-based or ambient guitar, I prefer guitars playing music I can imagine being performed just easily on piano, horns, strings, or vocals. Shawn Persinger’s Halloween Baptizm is just such music. As I listen to him play the overdubbed parts on 6-string, 12-string, nylon-string, and bass, I can easily picture a string quartet of viola, violin, cello, and bass playing these themes.