The Infamous TWBrit Christmas List : 2014

Hey, let’s get back to where we used to be at, and what better way to start than with this years Christmas List.
Of course there will be a few old things, and some new :)

Lifetimes Supply of Coffee

In the absence of the availability of the previously wished for Amberley Court 
Then Stanton Court is next :)

And / Or This place in Escala, Austin, Texas
Austin house

Marshall JCM 800

The TrackingPoint XS1 .338 Rifle


Again…. The Land Rover 110 Crew Cab pickup but stretched on a 130 Chassis

The Cintiq 24HD touch

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Dell UHD 32 inch 5K Monitors

I still want a plane, but we’re dropping the 787 and returning to the 777-200LR ;)

Theakston’s Old Peculier by the barrel, not the bottle (of course)


Virtuix Omni

DJI Inspire 4K


Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 bridge Camera

Taylor 812ce 12 Fret

Taylor 812 12 Fret
A Knighthood: KBE
for services to Britishness and Commonsense

An invite to become a member of White’s

A Toyota Sequoia


And finally

Edible Chocolate Anus
because nothing could be more “Wrong” :D
edible anus

The TWBrit 2013 Christmas List


Sorry it’s been sooooo late but to say I/we’ve been a little busy is an understatement. So, lets get on with it – at the end I will list some of the things now removed from previous lists and please do comment on it all. Sadly last year I missed doing it at all, but the last 2 Christmas’s New Years were spent in the USA.

Without further ado – here is the 2013 TWBrit Christmas List:

Virtuix Omni


Oculus Rift Gaming kit


DJI Phantom 2 Vision


Amberley Court
Yes it’s back again…. why? because this house is STILL awesome!!

Amberley Court

Battenberg Cake


Land Rover 110 County Station Wagon
Actually I want a 130 stretched County Station Wagon with a standard pick-up rear but larger internal cabin space (obviously a special order)


Accuracy International

.338 with a x24 Schmitt und Bender scope ( I would say an AS50, but they’re not legal in the UK)


A life time supply of Coffee


A Knighthood: KBE

for services to Britishness and Commonsense


An invite to become a member of White’s



Now, there is no way I can continue in leaving this list without an update for my weird and wacky wants… But due to the nature of manufacturing issues I have revised my dire wish for a personal Boeing 787 Dreamliner and opted for my most favourite plane the 777 and on a tight budget a 767.

Below are two pics of planes for sale (click on them to enlarge). It’s worth noting that a new 767 is about $185,800,000.00 and a new 777 is around $261,500,000.00 (Boeing 2013 list price) so can see these are greatly reduced as they’re older and have probably changed hands a bit.
Now the 777 is fly by wire with a mechanical back up, making it very cost-effective and much easier to service, however the 767 is ALL Mechanical except for a couple of little bits – this means things like control cable replacement on a 767 is quite a big and expensive business.

Also there is the cost of refitting them with bedrooms, bathrooms etc. Frankly an engine of a 777 is around the $18m each mark so I really don’t know how many cycles the airframe has left – but either way, two rock solid planes make the list :-)

767 for sale777 ad

Things now removed:

Taylor K24CE – Got One

Taylor Guitar

A REAL Tablet: Motion Computing J3500  – Got One

j3500 copy

Drum Kit – Got one


Theakstons Old Perculier – Got plenty :-)


Millions of personalised guitar picks – Got Them


Back of Pick 1

Give up Smoking – Did it, one year ago today

no smoking

Adobe Master Collection CS6 & Lightroom – Got them :-)


Heavy Duty Footwear – Got them all


Photo from the BIG BLACK BOOTS website at

Laptop with i7 CPU – Got It


Battlefield 3


So there you are… the craziness that is me and-some :D

Merry Christmas


Fender : An Icon & The People Who Help The World To Rock

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We had cut some tough driving the day before coming down the old coast road from Monterey, a road NOT dissimilar to that of the coast road between Cannes and Monaco. This morning it was Gabby to take the wheel and drive like psychopath through Los Angeles and get us to the Fender factory before it closed at 4pm – as they were closed for the following day (Wednesday) all day. As I mentioned in an earlier post HERE we turned up the previous Wednesday when closed and they still looked after us!!

The choice of driver was well founded. Gabby who is known on the web as @Gabsatrucker and famed for International half marathon running, 100 mile cycle racer, former Harley rider and kick-ass big rig driver – can adapt to pretty much to any driving style and can make progress where most people simply can’t.  Her adaptation and traffic reading of the nightmare known as the freeways of LA are not for the faint heart – but every defensive and offensive action founded in years of advanced driving skills were positively put to use.

For me this meant bemused pondering like “Toyota Sequoia drives well on two wheels” and “These brakes are GOOD!” including “The view from the rear window is great” and of course, that old nugget “I left my teeth in the dashboard”.

It was tough going, everything and everyone who could get in the way – did get in the way and this went on for hoursF12!!

Finally, minutes before the 4pm deadline I phoned Fender and left a message to say we were only 5 miles out…

We arrived at 4:10pm and as I walked up to the door – it opened with the smiling face and ever greeting persona of David Brown the Manager of the Fender Visitor Center and Ralph Esposito who is the Projects Coordinator / New Product Development for the Fender Custom Shop.

Running past us was Gabby, hoofing it at speed towards the toilets.

We hung out a while and it was decided that as they’d had an extremely busy day, they’d invite us back the following day (when shut)to carry on and Ralph Esposito wanted to give us a complete, indepth and thorough tour of the Fender Custom Shop.fender-customshop-logo

We set to retire, but was delayed by sudden outpouring of adoration from the Fender team over the two dogs Elsie (who I call Wubble) and Ben, the most timid little fella who we took in from a Dog Shelter. With adoration over, we headed in to Anaheim and a hotel.

The following day was an education the likes of which no ordinary factory tour could ever provide. David Brown took us over to the Factory to check on the body of the Telecaster they’re building for me and which has bF4een principally engineered by David.

We went through the main factory and into some parts where no one from outside goes, through the paint shop, curing areas and final assembly. In the waiting area of hundreds of guitarF8 bodies we found my Telecaster body and inspected work already done prior to that evening’s satin coating.

We headed out in search for a walnut neck to see if there had been any left over from the limited run of the Stratocaster’s, one of which I had purchased. With none left, we headed down past the wood shop we entered the Fender Custom Shop and was taken through to catch up with Ralph.

FCSTo describe Ralph is easy – he knows his shit! He’s been there a long time, believes in what he does and believes in getting the very best for whoever the customer is. He’s knows that what they do in the Custom Shop is the very best of their efforts and abilities, yet FCS1with so much knowledge and insight he’s very down to earth and easy to listen to and indeed – learn from.

We were taken through every work area, if there was a master builder about we were introduced and where not – Ralph explained the work that Gt1each did. We talked and talked as he led us through a history of music from a side few rarely see. We moved on to the Gretsch Custom Shop and then into an area where they’re building a special run of Eric Clapton guitars. WeF1 went further to where they turned the finished necks and so much more.

Back in the Custom Shop, examples of models they make and have made were everywhere, and even one incredibly light weight Stratocaster which was so light I thought was made of balsa – but obviously wasn’t. With much talk of food and beer next time we’re in town – thus sealing my return at some point (it was this word : “Beer” that did it) we headed back to F2Visitors Center so I could put the rest of my guitar parts together with David Brown.

There was still more to choose including neck type, electronics, metal furniture and finally the information to be placed on the Neck Plate of the guitar. This Neck Plate will show the name of the guitar which is TWBrit, F11the date and where it was born and finally “Engineered by David Brown” whom has been the most outstanding, outgoing and friendliest person from the F5outset.

Together David Brown and Jane Esposito of the Visitor Centre are a great team; they’re knowledgeable and  passionate about what they do and the products they provide.  In fact it was Jane’s husband Ralph who we’d met the evening before while waiting to go home who taken us around the Custom Shop and all it’s workings.

Now I’ve said this before; We’ve been to Gibson hollow body factory in Memphis, We’ve been on a fantastic tour of Taylor Guitars in El Cajon, San Diego (who had no interest at all when I wanted them to build me a custom guitar). But out of these, nothing prepared us for the welcome, friendliness and great people at Fender. While this is easy to throw all under the title “Great Customer Service”, of which I am the greatest of sceptics and picky when presented with the good stuff – the team at Fender humbled us! No, they didn’t make us feel special, they made feel welcome and like friends and that is very rare, very rare indeed!

David, Jand & Ralph

To David, Jane and Ralph who did so much for us


Of the three guitar companies we have visited; Fender has not just done a little more or been a little better than the rest – they have and are miles ahead in the entire experience of dealing with and understanding customer wants and needs. They go the extra mile without being asked and around the world Fender and these great people in Corona, California create things so iconic to the USA and music as a whole it is amazing how they take all this in their stride without any of the pretentiousness of so many other companies.

Gibson for instance will charge hundreds and hundreds of dollars to add a plastic strip around the edge of a guitar (called a binding) and in some cases, add $1000 for that added extra – not great for the present financial climate and considering how much work you have to do to get Gibsons truly playable.  But with the “can do – will do” and friendly reception that awaits all at Fender; Fender is certainly on the road to a better recovery from the financial doom and gloom of the past few years – and frankly? I will buy from the people who give me their time and effort and appreciate their customers where so many others don’t!

Fender Musical Instrument Corp is now one of (if not) the biggest guitar manufacturers in the world! Their other products include:



Jackson Guitars




Guild Guitar Company

SWR Sound Corporation


Brand X





They are also exclusive the U.S. sales representative for Sabian Cymbals and exclusive worldwide distributor of Takamine Guitars and Gretsch Drums.


The 2011 T.W.Brit Christmas List

Yes, it’s this time of year again and strangely, while I dug up the old Christmas logo, I obviously forgot to update the theme with the modern logo style due to the fact I no longer have a working copy of Adobe Creative Suite or better still – Master Suite. This is a shame in itself due to the fact I was to animate the TWBrit logos soon.

This year I’ve been troubled about my wants and wishes… As ever, they’re all crazy, but I thought I would avoid things that require pretence – so membership of Whites Club has been removed. Nevertheless, the taste of all the things I cannot afford grows and lets be honest – is it not that if we refuse to dream, we’ll never make our tomorrow better? This year I will also ply a degree of reasoning with the items on the list. This does not mean there will be logic in that reasoning as in some cases it might come down phrases like “want one” or “me-some” ;-)

Also some things on my list last year I actually got :-) and some things this year maybe left over from last year.

So here it is, the crazy and often regarded insane:

 The 2011 Christmas List


Battenberg Cake

I know, I’ve put it here before, heck Gabsatrucker even made me one once. But Battenberg is a guys cake… It may look pink and yellow, be wayyyy too sweet – but it is the mass production and yet basic engineering concept that makes this baby a geometric marvel that most guys like – me some

Life Time Supply of Coffee

Because last time I did get coffee, but I’m still alive and I’ve run out ;)

A Knighthood:  for services to Britishness, Commonsense and because I’m apparently Legendary :-)


Personalized TWBrit Guitar Picks

Not that I can decide which way to do the artwork as you can see….



:) Toller, Shaker, Blood and Black :)


Heavy Duty Footwear = CAT & Dehner

I have no problem with wearing pretty much nothing else than Caterpillar Colorado Boots all the time… Supreme comfort, durability and never a bad smell. I have also been on the look out for a long field boot for ages and without spending thousands, the only one that seems to be tough enough and still to be reasonable are Dehner Boots… the actual benefit of Dehners’ is that while it may look like you’re gonna get your head kicked in by them – it allows me to wade through your sticky, lard like entrails afterwards. This, (if you are unsure) is a good thing! ;-)

Tech…  did you think I had forgotten?? Here they are, the crazy tech items I actually need…


Dell Alienware M11X, M14X and M17X – yes, all 3


Then 2 x  XPS 15z with i7 cpu’s


Marshall Hand Wired amp and speaker stack.


Motion Computing J3500


A Matrox M9188 16 port Graphic Card with Touch…


Adobe Master Edition

I have come to use Adobe software a lot on here and with other work. I used to have the CS2 edition but lost the disc a long time ago. And have been using Trial versions ever since… the trials have expired :( But the reason I love this software is simply the fact you’re limited only by a few things; Imagination! Knowledge of how to use it fully and Cost. Here is the ad vid to the previous version; everything you see here, the detail in the designs, animations and the music was all done with it.


Battlefield 3

Because it’s Battlefield 3 and I can’t run Battlefield 2 anymore :( Just for fun, here is the Play Symphony playing the theme music :-)


Amberley Court

Amberley Court was on last years list… If this house was a few miles east and not on the side of a hill… it would possibly be the best possible house in the world to me. It came up for sale on the Knight Frank website and I have literally spent weeks pawing over the plans and redesigning the Master Bedroom suite, removing the garden and building a huge basement that covers several floors and includes a way out to the pool house and an extensive subterranean garage, not to mention all manner of other things. The general layout is just astounding!! Sadly it was taken off the market… But still, what a house!!


Free advanced Adobe Training


Private Boeing 787

Yes, yes, I know…. And yes that is a car in the hold. And why? Because it’s the ultimate freedom, and because it’s so wrong and well, I want one :D

But as I did not win the Euro millions Lottery to the tune of £146m ($227,716,200) a few months ago and would have bought a new 737 BBJ (or 2nd hand 777) to whiz myself and my friends about in – I decided to set my fictional goals just that bit higher ;-)


As EVERY year… a Taylor K22ce



As an interlude, I also have a question or two… Person posing as my former neighbour of sorts, who are you and what have you done with my razor-sharp witted, night driving, sledge-hammer owning, house bashing, hard-assed off roading buddy KMA? ;)

It has been a strange year, and I have to say there are several people I miss on the old twitterscape and blogasphere. I guess most don’t know who they are – but from Dave, Annie, Joanne, WKD, Al, and so many others… you’re missed.

Right – back to it…

Again…. The Land Rover 110 CSW… 2.5 TDi and fully equipped if poss ;-)

The Wacom Cintiq 24HD

Actually, I would use this every day!! Top tool for doing a top job :-)


A Desktop Solution with a 28 or 30 LED primary screen solution with 2 x22 screen and 6 x 7 touch screens. Sadly the NEC/Alienware 48 inch curved screen is no longer available.

Another Guitar : Gibson Les Paul Dark Fire.

This thing just takes guitar tech to a new level :-)

Gibson still make the Dark Fire, but you need to order it via dealer.


A Made By Bob hoody in navy blue with white writing, size XXL


Still want an Accuracy International .338

Because it rocks and it’s just a whole loada wrong ;-)


British Airways – Free bump to business class on every flight I take…. And free trip to Toronto before Christmas please (rtn January) ;-)



Theakston’s Old Peculier by the barrel, not the bottle

Whoever you are, where ever you are…. Please, have a great Christmas, drive safely and be safe. For my friends of other religions – know that the spirit and good will of this time extends to you also.

But NOT if you’re a kiddy fiddling priest!!


Regular readers will be thankful of the following image as I’m now too late to purchase these confectionary gifts for you – and yes, this is for real.., as you can see HERE.  I know Hammy will be exceptionally disappointed ;)

A lot has happened in the past year…

So yup… a lot has…
Just over a year ago I attended the Riphay Scuffle, it was an enlightening experience too, even after just under 4 hrs sleep (boy did I look rough lol)… A truly fun event! I met wonderful people too and yet went on my way. I was certainly thinking about running in this years event but for two things – the ladies on this blog would undoubtedly have removed me from the vehicle and taken it over completely!!
And yes, I did indeed move away completely too, as such I have relied on this blogs very own White Knuckle Driver a.k.a WKD to keep me up to speed on events.
Now WKD, like Gabsatrucker is a trucker… and they have a disturbing amount in common – trucks, both are women, cycling, being jolly and very, VERY sharp witted!! Thankfully they both are used to the fact that when I ‘think’ I’m saying something in a particular way – it *never* comes out the way I think it does and therefore sound callous and arrogant… oh wait……. So when I try to sound callous and – nevermind ;-)
WKD informed me that the event did happen but wasn’t anywhere near as good as the last few years on account they were not allowed a beer tent.. This is because last year two young lads decided to drive home totally pissed and died in the process…
This is where the whole thing fell down badly… and I must thank someone whom I often refer to as Lady K and/or Kate McAndersen (neither are her real name)for bringing this event to my attention when she did – I saw it for real and it’ll never be the same again now sadly.

Yes I moved away a few months ago and there are things I miss and things I seriously don’t – but above all in Devon, I miss the people… and the odd pint of old Otter… Hell, Honiton even has a Costa Coffee now :-/ But I will say my time there was somewhat of a rejuvenation of my spirit and while I’m still a bit of a beast in the eyes of most, everyone I met added another layer to this onion I call my life.

In this past 12 months twitter star and crazy friend @CareyLouisa actually went through the whole torturous process of buying her first home and while I know she had support from a most excellent person in the field, she did come through the process quite triumphantly I must say – and very good for her (even if she did start breeding pigeons in the process). In fact I’d go as far to say that Carey is a changed person since then and has her feet firmly planted on the ground.

Gabsatrucker came to the UK and promptly left again – straight to Malta!! Malta is of course a small island in the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast of Libya – and guess what – as she arrived war broke out! Then after kicking the life out of the Land Rover Maltese Marathon, she promptly legged it back to Arkansas after a total of 10 flights!!

Further more, this blog and my friend Sue Black aka Mustang Sue, went off to South by South West in Austin, Texas… and we managed to get her hooked up with Gabsatrucker who gave her a ride around Austin in her big-rig aka Lola… along with Elsie the dog.

My mother had a lung out and they removed the right one ;-)

Buddy Kev took his first ever flight and spent his time making the other passengers nervous through his perpetual knowledge of air crashes etc – rocking ! :-)

I caught up with six of the best guys in the form of Hammy, Dean, Charlie, Squeezy, Gary and Ray. Then there was bumping in to old buddy Alan Shearer by total accident… A story I should tell when I eventually get around to writing up the Google Garden Party post.

Basically there is a hell of a lot more to write here and I seriously could turn this into a very long post – but needless to say the year has been short but very interesting indeed!
For those I offended when I wasn’t joking, tough – to those I offended when I was joking, chin up :-) oh… and tough also :D

So… what enlightening thing should I leave you all with…. Hmmmm tough one this…
I know, an informative video on looking after and maintaining your guitar by Taylor Guitars
No, I’m not kidding :p

Just so you know… The TWBrit Chistmas list…

There is something here for every pocket and as long as nothing girlie or fish based is offered, TWBrit will happly accept just about anything for Christmas – the reason???

It’s because I’m Cheap!! & yes, this is tongue in cheek

Battenberg Cake

Jim Dunlop Tortex guitar picks (plectrums): Orange .5omm (personlised of course with the TWB logo)

Dentistry: Yes, anything for a ‘GOOD’ (trustworthy) dentist!

Galaxy Chocolate

Accuracy International AW .338

Land Rover 110 CSW + Winch + Tow-Set, built on an XD Chasis

A Knighthood:  for services to Britishness and Commonsense


NEC curved monitor


Theakstons Old Perculier

Training Course vouchers for Learningtree

Boss BR 1600 (but the 1200 will do)

9 piece drum kit

Taylor K22CE

Milka Chocolate – preferably Naps

To do the Reasonably priced car lap – but then, a days training by Sabine Schmitz would be better

LE1700 Tablet PC

A Tesla (yes, you read that right), well a go in one at least 

 A lifetime supply of  Coffee


Bob Taylor Responds

Bob Taylor, co-founder and CEO of the awesome Taylor Guitars has responded to the video United Airlines Breaks Guitars made by Dave Carroll, which I also posted here a few days ago.

Bob is not a man who hides behind his desk and is more than happy to get in front of a camera, answer inquiries about his products – and even give you a physical tour of the factory when you turn up. He is a man with a passion…

Not only has Bob replied to this in the video below, but a quick look at the Taylor Guitars wTaylor Home Pageebsite home page shows they’ve really taken it seriously. You see, like I said before about Bob not being afraid to step in front of the camera, he host dozens of videos on how they design and make their guitars as well as a vast library on how to care for and in some cases repair your Taylor.

Here is Bob’s reply;

I placed a link to Taylor Guitars over on the right and I did so by request of Ryan from Taylor. The reason I agreed to it without any form of reckonpence is because I believe in the guitars they make whole heartedly, However, they ARE good guitars and while not in a position to review the latest models, you can take my word for the fact that I personally believe they’re best playable pieces of strung wood about. Click on the Homepage image to go to the Taylor site.

Please read the Dave Carroll story HERE

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United Airlines Breaks Guitars

Well, as airlines go, United are just getting better and better at trying to lose business… There customer service is starting to become legendary in the realms of horror stories and frankly, it’s about time someone brought them to task. And staff attitude is only second to that of Easyjet – the worlds worst airline!!

h/t to billy cripe over at Oracle for this        


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Gibson, Fender and Taylor (with others)


I play, or rather slaughter the guitar. I have mentioned previously a particular acoustic guitar made by Taylor which I covert considerably, so good is it, that on the occasions in my life I have been able to purchase it – I didn’t, on the grounds that I just simply did not believe my playing standard could warrant such a wonderful piece of kit.
Now…. I’m not a happy bunny about guitars. I purchased a very weird guitar while living in Saudi Arabia which has turned out to be awesome, it is an Epiphone that looks like a Stratocaster, the body (a laminate) has stood up to some serious beatings and has been almost dragged around the entire world, but the action (the distance of the string from the fret board) is an awesome cigarette paper width!
It now needs a too much doing to it to make it viable, so I thought I’d go and look at what is around at the moment, there iTin Pan Alleys a global recession on – so in theory prices should be good – NOT SO!
I am frankly appalled at what I’ve seen and what I have seen is nothing short of abysmal.
Fender are now seriously over priced, half the time you can’t tell what part of the globe they’re made (apparently this has a bearing on the price – for the exact same model). When they stick just the odd extra item on, the price almost doubles!!
Then there is Gibson… Gibson have been known to make some pretty awesome guitars over there history, but sometimes the consistency of these is  frankly all over the place.
A couple of ye12-bar Cafears ago I took my brother to Denmark Street in London (often referred to as Tin Pan Alley) to buy his first Fender Strat (in fact, when there – you can often find me drinking coffee in the 12 Bar Cafe). In the process I tried some variant of Gibson’s Les Paul and was stunned at the quality, the action and the playability. The Guitar’s price was way into the 4 figure mark – but I was seriously impressed (that takes a lot). The following week I decided that I should buy it, but alas upon arrival, it had already been sold. Not tDark%20Fire%20bodyo be deterred I trawled all the Gibson dealers trying literally hundreds of Les Pauls and NONE of them came close to the guitar I had tried. But here’s the thing – they were ALL more expensive than the original I tried!
Then there is Gibson’s Dark Fire… Oh please, other than a free software pack, Gibson would have to do a lot to get me to part with such a stupid amount of cash for one of these. Seriously, they have taken the technology forward with guitar automation and this is their 2nd offering in the field – but really, if they’re not going to standardize the technology and have a permanent range of these guitars – then how will I know if I’ll be able to get replacement parts for it in years to come?!
And the price while half the world are losing there jobs – yes Gibson, it’s not discerning, it’s daylight robbery for a guitar with a variety of extras that you could… no, I bet you can get more technically clever ones on kiddies toys – DarkFire2Seriously unimpressed! That said, the software package looks very good indeed. But at inxcess of £2500 – a reality check is in order!!

Actually, Gibson must realise they don’t generally make that much of a great  quality instrument any more in any way shape or form. Everyone complains about the Gibson Quality Control – or should I say,  lack of it.

This to me is very sad, as it can make you feel that they might simply be living on past glories – Yet Dark Fire is most certainly there attempt at a 21 century guitar. But I have never picked up a Gibson and thought it was worth the money except for that once.

I just can not see at the present time that a manufacturer is doing anything special, that new, or with good value vs quality to be worth splashing out some of the money they’re asking for, and after all – it’s a buyers market. And Gibson – your guitars are simply not worth the money you ask for them and have not been for some time!

Back in the 80’s I owned both a Fender Strat and Tele, The Telecaster I played all the time and rarely touched the Stratocaster. The Strat is a better ‘all round’ guitar, but I loved that Telecaster. Have you seen what kind of money they want for this plank of wood these days? It’s crazy!!

But I have come a long way from my first electric guitar. When I was 15 I owned a HondoII Les Paul copy that had a neck… well I think Robin Hood would have made far better use of than any guitarist. Sadly it didn’t come with arrows though.

But let me just stop for a moment and offer some knowledge – guitar prices are not based on what they cost to produce, think of the hours on personal or public entertainment, what is the value of this personally? Would I pay a buck every time I wanted to play a great guitar? The answer is a resounding yes. The second thing is how often do I play? Daily! and for years – so I get the pricing to a point. But I have not seen anything at all to get me to spend my hard earned cash – and believe me, If the manufactures could possibly convince me, then I will listen. But other than that, I think I would spend the money doing up the guitar I already love.G&L_logo

In all honesty, there is a brand of guitars I would dearly like to try, G&L.  The company Leo Fender founded after he sold Fender to CBS. As Leo put it “These are the real ones“.

Finally – Taylor…
Taylor have brought out the ‘Solid Body’ range and I think I would like to try one, but this I’d have to travel some distance to do, so therefore I simply wont!
I’m sure they’ll have got the attributes right – but looking at the prices, they’d have to be very special indeed. That said; Taylor are singularly the most consistently playable guitars and probably the finest selection of woods available from any guitar maker – and why I have wanted to have one made for me since 1995.

I feel that between all the Guitar makers, all of whom make great guitars, Gibson is the worst for consistency and this has been backed up by the grumbles of many a guitar shop owner – it’s sad, but true!

So please someone, somewhere – show me a guitar worth it’s money!!


Taylor, something new and I missed it – DOH!!

You know, my passion being guitar and my inability to ptaylor_logo_smalllay it well, is something I have mentioned a few times on this blog. Then before you know it, you take your eye off the ball and find that the makers of you’re most coveted guitars only brought something totally new out a while ago and I missed it.  Had it not been for Ryan over at Taylor – I’d still be missing it!

As a Brit, I waste no time in having the odd fun jibe at our American cousins, you know – stuff about unpaid back rent and so on. Indeed the war of independence was not a war won or lost – it was a war that finished with the first major international trade deal (much to the loss of the Fr**ch) between the US and UK. But some things our American cousins do better than anyone, like Leatherman tools, Maglites, but above ALL else they’re the best by far at making guitars!

Taylor (in my view) make probably the finest acoustic guitars available. Indeed, I have mentioned before that in their up-market range the Taylor K22ce made of Hawaiian Koa is the one single guitar that stands head and shoulders above most.Taylor K22ce
A couple or three years back they introduced a ‘hybrid’ electro-acoustic which has got be one of the most successful of its type (along with Godin) around. The Taylor T5 is an amazing guitar and I must say that the only one to get is the ‘Custom’ as there is a real difference between that and the ‘Standard’. Both the K22ce and T5 Custom have nearly been purchased by me, but my life style hasn’t been very conducive to the looking after of high quality instruments – this, and the fact I don’t believe my standard of playing is good enough for the quality of the guitars. Just so you know what I mean by that; If I owned a Formula 1 car, it does not make me an F1 driver…

Here is Marc Seal showing off the T5 at NAMM 06
So what have Taylor done? What new innovation have they now brought to the fore? They’ve only gone and built a range of solid body full blooded electric guitars !!! I have a real frustration here as I have yet to try one and with my Taylor-born fetish for guitars made of Koa, this is not good for me LOL.
Now I’m not go2472037620_dc70385511ing to go into a whole sales pitch here, but if ytaylorsolidbody2ou want to know more, there is a new link on the right hand page column – or you can simply click a logo.
The Taylor website is an amazing resource for guitar players and techs alike – even if you don’t own a Taylor. The technical reference guides and ‘how-to’ videos are an excellent source of nearly all repair, maintenance and adjustment procedures – Brilliant infact.

The other thing I like about Taylor is their people and the passion for guitars. Heck, if you turn up unannounced at the factory for a tour, not only will you get a tour, but don’t be surprised if Bob Taylor himself takes you around. And just to prove that the staff love their work – check this out. (Questions regarding Ryan’s hat are best directed at him.)

Marc Seal’s first Impressions of the Solid Body

Published in: on 18 December, 2008 at 13:35  Comments (7)  
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