Handmade Guitars
Written by Terence Tan   

It is often said we are living in the golden age of guitar making. During the 70's there were only a handful of individuals who would craft a guitar completely from scratch. Today, a combination of expanded interest, and an increase of accumulated skills and experience has resulted in an explosion of luthiers who offer anything from a fancy pearl trimmed dreadnought to an all koa Weissenborn style instrument. Large factories have also increased quality and production over these few decades, begging the question, "What is the difference between factory and handmade instruments?"

The definition of "handmade" is rather tricky in the context of power tools requiring one to consider the importance of the differences between that high powered band saw and a wood saw? Most luthiers and players take the view that as long as the tools used are dictated by the operator, the instrument can be considered handmade. Thus, a specialized jig which predetermines how a neck is carved cannot be considered part of the handmade process, whereas a band saw used to rough out the neck shape 'freehand' could. Over the past decade, I have been playing, trading, and on occasion making my own acoustic guitars. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.

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What the Classical Seating Position Can Do For You
Written by Christopher Davis   
When watching a classical guitarist play, a viewer might be struck by the strange sitting position.  The guitar is moved to the left leg and it's really pretty high up compared to a standard position.  Let's face it:  it's just not a cool. 

But the classical guitar way of sitting is not just for classical guitarists.  Do me a favor:  grab your guitar right now, strap up and stand and play a bit.  Notice where the guitar is:  pretty much centered on your body.  The neck is probably right in line and not pushed forward.  Now sit down standard style.  Notice that the guitar is now off to the side a bit and the neck tends to be pushed forward away from the body. 

There's very little carry over from standard seating position to standing.  I'd say that a standard position can encourage a not-so-great left hand.  But the classical seating position can remedy a lot of these issues, has a greater carry-over to standing and offers a way for guitarists to make their playing more effortless.

The Basics

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You Like What?!
Written by Emon   

One of the best reasons to run a blog is the amazing friendships that strike up with the people you meet via e-mail.  Take one Emon Hassan, for instance.  I asked him to write this post--he enthralled me with his surprising love for a certain kind of music genre I never expected.  I helped him--by asking him to write a post, which led him to a music connection. (He even posted about it!) And now, it finally comes full circle with this enrapturing blog post.  For more intriguing entries by E, check out Guitarkadia.



Picture me. Back when I was a boy listening to whatever I was listening to. The sounds coming out of those speakers, tiny as they were in those early boom boxes, bringing the sounds of pop music. Pop music that is sweet as candy, that sticks to the teeth as candy, and that disappears as...you guessed it. Mind you, I was growing up, not in NYC, but in Dhaka, Bangladesh. And although many around me were exposed to Rock, Blues, or Jazz - I had the faintest idea what those meant, let alone sounded like. Then one day: 

"What's this you're listening to?"

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How To Get Started on Classical Guitar
Written by CD   



At some point during the past five years I fell in love with a version of guitar often falls under the radar.  Like every other high school kid in the USA, I started with electric guitar. When it came time to go to college, I decided that instead of going to school for something "legit" I would just play my guitar.  I had a problem, though.  I was supposed to play "classical" guitar.   The school where I auditioned wanted a piece by Carcassi, Sor, Giuliani or Aguado, and I couldn't even pronounce their names. Despite my awful rendition of a Giuliani piece, I managed to get into a school.

Learning a bit of classical guitar can have a powerful influence on your playing, but it can also open up opportunities (gigs) otherwise unavailable to the typical electric guitarist.  And like learning any new technique, classical is another tool in the box.  I'm here to talk about what the classical guitar is, and how you can get started playing it.

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The Thing About Travel Guitars...
Written by IbanezFreak777   

Case

As you may know, I am currently living abroad in Hong Kong. One thing that is important when commuting, is to travel light when you’re squeezing your butt onto a crowded train during rush hour. What if you needed to carry a guitar with you? Well I do, and I teach guitar on the side for extra cash. It’s a great way to meet new people and see parts of a country you would not normally visit. But it can be annoying when you don’t know the country as well as your hometown, and you need to get around easily.
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