Kononykheen Guitars (why I believe I want one)

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post that wasn’t related to my current monthly guitar riff challenge. There are many reasons for that. One reason … I’m a busy guy. Secondly, I wanted to only write new blog posts when I felt I was covering something that was new and/or perhaps underrated. That is how I started my blog’s current path of guitar content after all—writing about the smaller and more unique things that were happening in the guitar realm. But what of guitar manufacturers today? Is anybody doing anything different there lately? I think so. I think Kononykheen is one such company and I for one am keen—or is that kheen?—to watch them grow.  Kononykheen Guitars (why I believe I want one)

The perfect electric guitar (that social media chose)

Earlier this month I thought it would be a good idea to conduct a social media experiment that would hopefully result in an answer to a question I’d often asked myself … does the perfect electric guitar exist? I am lucky enough to have a few guitars to choose from, but I’d never considered one guitar to be the perfect guitar—I’m told it’s important to not let your children know who the favourite is. I realised that the perfect electric guitar was relative. It would mean different things to different people. So obviously the only way to decide, was to have several different people choose.

After running a series of 17 guitar choice questions in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, I compiled the responses—none of the votes are my own—and went to the Halo Guitars website to construct the perfect electric guitar. I have to say, I think the Interwebs may have just got this right.

The perfect electric guitar (that social media chose)

Building the perfect electric guitar through social media

So I’ve opted to try something different as I investige what electric guitar to potentially buy next. I always try to get something different with each guitar purchase, but I’ve been wondering if there is such a thing as the perfect electric guitar. There are clearly many aspects of an electric guitar to consider when purchasing a new addition to your current collection. To help me make sure I get the next purchase right, I’ve decided to let social media choose the perfect electric guitar for me.

Before I get into the how, let me share some back story. It will be great for atmosphere if nothing else. Plus, I haven’t written in a while. (Scare) Bear with me. Building the perfect electric guitar through social media

Megatober … the guitar challenge did finish successfully

I’m not* saying that I’m a little bit behind in my blogging, but Megatober was actually a successful challenge for me. I did manage to attempt 31 new Megadeth riffs during Megatober. I just didn’t manage to write about them or the things I learned—other than the riffs themselves—in a timely manner. So I thought as 2016 comes to an end I would wrap up the challenge that was Megatober—two months after the fact.

* I’m saying I am incredibly behind! Megatober … the guitar challenge did finish successfully

My almost realistic six guitar wishlist

At the beginning of this year I put together a list of the five signature guitars I wished I had. As someone who has an unhealthy fascination with guitars I often find myself dreaming of the guitars I wished I had—I’m sure everybody makes a guitar wishlist of their own though. I should say that I’m lucky enough to already have a decent guitar collection and with each new acquisition I try to add something unique to my guitar family. Currently I have something from the Les Paul, Stratocaster. Telecaster and V shape ranges. Realising this got me thinking of the other iconic shapes out there that I’m yet to own.

That right there is how I decided I need at least six more guitars to round out my collection. My almost realistic six guitar wishlist

Five signature guitars I wish I owned

I’ve been bitten by the blogging bug lately and this has caused me to investigate all-things guitar once again. I’m very OK with that. Who doesn’t love spending hours surfing the Interwebs looking at guitars? I’m sure that doesn’t appeal to some folks—I like to call those people boring. What is hopefully not boring though is this list of the five signature guitars I wish I owned.

Now to watch the next lotto draw and hope for the best. Or dream. I’m happy to continue dreaming. Five signature guitars I wish I owned

The Dialtone Pickups that I WILL install!

I have an embarrassing confession to make. I’ve owned a set of Dialtone Pickups since the end of the 2015 Winter NAMM and I have still not installed them. I’m lame. I embarrass myself. It’s not because I’m not keen and it’s not because I don’t want to install the pickups. No, it’s because of this stupid thing I’d only ever really read about up until February—the real world. I have to now say, I don’t like it.

I mention this because the real world is stopping me from doing the things I am truly interested in. For example, it was through my favourite online realms that I first discovered the beauty that is NAMM. I’d never heard of it until several years ago when Twitter went crazy one January. My Twitter feed was full of guitar porn. I was in virtual heaven. Many years later, I discovered Dialtone Pickups—once again thanks to Twitter on account of its awesomeness—and my fascination with pickup innovation began.

I became super-keen on the Dialtone Pickups. Super keen is like keen, but it wears a cape and is unrecognisable without glasses. I became so super-keen that I pre-paid for a set of pickups, got invited to join the Dialtone Pickups team at the 2015 Winter NAMM in Anaheim, assisted with some of their graphic design work and blogged about them like a madman. Fast forward to the week I returned to Australia after NAMM and this real world nonsense took a hold of my life like a NAMM attendee receiving free promotional gear. Trust me, that’s a grip you won’t break.

Like I said … I’m lame. But sometime soon—I hope—that all changes. Why? Because I just posted this article letting people know I have some awesome pickups to install. I better pull that finger out that I hear so much about. The Dialtone Pickups that I WILL install!

Ryan Bruce performance at the Cleartone Strings booth—NAMM 2015

One of the things I liked the most about the 2015 NAMM Show was how easy it was to come across people I’ve recognised from the Internet and/or bands. For example, I saw John Petrucci, George Lynch, Paul Riario, The Tone King and Ryan Bruce. I know those people aren’t all huge on Twitter, but that’s where I like to hang out (hence the Twitter links). I also came across people who knew who I was (once I gave them one of my business cards or plectrums). That was flattering and weird. Because I am nobody.

Better than just seeing someone I recognised, was watching and listening to them play live at NAMM. That’s exactly what I did when Ryan Bruce played at the Cleartone Strings booth. It was pretty impressive to be honest. Ryan Bruce performance at the Cleartone Strings booth—NAMM 2015

Visit two Guitar Center stores … Walk out with two new guitars

I mentioned yesterday how I went to my first ever Guitar Center. In that article I mentioned that I had planned to visit the Orange Outlet Guitar Center store. I have to say, that visit went well. It went very well. For me, for Ibanez and for Guitar Center. Mostly for me.

Why? Well, because I ended up buying two new Ibanez guitars that I now have to somehow get home to Australia. How hard can that be?! Visit two Guitar Center stores … Walk out with two new guitars