How to build your own working electric guitar out of LEGOs

I've successfully talked myself out of buying a hollow-body telecaster to add to my already-too-large collection of stringed instruments. As difficult as it's been at times, I have still managed to stand firm against my desires.

But I might have to give in and build myself a Legocaster. Read the rest

Some guy made a Super Mario guitar out of a popsicle sticks

I don't know why this exists, but I'm glad it does. I just want to know how it sounds, and how it plays! I guess I'll have to visit Cranmer Guitars the next time I'm in Glasgow. Read the rest

Learn to play guitar like one of the most influential musicians of the 1970s

You might recognize Wilko Johnson's  as Ser Ilyn Payne from Game of Thrones, but that role's small potatoes compared to his musical legacy. As the lead guitarist and song writer for the British pub rock band Dr. Feelgood, Johnson's choppy, percussive style of playing is considered to be one of the earliest influences of the early UK punk scene. When you listen to Joe Strummer hacking away with his axe in The 101ers, you're hearing Wilko.

In this brief video filmed back in 2012, Wilko demonstrates the ins and outs of the fierce, economic playing style that helped give rise to The Sex Pistols and The Clash. I've been a fan of the man for decades and, last week, was fortunate enough to spend a good chunk of time chatting with him. Look for my interview with Wilko to pop up on the site at some point in the near future.

Image courtesy of Abigail Elizabeth Photography Read the rest