This is why I don’t design guitars.
This is my new Tetris. (Thankfully I’ve never had a phone cool enough to play Angry Birds.) Online guitar builders are popping up like mad, and now there’s a contest for making the ugliest one over at Joe Gore’s Tone Fiend blog:
Go try your luck at making the worst! There is some serious competition over there. Sadly, I like some of the “bad” color schemes. I guess I do like goofy guitars after all. (You may remember the mutant beauty pageant.)
I even used one of the guitar builders to help plan out my Turner’s Iced Tea guitar idea.
Poorly Thrown Together Iced Tea Guitars
Matt at Guitar WTF has also posted a great list of virtual guitar builders in the past. Some are great, some are not so great. They all seem to have some bugs as well as some great qualities.
I’ll list the ones I know about:
Are there any glaring omissions?
I’m fully expecting one of these to pop upon the Guitarz blog one day. None are as crazy as the Tom Bingham stuff or Bertram’s, though.
I still haven’t seen a virtual guitar builder that can do this though. I did a Google image search for ‘Tetris Guitar’ and came up short. This was the next best thing. It would be cool if it still worked to play video games. Really though, $190 is a very reasonable price. If I had $200 to spare, I’d get one of these.
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Want 13 of these?
OK. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I have an entire case (& a little more) of Arby’s delicious Bronco Berry Sauce just taking up space in my dining room. I would eat it all if I could, but it’s probably not an achievable (or wise) goal. Sadly, my Bronco Berry Sauce will have to go without its perfect partner Arby’s delicious Jalapeño Bites… as they have not yet returned to the menu here in Pittsburgh. Perhaps there is still reason to Occupy Arby’s even if Hala asked me nicely not to?
I’m left with a few tasks… figuring out what to do with the sauce besides dunking Tyson’s chicken tenders in it, and trying to pawn some off on friends, family, and maybe even a busker. It expires in June, and I’d hate for any (more) to go to waste.
I was thinking it may make an excellent glaze for meatloaf, or even as an internal ingredient. It would also probably be good as a glaze on grilled or baked chicken, but I’m guessing the high sugar content would make it blacken quite quickly. I wonder if it will freeze? A Bronco Berry Popsicle could be either incredible or disastrous. Would there be a way to work it into an icing (or again as an ingredient) in a chocolate cupcake?
My readers and commenters are obviously the most enlightened and intelligent group of people I know, so I’m turning to you for ideas.
I promise to wrap it better than my last gift from Arby's if I need to mail it to you.
Here’s where the contest comes in. Give me your recipe for something including Arby’s Bronco Berry Sauce as an ingredient. You may want to familiarize yourself with it if you’ve never tried it. The name is misleading, it contains no berries or horses. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s awesome. This will be like Chopped or Iron Chef, except instead of TV fame and butt-loads of money the prize is… Let’s say 13 packs of Bronco Berry Sauce, because I like the number 13. Also, I’m not Alton Brown or Ted Allen. If it’s really good, we’ll maybe eventually have to make copycat recipes to continue making the prize winner.
You have until Friday May 4th to get your recipes to me. I’ll post them in a blog, put up a poll, and have the readers vote. We’ll close the poll & pick a winner on May 13th. You can enter multiple times within reason. Voting will happen with the little poll widget here, so encourage your friends, neighbors, family, and even enemies to vote for you.
The only way to enter: You can email your fantastically delicious recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject containing the hashtag “#Bronco13” & the name of your recipe. We’ll annoy people with it on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, & wherever else hashtags work.
In the event of a tie, both of you will get 13 packets of Bronco Berry Sauce.
What are you waiting for? Get to work!
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The Classic 6
So, thanks to Guitar Squid, I saw a cool contest today from Rock Solid Guitar Stands. All I needed to do was get a picture of my axes, upload, and beg for votes. Simple enough, right?
Plus, any excuse to break out the guitars & take some photos is a good excuse. One of these days I’ll learn to take awesome photos, but for now these ones will work.
Guitar problem? What problem?
:::== The Wife’s Lanikai LU-11 Ukulele ==:::
:::== Six Flags Batman Logo Guitar |·| New York Pro Star Gazer (Strat Copy) |·| Dewey Decibel FlipOut Guitar |:| Fender Stratocaster (Japan) ==:::
:::== Fender G-IIE |·| Gotham Bat Paul (no name LP copy) |·| Galveston B.B. Stone |·| Epiphone Les Paul |:| Ibanez 627-12 ==:::
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You can vote once per day, so please help me by voting once a day if you can remember. Don’t worry, I’ll be constantly reminding you via various social media outlets, I’m sure. So…
I thank you in advance, and I thank you multiple times (hopefully).
Here are the photos, that I took… Well, the best of the lot, anyway. I liked ‘em enough to share:
So please, vote. Tell your friends to vote. Vote daily. Did I mention I need your votes?
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So, not too long ago, I submitted some photos of my favorite toys to the Tone Fiend blog’s Mutant Beauty Pageant. If you’d like to follow the saga at the Tone Fiend blog, check these posts out:
You can pick your 3 favorites, and list them in the comments here: Mutant Beauty Pageant: Choose the “Winner!” You can also email your votes if you’d like them to be anonymous. Of course, your 3 favorites could be for all 3 of my guitars, but… I do encourage you to vote for your actual favorites.
No prize was apparent at the time of my entry, but now I see a nifty little custom-built Uglyface stompbox is being offered up as booty. I certainly wouldn’t mind playing around with the little thing. At any rate, it was cool that people got to show off their weird guitars, and we can all share in our inherent oddness.
Mutant Beauty Pageant: Choose the “Winner!”
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Cerberus, the Darkmeat Knight
So, I entered 3 of my goofy beauties into the “Mutant Beauty Pageant” in Joe Gore‘s Tone Fiend blog at the Seymour Duncan website. I have had people tell me they’re ugly, I have had people that dig them. I’m just glad that we live in a world with so many available options. Guitar beauty (& awesomeness) is subjective, after all.
You can check out the entries so far by clicking the triple-headed turkey, and you can also read the original rules post. When you’re done with that, enter your weird guitar! Yeah, it’s got to be yours… not something you just found on the internet somewhere.
I’m really diggin’ Dr. Soda’s “calm like a bomb” Explorer custom …thing. I’d love to see some more photos. Is that circuit board 3D? I can imagine ripping my hand open on that… but then again, that would be one hell of a show.
Also, you’ll notice that Mr. Gore used my Batman guitar in the photo with the tri-topped turkey that I have dubbed “Cerberus, the Darkmeat Knight”. How cool is that? Funny part is, I just got a Seymour Duncan Distortion Humbucker to drop into it.
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So, where do my favorite toys fall on this amusing scale from Gearpipe?
GearPipe.com | Trustworthiness of Guitars Scale
I do have to say… I don’t get why the Prince guitar is for repugnant individuals. I guess if you’re not Prince, it is a goofy axe to sling. I am glad that the boring Washburn/Jackson/Ibanez shape is all the way on the left though. I just can’t get behind them. I’m not sure why the oh-so-common Les Paul and Stratocaster shapes convey any level of trustworthiness of the player. Perhaps I’m over-thinking. This is quite amusing nonetheless.
Seriously though, I can’t find any of these…
Dewey Decibel FlipOut
Galveston - B.B. Stone
Six Flags Batman Guitar
If you’re quick and lucky, you can win a copy of this poster from Guitar Noize.
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I found this rather amusing:
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We have some shows coming up. You ought to attend. We’re a good time. I promise.
The Punk Rock Sock Hop Invades Pittsburgh! Sat.11/05/2011
This is going to be one crazy show… bands, magic, a DJ spinning 50′s tunes, zombies, contests, prizes, and probably even drunk chicks. You can get free admission and some other goodies from Pittsburgh Punk Rock with very minimal effort (if he extends the contest). This benefits Free Ride Pittsburgh, and is a Pittsburgh City Paper Critic’s Pick for this weekend! Click the flyer for details, links to all the other bands & entertainment!
Locksley, Ernie and the Berts, & The Mondze! 11/15/2011 @ The Smiling Moose!
Click the flyer for details, to see videos from all 3 bands, the link to buy tickets, and check the comments for the link to a free EP called Ghosts from Locksley with a fun Halloween theme! Erin saw these guys in concert, and wanted to bring ‘em here to the ‘Burgh. You’ve heard the song “The Whip”. Lets show them some love! Help spread the word.
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