Functional anatomy of musical processing in listeners with absolute pitch and relative pitch

Abstract We used both structural and functional brain imaging techniques to investigate the neural basis of absolute pitch (AP), a specialized skill present in some musicians. By using positron emission tomography, we measured cerebral blood flow during the presentation of musical tones to AP possessors and to control musicians without AP. Listening to musical tones … Read more

Guitar Preamp Tone Explained – by Phil Taylor / Effectrode

Guitar Preamp Tone Explained by Phil Taylor For images and entire article:   During the research and development of the ‘Blackbird’ vacuum tube preamp I undertook a thorough investigation into tube preamp circuits in a quest to discover just what factors are important in creating great guitar tone. The following article is a result of … Read more

Tonewood and resonant frequency myths debunked

In this video I debunk that the nut and bridge lose their independent resonant frequency when attached to the guitar, and become part of the guitar bodies and neck. I also prove that a guitar’s body and neck have multiple resonant frequencies. tone wood can only exist if a body has a very narrow window … Read more

The Sound of 3D Printed Guitars

I got a friend and incredible guitarist, Nadav Tabak, to do a little video clip of my 3D printed guitars in action in a range of different styles of music, and showing off some of the different designs. The clip goes through chords, finger picking, funk, blues, heavy rock, progressive, and alternative rock. The bodies … Read more

Tonewood – Does it make a difference in Electric Guitars

This is an attempt to question the validity of ‘Tonewood’ in electric guitars. Many will tell you that it doesn’t make any difference what the body of an electric guitar is made from. Others, generally those who want to sell you guitars want you to believe otherwise. So I’ve taken a perfectly decent guitar and … Read more

Musical rhythm spectra from Bach to Joplin obey a 1/f power law

Much of our enjoyment of music comes from its balance of predictability and surprise. Musical pitch fluctuations follow a 1/f power law that precisely achieves this balance. Musical rhythms, especially those of Western classical music, are considered highly regular and predictable, and this predictability has been hypothesized to underlie rhythm’s contribution to our enjoyment of … Read more

Cardas ‘223’ Guitar Cable

As seen at NAMM 2014. The all new Cardas ‘223’ Guitar Cable with Cardas ‘223 Plugs’ is a small diameter, high performance instrument cable. Medium capacitance, and high propagation velocity. Silver clad conductors and Foam PTFE dielectric. Very quiet, with low microphonics. Ideal for lead guitar.