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The Vintage Guitar News and Views – March Edition

There have been many changes in the acoustic guitar industry through the years, some good, some not so good and some were really bad. For the most part the old adage that “necessity breeds invention” holds true. Take the use of Mahogany wood for example.

Mahogany wood was once viewed as inferior tone wood to be used on acoustic guitars, but was accepted and used as a replacement for Brazilian rosewood at times. One large guitar maker even used birch wood ( although called maple) for the sides and back of some of its guitars. But, back to mahogany. This wood was found to have properties to better the construction of guitar necks , because at one point in history acoustic guitar necks were made of cedar, spliced together. So instead of several pieces of cedar to make a guitar neck one piece of mahogany wood because of its strength could now be used and made it possible to construct the neck and peg head out of one piece. Mahogany also gained acceptance for the back and sides of acoustic guitars.

Another replacement or change that happened was the replacement of Ivory , also a widely used material for bridge pins, binding, bridge saddles, and nuts, decoration and sometimes complete custom fret boards. this was slowly replaced with a celluloid material commonly referred to today as “ivoryoid”. With the advent of longer fret boards to facilitate players needs and demands and with the wider usage of steel strings Acoustic guitar builders slowly adapted to the placement of interior neck reinforcement. This helped keep the neck straight due to the tension created by steel strings. Using everything from ebony to steel and finally the adjustable “truss rod ” we know as a standard feature on guitars today. Which are still being refined on modern guitars.

The change from “gut” or “Nylon” strings to steel strings also created other changes in acoustic guitars. The greater tension placed on the guitar tops, bracing and bridges on guitars of “oldie” required makers to change or alter the interior body bracing for the acoustic guitars tops and also change the size “footprint” that the bridge made on the top of the guitar as well, all leading to a better built and sometimes better sounding acoustic guitar.

During the late 1960′s and early 1970′s the tone wood from Brazil became harder to get and after it came under government control it became quite expensive also. Acoustic guitar makers scrambled to get as much as they could and started to utilize the remaining Brazilian rosewood that they already had. Such is the case for the emergence of smaller pieces being used to create the backs of some acoustic guitars (3 pieces instead of 2 larger pieces), and a shift to Indian rosewood as well. As in regards to experiments with tone woods, builders used and are still doing so, more laminates, exotic woods and indigenous wood species in an attempt to replace the lost Brazilian rosewoods, But hey that is another edition of the vintage guitar news and views altogether. This article is not meant to be all inclusive or the definite last word on the subjects covered, but rather an informative and entertain look at the different aspects of guitars and the vintage guitar market as I see it and as usual this is just my guitar news and views. So until next month may all your days be memorable, all your friends stay true and all your riffs be killer, Greg.

A Brief History of Home Entertainment

The concept of home entertainment and indoor recreational activities changed when home electronics invaded our lives. One can say that access to numerous electronic products at home has revolutionized the idea of what constitutes a complete home entertainment. Nowadays, anyone can have immediate access to every kind of electronic entertainment via different media within the comforts of their homes. They can have their choice of entertainment which may range from the latest DVD players, radios to the wireless internet connection which offers them the convenience of mobility. Advancement in technology has gifted us with loads of home entertainment options ranging from radio, television, CD, DVD players, home theatre system, games consoles and so on.Music has always been one of the most preferred leisure activities. It found its way into our home through the long playing discs and the gramophone. Of course with the coming of radio a decade later made music a more widespread home entertainment. Before the advent of the CD or DVD player, the radio was the most popular home entertainment system available. Though there were some juke boxes available in the local pubs or salons where one could listen to a song of their choice at home there was only the radio. With radio, the choice of listening was however quite limited as people had to listen to the songs that the radio channels would play, even though some of the stations would at times play the selected numbers based on listeners’ requests. But there were no complaints as there wasn’t anything better for decades to come.Initially, when television had not yet become an everyday part of our lives, the visual entertainment strictly meant those theatres which had large screens to view a movie. Things changed dramatically with the invention of the television in the initial phase of the 1950s. The television was a complete wonder in the days when it was discovered. People did not have to restrict themselves anymore to music as their only entertainment at home. They could actually watch a full length movie in the comfort of their own home.Not only movies, this small wonder box started entertaining people with more and more new ideas, programs and techniques. Television has been considered as one of the pioneers in the history of home visual entertainment. Of course it provided more than just entertainment. With news and special documentaries, TV soon became the most important source of amusement. The long playing discs were also a part of home entertainment which was an early discovery. While radios, LPs and television made a permanent place in everyone’s home, the quality of sound in those times essentially required tremendous development.Good sound systems and speakers stared to develop in the mid 1970s. Various technologies were discovered to enhance the quality of sound. And with the music genres like rock, pop and discos coming into being, there was a specific and urgent requirement for good quality sound systems. Thus the electronic giants did not stop producing recorders and put more emphasis on amplifying and equalizing the sound to give it a new dimension.Good quality sound systems were specially designed and created for homes which produced outstanding music. Woofers and subwoofers along with various amplifiers equalizers and multi channel audio were being used to produce crisp stereophonic sounds.However, this concept took a back seat when CD and DVD players came into existence. During the end of the ’70s and early ’80s some of the electronic giants worked in collaboration to develop the world’s first Compact Disc system. Experts proved that this CD player was quite compact and lightweight with its unique durability. For music lovers it was truly a boon. At the same time this CD system opened a new window in the audio equipment industry.Compact discs were more durable than any other long playing discs or tapes. Thus the CDs removed all other music disc and tapes from the market and held prominent position. The 80s and early 90s saw a vast improvement in the technology of compact disc systems. It became very popular with people because of the crystal clear sound it produced and was affordable. These CDs not only stored music, it was versatile enough to store movies, data, pictures or even software.Along with CDs a much improved device which actually revolutionized and changed the entire system of home entertainment is the DVD or digital versatile discs. These discs are powerful and large enough to hold two movies in one. It stores data digitally and is more durable. The scratch proof technology of the DVD players also makes the DVDs last a long time. Both music and movie buffs felt delighted when the DVD player came into the market. Recent survey statistics reveal that the DVD player is the most successful product of home entertainment. It was introduced in the year 1997 and has reached great heights of success ever since.Nowadays, people can have the same effect of a movie theatre in their homes. With the latest DVD players, LCD screens and the sound systems with woofers, sub woofers and multi channel audio systems, anyone can have a fantastic home entertainment system with high quality sound and spectacular visual effects. The plasma and LCD screens are high resolution televisions which started to develop in the latter half of the 1990s and these sleek televisions enabled the viewers to experience digital sound and vision with fantastic picture quality and various advanced features.With the invention of DVDs and a major development in the visual media such as Plasma and Liquid Crystal Display or LCD in the late 90s gave home entertainment its latest technical dimension. With it, the meaning of home entertainment changed significantly with more and more people installing the home theatre systems with newest gadgets and technologies.