French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has created an installation for the Barbican in London where you can watch a flock of zebra finches playing electric guitars. It's a walk-though aviary where the flock of zebra finches have set up home with their collection of electric guitars and other instruments. As the birds go about their daily routine, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they strum the strings creating their own music.
This guitar coffee table was made by self taught metal artist Timothy Adam from Grand Rapids in Michigan. It is an oversized handmade version of a Les Paul around 5 feet long, 2 feet wide and 18 inches high. Made from mild steel it has a blue tinted clear coat.
The Les Paul table in the picture was sold to Barneys department store in New York in May, but Timothy can make you a custom order in any style from fender to the flying V.
With prices at $3,100 it might be cheaper to put your coffee mug on a real Les Paul!
The MiJam Guitar is a guitar simulator which you can plug into your iPod to jam along to songs. It looks like a playstation Guitar Hero controller. There are four preset styles: heavy metal, rock, blues and bass. The fret board on the neck features four sensors, which allows you to the basic chords and riffs.
It has tempo, pitch and volume controls so you will always be in tune with your backing track. The "strum bar " is used for picking notes, riffs and chords. It plays a bit like a guitar and is portable enough be used with your iPod or music device anywhere you go.
This is a picture of the world's smallest six string guitar made at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility. It is 10 micrometers long , the size of a single cell. The whole thing was made of silicon, as a demonstration of resonance and vibration at nano-scales. Harold Craighead, the director of the facility at the time described how it works,
It’s that time of year again – when we get the box of Christmas decorations out of the attic and see if the lights still work. It’s also a time when guitar heroes climb into the attic of rock, and rummage in the dusty box of Christmas tunes for a seasonal hit.
When it comes to festive guitar albums, Merry Axemas (released in 1997) and Merry Axemas 2 (from 2005) are the shiniest baubles on the Christmas tree of rock. Merry Axemas was conceived by Steve Vai and features eleven ninties guitar heros. Vai said at the time,
Archaeologists have unearthed a pair of carved figures believed to be the first ever depiction of the band Status Quo. The unmistakable wide-legged stance of Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt can clearly be seen in the figure on the right. On the left, Francis Rossi has yet to adopt his characteristic jeans-and-waistcoat look of later years, favouring instead the formal attire of the Persian court.