Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fender vs. Gibson

After watching a lot of guitar-related videos on the Internet, I have noticed that people can get into long debates over which guitar is better - Fender or Gibson. I guess it's just the whole "fanboy" mentality we see with the videogame console wars going on right now. I think these arguments are pointless, as Fender and Gibson are kind of on opposite sides of the guitar spectrum.

There is no denying that both are great guitars and that they have been the choice of many guitar legends over the years. They each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

With a Fender guitar, you have great tonal flexibility. You can produce sounds ranging from Clapton blues to grungy rock like Nirvana. Fat Strats, with the added humbucker, can make achieving the latter a little easier. You do not need a great amp or tons of effects pedals to get your desired sound from a Fender. Fender guitars are also considerably lighter than Gibson guitars, making them easier for carrying around to gigs.

Gibson guitars are made of sturdier material than Fender guitars. This adds to their weight, and they can be a hassle to carry around. They also tend to be more expensive than Fender guitars. With a Gibson guitar, however, you get a much fuller rock sound that no Strat(even with a humbucker) can quite match. It is a better choice if your focus is on hard rock/metal guitar playing.

Personally, I like Fender guitars. I play a lot of bluesy rock, so the Stratocaster was a perfect fit for me. But at the same time I recognize that there are times when a Gibson would be much more appropriate. Many guitarists own both, and use one or the other depending on the situation.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs Dead at 56

Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple Inc., passed away earlier today. He was only 56 years old. After a long fight with pancreatic cancer, his condition was only getting worse as the days passed by. After permanently stepping down as CEO of Apple, it was clear that he had no intention of going back. Everyone knew it was coming, but that does not make his death any less tragic.

Jobs reinvented the way technology was used in society by creating an ever-improving line of computers, tablets, portable music players, and of course the iconic iPhone. These products are some of the most recognizable in the world. It is no surprise Apple grew to become one of today's leaders of technology, and much of its success would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication Jobs had for his work. Even as cancer began to take its toll on him, Jobs continued this hard work until the last minute.

He may be gone, but he left a legacy that will surely be remembered for many years to come.

RIP Steve Jobs (Feb. 24, 1955 - Oct. 5, 2011)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Apple Unveils New iPhone 4S

Earlier today, Apple unveiled the fifth update of the iPhone. It comes with new features such as a faster processor which will increase speed by at least 33%, a 8-megapixel camera, and an improved antenna.

All of the changes made were internal. It looks exactly like the iPhone 4. This was a big disappointment to people who heard rumors of a completely redesigned iPhone 5.

Goats: The Funniest Animals on the Net?

This goat's unusual "maaaaah" makes it hard to fit in with his peers.

This is what happens when your farm is too close to a field of marijuana.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Today's Music

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry - all titans in today's music industry. I hope this whole hip hop/dance music craze is just a temporary thing. Some of it's alright, but what happened to rock and roll. Kids today are completely blind to the music of the 60's, 70's, 90's, and a little bit of the 80's. Great bands that deserve to have their music heard are being forgotten.

I know a lot of it is just bandwagon appeal. People want to listen to what their friends are listening to. Unfortunately, it works the other way, too. They don't listen to music that their friends don't listen to. Peer pressure... it's a real bitch.

Another problem is YouTube and other social media sites on the Internet - the main reason people like Justin Bieber are where they are today. The site has provided artists with a free easy way to spread their music to millions of people around the world. Older artists have missed out on this opportunity.