Open D Tuning! You bastards!

This kickass video reminds us that all we need is little bit more open D tuning.
Passion makes ideas stick. Energy flows from high to low? Somebody cranking out insane amounts of energy (up to 11), sticks with the people around him.

About a month before this video came out, my music teacher showed my open D tuning. Suddenly, the guitar had a whole new personality, and within a few minutes new jams were coming out. I’m stealing his line –

“Sometimes you need somebody to show you new waypoints in the vast ocean of musical possibilities. ”

Its fun. Do it. Tune to Open D.

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Foamcore / Foamboard Mandolin

Rapid prototyping methods are the new wave of engineering. As manufacturing new test design move toward lasercutting and 3d-printing, I’ve been looking into one materials. Foamboard makes a great sounding board, and nobody seems to work with it So, I put together a quick foamboard mandolin based on the Saga Mandolin kit.

Here is the first prototype:

Foamboard Mandolin

Now, what makes a great sound board? Well first, we need to dive into some engineering terms.

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No Shortcuts to Quality

Beautiful musical instruments are timeless, and a few posts reminded us that there are no shortcuts to quality. Little details have the unique ability to amaze in both directions.


These reinforcements by Esq Guitars are super classy are should be celebrated. What makes an instrument go from Good to Great? MBAs study companies that grow contagious pockets of greatness. But for the craftsman, sharing small trade secrets is the key.

Looking Through The Lens Backwards: Great to Good

This provocative video compares a Gibson guitar to an imitation from China. Most youtube reviewers comparing imitation guitars aren’t as tough, but this guy colorfully explains how the little things making a Gibson guitar a special instrument, and why the imitation is rubbish.

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