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December 7, 2017
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The world's smallest guitar -- carved out of crystalline silicon and no larger than a single cell -- has been made at Cornell University to demonstrate a new technology that could have a variety of uses in fiber optics, displays, sensors and electronics.

The "nanoguitar" -- made for fun to illustrate the technology -- is just one of several structures that Cornell researchers believe are the world's smallest silicon mechanical devices. Researchers made these devices at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility, bringing microelectromechanical devices, or MEMS, to a new, even smaller scale -- the nano-sized world.

The guitar has six strings, each string about 50 nanometers wide, the width of about 100 atoms. If plucked -- by an atomic force microscope, for example -- the strings would resonate, but at inaudible frequencies. The entire structure is about 10 micrometers long, about the size of a single blood cell.

The scanning electron microscope photo of the guitar won the award for best scanning electron micrograph at the 41st Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication Conference in Dana Point, California.
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For our purposes, we're going to focus mostly on comparing Fender's well-regarded Made in Mexico (MIM) line with Squier instruments of predominantly Chinese and Indonesian origin. The goal of this article is to give an overview of the main differences between the two for those who are simply curious or for those looking to purchase one or the other.
Sometimes, it seems like a player's instrument can be as recognizable as their music. Put your bass spotting abilities to the test with this quiz. Since we've already tested your ability to name a guitarist just by looking at their guitar. Today, we're cranking it up a notch to see how well you know your low-enders. So go ahead. Let's see what you've got.

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 When Jimi Hendrix first arrived on the Euro scene, he suddenly and aggressively wrestled popular music past the growing pains of early/mid sixties rock music. This was 1967 on a weekly German tv showcase of new bands called Beat Club, so most or even all of these kids had absolutely no idea what they were even witnessing so they just sat there and let it happen, not knowing the future of rock n'roll was being chiseled before them.
Toto guitarist Steve Lukather presents an in-depth video guitar lesson on the subject of advanced blues soloing skills, in which he covers a number of useful techniques. He also offers some sage advice and plays wonderfully too.
Del has done a lot of impressive things with his guitar over the last 50 years. He has performed with Gene Autry, Lawrence Welk, and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. He's appeared, strumming, in movies with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis. He's been a featured player on dozens of film and TV soundtracks. But there is one accomplishment that Mr. Casher, now 73, wishes more people knew about: his role in the invention of the wah-wah pedal.
Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson was born in North Carolina on March 3, 1923. As an infant, Watson was left blind from an eye infection, but showed early musical talent, learning regional "mountain" music that would later influence his unprecedented flat-picking guitar style. His virtuoso guitar playing and deep baritone voice first earned him national attention. Watson was a folk pioneer and a major influence on generations of guitarists. He won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

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