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Pickups aren’t microphones

You here a lot of talk about tone woods and resonance. But wait, the pickup is not a microphone. It is not picking up air vibrations. There is a vibrating metal line (the string) that is interrupting a magnetic field. How could the wood effect the output sound?...

Tone Woods

85-90% of the sound of an electric guitar comes from the pickups. The other 10-15% is a combination of things including the body wood, neck wood, fret board, bridge and nut, overall weight of the guitar and other things. The list goes on. But if your guitar only...

P-90s

When I got my first loot of Melancon guitars in one of them was a P-90 Pro Artist. I was intrigued by the mahogany neck and body matched up with the P-90s. Vintage Gibson type materials on a Fender scale. I got this one out and took it home for a couple of days. I...

New Orleans Guitar Semi-Hollow

I could talk all day about that guitar but it would be nothing compared to playing it. When Vincent (New Orleans Guitar) told me he had built a semi-hollow I told him that sounds pretty cool when is he going to build another one. He said he already had it in the plans...

Crotch Tops

You may ask yourself... How does New Orleans Guitars get those killer crotch top sinker cypress pieces for guitar tops. Well I was asking myself the same question and realized I should not ask myself, I should ask Vincent. So here is the deal. They go out into the...

New Orleans is up to something special

I have just received my first New Orleans VooDoo SL. This is the cajun version of a bolt on neck, but we know that cajuns always do things a little different. In this case, extremely different. When Vincent decided to design a bolt on guitar that would be more...

NAMM Summer 2003 – Nashville

Nashville is never boring, especially when the NAMM show is going on. We had a great time, saw some great stuff and met some great people. Melancon - Gerard set up his booth in his hotel room. What a great environment and a great break from the noise and hustle/bustle...

Prototypes

When we ventured away from proven designs that spanned back into the 50's we found that you can't just change the body shape or configuration without a lot of strange things happening. Things you would never expect. Maybe a switch would no longer fit because of a...

Some People

Some people, some guitar dealers, I won't name any names, seem to feel that if they can't make a profit on a guitar the guitar is a piece of junk. Any dealer selling that guitar must not know much about guitars. It's like dealing with a used car salesman. If you go to...