Is there anything we can do to innovate electric guitars?
All the good-looking shapes are already invented, increasing the number of strings works only for shredding enthusiasts, but there are still some brave people who try to do something new. As long as it's not coming to digitalised weirdos like these:
... the development is highly encouraged.
In the last few years there were not much news from the major companies like Gibson and Fender. It's not so bad - we all love them for Les Pauls and Strats/Teles, but the quality of those had significantly decreased. Gibson had been forced to deal with some major limitations in wood supply, so guitars from 2012 will be slightly different due to use of new, previously less popular types of wood. Apart from this, not much is gonna be changed in the shapes catalouge.
Fender released some info about the new prototype: Fender Voyager. Yep, looks like good old Mustangs and Jaguars, but the aesthetics are amazing - have you ever seen a guitar that reminds a sport car?
You can find pretty much good ideas, if you leave the legendary brands and look for the smaller ones. One of them is DiPinto, a brand which was once favoured by Jack White. Let's take a look on their Galaxie 4:
Reminds a regular Fender Jazzmaster, huh?
Maybe, but let's look a bit closer:
Yep, four pickups with four independent switches.
That's the kind of very classy, yet innovative style. Taking classic shapes, experimenting with colours and the most important factor - sound. Four pickups create many possibilites - many more than included in any other model in the past.
Guitars are very fascinating subject. They are in symbiosis with popular music since 20th century, and we are still not bored of them. It's my first guitar-related post, but be sure that more is to come!