On Guitar Gear Gems this week we have a guitar made in Moscow using McDonald’s French Fries. Possibly the ultimate Big Muff variety pedal, plus you can see the moment when Joe Bonamassa purchased the Gibson DirtyBurst.
Guitar Gear News
Post-NAMM the world of guitar gear news tends to slow down a little. However, on this week’s Guitar Gear Gems I have rounded up some of the more interesting news stories from the last week. These include the story of ArtMayer, a YouTuber and luthier from Moscow who built a guitar using McDonald’s french fries.
McDonald’s French Fries Guitar
ArtMayer has built this guitar using McDonald’s fries. The luthier is based in Moscow and since the American fast-food chain has now left Russia completely, many Russians are missing their fix of McDonald’s food.
In the video below you can see the whole build from start to finish. The guitar features humbuckers made by Russian pickup brand Fokin and even has a McDonald’s fries packet embedded in the Les Paul-shaped body, plus a burger inlay in the headstock.
Anasounds Full Story
The Anasounds Full Story is a limited-run pedal that uses Tone Cards. These cards ship with the pedal and each one is a different variation on the Big Muff circuit designed by Electro Harmonix. These Tone Cards include the Triangle, Ram’s Head, Black and Red, Op Amp, Civil War, Green Russian and Black Russian circuits.
Big Muff x 7
The pedal can hold two of these Tone Cards a once, and also includes a built-in germanium-based treble boost. This treble boost can be used independently or stacked with the Muff circuits. They have apparently sold out already on the Anasounds website, but dealers may still have stock available.
MSRP – EUR 399
See Bonamassa buy the Dirty Burst
The story about the lost Gibson ‘Burt called the Dirty Burst was big news and we all knew that Joe Bonamassa bought the guitar. Thankfully, ATB Guitars who brokered the deal caught the whole thing on video.
Royal Albert Hall
In the video below you can see Joe Bonamassa backstage before his show at the Royal Albert Hall and see him talk about the Dirty Burst. He agrees to buy their guitar and you also get to hear his live rig which contains three original Dumble amps and some classic Marshall Jubilee heads.
An interesting look into the life of a gearhead on the road and you get to see and hear a little more about the Dirty Burst itself. I suspect we will see it all fixed up and working as a playable guitar sometime later this year. As Bonamassa likes to use the guitars he buys, and not hang them on the wall or store them in vaults.
- McDonald's Fries Guitar: YouTube/ArtMayer
- Full Story contains all the Muff: Anasounds
- Dirty Burst: ATB Guitars