We’re starting a new feature here on the Figment News blog called Figment Challenges!  What is a Figment Challenge?  It’s a way for one or more Figment players to earn a special Lucre reward for taking on an assigned challenge that tests the abilities they use to create fake bands.

We’ve noticed that many of our players are musicians in real life.  We’ve also noticed that many of you are great writers, who can easily and concisely write about your love of music, real and fake.  So for our first Figment Challenge we’re looking for one player who owns a vintage instrument and is willing to write about why they love that instrument, and how playing it has inspired the bands they create on Figment.  That article will appear on VintageandRare.com, a website that provides professional musical instrument dealers and builders with a place to have a virtual store and web presence.  With over 400 dealers in 27 countries, VintageandRare.com is a great place to look for vintage, rare and hand/custom built musical equipment.

To select the player who will accept the challenge, we’ll need all entrants to leave a brief synopsis of their article below as a comment.  Keep in mind we’re looking for a player who not only owns a vintage, rare or hand/custom built instrument, but one who can also speak to how playing it has inspired their work on Figment.  Leave your comment below and we’ll pick the best one at the end of this week.  The player who is selected will have 1 week to deliver their article to us for the VintageandRare.com blog.  When that article is posted they’ll be rewarded with 25,000 pieces of lucre.  That will certainly buy you some virtual instruments in the Figment Gear Store!

We’ll be announcing other challenges from time to time here on Figment, so if you have any ideas please feel free to share them.  Now who is ready to accept Figment Challenge #1?

12 Responses to “Figment Challenge #1: VintageandRare.com”

  1. frizbee Says:

    Damn, I wish I had a vintage instrument.

  2. theHoseman Says:

    Would an ’85 Roland Juno 106 be considered vintage? It makes me feel old to think it is, as I’m the original owner.

  3. javdoc Says:

    Interesting challenge. How old constitutes “vintage”? 15 years? 25 years? Definitely feel that my ’93 LPC [seen in the AiC video] inspires me the most of any of my guitars, but not sure it qualifies age-wise. Anyway, cool opportunity….

  4. Eric Says:

    Well, according to VintageandRare.com they say the instrument has to be at least 25 years old to qualify. Of course if we have no one that qualifies we may have to revisit that number.

  5. javdoc Says:

    Well, I could certainly write a piece about how important it is to find that special instrument, whether it’s vintage, near-vintage, or not. Guess we’ll see what anyone else comes up with….

  6. Inflatable Twerp Says:

    I have a stratocaster copy circa 2007, it’ll be vintage in a couple decades, so could I get away with it by writing about it from the perspective of me twenty years from now?

    Nope? Ah well. Either way, killer idea, looking foward to seeing what other challenges you guys get up to concocting.

  7. formerwageslave Says:

    I have a Gibson SG 200/250 from around ’71-’73. It still has its single coil pickups covered in black plastic with “Gibson” in raised cursive lettering.

    From the narrow neck with the strings set hand-crampingly close together to the rock-solid, dinged-up chunk of wood that is its body, that guitar is a constant source of inspiration when writing for Vorpal Queen. One of VQ’s main influences is Black Sabbath, and Tommy Iomi has a line of SGs that bear his name. Owning an instrument from that same family of guitars, and one dating back to days of Sabbath’s classic records– Paranoid, Masters of Reality, and Vol. 4– helps me channel and better appreciate those heady, haze-filled days of nascent heavy metal.

  8. formerwageslave Says:

    *TONY IOMMI. Damn crucial typo. 😛

  9. theHoseman Says:

    @formerwageslave: Outstanding!

  10. javdoc Says:

    Here’s my lead-in. I should get points for not mis-spelling Tony Iommi….. 😉

    There’s an adage among guitarists that “tone comes from the fingers”. While this is very true [common examples being Angus Young’s distinctive vibrato, Billy Gibbons’ pinch harmonics, or Eddie Van Halen’s two-handed tapping], it’s also true that finding the right instrument unlocks a guitarists potential and inspires creativity. Gibbons famously found his muse when he acquired his ’59 Les Paul ‘Pearly Gates’ [see “Brown Sugar” from ZZ Top’s First Album], Tony Iommi broke his Strat and switched to his backup SG while recording Black Sabbath – forever altering the course of heavy music [see “Black Sabbath”], and Van Halen of course built his literal and figurative ‘Frankenstein’ Strat, defining his sound and setting the course for ‘80s hard rock [see “Eruption” from Van Halen I]. While the annals of rock history are full of similar fortuitous alignments of arists with instruments, the importance of finding the right guitar is not only true for rock legends, but for the average weekend warrior as well. And for many players, nothing inspires quite like a vintage instrument.

  11. eric Says:

    We’re pleased to announce that we have selected formerwageslave as the Figment player to tackle Figment Challenge #1. We’ll be in touch soon formerwageslave to provide you with more details, etc. Thanks to everyone who responded, we’ll be launching some more challenges very soon so stay tuned.

  12. formerwageslave Says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait. 🙂

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