Fender guitar

by | Local (↓) | Skill (↑) | 1 comment | 0 question

I have wanted to learn to play for years.. My brother was always playing his guitar when we were little and I idolised him as a youngster; so yesterday, I took the plunge and bought my first guitar, and I love it!

Where and how is it used?

I use it to play music at home, and with friends.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

£185

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

Because music has always been a big part of my life - it is probably one of the most important material possessions I have.


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

Fender

Who was paid to make it?

Factory workers

What skills does it take to make it?

Machines?

Where was it made?

California

What does it cost to make it?

20% of retail value, so £40 ish

What is it made from?

1. Wood:

Neck and body

2. Steel:

Strings

3. Plastic:

Tuner/pick-up/battery case

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Guitar shop owners

Who or what assesses its quality?

Fender - the company

Where is it sold?

In guitar shops worldwide

Who or what sells it?

Guitar shops

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

Ship and truck

Where is it used?

At home and at friend's houses as well as gigs.

Where is it kept?

In my bedroom

How and by whom is it cared for?

I maintain it just by not being too heavy-handed with it. The guitar shop may change the strings every once in a while.

How long will it last?

Hopefully 10-20 years,

Where will it go when it's finished with?

Hopefully to my children.

What is it worth?

£185


How do you and others value this commodity?

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Total times valued2
Positive (↑)Skill
Negative (↓)Local
Overall Positive243
Overall Negative-1
Controversy61 (0 = most controversial)
  

What do these numbers mean?

This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.

Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?

Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.

  • Controversy Score:
    (Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)

    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

  • Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
    (Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued

    Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.

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Changing strings isn't difficult; the guitar doesn't need to tie you to the guitar shop, beyond buying strings occasionally. Other guitarists are usually generous with their advice; someone will show you how to do it yourself. Guitars can be great for connecting people.

by Pauline on April 28th at 10:21am

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