The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, charted Strauss’s journey and ultimate success in the seduction community.
In January 2004, Strauss broke cover, publishing a piece in the New York Times about his observations and experiences in the society.
Fifties flattop electrics Martin actually got into the electric guitar business in the late ’50s when it started slapping De Armond pickups onto some of its acoustic guitars yielding the D-18E, D-28E and OO-18E.These pickups were the De Armond humbuckers with chrome sides and a black center in a trapezoidal hole, large pole pieces along one side and smaller poles along the other. At 55 and with a heart attack under his belt, he’s done his time and he’s had his fill. He joined the community in the early 2000s – befriending Jeffries along the way – under the pretence of being a normal guy looking to learn to pick up women.As the father of the seduction community, you should hope so too. By the end of the book, under the persona of 'Style', Strauss has been voted the best pick-up artist in the world by his fellow PUAs.The Will Adler Signature Set combines the Classic neck pickup with a crushing Ceramic bridge pickup hybrid, combining the passive attack and dynamics, and flux chaos Will loves from the poles with the smoother, more even response of the blade.
Most people think of it as a poor man’s Telecaster or a forerunner to the Tele, but this is simply wrong.However, beginning in the early ’60s, Martin has launched periodic forays into the electric guitar marketplace with some very interesting, if commercially unsuccessful, results (which explains why the Martin name doesn’t come immediately to mind).Most coverage of the Martin brand is focused, quite rightly, on their substantial acoustic achievements.Known for doing things to a guitar that the roughest ranch hand wouldn’t do to a farm animal, the moniker “Gristleman” comes from the term “pounding the gristle” which refers to the act of engaging in fierce musical congress.“Now, for the first time in my career, what I use in the studio is exactly the same as what I use on stage. There’s no special guitar that I use at home, no special pickup. Fishman Fluence.” Tosin Abasi has mastered a wide range of musical styles and techniques, so it should surprise no one that his signature series features the most diverse mix of tones packed into any Fluence pickup to date.For this essay, however, let’s take an alternative view and look at the company’s various electric guitars, its thinline hollowbodies and later solidbodies.