C. F. Martin & Co. will unveil four new models at Musikmesse 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany, March 12-15. Two new retro-inspired models, the 000-18 and OM-28, both highlight distinct vintage design and include features that can be found on coveted Martin pre-war era guitars. Additionally, two new cutaway models are being introduced, the DC-Aura GT and GPC-Aura GT, both of which will come equipped with Fishman F1 Aura Plus electronics.
Dean Markley’s new XM Series acoustic pickup is specifically designed to deliver true acoustic sound while eliminating the common problems of other amplifying techniques. In addition to working with acoustic guitars, the XM series features a model that will work with other acoustic instruments such as fiddles, mandolins, banjos, bajo sextos, ukuleles, cello and viola. All three models are available now and are made in the USA.
In this video, Chris Thomas, senior artist relations manager for Martin Guitar, shows off the new additions to the company's Performing Artist Series. All the models were unveiled at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
Norman released its own take named the Parlour SG as part of its Expedition series. The top, back and sides are made of a three-way lamination of wild cherry. The bridge and fretboard are rosewood. The nut and saddle are TUSQ by Graphtech. Additional options include a TRIC case and a Fishman Isys + electronics system with built-in EQ and a tuner.
Jamstar is a guitar-learning app for iOS, android and desktop computer. Those looking for an interactive approach to learning guitar should check it out. It mainly targets beginner and intermediate players, but does contain more advanced lessons as well.
Take an extended look into the 2014 Martin Retro Series: the 000-18E Retro and the D-35E Retro. Martin’s groundbreaking Retro Series represents the most significant advancement of our era in amplified acoustic sound, capturing the stylistic and sonic elements of iconic classic Martin guitars.
I did not intend to buy this guitar. I was killing time in the guitar store adjacent to my podiatrist waiting for an appointment. I picked up the Teton just because it looked so stunning. I played it for a bit, and it sounded stunning, too.
Ovation® is proud to announce the Celebrity Elite series of acoustic-electric guitars. Masterfully built with eight beautiful finish options, the new Celebrity Elite models have a classic mid-depth Lyrachord® cutaway body style and an improved quartersawn scalloped “X” bracing design.