I purchased my 2000 Ovation Collectors Edition in the same year it was built. It’s a medium depth acoustic/electric guitar. Coming from a primarily electric background, I wanted an acoustic that would make my hands feel right at home.
Poor Old Shine is a roots band with a grassroots ethos. The Connecticut quintet prizes the human element that underpins their music, from songwriting to recording to album design and even choice of record label. Poor Old Shine has just released its self-titled debut studio LP, recorded with Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Joy Kills Sorrow), this week on Signature Sounds.
If you’ve had trouble dealing with the pins that hold your strings into the bridge, then you might want to check out Power Pins. Power Pins aim to take the pin out of the equation all together, making stringing quicker and easier. They sit in the holes in your guitar bridge and screw into place from the inside. Then you just slide your string in and set the ball end into the grooved back. They do not require any modifications to the instrument, and they can protect the bridge plate from string and ball end contact damage.
Years ago I heard folk guitarist David Wilcox say that certain guitars had more songs in them than others. I think this is true, and I've tried to surround myself with guitars that have lots of songs to give. My first quality acoustic was a late ‘80s Taylor K-22C, and over the years I've been inspired by both modern and vintage guitars. My current "go-to" list includes...
There’s no doubt that we develop special relationships with our guitars. Now, these relationships are under threat, as the unique woods used to make guitars may be running out. The Musicwood documentary tells this story by following the Musicwood Coalition, a group of the world’s foremost guitar-makers — Chris Martin (Martin Guitars), Bob Taylor (Taylor Guitars), and Dave Berryman (Gibson) — as they drop their competitive differences and journey together to the Tongass, a remote forest in SE Alaska.
Love Mumford and Sons? Joni Mitchell? Led Zeppelin? Patti Griffin? Have you tried to play their songs but just couldn’t make them sound quite right? Welcome to the world of alternate tunings. Not all songs are written for, or played in, the standard E-A-D-G-B-E tuning. Alternate tunings open up a whole new world for guitarists willing to look beyond the standard tuning, offering the possibility of creating combinations of notes not previously available, or only available to those with enormous hands.
As a whole, writers are not the most secure people in the world. Many of us battle insecurity daily. Maybe it’s because we have to put ourselves out there in a vulnerable position any time we let someone hear our songs.
Now's your chance to not only attend the NAMM show, but to play there live on-stage! The John Lennon Songwriting Contest folks have opened up a slot in there yearly concert to two lucky winners! If you are chosen you get to go to the show, perform at their concert, and win some great prizes. Hurry! Entries close November 12.