A trip out of town always holds a bit of excitement for me. But any trip is even more intriguing with a stop at a local music store. This week I spent a couple of days in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now, I’ve never been to Minnesota so when an opportunity for al little sight-seeing and a stop at Willie’s American Guitars was proposed, I jumped on it.
Ah, the 12-string acoustic guitar. There’s nothing like sitting down with a 12-stringed beauty and letting some big, open chords ring out. A staple for guitarists like Jimmy Page, John Denver, and Lead Belly (SRV and Hendrix were known to strum a 12-er too), these grandiose instruments help to fill out the sound for solo performers and rhythm players alike. Here we’ve compiled a handful of some of the best 12-string acoustics on the market.
I love when folks turn me on to amazing talent. Especially when they are super talented themselves. That’s why when the amazing Jon Gomm shared this link from young guitarist Jacky Bastek, I sat up and took notice.
Here’s a great track and video from South Africa’s Jeremy Loops. It’s “Sinner” from his upcoming album Trading Change, due out January 1, 2015. It’s a sad song of loss with a hopeful ending (I won’t spoil it for you).
It was a glorious day in Union Square Park on June 21. Just the right kind of weather for hundreds of guitarists to gather and jam for Mass Appeal: Guitars, an annual event that’s part of the Make Music Festival. This year, Acoustic Nation co-hosted the event with the New York City Guitar School and I have to say, it was truly epic.
Starting off as a small gathering of friends paying tribute to their favorite artists at a tiny bar in New York City’s Lower East Side, ten years later, The Best Fests––which encompass Dylan Fest, Petty Fest and Stones Fest––have grown to become a coast-to-coast rock and roll tradition.
In 2013, YouTube is one of the many platforms giving artists the audience and tools to catapult into stardom, and the brothers of Boyce Avenue–Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian Manzano–are one of the best examples of this trend. With tens-of-millions of plays on any given video, the band is nothing short of a phenomenon, and their hard work online has clearly paid off in the physical world, too
One of the most common cries for help I’ve received recently concerns the restringing of acoustic guitars. While this should be a straightforward job, it seems that your pesky bridge pins are causing trouble. I don’t want to start a fight here, but it’s probably your fault. If these little plastic, metal, bone or wood pins aren’t fitted correctly, they can shoot out of the bridge like a rocket when you tune the string.
Whether you began on an electric or an acoustic guitar, there's no doubt the latter will eventually find its way into your hands at some point. The nature of the acoustic guitar's efficiency (no amp!) makes it a commonality among players, collectors and dorm-room guys looking to impress girls. Even the most devout shredder will be tempted to noodle on a dreadnought — particularly in front of the aforementioned girls.