Acoustic guitarist Justin King—who is recognized as a pioneer for his percussive "tapping" playing style—dropped by the increasingly popular Guitar World studio in Manhattan to perform "Phunkdified." The song originally appeared on his 2009 album, Le Bleu.
From its introduction in 1942 through the Seventies, the J-45 was known as a “workhorse” guitar due to its affordable price and reliable performance, but as time progressed both vintage and new models, which are still produced today, became too expensive for the everyday working guitarist.
Rodrigo y Gabriela's new interpretation of the song is one of the highlights of Jaco: Original Soundtrack, the soundtrack album for Metalica bassist Robert Trujillo's new film, Jaco. The album will be released November 27 via Legacy; it boasts 11 crucial songs by Pastorius, along with three brand-new recordings.
The latest Backbeat Books release, The Taylor Guitar Book, tells the complete story of one of the most important guitar manufacturers in the history of the instrument. From its beginnings as one of the first modern small-shop steel-string guitar brands in North America to its position as an undisputed market leader, the Taylor company provides a unique tale of innovation and entrepreneurship.
In this video, we drop by the Martin Guitar booth at the 2015 NAMM Show to get the scoop on what’s new from the iconic acoustic guitar manufacturer. In it, Martin’s Chris Thomas explains three new guitars and some developments in the company’s line of acoustic guitar strings.
The D’Addario Foundation is very pleased to announce that it will be offering a full scholarship covering all expenses for one guitar student to attend the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival at the end of this summer — a week of guitar heaven!
Here’s some old-timey goodness from Bird Dog called “Fare Thee Well,” from their forthcoming EP Bon Bon Voyage out this spring. Vocal harmonies and a swayin’ in the breeze strummy accompaniment outline this sentimental tune.
Earlier this year, New York City-based D’Angelico Guitars announced they would introduce their first-ever acoustic line at the 2015 NAMM Show. While in Anaheim, we dropped by their booth to get the low down on these new offerings. In the clip below, D’Angelico’s David Seal introduces the beautiful new line, which cover a wide range of shapes and sizes – all featuring the iconic D’Angelico’s headstock.
While in Anaheim, CA for the NAMM show, we had the opportunity to stop by a few booths for some one-on-one video action. First up is Yamaha. Here is Armando Vega to let you know what’s new from the manufacturer’s acoustic line. From limited-run instruments to updates in Yamaha’s handcrafted L series, there’s plenty to check out.
Iconic singer ART GARFUNKEL has confirmed a wide array of tour dates for 2015 including treks through South Korea, Europe, the U.S. and the U.K. The four various legs begin February 14 in S. Korea and run through September 24 in Scotland.
The NAMM Show is always an overwhelming week of music, parties, old friends, new friends, performances …oh, and GEAR! So much gear. With that said, there are always highlights. The diamonds in the rough. The groundbreaking, beautifully designed and amazing-sounding products that you’re unable to forget.