Acoustic Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/20/all en Review: Prestige Eclipse Cedar/Rosewood Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/review-prestige-eclipse-cedarrosewood-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Today’s assortment of acoustic guitar flavors is almost as varied and vivid as that of electric guitars—from the baritone bellow of a jumbo dreadnought to the polite parlance of a petite parlor instrument. </p> <p>Prestige’s Eclipse Series falls squarely in the middle of the pack, where it adheres to the traditional ideal of an acoustic guitar as vocal accompaniment. </p> <p>The latest addition to the series is the auditorium-sized Cedar/Rosewood, a stunning piece of craftsmanship that creates its high-energy response with a select cedar top and exotic tonewoods. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3776275085001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3776275085001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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You'll find even more factoids below the video. Enjoy the video and the factoids!</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>As long time Ovation endorsee, Yngwie has incorporated many Ovation models into his live performances and recordings over the past 25 years, including the stage-friendly Viper. </p> <p>Yngwie's new signature Vipers, models YM68 (steel string) and YM63 (nylon string), feature a solid chambered mahogany body, five-piece mahogany and maple necks and preamp circuitry specially designed to deliver natural acoustic tone with absolutely no feedback, even at the most high-level stage volumes.</p> <p>True to Yngwie’s personal playing preferences, the steel string Viper also has a hand-scalloped fingerboard, which creates less friction between the wood and the string when bending notes or adding vibrato. A light touch is all you need to play fast and articulate riffs with less effort than non-scalloped fretboards.</p> <p>The new models are available in two color options: 6P (White) or RC (Rosso Corsa Red), which matches one of Yngwie’s favorite Ferraris.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oLEfg05TGUU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>BODY</strong><br /> Body Shape: Chambered Mahogany<br /> Bracing: Quintad “T” Shaped Spruce<br /> Rosette: "F" Holes: Bass and treble side<br /> Body Back: Mahogany<br /> Body Sides: Mahogany<br /> Body Top: Solid Cedar<br /> Purfling: Black/White</p> <p><strong>NECK</strong><br /> Neck Material: 5-Piece Mahogany/Maple<br /> Scale Length: 25.25" (642 mm)<br /> Fingerboard: Deluxe Grade Ebony<br /> Number of Frets: 24<br /> String Nut: Bone<br /> Nut Width: 1.6875" (42.86 mm)<br /> Position Inlays: Diamond</p> <p><strong>ELECTRONICS</strong><br /> Special Electronics: Ovation Viper 3-band</p> <p><strong>HARDWARE</strong><br /> Bridge: Walnut<br /> Tuning Machines: Die-Cast Gold Schaller</p> <p>For more info, visit <a href="http://www.ovationguitars.com/en-CA/series/usa-signature/yngwie-j-malmsteen-signature-nylon-viper-white-pearl-chambered-mahogany-body-w-case/">ovationguitars.com</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/yngwie-malmsteen">Yngwie Malmsteen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-demos-signature-ovation-viper-guitar-video#comments Ovation Yngwie Malmsteen Gear Acoustic Guitars News Gear Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:02:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22200 Review: Martin D-18 Guitar — Blast from the Past http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-review-martin-d-18-guitar-blast-past <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Even if you have only the most basic, rudimentary knowledge of the guitar, you probably already know that the Martin D-18 is one of the greatest steel-string acoustic guitars of all time. </p> <p>As the most basic version of Martin’s initial pre-war dreadnought guitar line introduced in 1931, the D-18 is likely the most copied flattop guitar design and is the acoustic guitar equivalent of the Telecaster in terms of timelessness, functionality and value. </p> <p>Chances are you don’t need some dude like me to convince you that a Martin D-18 is a highly recommended purchase, but I’m reviewing it anyway because the latest version that Martin is making these days is very likely the best the company has ever offered. Read on to find out why.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3725952886001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3725952886001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Baggs' DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-steve-booke-demos-lr-baggs-di-acoustic-guitar-preamp-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the new video below, guitarist Steve Booke demos L.R. Baggs' DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>"We created the Venue DI so you can travel light, set up fast and sound incredible anywhere you plug in. The Venue DI gives you complete control by combining a full-isolation DI output, 5-band EQ with adjustable low and hi-mid bands, variable clean boost and chromatic tuner all in one acoustic pedal. </p> <p>"With its all-discrete signal path, hi-graded semiconductors and exclusive use of audiophile grade film capacitors, the Venue DI is on par with the world’s elite preamps and provides a studio quality sound for the stage."</p> <p>For more information about the L.R. Baggs DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp, visit its page at <a href="http://www.lrbaggs.com/preamps/venue-di-acoustic-preamp">lrbaggs.com</a>.</p> <p>P.S.: If Steve Booke looks (or sounds) familiar, you might recognize him from his "What in the World" lessons on GuitarWorld.com. You can dig into a whole batch of them <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/what-world">RIGHT HERE.</a></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3732564475001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3732564475001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Baggs LR Baggs News Steve Booke Gear Acoustic Guitars Effects Videos News Gear Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:24:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22161 Martin Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: D-18 Sycamore, Navojoa, CS-GP-14, DXAE Black — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-martinan-martin-guitars-2014-summer-namm-d-18-sycamore-navojoa-cs-gp-14-dxae-black-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> and <em>Acoustic Nation</em> crews were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were there, we were able to stop by the Martin Guitars booth. Our visit is chronicled in the video below. </p> <p>In the clip, the gang at Martin shows off a number of their beautiful acoustic guitars. These include the new D-18 Sycamore, the Navojoa, the CS-GP-14, the DXAE Black and others. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ocx2gp3S9so" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-martinan-martin-guitars-2014-summer-namm-d-18-sycamore-navojoa-cs-gp-14-dxae-black-video#comments Acoustic Nation Martin Martin Guitars News Summer NAMM 2014 Acoustic Guitars Videos Videos sponsor News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21966 Taylor Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: Grand Orchestra 718 Fall Limited — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-grand-orchestra-718-fall-limited-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>During our time at Summer NAMM, we stopped by the Taylor Guitars booth. You can check out the video we made of our visit below.</p> <p>The clip shows a demonstration of Taylor's gorgeous new Grand Orchestra 718 Fall Limited acoustic guitar, and we also get the skinny on how Taylor's choice of a specific Tazmanian wood for the body affects the guitar's tone. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7f7-exbmFMM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-grand-orchestra-718-fall-limited-demo-video#comments Grand Orchestra 718 Fall Limited Summer NAMM 2014 Taylor Gear Acoustic Guitars Videos News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:58:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21958 Taylor Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: 150E 12-String Guitar — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-150e-12-string-guitar-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were there, we stopped by the Taylor Guitars booth. You can check out our video recap of the visit below.</p> <p>In the clip, we are treated to a demonstration of the company's new 150e 12-string acoustic guitar. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z29jKta3Jgo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-150e-12-string-guitar-demo-video#comments 150E 12 String Summer NAMM 2014 Taylor Acoustic Guitars Videos News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:53:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21959 Review: Cordoba C10 Crossover Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-review-cordoba-c10-crossover-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>My very first guitar was a nylon-string classical instrument. Since then, I’ve bought well over 100 other guitars, but none of them was a classical. </p> <p>I’m not disinterested in classical guitars—in fact, I’ve often wanted to study classical like Randy Rhoads or play the intro to Rush’s “La Villa Strangiato” properly—but every model I’ve ever found for less than $5,000 had a neck like a baseball bat and a fingerboard wider than Kim Kardashian’s backside. </p> <p>With the introduction of Cordoba’s C10 Crossover, I may have finally found the affordable classical guitar I’ve been looking for, and I’m sure many other electric and steel-string players will feel the same way.</p> <p><strong>Features:</strong> The Cordoba C10 Crossover is based on the same materials and design as the company’s outstanding regular C10 models, but the neck’s dimensions are similar to those of a steel-string acoustic designed for fingerstyle players. The nut width is 1.89 inches and the profile has a slim, comfortable C shape instead of the deep U commonly found on classical guitars. The fretboard also has a slightly curved radius instead of the flat radius of a traditional classical guitar. </p> <p>Beyond that, the C10 Crossover has all the refined elements of a great classical guitar, including a solid European spruce fan-braced top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, a 19-fret mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard, and a bone nut and saddle. It is tastefully decorated as well, with a gorgeous ebony-and-mother-of-pearl rosette inspired by a 1920s design by master builder Domingo Esteso, as well as Indian rosewood binding and three tasteful mother-of-pearl inlays on the headstock.</p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> Thanks to the C10 Crossover’s nut width and radiused fretboard, it’s very easy for steel-string players to make an instant transition to this nylon-string classical instrument. The playability is phenomenal and compares quite favorably with flamenco guitars I’ve played that are 10 to 20 times more expensive. The strings are also spaced wide enough apart to facilitate clean fingering of complicated classical passages and chords.</p> <p>The C10 Crossover provides the rich resonance, well-defined bass and full, sweet mids and treble typically only found on much more expensive classical guitars, and its volume output is impressive as well. The materials, craftsmanship, tone and playability are comparable to those of considerably more expensive handmade instruments, making the C10 Crossover an incredible bargain.</p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $1,305<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> Cordoba Guitars, <a href="cordobaguitars.com">cordobaguitars.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong> With its slender C-shaped profile, 1.89-inch nut width and radiused fretboard, the neck is designed with similar specs to a fingerstyle steel-string acoustic.</p> <p>The ebony and mother-of-pearl rosette is based on a 1920s design found on instruments made by fabled Madrid luthier Domingo Esteso. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> With its slim neck profile, narrower nut width and radiused fretboard, the Cordoba C10 Crossover is the perfect choice for electric and steel-string guitarists looking for a familiar feeling classical guitar.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3496418483001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3496418483001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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In response, guitar makers have created signature model guitars bearing the names of celebrated musicians.</p> <p>As far back as the 1830s, top luthiers like Johann Stauffer and René Lacote were collaborating with leading guitarists of the day, including Luigi Lagnani, Fernando Sor and Napoléon Coste, to create custom models. This includes what are possibly the first seven-string guitars, designed by Coste and Lacote, some of which bear Coste’s name handwritten on the label inside the body.</p> <p>The premise back then was much the same as it is today: as well-known and accomplished guitarists achieved new vistas of tone and technique, they lent their names and/or expertise to the design of instruments that—presumably—could help ordinary players attain similar musical feats. Even if you lacked the creative soul and dexterous fingers of a Sor, Hendrix or Vai, at least you could have the same kind of guitar.</p> <p>The vogue for signature guitars escalated in the late Twenties and early Thirties as our modern concept of celebrity took shape around new innovations in entertainment technology such as phonograph records and movies with synchronized sound. The prime example of this phenomenon is the Gibson Nick Lucas model flattop acoustic, which was introduced in the late Twenties.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/name-game-history-signature-guitars">For the rest of this story, head here. In the meantime, check out the 15 signature model guitars in the photo gallery below!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/united-artists-15-new-signature-guitars-can-help-you-channel-spirit-your-favorite-ax-slinger#comments Jacky Vincent January 2014 Joe Satriani Seth Avett Acoustic Guitars Bass Guitars Electric Guitars Galleries News Features Gear Magazine Tue, 06 May 2014 12:25:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20510 Fender to Cease U.S. Production of Ovation Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-cease-us-production-ovation-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.courant.com/business/hc-ovation-new-hartford-kaman-fender-20140423,0,7165296.story">The Hartford Courant</a> reports that Fender Musical Instruments Corp. will be closing its Ovation plant in New Hartford, Connecticut.</p> <p>The company, which is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation as part of its consolidation of U.S. musical instrument manufacturing. Work at the New Hartford plant will end by June. Fender will now make Ovation guitars in China, South Korea and Indonesia.</p> <p>According to the Courant, the decision ends half a century of guitar-making in Connecticut that began with spare wood initially bought to make helicopter rotors by Charles Kaman, the founder of Kaman Corp., which sold the guitar business to Fender in 2007.</p> <p>Fender moved production of its Guild and Hamer guitars to New Hartford in 2008. The company stopped production of the Hamer line in New Hartford last year.</p> <p>"We are committed to providing the same high quality musical instruments our artists, consumers and customers expect and demand, and will continue to support the brands that are currently being produced in New Hartford," Richard McDonald, senior vice president of Fender, said in a statement.</p> <p>"It's the end of an iconic American brand," Richard Hall, who works at the plant, told The Republican American. "In the 1970s and Eighties, just about every big touring band was playing Ovation."</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-cease-us-production-ovation-guitars#comments Acoustic Nation Fender News Ovation Acoustic Guitars News Gear Thu, 01 May 2014 21:03:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21150 Gibson Introduces Limited-Edition 1965 Donovan J-45 Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/gibson-introduces-limited-edition-1965-donovan-j-45-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Gibson has introduced its new limited-edition 1965 Donovan model J-45 acoustic guitar. The guitar is based on the Gibson J-45 Donovan bought on Sunset Boulevard in the mid-Sixties. </p> <p>"I wrote every song on it from late 1965 into ’70, when it was stolen during a college-town gig," Donovan told <em>Guitar World</em> last month. </p> <p>This meticulously recreated J-45 honors Donovan and the music he created on the original guitar — and bear in mind, we're talking about rock classics that include "Sunshine Superman," "Season of the Witch," "Mellow Yellow," "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and many more. </p> <p>The body radius, neck, finish and Sixties-style adjustable bridge were carefully recreated in order to build a custom-shop signature model for one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the last century.</p> <p>The guitar features the LR Baggs Lyric acoustic guitar microphone, an amplification system featuring a bridge-plate-mounted, featherweight microphone. You can check out <em>Guitar World</em>'s review of the Lyric system <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-lr-baggs-lyric-acoustic-guitar-microphone">right here.</a></p> <p>Labels on the guitars are personally signed by Donovan; all his proceeds from the guitar will be donated to teaching transcendental meditation. The guitar was built in Bozeman, Montana.</p> <p>"I was speaking to Peter Leinheiser from Gibson two years ago, and I said, 'My little J-45 still hasn’t turned up'," Donovan said. "I think he said, 'You’re being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why don’t we make you one?'”</p> <p>For the rest of this conversation (during which Donovan discusses the guitar, his picking style, working with Jeff Beck, Rick Rubin, Jimmy Page and more), check out the "Dear Guitar Hero" feature in the upcoming May 2014 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine.</p> <p>For more about Donovan — and his guitar master classes — visit <a href="http://donovan.ie/">donovan.ie</a>. For more about the limited-edition Donovan J-45, check out the specs below and visit <a href="http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Acoustic-Instruments/2014/1965-J-45-The-Donovan-Model.aspx">gibson.com.</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-12%20at%201.59.03%20PM.png" width="620" height="353" alt="Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 1.59.03 PM.png" /></p> <p><strong>GIBSON DONOVAN J-45 SPECS:</strong></p> <p><strong>Body style</strong>: J-45 series, with a Sixties period-correct radiused body<br /> <strong>Wood</strong>: Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides<br /> <strong>Binding</strong>: Multi-ply top, single-ply back, multi-ply double-ring rosette<br /> <strong>Finish</strong>: Period-correct Cherry Sunburst, Nitrocellulose Lacquer<br /> <strong>Electronics:</strong> <a href="http://www.lrbaggs.com/pickups/lyric-acoustic-guitar-microphone">LR Baggs Lyric microphone</a><br /> <strong>Strings</strong>: Gibson light gauge .012-.053; <a href="http://www.labella.com/products/710l-light/">La Bella Silk &amp; Steel</a> strings are included in the case<br /> <strong>Tuning machines</strong>: Vintage-style white button, 15:1<br /> <strong>Pickguard</strong>: Tortoise Fifties-style pickguard<br /> <strong>Bridge</strong>: Traditional rosewood belly up with adjustable saddle<br /> <strong>Scale</strong>: 24 3/4”<br /> <strong>Fingerboard</strong>: 12-inch radius rosewood with MOP dot inlay<br /> <strong>Nut width</strong>: 1.725” bone<br /> <strong>Neck-to-body</strong>: Compound dovetail secured with hide glue at the 14th fret<br /> <strong>Neck</strong>: One-piece mahogany</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dHV8Wzldlck" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gibson-introduces-limited-edition-1965-donovan-j-45-guitar#comments Acoustic Nation Donovan Donovan Leitch Gibson LR Baggs News Gear Acoustic Guitars Interviews News Gear Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:28:02 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20713 Dean Markley Introduces XM Series Acoustic Pickup http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-dean-markley-usa-releases-new-acoustic-pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>Dean Markley has introduced its new XM acoustic pickup.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Achieving true, transparent acoustic tones through amplification has always been a struggle. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>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 U.S.</p> <p>The XM (Xtra-fast Mounting) is a connection system using the popular Dean Markley ProMag Plus, ProMag Grand and Artist pickups. The XM series utilizes a 24-inch low noise cable hardwired directly to the pick and terminates at a female 1/4-inch jack. At the female 1/4-inch jack is a strap button mount that allows a musician to connect any instrument cable or wireless system. All XM units install in seconds to amplify any acoustic instrument into any amplifier, PA system or recording device. There is no drilling or modifications required so that the integrity of the instrument remains intact.</p> <p>The Dean Marley Artist XM is a transducer pickup that mounts directly to the soundboard of the instrument without invasive adhesives or hardware. It is specifically designed to accommodate traditional acoustic instruments such as fiddles, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, cellos or violas. It can also be used to amplify hollow body jazz guitars without sound holes or electronics. </p> <p>Here's a photo of the Artist XM in action:</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/DMtransducer2.jpg" width="620" height="321" alt="DMtransducer2.jpg" /></p> <p>The Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM is the continuation on the original design introduced 25 years ago. The single coil pickup floats directly under the strings of an acoustic guitar or bajo sexto and is suspended in place by two foam inserts that gently caress each side of the sound hole. </p> <p>Its unique design allows the pickup to capture both the sound of the vibrating string and the sound projecting from within the body of the instrument, transmitting the true, transparent acoustic tones. The suspension foam pieces also allow the user to adjust the proximity of the pickup to the strings to compensate for the actual tones created by the guitar.</p> <p>Dean Markley’s ProMag Grand XM offers the same features of the ProMag Plus but houses a humbucker pickup for hum-free signal that is desired in studio recordings.</p> <p><strong>MSRP:</strong><br /> Artist XM – $79.95 USD<br /> ProMag Plus XM – $109.95 USD<br /> ProMag Grand XM – $129.95 USD</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.deanmarkley.com">DeanMarkley.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-dean-markley-usa-releases-new-acoustic-pickups#comments Acoustic Nation Dean Markley News Gear Acoustic Guitars News Gear Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:02:31 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20700 Review: Norman Guitars Parlour SG Model http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-review-norman-guitars-parlour-sg-model <!--paging_filter--><p>When I hear about parlor guitars, I picture someone sitting by the fireplace in their 19th-century mansion, strumming chords while wearing a smoking jacket. </p> <p>Maybe that’s just me.</p> <p>A parlor- (also spelled parlour-) style guitar is easy to spot because of its smaller body. This gives the guitar a unique, punchy midrange tone and makes it easier to play and transport. Early American blues and folks artists preferred them for these reasons — plus they often were more affordable than dreadnoughts.</p> <p>Norman released its own version, 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 tuner.</p> <p>The scale of the guitar measures to just under 25 inches, so even with a smaller body, the neck and fret spacing feels common. The built-in tuner on the Fishman pickup makes tuning a cinch. </p> <p>The Norman comes well setup with Cleartone strings. The finish feels great. It falls somewhere between glossy and satin, similar to an already-broken-in guitar. The sound hole is decorated with a burned-in rosette that lets you know the guitar is handmade in Quebec, Canada.</p> <p>Instantly this guitar could become “the couch guitar." The unplugged volume is a little quieter than your average acoustic. The TRIC case, which stands for Thermally Regulated Instrument Case, is a durable hybrid of a hard case and a gig bag. If you need to leave the couch, this guitar and case would make great traveling companions for work or camping.</p> <p>For the sound clips below, I played the same chord progression three times. First, the unplugged guitar is mic’d up. Second, the guitar’s pickup is plugged in direct. Finally, I blended together the pickup with the mic.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="350" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/24827126&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Web</strong>: <a href="http://www.normanguitars.com/">normanguitars.com</a><br /> <strong>Street Price</strong>: Norman Expedition Parlour SG Isys+ (with case and electronics), $349</p> <p><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at thisguyonbass@gmail.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-review-norman-guitars-parlour-sg-model#comments Acoustic Nation Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Norman Guitars Gear Acoustic Guitars Blogs Gear Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:42:47 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20593 Video: New Device Records, Tunes and Helps Protect Guitars from Environmental Damage http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-acoustic-stream-records-tunes-and-helps-protect-guitars-environmental-damage <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's something we stumbled upon this morning on Kickstarter.</p> <p>It's a video about Acoustic Stream, a new wireless tuner/recorder that monitors humidity and temperature to hopefully help you protect your guitar.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>"Musicians get the functionality of four devices in one. Record or perform wirelessly, tune and protect instruments from environmental damage.</p> <p>"It empowers guitarists in the creation and performance of your musical inspirations while also providing the peace of mind that your prized instrument is properly monitored while you are away. ... Acoustic Stream performs its functions simply and easily then gets out of the way of your creative process.</p> <p>"Acoustic Stream gives musicians the features and capabilities they need most by wirelessly connecting their instrument to the power of their smart phone or tablet. It simplifies life and saves money by combining recording, performing, tuning and protection into one compact device. Instruments are susceptible to damage from rapid environment changes, and now musicians can protect their investment by placing Acoustic Stream inside their instrument or case. </p> <p>"It uses intelligent sensor technology to warn users of imminent damage that could cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars in repairs and lost value."</p> <p>For more information, check out the video below or visit <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1705772138/acoustic-stream-the-guitarists-wireless-4-in-1-com">the device's Kickstarter page.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NWu9k_OzkFE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-acoustic-stream-records-tunes-and-helps-protect-guitars-environmental-damage#comments Acoustic Nation Acoustic Stream News Accessories Acoustic Guitars Videos Videos News Gear Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:30:12 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20523 Review: L.R. Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone http://www.guitarworld.com/review-lr-baggs-lyric-acoustic-guitar-microphone <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This video is bonus content related to the March 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-14-eric-clapton/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=JanuaryVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>When it comes to amplifying an acoustic guitar, a microphone may be the best way to capture the instrument’s natural sound and nuances, but it’s not the easiest. </p> <p>Miking an acoustic guitar in the studio involves placing several mics in strategic locations and using a variety of preamps and limiters as well as EQ. Onstage, it inevitably involves compromises to prevent feedback and avoid unwieldy setups that can restrict a performer’s movement. </p> <p>The new L.R. Baggs Lyric microphone has been developed exclusively to address these difficulties. It’s a compact mic that mounts inside an acoustic guitar, to its bridge plate. And despite its diminutive size, it incorporates numerous innovations that provide the performance of studio processors.</p> <p><strong>Features</strong><br /> The Lyric pickup system is small and unobtrusive, consisting of an internally mounted microphone measuring less than two inches wide, a remote volume/presence control unit that mounts along the edge of the sound hole, an output jack that mounts to the guitar’s tail block, and a battery bag. The wiring is minimal and simple, running from the mic to the preamp to the output jack, and clips are provided to hold the wiring in place. To affix the mic to the bridge plate, simply peel off the mount’s protective cover and press it in place—no additional glue is necessary. The control unit uses the same peel-and-stick mounting. The control unit has a thumbwheel volume control and a set-and-forget presence control that is adjusted with a tool provided for this purpose.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong><br /> Internally mounted microphones offer the best means of capturing a guitar’s natural resonance and harmonic overtones, but they are susceptible to excessive bass and reflections that can kill finer nuances and lead to feedback. Because the L.R. Baggs Lyric is mounted to the bridge plate rather than suspended in air like many other internal mics, it captures the full range of the soundboard’s projection in addition to resonance, while its unique design and circuitry allow for maximum gain, tighter low frequencies and rejection of excessive reflections. Simply put, the Lyric delivers warm, natural and dynamic tones that are impressively close to a guitar’s inherent acoustic sound. </p> <p>As a result, the Lyric is as useful in the studio as it is on stage. Recording warm, natural acoustic guitar tracks is now a simple plug-and-play process, especially when you use a preamp like the L.R. Baggs Venue DI or Para DI. Better still, guitarists no longer need to struggle to duplicate complex mic setups and signal paths when they want to re-record the same acoustic guitar tone later.</p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $289<br /> <strong>Manufacturer</strong> L.R. Baggs, <a href="http://www.lrbaggs.com/">lrbaggs.com</a></p> <p>The specially designed internal mic mounts inside the guitar to the bridge plate to capture top movement as well as natural resonance and harmonic overtones.</p> <p>The volume control mounts along the edge of the sound hole and features a “set and forget” presence control that dials in optimal response for different types of guitars,</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong><br /> L.R. Baggs’ Lyric microphone makes it easier than ever to achieve studio-quality sound from an acoustic guitar both in the studio and onstage.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CEI941SOABQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-lr-baggs-lyric-acoustic-guitar-microphone#comments L.R. Baggs LR Baggs March 2014 Accessories Acoustic Guitars News Gear Magazine Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:44:30 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20317