Gear en Rututu App Brings Rare Stringed Instruments to Your iPad <!--paging_filter--><p>If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to make music with rare stringed instruments from around the world, you’re in for a treat.</p> <p>A new app coming from EarthMoments promises to dish out sound samples meticulously collected from an impressive variety of unique instruments that most of us will never lay a hand on.</p> <p>The app, named Rututu, collects these samples into libraries and inserts them into loops. Users can drag and drop these loops into Rututu’s cool “playground” where you can manipulate them in a variety of ways. The loops automatically sync, so things never sound off, making this a fun way for both kids and adults to get into music-making.</p> <p>One of the coolest aspects is the ability to mesh ancient instrument sounds with very current musical styles. Sitar hip-hop anyone? Go for it!</p> <p>The app currently has a Kickstarter campaign running for its completion. You can check it out and <a href="">join here>></a></p> <p>Check out some demos of the sounds and loops here:<br /> <iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p>The folks at EarthMoments have a track record for unique collections of high quality samples and a space to explore unique sounds and signatures from around the world. Their Zen Pad sample and loop libraries for Ableton are world-renowned. The EarthMoments team includes producers and engineers with over twenty years' experience, internationally acclaimed musicians and top industry professionals.

</p> <p>The EarthMoments studios utilize state-of-the-art analog and digital equipment combined with a passion for quality to produce the pristine quality samples.
EarthMoments is a division of EarthSync, a world music record label, and producer of award-winning audio and visual productions that brings together traditional and contemporary music in unique, high quality productions.</p> <p>Here’s a preview shot of Rututu:</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Ipad%20app%20620.jpg" width="620" height="454" alt="Ipad app 620.jpg" /></p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a>
 and check out the gallery of some of the instruments they sampled below!</p> Acoustic Nation EarthMoments Gear Blogs Blogs News Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:30:46 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24861 at Bedell Guitars: Alaska Specialty Wood Profile <!--paging_filter--><p>Brent Cole Sr. and his crew (including two of Brent’s sons) scour the forests of Prince of Wales Island and the surrounding islands and waters for Sitka spruce trees that have fallen, are floating in the water, or are being retired from service in a booming ground, bridge structure or floating house. </p> <p>As a lifetime hunter of fallen and cast-off Sitka, Brent automatically scans the forest when he’s out hunting and fishing in the Alaskan wilderness. </p> <p>A healthy old-growth forest has an even canopy – something will always grow toward the sun and fill in the holes. If there is a break in the canopy, it means a large tree has recently fallen. </p> <p>From across the draw, sometimes he’ll spot an opening, where the forest looks thin, and he’ll hike a mile or more to investigate, and crawl up under the brush to check it out. </p> <p>Whether on land or by sea, Brent and his team discover salvageable trees, one by one, and obtain individual permits for each individual tree and reclaim them, bringing the logs back to the ASW shop in Craig, Alaska for processing and drying. Read more at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Check out the video profiling their environmentally conscious outlook here;</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Bedell Gear sponsor Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:31:01 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24833 at Gear Review: JJB Electronics Prestige 330 Acoustic Guitar Pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>Dentistry, aviation and lion taming are just a few skills I wouldn't attempt after checking out an online tutorial.</p> <p>Installing an under-the-bridge acoustic pickup? That seemed within reach.</p> <p>JJB Electronics sells acoustic-guitar pickups kits from basic to complex. The Prestige 330 made a good fit for my first attempt. It is a passive three-piezo transducer set wired straight to an output jack. This means no soldering or hacking out battery or preamp cavities.</p> <p>The only modifications needed included widening the strap button hole to mount the output jack and gluing the piezo discs under the bridge of the acoustic.</p> <p>I recommend removing the strings, since you’ll have to work with Super Glue, and fishing the output jack though the body is a bit of an art form. </p> <p>Widening the strap button hole meant taking the hole from ¼ inch to ½ inch. I taped off the outside area to prevent scratching. I gradually widened the hole with two different drill bits for a safer excavation. Once the hole was big enough for the output jack, it bolted right on.</p> <p>Next it was time to glue the three piezo discs under the bridge in front of the saddles. Each disc goes between two of the six strings. Because you only get one shot working with Super Glue, I suggest measuring your bridge or taking a few pictures inside the guitar body.</p> <p>To prep the discs, I wiped them (and the inside of the acoustic) with a damp cloth to remove potential dust. After that, one at a time I put a small drop of Super Glue on each disc and held it into place for about a minute to set.</p> <p>Post-restringing and soaking my fingers to loosen up accidentally dried on Super Glue, I recorded some clips, which you can check out below. The guitar is my ever-so-fearless Yamaha FS700S. Clip 1 is basically a few chords; clip 2 is fingerpicked. </p> <p>To pump up the passive pickup, I used my GMF Ai1 acoustic preamp to give it a bit more gain. Cranked up, I’m impressed with the string-to-string volume balance and low noise floor. </p> <p><strong>Web:</strong> <a href=""></a><br /> <strong>Price:</strong> Prestige 330, $49.99</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></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</em></p> Acoustic Nation Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown JJB Electronics News Accessories Gear Acoustic Guitars Blogs Blogs Gear Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:10:46 +0000 Billy Voight 24778 at Breedlove Stringed Instruments Expands Premier Series with Premier Concert LTD Model <!--paging_filter--><p>Breedlove Stringed Instruments is pleased to announce the addition of the Premier Concert LTD to its USA-handcrafted Premier Series of acoustic instruments. </p> <p>Reliable, versatile and accessible, these road-ready guitars have earned a reputation among performing musicians as go-to instruments. </p> <p>Joining this heralded lineup is the Premier Concert LTD, which combines the comfort and playability of our Concert body shape with a Western red cedar top, known for its diverse harmonic abilities and articulation.</p> <p>The Premier Concert LTD is truly a player’s instrument with a wider nut width and slim neck profile that’s a favorite among fingerstylists. </p> <p>Exemplifying the best qualities of Breedlove’s Distinctively Crafted Sound, solid Western red cedar was chosen for the top and solid East Indian rosewood for the back and sides—a tonewood combination that rewards a player’s touch with sweet, extended harmonic content and a robust bottom end. Professionals and enthusiasts alike will appreciate the delicate interaction it provides with your individual style of expression.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/breedlove33620620.png" width="325" height="389" alt="breedlove33620620.png" /><br /> <em>Premier Concert Rosewood</em></p> <p>The Premier Series already offers two of the most revered solid tonewoods available as body woods—East Indian rosewood and Honduran mahogany—combined with a solid Sitka spruce top for a perennially classic tone. Available in Concert, Auditorium, Dreadnought, Parlor, Jumbo and a 12-string model—all boasting LR Baggs EAS VTC electronics—performing musicians have embraced the Premier Series as road-ready workhorses designed to perform flawlessly night after night and stand up to the rigors of the road. The Premier Concert Cedar LTD adds yet another tonal option for discerning players.</p> <p>The Breedlove Premier Series is available now, including the Premier Concert LTD. All Premier Series models include a deluxe hardshell case and are handcrafted in Bend, Oregon.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Breedlove News Gear Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:14:59 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24758 at Bedell Expands Homegrown Collection with Bedell Wildfire Series Acoustic Guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Bedell Guitars is pleased to introduce the Bedell Wildfire Series of acoustic guitars—part of the Bedell Homegrown Collection—built with all American-grown tonewoods with stunning, handcrafted detail and sound. </p> <p>Available in Dreadnought, Orchestra and Parlor body shapes, the Bedell Wildfire Series combines solid Adirondack spruce and gorgeously figured bigleaf maple tonewoods to deliver the sound that made the guitar our country’s most popular musical instrument.</p> <p>The Bedell Wildfire Series is the most soulful, native series of instruments Bedell crafts. </p> <p>The beauty of the flamed bigleaf maple and the power of sturdy Adirondack spruce are accentuated by exquisite appointments and a breathtaking Fire Burst gloss finish. As much a visual art piece as a musical instrument, your Bedell Wildfire instrument won’t be adorning your walls, but rather coming to life in your hands with every note you play.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/bedell001.jpg" width="300" height="225" alt="bedell001.jpg" /></p> <p>Bedell craftspeople have carefully paired these two American-grown tonewoods to expose the musical gifts each offers, hand-tuning every top and customizing the tone bars for sonic balance, then matching it to a hand-tuned back. The result is a liveliness that simply must be experienced. Eastern hard rock maple is used for the neck, with a walnut fretboard and bridge rounding out this collection of the finest American woods. And like all Bedell instruments, clear-cut trees are never used as source materials.</p> <p>Additional features of the Bedell Wildfire Series include K&amp;K Pure Mini electronics, maple binding, beautiful figured maple peghead veneer, mosaic pin inlays and deluxe hardshell case. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/bedell002.jpg" width="300" height="426" alt="bedell002.jpg" /></p> <p>The Bedell Wildfire Dreadnought, Bedell Wildfire Parlor and Bedell Wildfire Orchestra guitars are available now through Bedell dealers, with a retail price of $3,990. As with all Bedell instruments, the Bedell Wildfire Series guitars are handcrafted at the company’s Bend, Oregon, workshop. </p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a>. </p> Acoustic Nation Bedell News Gear Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:26:49 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24752 at Small Body Acoustic Guitar Roundup <!--paging_filter--><p>My heart goes pitter patter for the small body acoustic guitar. </p> <p>There’s something about its more diminutive body. Easier to hold. Easier to travel with, but still so wonderful sounding. </p> <p>Over the last year or two it seems like every artist I talk to is singing the praises of a small body acoustic that they have found indispensable. </p> <p>Perhaps it’s time you added one to your arsenal. Here are a few to consider. And remember, small is beautiful!</p> <p><strong><a href="">The Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella Single 0</a></strong></p> <p>Recording King's Dirty 30's Harmonella guitars are a throwback to the dry, throaty sounding department-store instruments that have become favorites of blues players and songwriters everywhere.</p> <p>The Harmonella is the first of the Dirty 30's Series with tailpieces. Though they're based on vintage instruments, their tone benefits from some modern building techniques. </p> <p>Historically, tailpieces were used on guitars whose tops were reinforced using ladder bracing. These tops delivered a dry sound with very few overtones. Harmonella models are built using traditional x-bracing on the solid spruce top, which, when paired with the tailpiece delivers vibrant gutbucket blues sound with enhanced overtones. </p> <p>The original models were made with steel reinforced necks, but today's Harmonellas are built with traditional truss rods for easy neck adjustments.</p> <p>The classic aesthetics are just as much a part of their appeal as their sound, and Harmonella guitars follow vintage tradition from the classic-style fretboard markers to the old-school bound soundhole and matte sunburst finish.</p> <p>Whether you're a songwriter who wants vintage blues sound, or a first-time player who wants something a little cooler, get the benefits of modern construction while still delivering tons of vintage vibe with the Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella.</p> <p>Price: $199 Street Price</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/recording%20king%20Harmonella.jpg" width="620" height="620" alt="recording king Harmonella.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">Washburn Guitars WP11SNS</a></strong></p> <p>The WP11SNS is based on designs Washburn used over 100 years ago. </p> <p>It features mahogany back and sides for a slightly more focused, articulate tone and has pearl dot fingerboard inlays. </p> <p>It has a 24.75” scale and features a natural stain finish, solid cedar top supported by quarter sawn scalloped sitka spruce bracing, abalone rosette and standard Washburn rosewood bridge. </p> <p>The mahogany neck features a rosewood fingerboard with 44mm nut and gold open gear tuners. These specs produce a nicely balanced tone perfect for fingerpicking and singer/song writers. The clarity of the parlor sized body is especially suited to recording and mic’d performance.</p> <p>Price: $299 Street Price</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Washburn_WP11SNS.jpg" width="431" height="1200" alt="Washburn_WP11SNS.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <strong><a href="">Luna Henna Oasis</a></strong> <p>The Luna Henna Oasis acoustic-electric guitar is built on a folk body design that’s great for those who prefer playing a smaller-sized guitar. </p> <p>The mahogany body and solid spruce top create noticeably rich tone, with presence &amp; character to match, particularly when playing chords. The 25-1/2" scale, C-shape neck design, and 1-5/8" nutwidth add comfort for performing intricate progressions on the rosewood fretboard. </p> <p>The included B-Band preamp with built-in tuner and low z output faithfully recreates the amplified sound of the Henna Oasis. </p> <p>It’s laser etched henna-like design is so unique. Henna Artist Alex Morgan shared this about her artwork for the Henna Oasis, "The design of the Oasis Henna guitar draws its inspiration from the flowers and forests of Ottoman art. A wild rose, with additional blooms of tulips and violets, tumble across the front of the instrument."</p> <p>Price: $399<br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/heno2spr.jpg" width="464" height="1200" alt="heno2spr.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">Epiphone EL-00 PRO Acoustic/Electric Guitar</a></strong></p> <p>The Epiphone EL-00 PRO Acoustic/Electric guitar is a direct descendent of Epiphone’s original line of flattop guitars designed during the golden age of acoustic guitars in the 1930s. </p> <p>Players love this smaller sized "parlour" or "blues box" style guitar for its focused, woody tonal quality, short scale, and comfortable weight which makes it ideal for both fingerpicking or the bark of a bottle neck slide.</p> <p>The EL-00 PRO’s beautiful tone comes from a Solid Spruce top, select Mahogany sides, and a Mahogany neck with a comfortable SlimTaper™ D profile.</p> <p>And now, the EL-00 PRO features the state-of-the-art Fishman™ Sonitone™ soundhole preamp and a Fishman™ Sonicore™ under-saddle pickup for superior acoustic tone through any amp or PA system. The Fishman™ Sonitone™ preamp has a built-in easy access Master Volume and Tone controls. </p> <p>The EL-00 also features Grover™ mini-button tuners with 14:1 ratio machine heads for easy and reliable tuning. The Epiphone EL-00 PRO comes in a Vintage Sunburst color finish and is strung at the Epiphone factory with D'Addario Phospher (12-53) strings. </p> <p> Like all Epiphones, the EL-00 PRO comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and 365/24/7 Gibson Customer Service.</p> <p>Price: $499 U.S. MSRP, $299 Estimated U.S. Street Price</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/P_EL00PRO1%20620.jpg" width="479" height="1200" alt="P_EL00PRO1 620.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">Fender Ron Emory “Loyalty” Parlor </a></strong></p> <p>Parlor guitars have a compact shape and a gorgeous sound distinctly different from their larger acoustic cousins. </p> <p>The Ron Emory “Loyalty” Parlor model is designed by the acclaimed T.S.O.L. guitarist to offer the look, sound and extremely cool vibe of a finely crafted parlor guitar in an affordably priced instrument. </p> <p>Great for anyone who wants a sweet sounding, fun-to-play guitar for practice, songwriting and intimate performances, the “Loyalty” Parlor is equally at home with traditional blues, alt-country, folk ballads and more. </p> <p>Available in two equally cool versions: an all-ash guitar with a Butterscotch finish (inspired by Emory’s 1952 Telecaster®) and a sumptuous spruce top/mahogany body model with a vintage-style sunburst finish. </p> <p>PRICE: $299.99 MSRP</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/fender%200968551998v1_hi.jpg" width="442" height="1200" alt="fender 0968551998v1_hi.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">Yamaha JR2S</a></strong></p> <p>Shipping July 2015, the JR2S is a solid top version of the popular Yamaha ¾-size steel string folk guitar that will be shown at the 2015 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville.</p> <p>Joining the market-leading JR1 and JR2 small body guitars, the new JR2S is perfect for travel, for students as well as people who find conventional neck profiles to be challenging to play. </p> <p>The JR2S features a beautiful fit and finish, Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Mahogany back and sides and a Nato neck. The solid Spruce top on the instrument delivers superior tone and sound projection, which will improve as the guitar ages. </p> <p>A durable, attractive backpack-style soft case is also included that has a spacious compartment for lesson books and tablet computers. </p> <p>Price: $300 MSRP</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Yamaha%20JR2S%20Tobacco%20Sunburst.jpg" width="463" height="1200" alt="Yamaha JR2S Tobacco Sunburst.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <strong><a href="">The Loar LH-204 Brownstone</a></strong> <p>The Loar's LH-204 Brownstone has tone as dark and meaty as the turned earth you can see from your front porch. </p> <p>You want the blues? The LH-204's got 'em.</p> <p>Based on the award winning LH-200, the Brownstone has a solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany back, sides and neck and a rosewood fretboard in a classic pre-war body style. Vintage vibe is delivered via the brown satin finish and classic-style bound soundhole. The low-key headstock design is a simple gold logo decal that gives a nod to the guitar's rootsy heritage.</p> <p>With a 1-11/16” bone nut, 25.4” scale and comfortable C profile neck, the tone and appearance of the LH-204 drip with the blues style that many consider to be the foundation of all guitar music since.</p> <p>The Brownstone is available in brown satin finish with an ivoroid bound soundhole. </p> <p>Price: $449 Street Price</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/the%20loar%20lh-204-slide-2.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="the loar lh-204-slide-2.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">LÂG Tramontane T100</a></strong></p> <p>The LÂG Tramontane Stage Range begins with the T100 models, featuring a deep gloss finish, Dark Mahogany back and sides, and a solid Red Cedar top for a sweet, deep, and exacting tone. </p> <p>The T100 Series offers a comfortable slim-line cutaway electric model.</p> <p>Price: $700 MSRP, $499.99 MAP</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/%20lag%20GLA-T100ASCE-BLK-2.jpg" width="499" height="1200" alt=" lag GLA-T100ASCE-BLK-2.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">Martin Guitar 00X1AE</a></strong></p> <p>Here's Martin Guitar's new 00-14 fret, non-cutaway, acoustic electric model. </p> <p>It features a Sitka spruce top and high-pressure laminate (HPL) mahogany-grained back and sides. </p> <p>The 00X1AE is equipped with SP Lifespan strings and Fishman Sonitone electronics with USB. </p> <p>The 00X1AE is the perfect guitar for players of all levels and playing style. #XMarksTheSpot</p> <p>Price: $749 MSRP</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/00X1AE.jpg" width="600" height="1200" alt="00X1AE.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">PRS SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Acoustic</a></strong></p> <p>The PRS SE Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic is a road-worthy guitar for players in need of a stage- and studio-ready instrument. </p> <p>Carrying over its unique appointments from the Private Stock Alex Lifeson acoustic, this model features a thinner body depth than PRS’s standard Angelus model and the “Birds in Flight” inlay design.</p> <p>"I was very pleased when PRS presented me with my SE Angelus acoustic, a beautiful guitar of stunning quality. It was in response to the challenge of building a guitar that shared the integrity and attention to detail that the Alex Lifeson Private Stock Angelus possesses in a package more broadly accessible. The SE Alex Lifeson Thinline is that model. Carefully selected materials, expert craftsmanship and a smart approach to concept resulted in a guitar that is beautiful to look at and rewarding to play," says Alex Lifeson</p> <p>As with all SE Series guitars, the Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic is a quality instrument and a great value. </p> <p>The guitar’s thinner body provides an added level of comfort for players and boasts PRS’s Hybrid X/Classical bracing pattern, which gives this guitar a resonance and warmth not found in some thinline models. </p> <p>The addition of an undersaddle pickup with both volume and tone controls gives this guitar a warm acoustic tone when amplified. </p> <p>Price: $799 MAP</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/prs_sealexlifeson.jpg" width="476" height="1200" alt="prs_sealexlifeson.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">Guild Guitars M-140E</a></strong></p> <p>Released in the Spring and available now, the Guild Guitars M-140E is part of its Westerly Collection. </p> <p>With its comfortable body and distinctive voice, the M-140E provides excellent balance and a delicate tone. </p> <p>Featuring a solid Sitka spruce top and solid African mahogany back and sides, the M-140E’s 24 3/4” scale length, vintage shaped Guild neck, and 1 3/4” nut width make this concert size guitar easy to play. </p> <p>The Fishman Sonitone pickup allows for expert amplification of this small-bodied guitar’s incredibly rich sound. </p> <p>Additional features include an Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, NuBone nut and saddle, and period-correct tortoiseshell pickguard. A mother-of-pearl rosette and Guild’s iconic Chesterfield headstock emblem reminiscent of 1960s models complete the package. </p> <p>The M-140E includes Guild’s new lightweight polyfoam case and is available in Natural gloss finish. </p> <p>Price: $1,075 MSRP, $849.99 Street Price</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/guild%20M-140E_front%20620.jpg" width="499" height="1200" alt="guild M-140E_front 620.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">D’Angelico Mercer Grand Auditorium SG-100</a></strong></p> <p>Perhaps not a small body, but for sure a smaller body, the D’Angelico Gramercy’s younger brother has tricks of his own. </p> <p>The Mercer Grand Auditorium (SG-100) boasts the duo of a slim, mahogany neck and a rosewood fingerboard with block mother-of-pearl inlays, creating subtle elegance and supreme playability. </p> <p>Sapele back and sides work in tandem with a solid Sitka spruce top to give the Mercer its bright clarity. Prepared to project, the Mercer comes with the Fishman INK-4 onboard preamp, pickup system and built-in tuner. Offered at an attractive price, the Mercer will prove itself steadfast to any player.</p> <p>Price: $999</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/dangelico%20DAASG100NAT_1%20copy.jpg" width="620" height="930" alt="dangelico DAASG100NAT_1 copy.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">Cordoba Guitars C10 Parlor</a></strong></p> <p>The Cordoba C10 Parlor is ideal for the player looking for the feel, comfort, and ease of playability that a smaller instrument provides, while retaining the sweet, warm tone created by all-solid wood construction. </p> <p>Built with either a solid Canadian cedar or solid European spruce top with solid Indian rosewood back and sides, the C10 Parlor features a 7/8 body size, 50mm nut width, and the fan bracing pattern found on most Cordoba guitars. </p> <p>The C10 Parlor is built with Spanish heel construction, where the top of the guitar is attached to the neck, the sides are added next, and the guitar’s body is sealed by the installation of the back. This construction technique allows the entire instrument to vibrate as one unified piece. </p> <p>Aesthetic touches like the mother-of-pearl weave rosette inspired by a 1920’s Domingo Esteso guitar add a touch of vintage elegance to this best-seller. Other premium features include an ebony fingerboard, rosewood bridge, high gloss finish, and Savarez Cristal Corum strings. </p> <p>The C10 Parlor includes Cordoba’s lightweight polyfoam case. </p> <p>Price: $1,380 MSRP, $1,059.99 Street Price</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/cordoba%20c10_sp_parlor_front.jpg" width="556" height="1200" alt="cordoba c10_sp_parlor_front.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">Breedlove Oregon Parlor LTD</a></strong></p> <p>There is a special magic found only in the Pacific Northwest, and this magic inspired a series of instruments unlike any other. For the Breedlove Oregon Series the company merged the science of sound, flawless craftsmanship, and striking local woods to create a series of instruments that expresses the deepest parts of who Breedlove is as a company.</p> <p>New to the series the Breedlove Oregon Parlor LTD has used myrtlewood in a new way. Primarily used as a back wood, for the Oregon Parlor LTD, they’ve also used it as a top wood, adding to the parlor’s knack for being a bold, lively instrument despite its smaller size. Beautiful to look upon as well as hear, the first parlor in the series draws its sonic power and clarity from the Pacific Northwest-grown myrtlewood top, back and sides. </p> <p>The Breedlove Oregon Parlor LTD also includes an Eastern hardrock maple neck, ebony fretboard and an LR Baggs EAS VTC pickup. Also available in a Concert body. </p> <p>Price: $2,399 MSRP, $1,499 MAP</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/breedlove-guitars-5.27.15_27.jpg" width="533" height="1200" alt="breedlove-guitars-5.27.15_27.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <strong><a href="">Bedell Blackbird Parlor</a></strong> <p>Bedell Blackbird Vegan Parlor guitar is the ultimate forest stewardship guitar in addition to its vegan friendly construction. </p> <p>Inspired by the beauty and wonder of the American landscape: the streams and deserts, swamps and forests, beaches and valleys, and all the magnificent animals that grace this vast and diverse country, from shore to shore.</p> <p>The Blackbird Vegan models aren’t just sustainable, they’re also built using only American harvested woods: a salvaged Sitka spruce soundboard, Western bigleaf maple back and sides, an Eastern hard rock maple neck, and a walnut fretboard, bridge and peghead overlay. </p> <p>Bedell craftsmen have achieved unparalleled tone and projection from these plentiful American woods for a truly planet-friendly guitar made from ethically harvested trees. The Blackbird features a translucent black burst and is available in dreadnought, orchestra and parlor body shapes. All Blackbird models include a workshop-installed K&amp;K Pure Mini pickup and a Bedell deluxe hardshell case.</p> <p>Price: $2,490 MAP</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2015%20BB%20PARLOR%20small.jpg" width="533" height="1200" alt="2015 BB PARLOR small.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="">Taylor 712e-12 Fret</a></strong></p> <p>On Taylor’s 12-fret Grand Concert models, the neck meets the body at the 12th fret rather than the 14th, and the bridge position is closer to the center of the lower bout. The result is a splash of extra tonal depth. </p> <p>The classic pairing of rosewood and spruce yields a full-range acoustic voice, while the smaller body keeps the overtones in check and fits nicely in a mix with other instruments. </p> <p>A short-scale 24-7/8-inch neck adds comfort to the playing experience. A Vintage Sunburst top and neck, grained Ivoroid binding and rosette, and grained Ivoroid Heritage Diamond fretboard inlays evoke an old-soul persona. </p> <p>Stage-friendly Taylor Expression System® 2 acoustic electronics translate the acoustic dynamics and tonal detail into exceptional amplified tone. </p> <p>Price: $3,898 MSRP</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Taylor-712e-TF-fr-2015.jpg" width="620" height="930" alt="Taylor-712e-TF-fr-2015.jpg" /></p> Acoustic Nation Bedell Breedlove Cordoba D'Angelico Epiphone Fender Guild Lag Luna Martin Guitar PRS Guitars Recording King Taylor Guitars The Loar Washburn Yamaha Gear Blogs Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:09:04 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 24701 at 10 Cool Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Rockin' Dads <!--paging_filter--><p>Father’s Day is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to show the old man how much you appreciate him. </p> <p>And if your dad is into guitar, we’ve got a few suggestions.</p> <p>We’re going to make your father’s day shopping effortless with this list, which includes fun gift ideas for all budgets for dads who rock! </p> <p><a href="">1) Guitar Fretboard Cellphone Case by Headcase Designs</a></p> <p>This guitar fretboard cellphone case by Headcase Designs looks so real, we think it serves two purposes. One, to protect the phone, obviously; the other to keep dad amused and entertained as he practices chords on the back of his cellphone. </p> <p>Never again will he have withdrawals, as the case will create the illusion of having a real fretboard in his hands! It’s better than nothing, right? It’s made for several different makes and models, including Apple products, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and more. Get it for $8.45.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/CellphoneCase.png" width="450" height="498" alt="CellphoneCase.png" /></p> <p><a href="">2) Lodge Cast Iron Mini Guitar skillet</a></p> <p>For dads who love guitar as much as they love cooking, there’s no better gift than the Lodge cast iron guitar-shaped skillet. </p> <p>Heat treated, seasoned and ready to use, the mini skillet makes for a good spoon rest, snack server or unique decoration. It’ll inspire some of the most playful dishes for only $18.50. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-05-28%20at%209.07.14%20AM.png" width="450" height="257" alt="Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 9.07.14 AM.png" /></p> <p><a href="">3) Kyser Lifeguard Humidifier </a></p> <p>What is a good guitar without proper protection? Ensure dad’s precious axes are properly treated by gifting him with a Kyser Lifeguard Humidifier (or several). </p> <p>Developed by the experts at Kyser, the humidifier will help preserve the wood on dad’s instrument by keeping conditions at the proper humidity. It’s a worthwhile investment for only $19.95, and you can get it for steel-string guitars, classical guitars or concert ukuleles. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/kyser_0.jpg" width="450" height="346" alt="kyser_0.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="">4) Whipping Post Picker’s Wallet</a></p> <p>Dad may never lose guitar picks again with this handy Whipping Post Picker’s wallet! Made from 100% full grain leather, you can choose between a lighter color with the Mojave model, or a darker tone with the Georgia Brown model. </p> <p>It comes with a guitar pick pocket, three credit card slots, a cash compartment, and room for your driver’s license. Stop picks from falling in between couch cushions, lost in oblivion never to be seen again by gifting dad with this wallet. Get it for $35.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Picker%27sWallet.png" width="450" height="366" alt="Picker'sWallet.png" /></p> <p><a href="">5) Martin Guitar 23oz ale glass set with D35 Anniversary logo</a></p> <p>Is your dad a beer drinker? Now he can pour one in style using these custom Martin D-35 Anniversary Ale Glasses. Sold in a set, because, hey, he doesn’t want to drink alone, the Martin D-35 Anniversary ale glass set will become a great conversation starter at any party! Comes gift boxed at $49.99 for the pair.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/18N0182_glasses%202.jpg" width="450" height="476" alt="18N0182_glasses 2.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="">6) G7th Celtic Special Edition Capo</a></p> <p>If you want a capo as special as dad’s prized acoustic or electric guitar, hook him up with a G7th Celtic special edition capo. Designed to celebrate the music and the work of those who have worked so hard to deliver Celtic music, G7th asked acclaimed Celtic artist, Patrick Gallagher, to design a motif for its Celtic performance capo. Gallagher's design is woven around the theme of the bass and treble clefs, which are rooted in the ancient European Celtic design traditions. Get it for $69.95. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/CelticGold.png" width="450" height="394" alt="CelticGold.png" /></p> <p><a href="">7) Tanner Goods Troubadour Guitar Strap</a></p> <p>Leather goods emit a sense of masculinity like nothing else. This handsomely crafted leather strap from Tanner Goods will add a boost of elegance to dad’s arsenal. Constructed from 5.5 oz. Horween Rich Chromexcel, the Troubador Guitar Strap ages beautifully over time. Make it his for $155.00, or add an extra $20 if you want to personalize it with a monogram. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/TroubadorGuitarStrap%20450.jpg" width="450" height="300" alt="TroubadorGuitarStrap 450.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="">8) Taylor Guitars Money Clip</a></p> <p>Let dad show his good taste with this sleek Taylor Guitars money clip. Developed with the William Henry Studio, this stunning limited-edition offering features two distinctive motifs: one with a built-in pick holder, the other with a teardrop-shaped tonewood embellishment. Get it while you can. </p> <p>And if you want to make it extra special, throw some money in there. Cost: $250.00 (additional charge for optional embellishments). </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/TaylorMoneyClip.png" width="450" height="372" alt="TaylorMoneyClip.png" /></p> <p><a href="">9) Lâg Guitars Tramontane T66 Series Guitars</a></p> <p>If dad doesn’t yet play guitar, and you want to surprise him with a nice, superior starter’s model, check out Lâg Guitars’ Tramontane 66 series. Available in dreadnought, 12-string, left-handed, nylon-string models, and more, the Tramontane 66 series guitars are equipped with DirectLâg electronics, superior construction, deep gloss finish, bold black and ivory rosette work, and a whole lot more (features vary by model). Chances are he’ll stick with this guitar even past his beginner’s stage! Price starts at $280.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Lag.png" width="450" height="305" alt="Lag.png" /></p> <p><a href="">10) Wolfram Tungsten Carbide Guitar Slide </a></p> <p>For the manly strummer in your life, this tungsten carbide guitar slide is a must. Machined by Wolfram Slides in the U.K. from industrial grade tungsten carbide, the combination of ultra-thin walls with dense tungsten carbide gives these slides a unique, blooming, bell-like tone. </p> <p>There are different options to choose from, including custom-designed models (such as a clever two-in-one wedding ring guitar slide), modifications to existing models, or the Michael Messer signature slide. Add this to dad’s toolkit for approximately $385 (at time of pound-to-U.S. dollar rate conversion).</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/WolframCustomSlide.jpg" width="456" height="422" alt="WolframCustomSlide.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="">11) Bonus! Deering Banjosaurus Long Neck Banjo</a></p> <p>For the dad who has everything! There is no other banjo like the striking Deering Banjosaurus Long Neck banjo roaming the earth today. With a neck almost as long as a Diplodocus’ neck (well, not really, but you get the idea), dad is sure to make a roaring statement with this distinctive banjo. </p> <p>Designed for George Grove of the Kingston Trio, the Deering Banjosaurus Long Neck Banjo is ideal for dinosaur lovers, Kingston Trio fans, and people with a significant amount of disposable income. It boasts a dinosaur age mural inlay made of mother of pearl in white, gold and black, coral, turquoise, cactus, abalone, malachite, several kinds of soap-stones, koa, taugua nut, and a whole lot more. Per Deering Banjo’s website, when you order a banjo of this caliber the one request they have is no strict time limits, so dad may have to wait a bit but it’ll be worth it! Score one for $63,719.00.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Banjo.png" width="450" height="632" alt="Banjo.png" /></p> Acoustic Nation Deering G7th Head Case Kyser Lag Lodge Martin Guitar Tanner Taylor Guitars Whipping Post Wolfram Gear Blogs Blogs Thu, 28 May 2015 12:57:39 +0000 Pauline France 24564 at 10 Tips for Choosing the Right Acoustic Strings for You <!--paging_filter--><p>When was the last time you changed your strings? Well, before you do this time, check out these tips for picking out the perfect strings for you.</p> <p><strong>Guitar type</strong></p> <p>This might seem obvious, but first and foremost, take a look at guitar and determine which type of strings you need. Acoustic steel, electric, classical nylon? Most of the time these strings are not interchangeable. You can’t use steel strings on a nylon string guitar for example. It could damage your instrument. </p> <p>Check your bridge and see if your guitar uses ball-end strings or needs strings that tie at the end. Typically all steel string guitars are fitted to use ball-end strings, but nylon string guitars can go either way.</p> <p><strong>Gauge preference</strong></p> <p>Here’s where things get tricky. Strings come in a wide variety of different gauge ranges. The gauge is the diameter of the string…or how fat it is.</p> <p>The gauge of your strings can really change how the guitar feels when you play, and the sound, too. Typically lighter gauge strings are easier to play, but can break more easily. Beefier strings can have a fuller tone, can be louder and are harder to break, so if you like to dig in, consider a heavier set. Here’s a general run down of acoustic string sets:</p> <p>• Extra light: .010 .014 .023 .030 .039 .047<br /> • Custom light: .011 .015 .023 .032 .042 .052<br /> • Light: .012 .016 .025 .032 .042 .054<br /> • Medium: .013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056<br /> • Heavy: .014 .018 .027 .039 .049 .059</p> <p><strong>Picking a gauge</strong></p> <p>So how to you know which gauge set will fit you just right? Here are some general things to think about.</p> <p><em>Body size: </em> Are you playing a small bodied guitar or a jumbo? Typically a smaller bodied parlor guitar will sound and feel better with lighter gauge strings. While you might want to try a medium or heavy gauge on a larger body or jumbo to take full advantage of their larger sound chamber.</p> <p><em>Tone: </em> Heavier gauge strings tend to emphasize the lower end of the guitar’s tonal spectrum while lighter strings are more treble-y and sweet.</p> <p><em>Playing style: </em> Are you a fingerpicker, a strummer? Typically lighter gauge strings are easier on the fingertips for pickers and if you’re a heavy strummer, you’ll want heavier strings. If you do both, try a medium set, that have heavier guage on the bottom and lighter on the top.</p> <p><em>Instrument age: </em> If you have a vintage instrument, be careful about putting heavier gauge strings on it, as they put more tension on the neck. </p> <p><strong>Material</strong></p> <p>I know you probably think a string is a string. But you are wrong! There are several different types of materials that strings are made of, and they can affect the string tone, and longevity.</p> <p>• Bronze: These are typically constructed of 80% copper and 20% zinc and are used for all styles of playing. With a clear, bright ringing tone, these strings can age quickly due to bronze’s tendency to oxidize.<br /> • Phosphor Bronze: These are bronze strings with phosphor added. Still bright, but warmer and darker than bronze strings. Phosphor extends the life of these strings versus standard bronze strings<br /> • Brass: A bright, jangly, metallic sounding string.<br /> • Silk and steel strings: These produce a soft, mellow sound. They offer less tension and come in lighter gauges so they are good for vintage guitars that require special strings. They are quieter and less durable but easier to play.</p> <p><strong>What about nylon string guitars? </strong></p> <p><em>Tension: </em> Classic guitar strings are made in different tensions. These typically consist of low tension also referred to as moderate or light, normal or medium tension, and hard or high tension. Low or light tension are easier to play, but you may get some buzz. Normal or medium tension strings are typlically consistent in tone. Try a few and see what you like.</p> <p><em>Materials: </em> Treble nylon guitar strings can be made with clear or rectified nylon. Clear nylon strings are extruded and then calibrated for accuracy. Rectified nylon strings are extruded and then ground to produce a string that will play in tune. They have a very fine roughness of texture. Treble strings are also made of carbon fiber and composite materials. Bass strings are primarily made of bronze wire or silver plated copper wire wound around a core of fine threads.</p> <p><strong>Coatings and treatments</strong></p> <p>These days string technology has progressed to offer several additional life-extending options. These can include coated strings, which can sometimes be a bit less bright or have a bit less sustain. But they can last three or four times longer. You can also find strings that have been cryogenically frozen, which seems to lengthen their lifespan without diminishing the tone or sustain. </p> <p><strong>Changes</strong></p> <p>So how often should you change your strings? Probably more than you do. I’m always amazed at how gorgeous my guitar sounds with new strings. It always makes me want to change them more often. </p> <p>If you’re playing pretty regularly you might want to change the every week. If you’re an occasional strummer, try once every two months. If you wipe down your guitar and wash your hands before you play, your string tone may last a bit longer.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong></p> <p>Like pretty much anything, strings come in all different price ranges. Typically bronze strings are the least expensive and coated strings the most. Average strings typically cost between $5 - $15, but you can also get better deals if you purchase in bulk. There are cheaper ones, and more expensive too. Typically if you just opt for a decent set of strings, you’ll be in good shape.</p> <p><strong>Packaging</strong></p> <p>This might seem inconsequential, but there have been some new developments in string packaging meant to both make them more eco-friendly and to keep them fresh and rust-free while they are waiting for you to put them on your guitar. If you do buy in bulk, think about how the strings are packaged, especially if you are not going to put them onto your guitar for a long time.</p> <p><strong>Try, try again </strong></p> <p>I know it’s comfortable to stick with the same strings, but give some alternates a try, especially if you haven’t tried anything new for a while. There are some really great new string options that you should check out. </p> Acoustic Nation Gear Blogs Tue, 26 May 2015 01:14:47 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 24547 at Breedlove Updates Crossover Mandolin Series for 2015 <!--paging_filter--><p>Breedlove Guitars proudly announces the updated Crossover Series Mandolins, with playability designed specifically for guitarists looking to experience the sonic world of the mandolin. </p> <p>For 2015, Breedlove updates two new finishes to the lineup, violin stain gloss and natural gloss, while still delivering exceptional tone and playability at a very accessible price point.</p> <p>Aside from their all solid-wood construction, 2015 Breedlove Crossover Series mandolins feature a host of Breedlove Custom Shop-inspired elements that make them the perfect instrument for guitarists. Select tonewoods include a solid Sitka spruce top, solid maple back/sides/neck and a rosewood fretboard. The wider 1-3/16” nut width and radiused fretboard deliver familiarity and comfort for guitarists new to the instrument, allowing immediate exploration of the mandolin’s versatile sound.</p> <p>The O body is Breedlove’s version of the revered and time-honored teardrop shape. This compact shape has slightly less internal spatial volume than the K and F bodies, yielding very clear, distinct notes. The Crossover Series offers both F-hole and oval-hole models, giving players tonal options to suit their style of playing.</p> <p>The 2015 Breedlove Crossover Series mandolins are available now, with a very affordable MSRP of $655 and come with a gig bag. As with all Breedlove instruments, Crossover Series mandolins are set up in Bend, Oregon, by Breedlove’s expert quality control team.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/naturalfinish.png" width="530" height="184" alt="naturalfinish.png" /><br /> <em>Natural gloss finish.</em><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/violinfinish.png" width="530" height="184" alt="violinfinish.png" /><br /> <em>Violin stain gloss finish.</em></p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Breedlove News Gear Thu, 14 May 2015 21:25:20 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24479 at Review: Alvarez 50th Anniversary Grateful Dead Series Guitars — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the history of modern music, few bands have captured as many hearts and inspired entire generations like the Grateful Dead. </p> <p>Alvarez, which has had a long-standing friendship with band members Bob Weir and the late Jerry Garcia, has commemorated the group's 50th anniversary by releasing its new Grateful Dead series of guitars—a stunning, limited-edition line. </p> <p>As <em>Guitar World</em> Tech Editor Paul Riario says in the demo video below, these new guitars are fun to play and look great—but they'll also most likely wind up as collector's items. </p> <p>"They're perfect guitars to hang in your man cave," Riario adds. "They're also great for strumming along to 'Ripple' as you're sipping Ripple."</p> <p>Grateful Dead enthusiasts will appreciate the artwork on the tops of the guitars, which is screen-printed using a blend of traditional and modern printing techniques; all guitarists will appreciate the fine construction, playability and tone of these guitars. </p> <p>Each model features a solid A-grade Western red cedar top, screen printed under a flawless satin finish. Other appointments include custom mother-of-pearl inlays, a rosewood fingerboard and bi-level bridge and 12th fret lightning bolt inlay. Both models are constructed using Alvarez's FST2M hand-finished, forward-shifted, scalloped bracing system for optimal performance and response.</p> <p>No two Grateful Dead series guitars are exactly the same, due to the design and printing process that allows the individual grain pattern and color of each top to contribute to the artwork. This process also helps create a vintage look to each instrument, as if they were made in the Sixties. </p> <p>Since every piece of wood is unique, the artwork of every top is as well, making each one of these Grateful Dead commemorative guitars a true, one of a kind collector's piece. </p> <p><strong>For more information on this series, visit <a href=""></a> and watch the videos below.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></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="/grateful-dead">Grateful Dead</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Acoustic Nation Alvarez Grateful Dead Paul Riario The Grateful Dead Gear Acoustic Guitars Videos Blogs Videos News Gear Mon, 11 May 2015 20:47:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24445 at 10 Gift Ideas for Moms Who Rock <!--paging_filter--><p>Guys and girls, it’s quite simple: your mom deserves more than a just greeting card on mother’s day. </p> <p>Perhaps your mom is the reason you play music; or maybe she’s been pivotal in helping support your career as a musician. </p> <p>Maybe she’s a touring professional herself. Regardless, she brought you to this world and that’s enough to spoil her with some swag. </p> <p>We’ve made it easy for you and put together a list of 10 things for all budgets you should consider getting her in addition to that lovely dinner and heartfelt, handwritten sentiment you were already planning on getting her (ahem).</p> <p>Let’s do this.</p> <p><strong><a href=" ">1. Martin D-35 Anniversary Sweater</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/martinsweater.jpg" width="257" height="276" alt="martinsweater.jpg" /></p> <p>If mom likes to stay classy, you should get her this charcoal heather grey long sleeve cardigan by Martin Guitars. </p> <p>A balance of bad-ass meets class, this statement piece sports the Martin D-35 logo in celebration of the guitar’s 50th anniversary. </p> <p>It makes for a great addition to any rocker mom or music enthusiast’s closet. Get it for $49.99.</p> <p><strong><a hreff="">2. 108 Rock Star Guitars Silk Chiffon Scarf</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/108rsgscarf.jpg" width="620" height="437" alt="108rsgscarf.jpg" /><br /> Speaking of classy, this luxurious silk chiffon scarf by <em>108 Rock Star Guitars</em> oozes with elegance with its rich purple color and intricate designs based on acclaimed photographer Lisa Johnson’s book, <em>108 Rock Star Guitars</em>. </p> <p>If you want to give her the ultimate mother’s day gift bundle, you can impress her with the hardcover book and scarf gift set. </p> <p>Silk scarf sells for $270.00, and gift set for $378.00. </p> <p><strong><a href=" ">3. Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/taylor618e.png" width="620" height="267" alt="taylor618e.png" /></p> <p>Taylor guitars are synonymous with cool, so if you want to your mom to up her cool factor, then surprise her with Taylor’s 618e Grand Orchestra acoustic electric guitar. </p> <p>The grand orchestra boasts a big complex voice, and is the guitar equivalent of a grand piano. </p> <p>So if your mom likes all things big, bold and beautiful-sounding, invest in this lovely guitar. Make it hers for $2,999.00. </p> <p><strong><a href=" ">4. Fender Ladies Country Western Bling T-Shirt</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/fendertee.png" width="402" height="405" alt="fendertee.png" /></p> <p>Let your mom wear it loud and proud with this Fender Country Western Bling T-shirt, festooned with sparkling rhinestones over the classic Fender logo. </p> <p>A good way for mom to show that she’s got good taste in music and in fashion. Sells for $34.99. </p> <p><strong><a href=" ">5. Helstrom Instrument Stand</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/banjo_stand.png" width="173" height="427" alt="banjo_stand.png" /></p> <p>A fine instrument should stand with poise on an elegant stand.</p> <p>This sturdy and regal-looking guitar stand by Helstrom nestles instruments in the most elegant way. </p> <p>The company makes guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, violin and viola, and music stands. You can get it in maple or cherry veneer, or for an added splash of color can get a custom stain. </p> <p>Cost is $249.00. Fancy.</p> <p><strong><a href=" ">6. The Gift of Making Music from Hal Leonard</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/halleonardlearnmandolin.jpg" width="266" height="355" alt="halleonardlearnmandolin.jpg" /></p> <p>Maybe you’ve heard your mom say, “Oh, I always wanted to learn how to play banjo,” or, “It sure would be nice to know how to play mandolin.” </p> <p>You can make her dreams come true by providing her with the necessary tools to learn how to play an instrument. </p> <p>There is a wealth of beginner methods for all learning styles out there. </p> <p>Hal Leonard has an enormous selection of self-teaching series, starting out as low as $9.95, and ranging from lessons in ukulele to guitar, and banjo to violin. </p> <p><strong><a href=" ">7. Guitar Aficionado's Guitar Wine Decanter</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/guitardecanter%202.jpg" width="400" height="503" alt="guitardecanter 2.jpg" /></p> <p>Mom would truly appreciate this decanter, especially if she’s had a long day. </p> <p>Pamper her with this, and she’ll be pouring her favorite bottle of pinot noir, kicking her legs up and relaxing to her favorite music in no time. </p> <p>The stylish decanter comes with two options, one branded with the <em>Guitar Aficionado</em> magazine logo, and the other plain. Get it for $49.99.</p> <p><strong><a herf=" ">8. Flamenco Capo Decorated with Swarovski Stones </a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/swarovski.jpg" width="412" height="352" alt="swarovski.jpg" /></p> <p>Glam rock, anybody? </p> <p>If mom likes sparkles and shiny objects, you should get her a fancy flamenco capo carved from African black wood, decorated with 52 Swarovski stones. </p> <p>She can take her pick and choose from four different colors, red, aqua, red and white combo, or simply white. Sells for $79.00. </p> <p><strong><a href="">9. Personalized Guitar Strap from Jodi Head Guitar Wear</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/NameStraps_custom.jpg" width="400" height="814" alt="NameStraps_custom.jpg" /></p> <p>Nothing says I love you more than a personalized gift. </p> <p>Now you can let mom know you care by getting her a personalized guitar strap! Made by hand in New York City by Jodi Head Guitar Wear, all straps are hand-stitched and made to order. </p> <p>Head has made straps for artists like Sheryl Crow, Richie Sambora, and more. That alone will score you extra points! Cost is $125.00.</p> <p><strong><a href=" ">10. Gibson Mandolin Set</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/mandolintrio.jpg" width="620" height="321" alt="mandolintrio.jpg" /></p> <p>If you want to splurge and give your mom a gift set of a lifetime, then we have just the right gift idea for you. </p> <p>Prepare her to bask in the glory of these supremely ornate mandolins, carefully handcrafted by experts at Gibson in honor of the company’s 120th anniversary. </p> <p>The mandolin trio features AAA red spruce for the tops and highly figured maple back and sides, figured maple neck with a rounded-V profile and ebony fretboard with Tree of Life inlay made of mother-of-pearl, abalone, and silver wire. </p> <p>You can get your hands on all three of these limited-edition beauties for $60,000, or just one for about $20,000.00. Now, we did say we’d hit all budgets, didn’t we?</p> 108 Rock Star Guitars Acoustic Nation Fender Gibson Hal Leonard Helstrom Jodi Head Martin Guitar Taylor Gear Blogs Blogs Thu, 07 May 2015 13:40:31 +0000 Pauline France 24428 at Capo Tricks & Treats <!--paging_filter--><p>Beyond the obvious capo advantages of changing a song key to match vocal range, the capo can be handy tool for other purposes as well.</p> <p>There’s no reason not to keep one (or two) in your guitar case or clipped to your headstock for the moment that a need arises.</p> <p>Here are some uses of this handy device.</p> <p><strong>The key is key</strong></p> <p>When you use standard tuning, there are a number of keys that are easy for guitarists to perform in. Common guitar keys include E, A, C, D or G - probably because many songs are written on guitar and these keys are easy to play. </p> <p>But if you are in a band with horns, keys that come up can be challenging. Horn-based songs are often written in keys such as F, B-flat or E-flat. These can be difficult to finger on guitar. But use a capo and you can easily keep up with the horn section! </p> <p><strong>Gender compatibility</strong></p> <p>I often sing songs that were originally recorded by guys and sometimes the original key just doesn’t fit. There’s no way I can reach that high (or low!). Changing the key with a capo is an easy way to adjust. And when the key feels right we all sound better!</p> <p><strong>Instant separation</strong></p> <p>If you play in a band with two guitars, you can easily place them in different parts of the sonic spectrum by having one use a capo. Now the chord voicing are varied and each plays its own special part. </p> <p>A song such as “Hotel California” will really sound great if you have one guitarist capo’d at 7, the other at 5. This allows your chord voicings to really ring, without you having to navigate repeatedly tiring barre shapes. Experiment!</p> <p><strong>Mid-song shenanigans</strong><br /> With a spring-type capo, like Kyser, you can move the capo to a different fret easily, with one hand. In fact this is so easy, you can even do it in mid-song, for a modulation. You can store your Kyser capos on the headstock of your guitar, for easy access, and they don't get lost. You can also sometimes store them clamped on your guitar strap. Easy access and a quick fix.</p> <p><strong>Partial capos</strong></p> <p>Partial capos add another level of complexity — or simplicity — to your sonic arsenal and can be great for adjusting the lower or upper notes for easy fingering, or a more “open” tuning sound. They take a bit of practice to put into use.</p> <p>Some partial capos clamp three strings (highest or lowest, on either side). Others will clamp 5 strings, allowing, for example, a Drop-D or E style tuning instantly. Others clamp middle strings for open A (for example) or even suspended 4th chord voicings when you play “open.” There are even “harmonic” capos that let you fret lower register chords normally, but aid harmonics above the 5th or 7th fret. Tricky stuff!</p> <p><strong>Slide superiority</strong></p> <p>You might think that because a partial capo can make an open-tuning sound that you can also easily play slide guitar the same way you do in open tunings. However, if you keep the guitar in standard tuning, you probably won't get a chord when you put the slide across all 6 strings. There are, however, some clever ways to use special tunings or to add a partial capo to an open tuning that change what happens when you put the slide down. Play around with capo positions and simple fingerings to make it come together.</p> <p>Check out this video in which Kyser goes through some of the cool uses of partial capos.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Acoustic Nation Gear Wed, 06 May 2015 05:52:32 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 24423 at Vintage Acoustic Heaven at Willie's American Guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>A trip out of town always holds a bit of excitement for me.</p> <p>But any trip is even more intriguing with a stop at a local music store. </p> <p>This week I spent a couple of days in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now, I’ve never been to Minnesota, so when an opportunity for a little sight-seeing and a stop at Willie’s American Guitars was proposed, I jumped on it.</p> <p>There I spent an awesome hour checking out some really gorgeous vintage and new instruments, including an acoustic owned by Sheryl Crow that was pretty sweet.</p> <p>Check out my gallery from Willie’s and if you’re in town, be sure to stop in.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation Gear Photos Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:38:35 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore 24388 at Breedlove Launches Custom Sound Studio Website <!--paging_filter--><p>Breedlove Guitars of Bend, Oregon is proud to offer musicians, artists and collectors a truly magical musical opportunity. </p> <p>With the <a href="">Breedlove Custom Sound Studio</a>, anyone can design their dream instrument and have it built by Breedlove’s master luthiers and craftspeople. </p> <p>Inspired by Kim Breedlove, this program allows players to express themselves and their music through custom heirloom instruments with distinctively crafted sound.</p> <p>Crafting your Breedlove Custom Sound Studio instrument is an experience like no other. It begins with an extensive menu of rare and exotic tonewoods, state-of-the-art electronics, custom options, finish styles, inlay patterns, custom artwork and hardware. We’ll help you select just the right pieces to create a highly customized musical instrument that’s perfectly you.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The Breedlove Custom Sound Studio website is the first stop on your journey. There we’ll teach you how to listen to understand exactly what tonal qualities you’re after. You’ll learn the common language we use to describe guitars, their components and the sounds they produce. We’ll explain body shapes to ensure your new instrument fits you perfectly. You can also see examples of Custom Sound Studio instruments we’ve already built.</p> <p>The Breedlove Wood Library offers an extraordinary assortment of exotic tonewoods. The Breedlove team travels the globe in search of the finest and most sustainable tonewoods available. Breedlove luthiers pair back and side tonewoods with carefully selected soundboards to craft specific sound perfectly suited to your playing style and musical preferences.</p> <p>Breedlove craftsmen and luthiers are available to guide you through every step of the process, but you can also select an authorized Breedlove Distinctive Dealer to help you design your one-of-kind instrument. When your vision meets our expertise, passion, and materials, you get something magical, something alchemical. You get an experience and an instrument that, until now, you only dreamed of.</p> <p>Grammy award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard discusses the Custom Sound Studio process:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Breedlove Artist Ed Gerhard has created a “guitar voice” of his own that is recognized and praised worldwide. Known for his gorgeous tone and compositional depth, Gerhard can move a listener with a single note. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe said it best when he wrote “Gerhard does not write instrumentals. He writes songs only a guitar can sing.” He was recently in Bend, OR, designing a new custom instrument and we recorded the short video above about the Custom Sound Studio process.</p> <p>Explore the Breedlove Custom Sound Studio here: <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation Breedlove News Gear Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:09:06 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24369 at Taylor Guitars Introduces Two New 600 Series Models at Musikmesse <!--paging_filter--><p>After unveiling a transformative redesign of its maple 600 Series acoustic guitars earlier this year at the Winter NAMM Show, Taylor Guitars is expanding the rollout this spring.</p> <p>The new 600s, which were revoiced to bring out a richer, warmer maple sound and given a major aesthetic makeover, made their debut with an initial release of four models — the 614ce, 616ce, 618ce and 12-string 656ce.</p> <p>In the wake of rave reviews from industry leaders, dealers and media, two Grand Concert models join the series this spring: the 612ce and 612ce 12-Fret.</p> <p>The new models embody the same tone-forward vision as their 600 Series siblings, with shape-specific bracing and wood thicknesses, thin finish, and new seasoning processes like torrefaction, which together expand maple’s tone profile to include more complexity and overall playing versatility. Despite the smaller dimensions of the Grand Concert body style, Taylor Master Builder Andy Powers was able to elicit a surprisingly potent sound. “It has a delicate, articulate voice, but it’s not a quiet or weak-sounding guitar,” he says. “It’s actually really loud and powerful. But because the shape is a smaller outline, it will emphasize a certain clarity in its articulation and a certain high-end chime that a larger guitar won’t.”</p> <p>Specifically with the 612ce 12-Fret model, the geometry of the bridge to shorter neck results in a different voicing option for fans of the Grand Concert shape. “By making a shorter neck, you shift where the strings fall in relation to the body,” Powers says. “The bridge sits in a different spot on the body, so the way the player drives the top is different, with an extra robust punch in the midrange. It makes for dramatically present notes.”</p> <p>Notable design innovations on the new 600 Series models include:</p> <p><strong>Customized Wood Thicknesses and Bracing:</strong> The top and back thicknesses have been specially gauged for each body shape. Powers also optimized the bracing for each shape. The backs feature new maple-specific bracing profiles and patterns to enhance the responsiveness. As a result, he says, “the backs of these guitars work a lot like an archtop guitar or a violin if you were to delete its soundpost. These braces allow the back to move in a much warmer, stronger way. Players will hear more volume, more projection, and more low-end warmth than a maple guitar they’ve heard in the past.” The back and sides also undergo a special seasoning process to enhance the resonance and stability.</p> <p><strong>Torrefaction:</strong> This carefully controlled, high-temperature roasting process is applied to the Sitka spruce tops to give a new guitar an aged or played-in sound. By aging the wood on a molecular level, torrefaction makes the top warmer and more responsive. “There’s less resistance in the wood,” Powers explains. “As a result, it allows a more efficient energy transfer from the strings. A new piece of wood has quite a bit of resistance to moving. It’s not used to vibrating at a high frequency like that. An aged or played-in top is just waiting to be set in motion. For a player, it feels like the notes are just falling out of the guitar. As soon as you touch the strings, it takes hardly any effort; it doesn’t feel like you have to pry the sound out.”</p> <p><strong>Hand-Rubbed Color and Finish:</strong> Not only do the new 600s feature the same ultra-thin 3.5-mil clear gloss finish developed for the 800 Series, the maple back and sides boast an additional breakthrough: the inclusion of a proprietary hand-rubbed color application process that adds no additional thickness to the finish. The stain enhances maple’s visual aesthetic without causing any damping in the natural movement of the guitar body, helping to boost the tonal projection and sustain. The new color, “Brown Sugar,” complements the slightly darker color of the spruce tops, a result of the torrefaction process.</p> <p><strong>Protein Glue:</strong> The same protein glues used in the company’s redesigned 800 Series are used in the 600 Series for the critical tone-producing parts, namely for the “power train” components: the bracing and bridge-to-top joint.</p> <p><strong>Expression System® 2 Pickup:</strong> The acoustic voicing enhancements designed for the new 600 Series translate into amplified form with Taylor’s new Expression System® 2 (ES2) electronics. The ES2 incorporates three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. These are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, and effectively capture more of each guitar’s dynamic properties and acoustic energy.</p> <p><strong>First World Tonewood:</strong> Maple is a tonewood that can be harvested specifically for instruments here in the United States, a project that longtime tonewood supply partner Steve McMinn of Pacific Rim Tonewoods is undertaking. Given its geographical location, maple grows in politically and economically stable environments and is considered to be “conflict free” and well-managed. This is important to Taylor co-founder Bob Taylor. “Now and in the future, maple forests will be among the healthiest and most sustainable sources of instrument wood,” he says. “This is a species from our own backyard that can be formed into world-class instruments for generations to come. So, it is an important wood for us as a forward-thinking instrument manufacturer. This redesign is our way of showing players how great a maple and spruce instrument can look and sound.”</p> <p><em>Taylor Guitars 612ce 12-Fret (L) and 612ce (R):</em></p> <p><em></em><img src="/files/imce-images/newtaylors2015.jpg" alt="newtaylors2015.jpg" width="620" height="606" /></p> <p>The newly redesigned 600 Series is also available in the 614ce (Grand Auditorium), 616ce (Grand Symphony), 618ce (Grand Orchestra) and 656ce (12-String Grand Symphony). Models are available at authorized Taylor dealers. To locate a dealer, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Acoustic Nation News Taylor Guitars Gear Gear Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:40:09 +0000 Acoustic Nation 24318 at