The 2019 Taylor 812ce 12-Fret with V-Class Bracing - IN STOCK!
This new addition to the V-Class family is a precious one. New to 2019 is this Taylor Guitars 812ce 12-fret with V-Class bracing. The reviews of this guitar have been excellent on all fronts, from intonation to build quality. Let’s take a look at what makes this guitar special.   First, a quick review of what the different characters inside Taylor’s model number tells us. The 800 series refers to the choice of woods. In this case it is a Sitka Spruce top over an Indian Rosewood back and sides. This combination of soundboard and tonewood is one of if not the most versatile partnerships in “guitar-dom.” The 12 refers to the body shape of the guitar. This is Taylor’s...

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Paul Reed Smith:  The Beautiful SE Acoustic Series - In Stock!
I’ve now viewed a dangerous amount of Paul Reed Smith content and the man continues to steadily climb the ranks to the top of my list of life’s inspirations.  Like other legendary guitar makers I’ve studied, the passion he has for his craft is matched by his excitement to share his path to contentment.  His fervor-driven pursuit of creating the perfect guitar has lead Paul and PRS Guitars to being known as one of the best electric guitar producers in the world.  It’s no revelation finding out Paul’s passion for perfection wouldn’t always be limited to a solid-bodied axe.  After crushing milestones in the electric world, Paul has tried on a new outfit with his attempt at purity with an...

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Benefits of Playing Classical Guitar
Children and adults alike benefit from playing a musical instrument, especially a guitar. In the realm of guitars however, steel-string acoustic guitars and electric guitars seem to be the instrument of choice among most musicians. Nylon-string classical guitars don’t seem to receive the same amount of attention steel-stringers do. But the winds of change are blowing with a renewed interest in nylon-stringed guitars. It may have something to do with the continued popularity of the guitar’s smaller nylon-stringed cousin the ukulele. It can also be that people are also starting to have a renewed appreciation for the classical guitar sound. If you want to learn to play an instrument and you’ve always loved the sound a classical guitar makes, then...

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Larrivée Guitars:  New Models In Stock!
“To me, building guitars was my destiny. It’s something right from the beginning that was like a calling.” - Jean Larrivée Larrivée Guitars is not only known for their craftsmanship, incredible inlays and 50 plus years in the guitar making industry, they also are one of the best valued boutique guitar brands on the market. Jean Larrivée’s road to success is a fantastic story ( read my blog here! ) and today I’ll be showing you a few guitars available right now at Heartbreaker Guitars.   First up is the Larrivée LV-03.  The 03 Mahogany Recording Series is made right here in the United States.  The exceptional build quality begins with all solid woods starting with the Sitka Spruce top. This particular...

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Santa Cruz Guitar Company - Otis Taylor Special
Otis Taylor’s life and career has been anything but predictable. The electrifying combination of dark, cold content and warm, bright presentation is a contrast that has left his listeners intrigued. What he has labeled himself as “Trance Blues” has earned him a long list of awards and nominations. It’s no surprise to find out that Santa Cruz Guitar Company decided to arm Taylor with this one-of-a-kind weapon. Let’s take a look at the journey of all star musical legend Otis Taylor and his peculiar path from his banjo to blues as well as this unmistakable six string.   “I was a little kid,” Otis says. “I lived by the Denver Folklore Center... It was a music store. My Mother had...

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Buying a High End Guitar:  Finding What's Perfect For You
What makes an expensive guitar better than a cheap guitar? How much do I need to spend to get a good guitar? How do I find the perfect acoustic guitar? Here’s my light on the subject.   Some of us as kids sat in front of the television, jaw dropped, watching our favorite musician play the guitar of our dreams.  The way it sounded out of the studio, live on stage, in the hands of a legend – “It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.”  When musicians first see a brand new, state of the art guitar, they’re not much different than fish chasing a spoon.  It’s shiny, it’s new and we’ve gotta have it!  Around the world,...

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The Santa Cruz Tony Rice Model:  A Prodigious Guitar with an Iconic Inspiration
The Tony Rice model from Santa Cruz Guitar Company is a guitar built on the passion of a professional by a true custom guitar shop.  Here’s some history on the honorable Tony Rice, his influence on bluegrass music and the incredible instrument he keeps by his side.   I was not surprised to find out Tony Rice spent his early years in Los Angeles, California.  While his Father is responsible for the initial introduction, Tony had a whole team of siblings learning the fundamentals of bluegrass music through their teenage years.  1970 brought upon the beginning of Rice’s music career as he moved to Louisville, Kentucky and became a member of the Bluegrass Alliance and soon after, The New South. ...

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Taylor Tuesdays:  Zac Brown - His Taylor and his Heart
It should surprise no one that a company like Taylor Guitars, as passionate about their product as they are about conservation, would team up with an artist of equal aspiration.  From his first A-10 in ‘92 to his Grammy for Best New Artist in 2010, I’d like to share with you a bit about Zac Brown, his love for Taylor Guitars and some reasons he’s one of my all time favorite musicians. Zac Brown was born in 1978, 11th of 12 siblings raised by two hard-working parents just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.  With his oldest brother being nearly 21 years his senior, from a young age Zac was exposed to just about every genre of music.  His curiosities pushed him...

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Some History behind Larrivee Guitars
Combine being in the right place at the right time with 50 plus years of hard work and dedication to quality and the result is Larrivee Guitars.  Jean Larrivee, with the help of his family of friends over the past 50 plus years, has created a top shelf instrument.  Let's take a look at its journey. Much of Jean Larrivee’s family are cabinet makers.  Jean’s Father had nine brothers, most of which were cabinet makers.  Larrivee had a curiosity at an early age after learning to play, to build a guitar on his own.  He was introduced to Edgar Munich, a fine guitar maker in the area, just by chance while visiting a family friend.  He mentioned to Munich his...

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The Model 1 from Rick Turner Guitars
Forward by Brendan Smyth (Owner, Heartbreaker Guitars):   "I have known Rick since 1999 when I bought my first Turner Model 1 guitar.  I’ll never forget the conversation.  I was seeking out the elusive Model 1 (they were hard to get at the time).  I called the shop.  He informed me there was a 2 year wait for a new Model 1.  Are you kidding me?!!!  And then he said… “Oh, but I have one that's slightly used that just came back from a studio in LA I could sell you.”  I jumped at the chance.  The guitar showed up.  I’ll never forget the feeling when I opened the case.  At the time the guitars were simply a mystery.  Nobody...

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