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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Taylor Tuesday:  The All New Grand Pacific Series!
With Winter NAMM 2019 now behind us, many are curious to see what’s new with Taylor Guitars.  Their brand new Grand Pacific body style is a step away from tradition and towards innovation as they’ve become notorious for these past few years.  Let’s explore the all new Taylor Grand Pacific Series in detail.   When Andy Powers himself is put behind the mic to introduce his new Grand Pacific models, it’s a good sign something big has happened.  This time last year, the big news (that’s still making waves) for Taylor was their game changing V-Class Bracing, now offered in nearly all models that Taylor is producing.  Powers’ vision for his new bracing was that of a true artist.  Like...

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From NAMM 2019: Lowden Guitars now offering Macassar Ebony
Lowden’s lineup of instruments arguably needs no modification, but George Lowden seems determined to continue to impress his ever-widening demographic. There’s a new face in town for Lowden and it’s stunning. Just announced at NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, California, Lowden Guitars will now be offering the beautiful Macassar Ebony as a tonewood choice for several models of guitars. While the spotlight for Lowden may still be shining bright on their recent partnership with Ed Sheeran and their new "Sheeran" line of guitars (Click HERE to read more) aimed at getting quality instruments into the hands of the lesser investor, those already fanatics of Lowden’s creations now have a new tone wood to choose from. For now, just the F-50, F-50C...

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From NAMM 2019:  PRS Announces 3 New SE Guitars!
  While making the rounds in Anaheim, California at NAMM 2019, this is a must stop for any guitarist loyal to appreciating the brands that have amazingly balanced art and craftsmanship. Paul Reed Smith Guitars, with the help of some familiar names, has just unveiled not one, but three new SE guitars to their signature collection and they’re impressive! The first model introduced, and likely the  most eye-catching, is the SE Schizoid. This PRS Custom 24 body has been given a “legendary progressive rock outfit” with its “Schizoid Man” artwork from the In the Court of the Crimson King album, in honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the band King Crimson. PRS will be producing a maximum of 1,000...

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The Lowden Sheeran Model from NAMM 2019  Order Now!
Just before NAMM 2019's official start time, Lowden Guitars has made a big announcement along side a huge name in the music industry.    It's no secret that Ed Sheeran has been a long time fan of Lowden Guitars, but his involvement up until now has merely been supportive.  Sitting alongside George Lowden, Ed Sheeran helps announce a brand new, collaborative line of guitars, simply called "Sheeran."  The line is aimed at both the younger and introductory player who seek a quality instrument, yet have a limited budget.  Sheeran says, "There are fewer guitar bands and fewer artists using guitars now, and not as many kids picking up guitars.  That is something I would like to change by getting these great...

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Taylor Tuesday:  The Illustrious Hawaiian Koa
The battle between tonewoods is never-ending. This guy says Adirondack Spruce is the perfect balance of tone and class, while that guy says Indian Rosewood’s beauty alone puts it at the top of the list. It may be relative, each having their own personal preference of sound and style, but few will argue that among the top contenders belongs the beautiful, the resonant – Hawaiian Koa.   As I sit and watch Bob Taylor drive across privately owned, nationally protected forests in the hills of Hawaii, I can’t manage to rid of the grin on my face. Mr. Taylor and his team have traveled the world, literally, in this series of videos to check on old projects and inquire about...

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