McPherson Carbon Fiber Series Guitars:  The Sable and The Touring Model
McPherson Guitars has given some amazing gifts to the guitar industry from their cantilevered neck to their signature offset sound hole, both features you’ll find on their luxurious, resonant, sustain-filled acoustic gems. With their custom guitars of over ten tonewood choices and twenty-plus wood options for the back and sides, it’s no secret that to keep the great McPherson sound and build as strong as possible, one must take proper care of the guitar. But what about the player that wants to share his instrument with the outdoors, though varying humidity levels, in extreme temperature or what have you?  As we begin 2019, the music world has become more aware of the more durable options when choosing a guitar. Many...

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Taylor Tuesday:  the Taylor 814ce Deluxe with V-Class Bracing
It’s not every day that you find a duo as well-blended as Bob Taylor and Andy Powers. Any Taylor Guitars dealer will tell you the product of their partnership continues to challenge the guitar market with their craftsmanship, innovation and quality instruments. Over 40 years ago, Bob Taylor introduced to the world what would become his flagship model and to this day it remains Taylor’s best selling series. Through trial and error, the integration of electronics, a design revamp and years and years of experience, the 800 series today stands proudly as one of Taylor Guitar’s most versatile and enduring guitar models. Here, we’re going to take a closer look at the Taylor 814ce Deluxe with V-Class Bracing. “The 800...

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Paul Reed Smith's Custom 24

Paul Reed Smith's Custom 24
Few guitar companies are as prominent as Paul Reed Smith Guitars. Collectors and musicians across the globe can spot a PRS across the room with their glowing tops and unique bird inlays. It’s hard to believe that their wide, high-end selection of guitars, basses and amplifiers all started with one guitar: The amazing Paul Reed Smith Custom 24.   Paul Reed Smith started making guitars in the 1970’s and wasted no time figuring out he had an eye for quality and style. In just a few years time, Paul had turned his interest into business and opened up his first guitar work shop. It was at his first Winter NAMM show of 1985 that Smith introduced the very first PRS...

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Paoletti Guitars:  History, Art and Performance
It was late 2005 when Fabrizio Paoletti built his first instrument near the West coast of Italy. While proud of his accomplishment, the product his company produces today is both a one-of-a-kind, performance powerhouse and visually stunning, to put it mildly. I’d like to introduce you to Paoletti Guitars.   Inside each Paoletti guitar there is an influence of both family and style. Since the 19th century, the Paoletti family has been making Chianti in the Tuscany region of Italy and to this day it's rumored that Fabrizio’s father still operates a small local vineyard in the area. “My guitars pay reverence to both my passion for the land and my love of all things musical,” Paoletti explains. “The first time I...

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Heartbreaker Guitars presents:  the Lowden Guitars 2018 Winter Limited Edition in Sitka Spruce over Tiger Myrtle
The announcement was just recently made that Lowden Guitars has released their 2018 Winter Limited Edition. If I were limited to telling you one thing, it’d be how excited I am to see this guitar in person as impressive as the pictures are. This guitar is exquisite.   The Lowden Guitars 2018 Winter Limited Edition in Tiger Myrtle and Sitka Spruce is on it’s way to the public.  Brendan and his Heartbreaker Guitars here in the beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, are a proud Lowden Guitars dealer and are excited to share this news. Lowden’s Myrtle supply will produce only 25 versions of this specialty and before I jump into the technical aspects of this art piece, take a look and...

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Taylor Tuesdays: The Ebony Project
As the holidays are upon us, we celebrate our existence with our fellow human beings through religion, through science and through tradition. A man can travel around the world, step off a plane and be given a genuine holiday greeting far from where he’s familiar or comfortable.  It’s a reminder as to how small our planet truly is.  While we sit across from one another, breaking bread around the world, while we appreciate the open arms of our friends and family, it’s also important that we acknowledge the amazing world beneath our feet. “I realized that I’m the guy that’s gonna walk across the threshold of ‘forests the way they were’ and ‘forests the way the way they will be.’ We’re...

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Reinhold Bogner's Atma Series:  A Sound That's Hard to Turn Down
If you’ve had a chance to see a picture or two of Reinhold Bogner, the owner and founder of Bogner Amplification, it will be no wonder to you why there’s a heavy influence of style in the amplifier I’m writing about today. For a man who’d likely be happy to share wardrobes with Elton John or take style advice from Dennis Rodman, he’s managed to produce one of the cleanest and sharpest looking amplifiers I’ve seen in a long time with a revolutionary sound to match. We’re going to look at the Bogner Atma.  In the small town of Ulm in Southern Germany, both the EL84 tube and Reinhold Bogner were born ready to turn heads. In interviews Bogner explains...

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Taylor Tuesdays:  The New 614ce Builder's Edition
Taylor Guitars sits on the top shelf along side some of the best guitar builders in the world. Their reputation for providing a wide array of choices for musicians is well-deserved as they continue to both introduce new models and improve upon existing ones. One thing I’ve noticed about Andy Powers, a master builder and designer for Taylor, is that his demographic stretches far across his peripheral. His more recent ‘breakthrough’ with the implementation of V-Class Bracing has put Taylor back in the spotlight where they seem to be most comfortable anyway. But, while they make big waves, Andy and Taylor push to please the masses with smaller, more focused projects as well. Today I’m explaining a bit about their...

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Tony Polecastro

Tony Polecastro
Each week I set out in a new direction to combine my knowledge with that of the many whom I find usually know significantly more than I do. The guitar world seems to be ever-expanding, almost limitless, and around each corner there appears to be another opinion, a different style and an entirely new perspective. Through my research of guitar bodies, tone woods, sound holes and tension rods, I’ve quickly become aware that I’m nowhere close to deserving of the title of ‘expert.’ Article after article, video after video, I spend a lot of time skimming through a ton of information. I’ve learned, however, there’s a few articles worth reading start to finish and videos worth watching beginning to end. The man...

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Albert Lee and Huss & Dalton Guitars
At the young age of 8 or 9 years old, Albert Lee got a traditional introduction to the music world seated at a piano. He spent two years pushing for a passion, but his adolescent mind was stuck on the sound he’d heard played just a few doors down from his home. It was his best friend’s brother who brought the arch top guitar home from the militant Navy. A few dates later, Albert knew he’d found his true love.   Lee spotted his first guitar in a shop window while walking through the West end of London. With the three pickups, the tremelo and the shape of the guitar, he was certain he’d spotted a Fender. Once he’d made his way...

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