Buying an acoustic guitar can be a quick and painless process, but for those looking to invest in a quality, high-end instrument, there’s quite a few options waiting for you. We’re going to go over those we feel are important to address before even visiting the guitar shop and even a few that could prove useful even after your guitar has already made it home.    Before jumping into the deep end, there’s a big, bold disclaimer that most are already aware of, but we’re going to make sure is etched in stone before we go any further. No matter how perfect a guitar is on paper, an instrument (for many) is an intimate object that can connect with the...

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The PRS Silver Sky

Legends in Lutherie:  2 Legends.  2 Legendary Guitars.
It’s not often that you find a collaboration from opposite ends of the spectrum as exceptional as the pairing of these two fantastic guitar builders. With the help of Heartbreaker Guitars in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rick Turner of Rick Turner Guitars and Richard Hoover of Santa Cruz Guitar Company crossed paths and began the creation of a partnership for the history books.       Brendan Smyth, owner and general manager of Heartbreaker Guitars, has been designing custom, limited edition Model 1 guitars with Rick Turner for a number of years. With a positive reaction from the public, Smyth and Turner discussed the idea of doing a very unique project of pairing a Model 1 with an equally as impressive...

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Richard Hoover and the Guitars of Santa Cruz Guitar Company
What sets Richard Hoover apart from most other guitar builders is a quote of his I’ve read time and time again. “For us, it wasn’t about growing into the next Martin Guitar Company, it was about doing custom lutherie as a small team.”  From the beginning, Hoover’s curiosity turned passion was driven by the desire to build his own and pay no attention to those already doing so, but instead to learn what makes a guitar great and make a great guitar. Instead of aiming to create thousands of guitars each year and put a Santa Cruz guitar in every household, Richard Hoover and his team of less than 20 builders pride themselves in running a custom guitar shop for...

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Bourgeois Guitars, Aged-Tone and Torrefaction.
“I’ve always loved the sound of vintage guitars. I’ve always tried to make new guitars that sound old.”-Dana Bourgeois, 2013. Bourgeois Guitars, Aged-Tone and Torrefaction. While the last decade has yielded some notable additions to the guitar world, much of the architecture behind the construction of the acoustic guitar has been established for hundreds if not thousands of years. Seasoned luthiers, like Dana Bourgeois of Bourgeois Guitars in Lewiston, Maine, hold true to many of the traditional aspects behind the proper building of the acoustic instrument and seek only to build an amazing guitar while staying sincere as possible to the settled culture. The body shape, the location of the strings, the fretboard, the neck, even the framework – Much...

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McPherson Guitars - Replacing Tradition with Precision
We’ve reached an age where expectations fuel our lives. Throw a picture on social media that isn’t considered “normal” and one could start a civil war. “The way things are supposed to be” seems to keep a lot of people up in arms when their system is challenged, when their outline is changed or their way of life is altered. One could say McPherson Guitars is making an analogous impact on the guitar world, and they wouldn’t be wrong. What the McPherson family has done, however, is sacrificed traditional guitar building for precision luthiering and in doing so has created a very unique and high-end instrument. I’d like to tell you about a few of the things that sets McPherson apart...

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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 – V-CLASS BRACING
Announcing the Taylor V-Class Bracing!!! Hello friends, and welcome back to another addition of the Taylor Tuesday Blog series at Heartbreaker Guitars. We here at Heartbreaker want to wish everyone a happy Valentines Day tomorrow, and if you don’t have a significant other, no problem. You can just buy a guitar from us, you’re guaranteed to Fall in Love! Speaking of falling in love, we have fallen hard over the newest innovation from Taylor Guitars. It is not often in a field as old as guitar making that you hear of something that has the potential to fundamentally alter the way guitars are built and played. V-Class Bracing from Taylor Guitars might just do that… For those that aren’t as...

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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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Dana Bourgeois and the OMSC 12 Fret in Master Grade Koa Available NOW!
  Dana Bourgeois, like many others, fell victim to the hypnotizing sounds of rock and roll music in the early 1960’s. It was the Beatles performing on the Ed Sullivan Show that pushed Dana to rush to the nearest music store and start down his own road to stardom. A few years into his new found hobby, Mr. Bourgeois took to the inside of the guitar, repairing and building them as a way to help himself through Bowdoin College. He stayed focused to his studies with a goal of one day helping to procure and preserve art, perhaps in a museum, but his growing passion had other plans. “One day I had an epiphany that I liked people in the...

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