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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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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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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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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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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