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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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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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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Paul Reed Smith McCarty 594
Hello everyone, welcome to another edition of the Heartbreaker Guitars Blog and today we are going to discuss one of the greatest guitars in the Paul Reed Smith family. The Paul Reed Smith McCarty 594 is the pinnacle of Paul Reed Smith Guitar design and building.  This guitar represents the wealth of knowledge and skills Paul has acquired over the years, especially from the mentoring provided by the legendary Ted McCarty, show in every aspect of this phenomenal guitar. Ted McCarty oversaw Gibson Guitars from 1950 to 1966,  as most of you know, these were the years that produced the holy grail of Gibson guitars that make up the pantheon of rock guitar gods and legends, with 1959 Les Paul...

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Taylor Tuesday - Taylor Artist George Strait
Taylor Artist George Strait Hello friends and welcome back to our Heartbreaker Guitars Taylor Tuesday Blog Series where we cover all things Taylor! As everyone's Taylor Guitar Dealer, we love talking about the amazing Taylor Guitars for sale on our site and some of the incredible artists who play them. Some of those artists are even considered royalty within their genre. Artist's like George Strait, known in Nashville as the "King of Country". Strait is a hallmark figure in country music and his career spans decades spent at the top of his field, making Taylor Guitars an ax fit for a king. A Little Background... George Strait was born May 18th, 1952 and in Poteet, Texas. His father, John Byron...

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Paul Reed Smith Wood Drying and Body Construction
Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the Heartbreaker Guitars blog. Today I wanted dig deeper and look at the love and attention that goes into making the bodies for Paul Reed Smith Guitars. It might seem on the on surface that it wouldn’t take much time to make a guitar body, you just grab some wood, cut out a shape, do some gluing, sanding and painting, voila you have a guitar body. Wait maybe that does sound like it takes some time?  Like every aspect of the construction of a PRS guitar, there are many small but critical steps PRS take along the way to insure these guitars look, sound and play amazing. As with the necks, Paul...

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Blackwood Tone Wood

Blackwood Tone Wood
Hello everyone! We are back here at Heartbreaker Guitars for another blog post, trying to give you guys and gals the rundown on some of the fine guitars on sale at Heartbreaker Guitars. We like to help you be as informed as you can be before you Fall in Love with one of our amazing guitars! That means talking about things like neck shape, soundbox depth, and, yes, TONEWOOD!    The tonewood we want to highlight today is blackwood. Blackwood is commonly sourced from Africa, and the Tasmanian, which is located in Australia. The color on the wood is usually extremely dark, even appearing black (Which may come as a shock to some given the name) and is incredibly dense. ...

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