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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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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