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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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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Richard Hoover and his Santa Cruz Guitar Company
It’s hard for me to figure out where to start with this write. I feel like I’ve just set out on a journey to find silver and come back with pockets full of bronze, silver and gold. The man I’ve been reading about and listening to for the last few hours has given me a plethora of information about Santa Cruz Guitars, but in doing so I’ve become one of hopefully many to learn how when the right inspiration reaches a brilliant mind, the story can become idolizing. Take a few minutes and let me tell you just a piece of what I now know about Richard Hoover and his Santa Cruz Guitar Company. “I’ve always been driven to create. Making...

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Taylor PS14ce Milagro Brazilian Rosewood
Taylor PS14ce in (Milagro) Brazilian Rosewood Many guitars are in competition for the “Best in Class” and the PS14ce is no exception. One way to push to the top of the list is to take a finely tuned instrument, give it a brand new bracing system, face it with an amazing master grade sinker redwood and finish it off with a one-of-a-kind Brazilian rosewood. Taylor has successfully accomplished “having your guitar and playing it too.” While the 914ce could cover an entire blog on it’s own, as much as it pains me to rush through any details of this instrument, I feel obligated to get to what makes this guitar truly special as quickly as humanly possible. On that note,...

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The PRS McCarty 594

The PRS McCarty 594
The Paul Reed Smith McCarty 594 Bringing the Vintage Sound into a Modern Instrument

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