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Meet the Builder’s Edition 324ce

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: The Taylor Builder’s Edition 324ce introduces new, sustainably sourced Urban Ash to the Taylor acoustic lineup, adding a fresh musical flavor in a sleek, contoured package. Made with back and sides of sustainably sourced Urban Ash…

How to Play Hammer-On Exercises in E | Mary Flower

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Mary Flower, a renowned songwriter, performer and music educator, shows the right way to combine hammer-ons and alternating bass in a twelve-bar blues. Mary Flower performs this quick acoustic lesson with Elixir® Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Strings with POLYWEB®…

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Win a Fender Malibu Acoustic Prize Pack

ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE + FENDER GIVEAWAY ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE: MALIBU CLASSIC ACOUSTIC GUITAR Ideal for recording, the short-scale Malibu shape is compact and focused, just like its sound. The low end is balanced by the lively highs,…

Thompson Guitar Shop Update

Sponsored by PK Thompson: One Sky Films recently completed this short documentary about our shop that we wanted to share. Wishing everyone to stay healthy and persevere during these tough times.  Watch Now.

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How to Play Slap Harmonics I Maneli Jamal

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: In this acoustic guitar lesson, award-winning fingerstyle guitarist Maneli Jamal demonstrates how to do a double harmonic slap with the right hand fingers. This creates a driving force of groove as he is doing them with 16th notes.…

Tips to Improve Your Solo Performance by Kaki King

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Guitar maestro and composer Kaki King shares tips to improve your solo performance in this Elixir® Strings Artist Spotlight video. Kaki plays Elixir Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Strings with POLYWEB® Coating. “Elixir Strings hold their tuning and feel great…

Designed with purpose

Sponsored by Bose: With the S1 Pro, we didn’t just make a smaller PA. That’s easy. We designed a system for you—purpose-built using key technologies from the acclaimed Bose L1 and F1 families. So you get stunning clarity and practical…

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How to Use Two-Finger Chords to Unlock Your Fretboard by Mary Flower

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Award-winning fingerstyle guitarist, singer/songwriter and educator, Mary Flower shows how to unlock your guitar’s neck using two-finger chords and a dead-thumb bassline to produce a funky blues groove. Mary Flower performs this quick acoustic lesson with Elixir® Acoustic…

‘Handmade to Hand Played’ – A Thompson Featured Artist CD

Sponsored by PK Thompson: Thompson Guitars has created a CD to honor Preston Thompson with proceeds going to a Scholarship fund. Enjoy the sounds of a Thompson created by many celebrated pickers, singer/songwriters including Molly Tuttle, Billy Strings, Chris Luquette, Trey Hensley…

Best of Carbon Fiber and Spruce

Sponsored by RainSong: RainSong Graphite Guitars has developed SFT: Soundboard Fusion Technology that combines the stability and robustness of carbon fiber with the traditional aesthetics and tone of wood. After careful experimentation, we fused a thin spruce soundboard and a…

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Santa Cruz Guitar Company NAMM Show Recap

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Guitar Company: While most guitar makers attending the NAMM show were focused on new models, Santa Cruz Guitar Company once again presented a snapshot of their daily production: extremely custom, one-of-a-kind instruments built for sophistication of…

Enter to Win a Taylor Builder’s Edition 517e

THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS DECEMBER 31, 2019  One lucky winner will receive the Taylor Builder’s Edition 517e in Wild Honey Burst (MSRP $ 2,999) This round-shoulder Grand Pacific resonates with a finely-honed balance of low-end power and clarity across the middle…

Download the Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Shopping for a guitar-playing loved one? Looking for yourself before the holidays hit? Whoever you’re buying for this season, our Holiday Gift Guide is a great resource for discovering gear and accessories. From stocking stuffers to luxuries to splurge on, this…

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Ready to Perform with the Bose S1 Pro.

Sponsored by Bose: Sound great anywhere with the ultra-portable Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA system. Ideal for acoustic performers, the S1 Pro is the ultimate all-in-one PA, floor monitor, practice amplifier, and primary music system. Multiple positions, supported by Auto…

String Bending Alternatives for Acoustic Guitars

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Guitar virtuoso Shawn Persinger demonstrates alternatives to those challenging G string bends on the acoustic guitar. This quick lesson sponsored by Elixir® Strings is great for all guitar styles and ability levels. Shawn, guitarist, composer, educator and writer,…

Tips for Playing Floating Diatonic Major Scales by Massimo Varini

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Elixir® Strings artist Massimo Varini provides three examples of how to play floating diatonic major scales in this quick tutorial. Massimo, a guitarist, producer, Grammy-winner, and renown educator, plays Elixir Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Strings with NANOWEB® Coating, Light/Medium…

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UNIQUE INLAYS FROM THOMPSON GUITARS

Sponsored by PK Thompson: Do you want your guitar to be extra special and have inlay that captures one of your passions? We are making that happen here at our custom shop with the talented Simon Haycraft and Kaleb Klein. As…

The Best Concert You Ever Headlined

From our friends at Guitar Mash: In an increasingly disconnected world, Guitar Mash creates community through its signature Urban Campfires — participatory music and storytelling events led by world-class guitarists and singer-songwriters that change how we experience music and connect…

Artisan-Made Luxury Humidified Cabinets & Furniture

Sponsored by American Music Furniture: Winter is coming, and with it, dry air that causes most of the damage to wooden musical instruments.  Top luthiers and repair experts agree that humidity is the number one cause of damage to guitars…

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Sound thin? Try a full line array system.

Sponsored by Bose : Whether you’re playing for an audience of 100 or 500, there’s a Bose L1 portable line array system to meet the need. Lightweight and easy to set up, the L1 Compact is for musicians on the…

Guitar Strings Engineered for Great Tone and Long Life

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: It doesn’t matter what style you play or what kind of music you’re into. From jazz virtuosos to metal shredders and everyone in between, all guitarists want tone that’s consistent — one that inspires them to their best…

How to Play an Intermediate Fingerpicking Pattern with a String Slap

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Guitarist and composer Chris Woods demonstrates an intermediate fingerpicking pattern featuring four simple chords and a string slap technique. Chris of ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’ recommends starting slow and eventually building speed to ultimately give you the…

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