The Tone Traveler: An Engineer’s Take

Sponsored by Tone Traveler: By Robert Mizek: Mechanical Engineer and Esteemed Luthier “The Tone Traveler made an impressive difference in my 2021 Martin SC-13e guitar. It sounds richer and more balanced after treatment.  The measurements I took are expressed in a before/after graph that shows how the harmonics tightened up after…

Taylor Artist Zac Brown Nominates Marcus King as One to Watch

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: As Taylor Guitars celebrates its 50th anniversary, they’re launching a special video series spotlighting talented musicians destined to shape the music landscape in the decades ahead. To kickstart the series, tenured Taylor artist Zac Brown nominates a songwriter and guitarist he believes we should all keep tabs on: Marcus King.  With Taylor’s…

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Glen Andrew Brown on Composing for TV, Movies and Games

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and Taylor player Glen Andrew Brown has made a name for himself as a BAFTA-award-winning creator of music for a wide range of media, from video games to television and movies. In this special video from the Taylor Guitars artist team, Glen demonstrated how…

Ordering a Thompson Guitar – Making it Your Own

Sponsored by Thompson Guitars: We offer up many different appointments to adorn a newly ordered Thompson guitars. A building options tab is located on our website with many photos that show off what is possible to add to your special guitar. Custom inlay work is our specialty and anything is possible.…

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Gibson Custom Ebony Series: Like a Tuxedo

Sponsored by Gibson: Back in the 1950s, the Gibson Les Paul™ Custom came to life because Les Paul himself requested an electric guitar that “looks like a tuxedo.” Now, this timeless aesthetic is available on a quartet of Gibson Custom acoustic guitars handcrafted by our artisans in Bozeman, Montana, featuring premium…

Enya NEXG 2N: Classical Design, Innovative Technology

Sponsored by Enya Music: The Enya NEXG 2N transforms the classical guitar experience by blending traditional elegance with modern innovation. This 38-inch full-size nylon string guitar features Savarez 510AJ nylon strings and a classical headstock, resulting in an authentic and rich sound. With its built-in presets designed to match classical guitar…

Acoustic Guitar Lesson: Slow Burn by Kacey Musgraves | ELIXIR Strings

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Taken from her Grammy Award-winning 2018 album Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Slow Burn’ is a beautiful acoustic guitar tune built around a repeating chord pattern. The softly rhythmic 16th note strumming pattern drives the song throughout and an unusual-but-simple tuning gives ‘Slow Burn’ its distinctive character. In this…

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Hear the Taylor Builder’s Edition 914ce

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Blending signature Taylor craftsmanship, ultra-premium tonewoods and unmatched comfort, the Builder’s Edition 914ce offers a playing experience unlike any other. Back and sides of beautiful Honduran rosewood paired with a striped sinker redwood top serve up a powerful voice with lush, blooming overtones, gorgeous warmth, and remarkable…

Scott Goldbaum teaches Say It & Play It! Rhythm Guitar Lesson

If You Can Say It, You Can Play It | Rhythm Guitar Lesson

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Unlock the potential of the often-underestimated metronome—an invaluable tool that can transform your playing. Elixir® Strings Artist Scott Goldbaum shows you how to use a metronome to build strong rhythm habits with a quick, easy-to-follow exercise you can apply to all of your favorite songs. Scott uses Elixir…

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Watch: Wage War Plays Taylor Guitars

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Blasting eardrums and whipping up mosh pits since 2010, metalcore standard-bearers Wage War are beloved by fans for their mix of intense riffs, heavy, yet melodic songwriting and emotive lyrics. But as this recent performance for the Taylor Guitars Acoustic Sessions proves, they’re also a versatile act capable of…

Scott Goldabum demonstrates acoustic guitar exercises to add creativity to common chord progressions

How to Make Common Chord Progressions Sound Unique

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: If you’ve been playing the same strumming pattern over the same chord progression in song after song, this quick tutorial will help you infuse your accompaniment with creativity and individuality. Elixir® Strings Artist Scott Goldbaum shows you a simple trick to integrate riffs and lead work seamlessly into…

Thompson Size 2 Parlor and Single 0 14 fret

Sponsored by Thompson Guitars: These two models are currently available in all Sinker Mahogany (8 sets in stock) – we are offering them with a mahogany binding and rosette to keep a woodsy and simple elegant feel to both of these sweet smaller bodied guitars. They are both balanced and powerful for their size and…

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Open Now – Acoustic America: Iconic Guitars, Mandolins, and Banjos, MIM’s newest exhibition

Sponsored by Musical Instrument Museum: Open now in Phoenix, Arizona! Acoustic America: Iconic Guitars, Mandolins, and Banjos, the newest special exhibition at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), presents a once-in-a-lifetime collection of 90 historic stringed instruments played by the heroes of folk, blues, and bluegrass music. These instruments—mandolins, guitars, banjos, ukuleles,…

Gibson Murphy Lab Acoustics

Sponsored by Gibson: Under the watchful eye of Master Artisan Tom Murphy, the Gibson Custom Shop has developed specialized tools and technology to create expertly aged guitars that give you the opportunity to play a piece of history. Expertly aged, down to the last detail, each Murphy Lab acoustic guitar…

Creating Chords With Open Strings | ELIXIR Strings

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Using open strings to create chords on the acoustic guitar makes for a big, bold sound compared to playing simple barre chords. Ringing open string chords are great for both solo playing and accompanying singers and can be developed into an advanced guitar technique, allowing you to play…

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The Tone Traveler Is On Sale!

Sponsored by Tone Traveler: The Tone Traveler is a revolutionary device designed to enhance the sound of acoustic instruments and until the end of the year, it is on sale for $45 off MSRP. It attaches to your guitar or other acoustic instrument and uses advanced sonic vibrations to accelerate the…

The Ultimate Guitar Multi-Tool: Taylor Beacon 

The Taylor Beacon is a new, pocket-sized 5-in-1 guitar accessory designed to make it easier for you to make music. In this 30-second video, you’ll see why the Beacon is the ultimate multi-tool for guitarists.  Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: This handy clip-on accessory combines all the must-have tools for guitar players…

Honoring Preston Thompson with a New Model

Sponsored by Thompson Guitars: This new PK Thompson Model was designed with elements of a 1983 Preston original dreadnought that lives in our shop. This guitar offers a 41 style top trim, single abalone ring rosette, custom backstrip all made with red abalone. The body, neck and headstock are all bound with…

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A Tour Inside The Cor-Tek (Cort) Acoustic Guitar Factory

Sponsored by Cort Guitars: Cor-Tek Corporation, the driving force behind renowned brands Cort Guitars and Digitech/DOD, invites you on an exclusive journey into cutting-edge manufacturing in their latest factory tour video, marking the pinnacle of their 50th-anniversary celebration. Unveiling behind-the-scenes mastery, the video showcases techniques propelling heightened production and elevated…

9 lbs. of Legendary Fishman Acoustic Tone

Sponsored by Fishman: The ultimate practice acoustic amp, Fishman’s new Loudbox Micro packs 40 watts of clean acoustic power into a lunchbox-sized acoustic combo. A sealed cabinet design paired with a bi-amplified driver configuration generates rich, full tone from your acoustic instruments. It features a dedicated microphone channel plus an instrument…

An Introduction to Spread Triads | ELIXIR Strings

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Unlocking the fretboard and being able to play chords all over the neck is one of the most useful skills for a guitar player to master. The ability to locate chords all over the fingerboard allows you to be really creative with rhythm parts – and it will…

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SALE! ToneWoodAmp Brings Mike Dawes “Endless Joy”

Sponsored by ToneWoodAmp: ToneWoodAmp has been leading a revolution in acoustic guitars with the invention of a compact box that creates effects, unplugged—NO AMP REQUIRED!  Hear it from world-renown fingerstyle guitarist Mike Dawes: “ToneWoodAmp is the best acoustic gadget since the capo!”  The ToneWoodAmp is the first and only product of its kind…