See Why Guitar Players Love the Taylor GT

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Players of all styles and skill levels love the Taylor GT. With its blend of bold solid-wood tone, bass-boosting C-Class bracing and compact, accommodating dimensions, the GT is in a class of its own in the acoustic guitar world. Between the GT Urban Ash, the maple/spruce…

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Learn to Play a New Orleans-Style Rhumba on Guitar

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Want to groove like Doctor John or Professor Longhair? Play piano on guitar! Renowned guitar instructor and Elixir® Strings artist Mary Flower takes you through three ways to play the rhumba beat and capture that New Orleans feel. Mary performs this acoustic lesson with Elixir Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Strings with…

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Add Blues-Style Flavor with Inverted Thirds

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Mandy Rowden demonstrates in this quick guitar lesson inverted thirds and how easy it is to move the shapes around the fretboard for different keys. Either fingerstyle or plectrum-and-fingers hybrid picking works great with inverted thirds, so they’re perfect for acoustic and electric players. “Elixir Strings give me…

Enter to Win a Taylor GT 811e + TaylorSense

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Now through September 30, 2022, you could be the lucky winner of a new Taylor GT 811e acoustic-electric guitar featuring a preinstalled TaylorSense guitar health monitoring unit. The GT 811e is crafted in the U.S. with back and sides of solid Indian rosewood and a Sitka…

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Honoring Peter Rowan – Thompson Signature Series

Sponsored by PK Thompson: His career has spanned decades and Peter Rowan will be honored this September at the IBMA awards as an inductee into the Hall of Fame. We are proud to be a small part of his musical journey and are happy for the acknowledgement to his legendary…

Acoustic Effects, Unplugged. No Amp Required!

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 guitarist and composer Gretchen Menn: “What an incredible innovation! ToneWoodAmp brings the sonic textures I love with my electric guitars to my classical…

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Watch: Small Bodies, Big Taylor Tone

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Taylor Guitars has always been on the cutting edge of design when it comes to acoustic guitars. Get ready for a summer of music with Taylor’s wide array of smaller guitars, from the three-quarter-scale Baby Taylor to the full-scale, yet compact Grand Concert body shape and…

Diagnosing and Fixing String Buzz on Your Acoustic Guitar

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: String buzz is a common problem with acoustic guitars. In this video, Elixir® Strings teams up with an experienced luthier to show you how to diagnose and fix most causes of string buzz. Ron Ruggiero with over 40 years of professional guitar building and repair experience walks through…

Blog Posts by Thompson Guitars

Sponsored by PK Thompson: Over the years we have featured news from the shop, artist info, custom appointments and tonewoods options. Take a look at some of the information offered in our posts. The future is bright with all we offer to our customers, along with a consistent vintage tone…

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Taylor’s New 700 Series Showcases Vibrant Hawaiian Koa

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Welcome to the all-new koa 700 Series from Taylor Guitars, where a new grade of beautiful Hawaiian koa reveals a unique look, sound and feel with two strikingly appointed models. The series debuts with the versatile Grand Auditorium 724ce and the compact Grand Concert 722ce, two…

Acoustic Effects, Unplugged. No Amp Required!

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…

Finger Independence and Hybrid Picking Part 2 | Massimo Varini

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Massimo Varini, award winning guitarist, distinguished educator and Elixir® Strings artist, shows a simple but challenging exercise designed to build fluidity and accuracy in your picking hand in this second part of his three part series. Download free pdf tabs: Even if you’re used to fingerpicking, using…

Enya NEXG Smart Audio Guitar

Sponsored by Enya: Enya NEXG is an all-in-one smart audio guitar combining a Bluetooth speaker, preamp, sound card, and onboard effects. With the modes of karaoke, silent playing, jamming, and digital output, Enya NEXG is designed to simplify your musical life, from beginners to experts. See More

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Enter to Win 2 Luna Guitars!

One Grand Prize Winner Will Receive Vineyard Koa Bevel Grand Auditorium $1,049Constructed with the pro musician in mind, this Vineyard Koa is built on a 25.5 scale length traditional grand auditorium cutaway body with koa back & sides, a solid spruce top overlaid with a beautiful koa veneer that offers…

Introducing the Dave Mustaine Songwriter

Sponsored by Gibson: Dave Mustaine pioneered a new path for thrash metal, and now he’s breaking ground at Gibson. The Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop is excited to introduce the new Dave Mustaine Songwriter. Part of the Dave Mustaine Collection, the new Dave Mustaine Songwriter in Ebony is the first 24-fret…

Urban Ash Tone Meets Builder’s Edition Comfort

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: The Builder’s Edition collection boasts an array of comfort-focused contours and top-tier tonewoods. This Grand Auditorium model, the Builder’s Edition 324ce, serves up a bold voice thanks to back and sides of solid Urban Ash, which is responsibly sourced from trees in cities or municipal areas…

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Adding Strap Locks To Your Acoustic Guitar Has Never Been Easier

Sponsored by MusicNomad: MusicNomad’s patent pending Acousti-Lok™ is a strap solution that adds the safety & flexibility of using strap locks on your acoustic guitar without permanently modifying it. First introduced in 2020 and used by countless guitar players, MusicNomad’s Acousti-Lok™ product range is growing so more acoustic guitar players…

Fingerstyle Techniques in a Solo Arrangement | Mary Flower

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Mary Flower, a renowned guitar instructor and Elixir® Strings artist, demonstrates how a range of fingerstyle techniques can be used in a solo guitar arrangement.  In this short acoustic blues video, you will appreciate her stylistic range as well as her teaching ability.  Mary performs this quick acoustic…

6 Chances to Win a Shubb Paua Pearl Iridescent Capo

The Paua Pearl capo uses the same durable titanium process as our other Capo Royale models, so its color-shifting beauty will last practically forever.  And it’s randomly occurring color patterns make each capo unique.  Six lucky winners.  Choice of C1P for steel or C2P for nylon.  MSRP: $32.95 per prize.…

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Gibson Introduces Two Dazzling Acoustic Guitars

Sponsored by Gibson: “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Memphis Flash,” “The Hillbilly Cat,” there’s no short supply of nicknames for one of the most iconic cultural influences in all of music, Elvis Presley. Gibson is proud to honor a legacy fit for a king and announce the addition of…

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Francisca Valenzuela Plays the Taylor GS Mini Mahogany

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: For years, the Taylor GS Mini has inspired guitar players of all styles and skill levels with its portable frame and bold musical punch. For Taylor player and singer-songwriter Francisca Valenzuela, her GS Mini Mahogany is a constant source of creativity, a reliable songwriting partner as…