Thompson Guitars – Giving Back

Sponsored by PK Thompson: Sharing our guitars with community fundraisers, flatpick competitions and young emerging players gives us the opportunity each year to make a few guitars that feel like us giving back. We have had so much support over the years that it feels right to share what we…

Finger Independence and Hybrid Picking | Massimo Varini

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Hybrid picking is a great technique for acoustic guitar players to master but using both plectrum and fingers on your picking hand can be a challenge – even if you’re used to fingerpicking. Massimo Varini, renowned educator, monster guitarist and Grammy-winner, demonstrates some musical hybrid picking patterns that…

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Win this Keep It Simple, Setup and Total Guitar Spa Kit

Enter to win a set of precision gauges and tools combined with step-by-step guidelines anybody can follow and setup their guitar to play and sound great, and a spa kit designed to detail, clean, polish, or condition. Prize: One KEEP IT SIMPLE, SETUP (KISS)™ and one TOTAL GUITAR SPA KIT   MSRP: $343.98 …

See What’s Shipping from Santa Cruz Guitar Company

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Guitar Company: Each and every week, Santa Cruz Guitar Company posts custom acoustics shipping from their small shop to various independently owned guitar stores throughout the world. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to see what’s heading to your local SCGC dealer before it even arrives,…

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Dreadnought vs. Grand Auditorium on Alvarez TV

Sponsored by Alvarez Guitars: Why do you love your Grand Auditorium guitar? Why do you keep reaching for a Dreadnought? Grand Auditoriums are incredibly versatile instruments, with a sweet tonal balance. Dreadnoughts are ideal workhorse guitars for strummers and flatpickers alike, known for their volume, warmth, and comfortable body shapes.…

Meet the All-Maple Taylor AD27e Flametop

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Taylor first introduced the world to the Grand Pacific dreadnought body shape with a pair of Builder’s Edition models boasting premium solid tonewoods and V-Class interior bracing. Now, they’re growing the Grand Pacific family with the stunning AD27e Flametop, made with back, sides and top of…

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 singer-songwriter Tamar Eisenman, playing her new album’s title song “Rain & Dirt” using the ToneWoodAmp: “The ToneWoodAmp offers a whole new strategy in making…

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Gibson Elvis Dove and Elvis SJ-200

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. Elvis was known for many things – his jet-black hair, a voice that transcended genres, the…

Basses and Baritones on Alvarez TV

Sponsored by Alvarez Guitars: Baritone guitars and acoustic bass guitars open up an entirely different sonic dimension, unlocking an experience that every guitar player should have. Playing in a lower register freshens up old tunes and inspires new ones, and it pushes us as players musically—and it’s important to know…

Legato Phrasing with Alex de Grassi

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Fingerstyle legend Alex de Grassi adds expression to his melodies with slides, hammer ons and pull-offs.  Watch as he shows these three legato phrasing techniques to create fluidity and texture.  “I get more volume, a balanced sound, and my strings last longer  when I use Elixir Phosphor Bronze…

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Alhambra: Handcrafted Guitars with Spanish Heel

Sponsored by Fanatic Guitars: In order to achieve a great instrument two factors are fundamental: good materials and Know-How. As official dealers, here at Fanatic Guitars we can attest, that’s exactly what Alhambra’s Guitar has accumulated over 55 years, positioning themselves as one of the best handmade classical, flamenco and…

New for 2022: Santa Cruz Parabolic Tension Strings for DADGAD

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Guitar Company: Available in both low and mid tension, we are pleased to introduce the newest variation of our Parabolic Tension Strings, specifically engineered for DADGAD players. Santa Cruz Strings are engineered to do what others cannot, to put the exact tension on each individual string…

Meet the new AD22e from Taylor Guitars

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: Meet the new AD22e from Taylor Guitars. This is a Grand Concert acoustic-electric guitar from the American Dream Series, and it features back and sides of solid sapele paired with a solid neo-tropical mahogany top. With V-Class bracing inside for enhanced volume and longer sustain, the…

Setting Up Your Acoustic Guitar Has Never Been Easier

Sponsored by MusicNomad: MusicNomad has demystified the guitar setup process by developing the KEEP IT SIMPLE SETUP (KISS)™ system with innovative, precision gauges and tools combined with step-by-step general guidelines anybody can follow. The goal of having the best sound and easiest playability on your guitar can be attained with…

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Nashville Tuning for Acoustic Guitar

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: If you’re looking to add some high-end sparkle and harmonic interest to your acoustic guitar parts, the Nashville Tuning method is a great option. Shawn Persinger, master guitarist, educator and Elixir® Strings artist, shows some examples in the style of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” and Pink Floyd’s…

Gibson Generation Collection | Amythyst “Wild Turkey”

Sponsored by Gibson: Rolling Stone partnered with Gibson for an exclusive interview and live performance with Amythyst Kiah using her Gibson Generation Collection G-45 at the Gibson Garage. In this live performance, Amythyst performs “Wild Turkey.” Introducing the Generation Collection featuring the exclusive Gibson Player Port™ for a new sonic…

Thompson Guitar – Website and Upcoming Projects

Sponsored by PK Thompson: Moving into the new year, we are providing more build option details via our website and information on upcoming special projects. Our website is vital as a window into what we do at Thompson guitars. It is important to keep refining and giving our customers a…

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Fingerpicking Workout with Clive Carroll

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Acoustic master and Elixir® Strings artist Clive Carroll reveals his favorite exercises for smoother and more versatile fingerstyle. Following Clive’s tips, learn how to emphasize certain notes, achieve varied tones without a plectrum and get your fingers flowing in harmony. Clive plays Elixir Acoustic Phosphor Bronze and 80/20…

Introducing the all-new Acoustasonic Player Telecaster

Sponsored by Fender: Streamlined and stage-ready with a simplified 3-Way Switch and powerful Blend Knob, this shape-shifting hybrid goes from acoustic to electric with something new at every turn. Watch Nicholas Veinoglou explore this model’s exciting features and learn more here: 

The Holiday Gift Any Acoustic Guitarist Will Love

Sponsored by ToneWoodAmp: The ToneWoodAmp is the first and only product of its kind to use the body and soundhole of ANY acoustic guitar to create a variety of effects—unplugged. No cables, no pedals, NO AMP REQUIRED! All the effects you know and love—reverb, tremolo, delay, autowah, and more. Enhance your…

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Voiceprint DI Demo with Daniel Donato

Sponsored by LR Baggs: Nashville native Daniel Donato stopped by our Soundcheck office with guitarist Nick Fry to share their experience with the Voiceprint DI. “The Voiceprint DI technology is the best synchronicity of technology and tradition that is available on the market today.” – Daniel Donato Voiceprint DI – Acoustic…

Boogie Woogie Basslines with Mary Flower

Sponsored by Elixir® Strings: Award-winning fingerstyle acoustic blues guitarist, music educator and Elixir® Strings artist Mary Flower breaks down the best fingering for a rolling boogie woogie-style bassline in this quick acoustic guitar lesson. Mary chooses Elixir Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Strings with POLYWEB® Coating for their warm tone that lasts and lasts.…

Meet the Compact, All-Solid Taylor AD22e

Sponsored by Taylor Guitars: The latest addition to Taylor’s American Dream Series, the AD22e is a Grand Concert acoustic-electric guitar made with solid sapele back and sides, a mahogany top, and V-Class bracing, all available at an exceptional value for everyday musicians. Blending rich projection and sustain with a warm,…

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New from Santa Cruz Guitar Company: Baritone Parabolic Tension Strings

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Guitar Company: Available in both low and mid tension, we are pleased to introduce the newest variation of our Parabolic Tension Strings, specifically engineered for acoustic baritones. Santa Cruz Strings are engineered to do what others cannot, to put the exact tension on each individual string…