Julia Lucius: Winter NAMM 2016

As a member of the singing duo Good News, Julia Lucius performed in 2013 on the hit Fox-TV show The X Factor. These days, this California native is making a name for herself as a singer-songwriter on the coffeehouse folk scene. Lucius stopped by the Acoustic Guitar magazine booth at…


SONiA of Disappear Fear: Winter NAMM 2016

Singer, songwriter, and visual artist Sonia Rutstein has been recording and performing her politically charged songs both solo as SONiA and as part of Disappear Fear since DP’s debut album, Echo My Call, in 1988. Rutstein and Disappear Fear have since garnered numerous awards including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation…

McPherson Guitars NAMM2016

McPherson Guitars Shows Custom Inlay Work at Winter NAMM 2016

At the 2016 NAMM show, McPherson Guitars of Sparta, Wisconsin, was showing off some of the beautifully intricate, one-of-a-kind inlay designs that come out of their vaunted custom shop. (Their gorgeous “Manhattan Skyline” guitar was on the December 2015 cover of Acoustic Guitar.) Larry Klenc give us the low-down on…


Edit Tim Bertsch Acoustic Guitar Session NAMM 2016

Tim Bertsch: Winter NAMM 2016

Fingerstylist Tim Bertsch performs the tender ballad “Ann’s Parlor,” on a 12-string harp guitar, at Winter NAMM 2016. He has been a longstanding member of the rock dynamo Jaded Mary, as well as the seasoned jazz group H.D. Fusion, sharing the headliner billing with such national acts as Halestorm, Buckcherry,…

Jeff Gunn Acoustic Guitar Session NAMM 2016

Jeff Gunn: Winter NAMM 2016

Jeff Gunn stopped by the Acoustic Guitar booth at NAMM 2016 to perform the song “Journey’s End/New Beginnings” on his Godin Multiac Nylon Encore. Gunn uses D’Addario EXP45 coated nylon strings, a Planet Wave cable, and a trusty Levy’s guitar strap while he performs, bringing out a sharp and clear sound.…

Jen Trani & Chris Aken Session NAMM2016

Jennifer Trani and Chris Aiken: Winter NAMM 2016

Jennifer Trani and Chris Aiken stopped by the Acoustic Guitar booth at NAMM 2016 for a jam session on a pair of new Fender Paramount series models. Watch as they perform on “Paramountain Top,” Jen plays a Fender Paramount PM-1, and Chris uses a Fender Paramount PM-3 Triple-0.


Cordoba Introduces Master Series Guitar at Winter NAMM 2016

Watch as Brandon Schmidt of Cordoba Guitars demonstrates one of the new Master Series models, a reproduction of a vintage nylon-stringed classical/flamenco instrument made in 1931 by famed Madrid luthier Domingo Esteso. The back and sides are constructed of solid Palo Escrito (Mexican rosewood) and the top is either European…

Jamie Stillway: Winter NAMM 2016

Jamie Stillway stopped by the Acoustic Guitar booth at NAMM 2016 to perform an instrumental on her Santa Cruz OM/PW guitar.  Using a Shubb capo at the fourth fret, the guitarist played her song “The People’s Key of B,” from her album with Ben Bonham, Stillway & Bonham – Again.


Don Alder: Winter NAMM 2016

Don Alder stopped by the Acoustic Guitar booth at NAMM 2016 to perform a song on his signature Riversong baritone. Watch the fingerstyle guitarist play “Armed and Dangerous,” which is also the title of his new album.

Scott Fore Acoustic Guitar Session NAMM 2016

Scott Fore: Winter NAMM 2016

Scott Fore stopped by the Acoustic Guitar booth at NAMM 2016 to perform a tune on his Bourgeois Fully Torrefied Aged Tone™ Mahogony Dreadnought. Watch the flatpicking champion perform a rousing rendition of “Alabama Jubilee.” You can learn to play “Alabama Jubilee” in Fore’s book, Flatpicking Solos: 12 Contest-Winning Arrangements.


Kris Angelis Acoustic Guitar NAMM Session 2016

Kris Angelis: Winter NAMM 2016

Kris Angelis stopped by the Acoustic Guitar booth at NAMM 2016 to perform a song on her acoustic Fender with a G7 capo. Watch the singer-songwriter play “Heartbreak Is Contagious,” which is also the title of her EP.


Martin Unveils Lennon D-28 & More at Winter NAMM 2016

C.F. Martin & Co. unveiled a pair of stunning commemorative guitars on Jan. 21 at Winter NAMM 2016: the D-222 Anniversary Edition, marking the 100th birthday of the steadfast dreadnought; and the D-28 John Lennon 75th Anniversary model, an imaginative homage to the late Beatle. In addition, Martin introduced new…


Cort at Winter NAMM 2016

Cort Debuts Frank Gambale Signature Model at Winter NAMM 2016

At Winter NAMM 2016, Cort released the Frank Gambale Signature Model, an acoustic guitar created specifically with electric-guitar players in mind. It has an Adirondack spruce top, Australian blackwood back and sides, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and, hmmm, are those crystals on the headstock? Acoustic Guitar magazine editor Greg Cahill caught up…

Day 4: Winter NAMM 2016

Guild Guitars Adds Quintet of Arched-Back Models to the Westerly Collection Five new affordable arched back models join Guild’s Westerly Collection. Guild’s first arched-back model appeared in the mid-1950s, a feature that’s become synonymous with the Guild brand ever since. Guild’s newest arched-back models are available in four classic body…


Day 3: Winter NAMM 2016

Meet Martin’s Custom Shop-OM True North-16 Limited to only 50 instruments, this orchestra model, seen to the left, features an ebony fingerboard, bridge and headplate, a solid Adirondack spruce top and exceptionally figured Koa back and sides, which produces a beautiful, well-balanced tone. The back features a spectacular compass design inlaid…