Summer NAMM 2017: Watch Takamine Explain the Thinking Behind Its New Dreadnoughts and Thermal Top Technology

At Summer NAMM 2017, Takamine introduced some of its new guitars, including the CP6SSDC, a slope-shoulder dreadnought cutaway with a deep cherry sunburst finish; the CP5D OAD Limited Edition, a dreadnought with an Adirondack spruce top and ovangkol back and sides; the EF360SC TT, a cutaway dreadnought that incorporates Takamine’s Thermal Top technology on…

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Summer NAMM 2017: BAM Demos New OM, Grand Concert, and 000 Cases

At Summer NAMM 2017, the French company BAM released some of its new cases, including three new models for acoustic guitar — OM, Grand Concert, and 000 sizes. Cases come with injected foam cushions on the inside, which give the guitar added suspension, and a removable accessory pouch. The outside is a tripleply structure made of…

Summer NAMM 2017: Watch TKL Show Off Its New Cases

At Summer NAMM 2017, TKL released some of its new cases, (all handmade in Virginia) one of which was a Concept Dreadnought Case, a lightweight, durable hardshell that comes in a multitude of sizes (Double 0, Triple 0, Small Jumbo, and Jumbo were all mentioned) and colors (black, white, gold, slate blue, and silver). Also demoed was a…

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Eastman Introduces New ThermoCured Flattops and Talks Custom Edition Series at Summer NAMM 2017: Video

At Summer NAMM 2017, Eastman introduced some of its new guitars, including a few ThermoCured flattops, a new variation on Eastman’s E20D and and E20 OM models. Eastman is working with a new pickguard manufacturer, so the guitars demoed feature new, more authentic-looking pickguards. Also introduced was Eastman’s Custom Edition, a new series of USA-modified instruments. Featured…

Summer NAMM 2017: Composite Acoustics Shows Off New Finishes

At the 2017 Summer NAMM show, Composite Acoustics, the maker of rugged carbon fiber guitars, displayed some of the results of its recent finishing updates. Instead of the standard gloss, each Composite Acoustics guitar now has a satin-finished back, which is both more durable and easier to maintain. The company’s red and blue finishes…

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Summer NAMM 2017: Faith Guitars and Genzler Amplifiers

At the 2017 Summer NAMM show, in Nashville, Connolly Music Company introduced the new Faith Naked Series dreadnought, a minimally appointed, oil-finished workhorse with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides. At $599, this instrument offers a great value for an all-solid-wood guitar. Connolly also showcased a new amplifier, the Genzler Acoustic…

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Summer NAMM 2017: A Visit With Godin Guitars

The Canadian parent company Godin Guitars brought some interesting new models to the 2017 Summer NAMM show, representing great value in North American–made guitars. The Art & Lutherie Roadhouse is a parlor guitar that takes its cue from Depression-era flattops. It features a solid spruce top and laminated wild cherry back and…

Summer NAMM 2017: Affordable Boutique Guitars From Batson

In the late 1990s, engineer and luthier Cory Batson started building unconventional acoustic guitars one at a time in his Nashville area workshop. At the 2017 Summer NAMM show he introduced some Korean-made Grand Concert models, whose designs conform as closely as possible to his original boutique instruments in terms of…

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Check Out Waterloo’s New Maple WL-14: Winter NAMM 2017

The WL-14 is Waterloo‘s flagship model and the guitar that started it all. Watch above as Steve McCreary introduces the new maple back and sides WL-14, named Scissortail for its headstock design inspired by an acrobatic kingbird common to the American Southwest. This 14-fret model boasts a spruce top, maple back and sides,…