Watch Luna Guitars Introduce 3 New Models at Winter NAMM 2017

At Winter NAMM 2017, Ashley Jensen from Luna Guitars unveiled three new models, the Art Vintage Folk, the Vista Series Deer Model, and the Flora Orchid A The Art Vintage boasts a solid Spruce top and a distressed brownburst, a solid folk size, “also available in dreadnought,” says Jensen, at an affordable price ($249).…

Affordable and Oh-So-Innovative Guitars & Amps Ruled Winter NAMM 2017: Report

by Greg Cahill Acoustic guitars with high-tech-treated torrefied tops and spot-on Fishman electronics for $499! You know something’s going on in the guitar trade when these coveted appointments, until recently reserved mostly for expensive axes, are becoming commonplace (a prime example above is the Michael Kelly‘s 3-D Grand Auditorium with a torrefied solid-spruce top, Java mahogany…

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Watch Guild Guitars Introduce Its ‘Newly Refreshed’ California-Made D-55: Winter NAMM 2017

by Whitney Phaneuf Last year, Guild embarked on a new era of US production, rebirthing classic models built at its factory in Southern California. At Winter NAMM 2017, Guild unveiled its newly refreshed D-55, which product manager Brandon Schmidt calls “The most ornate guitar we’ve built in California thus far.” Watch above as Schmidt provides some background…

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SUMMER NAMM 2016: Check Out the ToneWoodAmp, a Portable Effects Device that Amplifies Directly from the Guitar

ToneWoodAmp, the Kickstarter-funded portable device from HONZ Technologies, allows acoustic guitarists to easily add sound effects without having to use of external speakers or amps. Watch above as Ofer Webman gives a demonstration of ToneWoodAmp’s many effects, such as reverb, echo, delay, and tremolo, all of which interact with the natural sounds coming from the…

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SUMMER NAMM 2016: Watch Jim Rosenberg Introduce Epiphone’s New Masterbilt Century Collection Acoustic-Electric Archtops

Epiphone’s first collection of Masterbilt archtops came about during the 1930s, and — per the company’s website — “were renowned for their warm woody tone, wide tonal range, and punchy volume.” Watch above as Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg gives a tour of the company’s headquarters in Nashville, and introduces its new line…

SUMMER NAMM 2016: Uncle Dave’s Custom Guitars

Uncle Dave’s Custom Guitars started in 2011 when founder Dave Dwylitis — a cabinet maker in the Detroit area — made an acoustic guitar for his good friend Benjamin Rios. The friends became business partners, focusing on unique custom guitars. Watch above as Rios demonstrates a Double Locking Floyd Rose…

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Summer NAMM 2016: Saga Showcases New Kentucky KM-505 A-Model Mandolin

Mandolin picker Rory Hoffman demonstrated Saga Musical Instruments’ new Kentucky Master KM 505 A-Model mandolin with some hot licks at the NAMM Show in Nashville last week. “It’s our artist series mandolin and it’s designed to have artist-level features but still be affordable,” Saga spokesman David Gartland said, pointing out the instrument’s maple…

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SUMMER NAMM 2016: Fender Introduces New Paramount Acoustic Models

Earlier this year, Fender Musical Instruments unveiled its Paramount line of standard and deluxe models, arguably Fender‘s most impressive acoustics to date. At Summer NAMM 2016, the company introduced new models in the Paramount line, as well as new T-Bucket electro-acoustic models. Those new Paramounts include an entry-level, all-mahogany model…

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‘Acoustic Guitar’ Is on the Ground at Summer NAMM in Nashville

Acoustic Guitar managing editor Whitney Phaneuf is in Nashville this week for Summer NAMM 2016. Since Thursday, Phaneuf has been reporting from Music City Center, where she’s come across lots of brand new guitars and gear. She’s also headed out to mythic Music City institutions such as Gruhn Guitars, where she caught owner George Gruhn playing a rare…

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