Day 1: Winter NAMM 2016 Preview

Introducing the Taylor 858e 12-String Grand Orchestra

A new addition to the celebrated lineup of 12-string guitars from Taylor Guitars pairs a Sitka spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides for a grand orchestra that offers clarity and punchy bass. Watch as Taylor Guitars master luthier Andy Powers demonstrates the rich, ringing tones of the 858e.

Taylor 858e


  • Model: 12-String Grand Orchestra
  • Top Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides Indian Rosewood
  • Bracing 800 Series Advanced Performance
  • Rosette Abalone
  • Fretboard Ebony
  • Neck Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale Length 25 ½ inches
  • Nut & Saddle Tusq nut/Micarta saddle
  • Nut 1 7/8-inch-inches
  • Electronics Expression System 2
  • Accessories Hardshell Case
  • Price $4,378


Martin Marks Dreadnought’s Centennial with D-222 Anniversary Edition 

The very first Dreadnought guitars were designed and crafted by C. F. Martin & Co. in 1916, but marketed in Dread_222Boston and New York exclusively under the Oliver Ditson brand. After Ditson went out of business in the early 1930s, Martin introduced the D-1 and D-2 Dreadnoughts for standard playing style that would soon become Martin’s iconic D-18 and D-28 models. Over the past 100 years, the Martin Dreadnought has defined what an acoustic guitar can and should be, and subsequently, it has become the most popular acoustic guitar design in the world. $4,999. Learn more about the D-222.



Breedlove Introduces the New Concert Ziricote LTD

The Pursuit Series of Breedlove guitars brings nuanced sound, exotic wood combinations, and such modern touches as a USB output for enhancing and developing your creative process, as well as Fishman electronics for honing your ensemble skills. The Concert Ziricote LTD is the newest edition to the Pursuit family. For players seeking a deep boomy sound with sparkling highs, both acoustically and plugged in, the Pursuit Concert Ziricote is a true reflection of Breedlove’s distinctively crafted sound. Aesthetically, one of the most dynamic exotic tonewoods, Ziricote is engineered with a rosewood interior for richer, deeper bass response and clear, crisp treble tones. The Stika spruce top is the ideal match with its powerful projection and flexibility in delivering balance sound whether robustly strummed or played with a lighter touch.


  • Body Type: Concert
  • Neck Wood: Honduran mahogany
  • Top wood: Solid Englemann spruce
  • Back & Sides: Ziricote
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16-inches
  • Tuners: Gold Closed Gear
  • Lower Bout Width: 15 inches
  • Waist Width: 9 inches
  • Upper Bout Width: 11 1/4-inches
  • Body Length: 20 inches
  • Body Depth: 3.75 inches
  • Strings: D’Addario EXP 16
  • Pickup: Fishman ISYS+ USB
  • Bridge: Pinless original
  • Binding: Ivory
  • Inlay: Centered Dots
  • Case: Standard Gigbag
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Price: $932 MSRP

Designed, engineered, and quality-controlled in Bend, Oregon, USA;  Crafted in China

Greg Cahill
Greg Cahill