For the last decade, luthier Tim Frick has quietly been pushing the envelope on the design of the archtop guitar.
Even with a repair or two to consider, you still stand to get more for your money when shopping used or vintage. And of course, you can’t reproduce the mojo of a cool old guitar.
It’s hard to overstate the influence of Doc Watson, the blind guitarist and singer who wowed folk audiences with his virtuosic picking from the beginning of his career in the early 1960s until his death, at 89, in 2012.
At 48, Sweeney is an in-demand collaborator and producer, with a long list of credits—for everyone from the Dixie Chicks to Johnny Cash to Neil Diamond—under his belt. Most recently he’s played guitar on records by the bands Chavez, Endless Boogie, and Soldiers of Fortune; toured with Iggy Pop and Josh Homme; and co-written songs for the John Legend album Darkness and Light. In between these gigs, Sweeney hosts his own instructional web series, Guitar Moves, on Noisey/Vice, in which guest guitarists break down their techniques.
If there’s one breed of customer that rankles guitar-store owners, it’s not the unreasonable haggler or the teenager who overworks a Nirvana riff for an afternoon. More than anything, it’s the shopper who comes to examine an item but fully intends to purchase it online elsewhere. “Showcasing,” as it’s known, is not new, but it’s increasingly in the open, and indicative of a fickle retail environment where buyers chase deals via the internet.
Take a look inside an old, small-bodied Martin with a wide neck and nylon strings.
On their first recording together, mandolinist David Grisman and guitarist Tommy Emmanuel prove to be perfect partners.
Take your guitar to a camp, clinic, or workshop to hone your technique, study with your guitar heroes, learn new songs, see old friends and make new ones.
Like the Indian traditions it’s based on, “Within You Without You” has no chord changes—the melody unfolds over a drone.
Though the instruments on display were stunningly varied, one trend in clear evidence was the continuing resurgence of the small-bodied guitar.
Simply changing to a different set of strings may be the easiest and most cost-effective way to improve the sound of your guitar.
This pair of guitars show what Yamaha is excelling at: well-built, attractive six-strings at prices that might send other makers scrambling to match.
Try these exercises to make your melodies more harmonic and your harmonies more melodic.
Learn to use moveable chord shapes: a simple concept that can generate scores of chordal ideas while expanding your knowledge of the fretboard
Get your guitar into open G tuning and learn to play bottleneck slide in the style of this influential blues guitarist.