Yamaha Guitars Introduces Revamped 800 Series

At Winter NAMM 2016, Yamaha Guitars introduced a handful of new acoustic models. Andy Winston shows us the revamped Yamaha 800 series, complete with a new scalloped-bracing pattern, the FG180, which was designed for the 50th anniversary of Guitars in America, and its latest Silent Guitar Series, with models available in both steel-…




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…



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…


Gibson Takes AG Behind the Velvet Rope at NAMM 2016

Don Ruffatto, product manager at Gibson Guitars, got some AG editors behind the velvet rope Friday at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. And what they saw blew their minds. In this gallery, Ruffatto, shrouded in a purple glow much like Prince in Paradise, shows off Gibson’s one-of-a-kind Monarch Crown…

VIDEO: AG Reports From Winter NAMM 2016

“I had some woods that were just too cool to feel worthy of working with.” So said Richard Hoover when AG associate editor Whitney Phaneuf — who’s also the editor of Ukulele magazine — visited the Santa Cruz Guitar Company’s booth at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show. Hoover’s company is celebrating its…