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Blueberry Guitars: Carving Out Their Own Niche

July 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Blueberry GuitarsIn 2007, a company was formed in Canada that aspired to build custom-order guitars using materials and craftsmanship from Bali, with Canadian fit and finish. Enlisting the traditional woodcarving skills of Bali’s finest craftsmen, they produce guitars that are an amazing and unique combination of art and music. Some would label them “boutique” guitars. Everyone else just calls them Blueberry.

Let’s face it – 2007 was not a great year to start up a business, especially one that would be dealing with such high overhead costs, and would be asking a rather exorbitant sum in exchange for their products. The following sentences are not for the faint of heart: An acoustic Blueberry Grand Concert costs around $8,000, while a standard dreadnaught will run you about $3,000. A double-neck acoustic guitar lists for $45,000. The Blueberry electric bass fetches $8,500. A recreation of the first Blueberry electric guitar (the Fierro) has a $28,000 asking price. The Devil electric sells for $6,666, for those of you who aren’t superstitious. Read more

FUTURE VINTAGE: Pre-Fender Tacoma Acoustics

June 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fender Tacoma AcousticsAll of us guitar nuts are always trying to figure out what is going to be the next hot instrument, especially in the collector category. I, and many others, can tell stories about owning cool but under-the-radar pieces that we sold for pennies before they got hot in the market. Read more

Gibson Jackson Browne Acoustic Guitar

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Gibson Jackson Browne Acoustic GuitarOn January 12, 2011, the Jackson Browne Signature Gibson acoustic guitar was unveiled at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) winter show in Anaheim, California. Hearkening back to Gibson’s revered Roy Smeck models of the 1930′s, Browne’s baby took the better part of a decade to complete, as he went back and forth throughout the process with the Gibson Montana Acoustic Master Shop up in Bozeman, Montana. Read more

Good Acoustic Guitar Songs For Beginners

February 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Good Acoustic Guitar Songs For BeginnersWhether you’ve been playing the guitar for years or you’re just beginning to pick it up for the first time, pretty much anybody can recognize good acoustic guitar songs and appreciate them for their simple beauty. Unfortunately, not all acoustic guitar songs are all that easy to play. You have to master more than just chord progression and rhythm; the key to good acoustic guitar songs is the passion and drive that you play each of the acoustic guitar songs with. Read more

NAMM 2011: Taylor Guitars Doyle Deluxe Acoustic Guitar

January 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

taylor-guitars-doyle-deluxe-acousticNAMM 2011 — World-renowned fingerstylist and longtime Taylor Guitars clinician Doyle Dykes is best known for deft picking and melodic guitar arrangements. Read more

NAMM 2011: Martin Guitar Pete Seeger Custom Editions

January 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Martin JSO! Sing Out Pete Seeger (6-string) and the Martin J12SO! Sing Out Pete SeegerNAMM 2011 — C.F. Martin & Co. is proud to announce the introduction of two new Custom Artist Edition guitars: the Martin JSO! Sing Out Pete Seeger (6-string) and the Martin J12SO! Sing Out Pete Seeger (12-string). Read more

NAMM 2011: Takamine Introduces 11 New Guitars

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takamine-guitarsNAMM 2011 — Takamine Guitars launches 11 new guitars, includes mini, classical and limited edition models. Read more. Read more

NAMM 2011: Lâg Tramontane Acoustic/Electric Guitars

January 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

lag-tramontaneT66D-guitarsNAMM 2011 — Lâg Guitars is exhibiting its Tramontane line of acoustic and acoustic/electric guitars. The line includes both steel string and nylon string guitars, which are distinguished by their use of fine woods, quality craftsmanship and finishes, beveled corner bindings and proprietary preamp/pickup systems.

Of special note are the following models:

Fender Custom Shop Guitars

T66D

From the Tramontane Standard Range, this beginner guitar is distinguished by its deep gloss finish and bold black and ivory rosette. The dreadnought-style body features a spruce top and mahogany back and sides, an Indonesian Rosewood fingerboard, rolled bindings and a distinguished relieved headstock. Read more

NAMM 2011: Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic Amps

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TE-trace-acoustic-seriesNAMM 2011 — British amplifier designer Trace Elliot proudly announces the availability of the full Trace Acoustic guitar amplifier line.

Over two decades ago, Trace Elliot revolutionized the world of acoustic instrumentation with its original TA Series. Trace Elliot brought studio-quality acoustic reproduction to the stage through designs that incorporated very high-impedance (piezo pickup) inputs, notch filters, phantom power, DSP effects and Dynamic Correction, unique circuitry that reproduces the sparkling top end of an acoustic instrument without relying on high-frequency horns (which can produce harsh, unwanted overtones).

While the influence of Trace Acoustic is still widely felt throughout the industry, today acoustic musicians can experience a new generation of Trace Acoustic models more evolved than their classic forebears, yet still endowed with their original engineering spirit of innovation. Lighter and more powerful than ever, with a wealth of cutting-edge features, the new generation of Trace Acoustic amps again sets the standard for acoustic amplification.

Designed in the UK and produced in the USA, the Trace Acoustic TA Series consists of three models: the TA-300, TA-200 and TA-100. All models feature Trace Elliot’s signature Shape circuit and built-in auto-compressor on each channel, as well as customizable DSP effects with parameter and setting adjustment with separate reverbs that can be assigned to each channel.

These versatile new amps include two modes of switchable features for presets and performance variable controls, all of which are also conveniently footswitchable using the supplied six-function foot controller with 25-foot cable. New FET circuitry ensures switching is extremely quiet and not audible during a performance.

In addition, the TA-100 and TA-200 include a rugged, ballistic nylon shoulder bag, so players can carry both their amp and guitar at the same time. The TA-300 includes a high-quality amp cover to protect it during transit. Trace Acoustic TA Series amplifiers are available now.

Trace Acoustic TA Series Features

  • Built in auto-compressor on all channels
  • Signal level LED on all channels
  • Shape switch for instant EQ’d sound on all channels (footswitchable on Channel 1)
  • Footswitchable Phase switch on all channels
  • Effect Parameter and Setting rotary encoders
  • Allows for separate levels of Reverb to be applied to each channel
  • Tap tempo (from either front panel or footswitch)
  • FLS Feedback Locating System on each band of EQ using LEDs to indicate where feedback is occurring
  • Master Volume and Mute switch (footswitchable) that mutes all outputs except Tuner Out
  • Tuner output, Left and Right Preamp Outputs and Power Amp Inputs (to use as effects loop)
  • Two DI outputs; can be configured as dry Channel 1 and Channel 2 out, or processed Left and Right channels out
  • Illumination switch for turning front panel lights on or off
  • Power amp featuring Dynamic Correction

TA-300

  • Two preamp channels with 300 watts total power output
  • 2 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers and 1 x 12″ G12 Century Vintage neodymium Celestion speaker
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon protective cover included

TA-200

  • Two preamp channels with 200 watts stereo total power output
  • 4 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers connected in stereo
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon bag included

TA-100

  • Two preamp channels with 100 watts stereo total power output
  • 2 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers connected in stereo
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with Phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon bag included

Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic Amps


NAMM 2011: Peavey Composite Acoustics Guitars

January 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

peavey-composite-acoustic-guitarsNAMM 2011 — Peavey proudly debuts the Composite Acoustics line of premium carbon fibre acoustic guitars. Composite Acoustics carbon fibre guitars represent Peavey’s commitment to designing and building the most innovative acoustic instruments on the market. Read more

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