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D18-GE-CF Martin IV's signature is on the underside of the top

I just read on the www.elderly.com site that CF Martin IV's signature is on the underside of the top of the Martin D18-GE's, so I checked mine with a mirror and light and it was there. Nice touch.

Added by Mark Stultz on September 2, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine September/October 2011 issue Now Available!

The September/October 2011 edition of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available. This edition is Volume 15, Number 6 of the magazine and features David Grisman's guitar player Grant Gordy on the cover. Additionally we feature Caleb Smith a picker from the mountains of North Carolina who performs with the band Balsam Range and we highlight a wonderful fiddle tune CD that features New Jersey flatpicker Van Manakas.…

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Added by Dan Miller on August 31, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Holding the pick

Holding the pick has to be the most fundamental starting point after taking the pick out of the box and tuning up. (If you store your pick by threading it between the strings, be sure to remove it before tuning up).

I have spent the last few weeks struggling with picks that keep twisting as I am playing, which makes it difficult to play with confidence.

Fortunately (maybe) I came across an instructional video by Scott Fore on blessi.com.  Along with this there is a video of…

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Added by David Rathgeber on August 28, 2011 at 8:30am — 26 Comments

Five Solid Top Flat Tops in the $500.00 Range.

http://wesmantoddshaw.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Five-Acoustic-Steel-String-Guitars-For-Under-Five-Hundred-Dollars

 

For beginners or someone looking for a good travel guitar - I created this list of what I think are the best five flat tops for around $500.00  Of course finding one that's used cuts the price in half a lot of times - all of these are good guitars,…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 13, 2011 at 7:49am — No Comments

Doc Watson - American Musical Treasure.

Hello any and all, besides trying to break in my new old guitar, which had sat in my grandmother's closet for a  decade or more - I'm also forever trying to make a living online. . . .which I tell you, is probably about as easy as would be trying to make a living as a Bluegrass guitarist.  VERY HARD!

 

Anyway, I produced an article as a tribute to my love of Doc Watson, and hopefully you too share that love of Doc for not only his music, but for his CHARACTER as well.  I've…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 6, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

The Martin D 50 Koa, and the D 50 Ultra Deluxe.

http://wesmantoddshaw.hubpages.com/hub/The-Martin-D-50-Koa-Deluxe-Acoustic-Guitar

 

 

Just published an article about these beautiful Martin D 50's.  I can't imagine having the money to buy one, or buying one even if…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on August 1, 2011 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Fender F 65 Acoustic Guitar.

I've got a new flat top, and I'm having some trouble finding out much about it.  It sat in my grandmother's closet for years and years without being touched by anyone.

 

I've got the hundred and thirty first Santa Cruz ever made - and that guitar is just too special to me to carry around with me anywhere, or to keep in my travel trailer home.  I just worry about it too much, as it's Brazilian rosewood. . . .and because people always think that it's a pre war D 28 when it's…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on July 19, 2011 at 6:07am — 2 Comments

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine July/August 2011 Issue

The July/August 2011 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine is now available in hard copy format at http://www.flatpickingmercantile.com and in a digital download format at http://www.flatpickdigital.com.  This issue features Matt Arcara, Reggie Harris, and Jonathan Maness, plus great articles from our regular columnists.  Check it out!

Added by Dan Miller on July 2, 2011 at 8:40am — No Comments

Fun at Bluegrass Week

Here's an example of the fune we had at Mars Hill Bluegrass Week. Jack lawrence (left) is playing his 53' D-28 and Steve Kilby (right) is playing his 54' D-28. Recorded June 22, 2011.

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YEMBJcd-98&feature=related

Added by Steve Kilby on June 30, 2011 at 10:41am — No Comments

The Steve Kaufman Gallagher Guitar. Seven Strings And A Cutaway, What's Not To Like?

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Gallagher-Steve-Kaufman-Model-Seven-String-Acoustic-Guitar

 

Well, I suppose the PRICE of the thing, but it's Brazilian and Engleman!  Gallagher out to do an East Indian and Sitka model, in my opinion.

 

If they do, or someone makes something comparable to this guitar, PLEASE let me know.

Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 29, 2011 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Bluegrass Week

I had a great time at Mars Hill Bluegrass Week last week. Had great students, heard great music, played some great guitars, got to hang out and jam with Roland White. The week was almost perfect for me. Back home now and back to my usual boring routine life.

Added by Steve Kilby on June 26, 2011 at 9:43am — No Comments

The Martin HD 28 VR

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Martin-HD-28-VR-Acoustic-Guitar?done

 

I seriously doubt that anyone in this forum would NOT know all about what these guitars are.  Sure, I'm doing some self promotion here, but the truth is that I would really appreciate feedback on it.  In any case, I at least hope that nobody feels offended by me publishing blogs here that link to Hubpages.com articles that I produce.…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 25, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments

New CD Release Soon!

My solo CD "There & Back & Back Again" is nearing release. Please go to my website, www.bobminnerguitar.com and sign up on the "contact" tab for news and notification when it releases. The CD features all original flatpicking tunes with help from Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, Mark Fain, Shawn Lane & Don Rigsby. Thanks!

Added by Bob Minner on June 25, 2011 at 8:39am — No Comments

Bluegrass Week

I'm officially here in Mars Hill NC ready to teach guitar at Bluegrass Week. Sharing a 4 room dorm room with Wayne Erbsen, Dave Talbot and Jack Lawrence. Had a small jam tonight and talked over old times. Jack knows a lot about early bluegrass because he grew up hanging around a place named The Lake Norman Music Hall where his dad ran the sound system. He saw and got to know everyone in bluegrass and country music. He said his favorite memory of being there was when Jerry Lee Lewis played… Continue

Added by Steve Kilby on June 19, 2011 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

C.F. Mountain - Massive Violations of Business Ethics.

I've never once put my hands on one of these things - not that I recall, anyway.  I've been fooling with steel string acoustics since I was twelve years old though, and me and my grandfather used to hit every flea market within a hundred miles to buy them cheap, repair (if needed) and re sell them.

 

So likely I HAVE played a "C.F. Mountain" guitar, but the lack of ethics in the name and display is astonishing.

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 17, 2011 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

Wayne Henderson Festival

Looking forward to the Wayne Henderson festival this weekend at Grayson Highlands State Park here in Mouth of Wilson VA. Gonna hear the hot new bluegrass group The Boxcar's, and of course I'll be in the guitar contest once again .... just to make the odds better for the winner ... :)

Added by Steve Kilby on June 15, 2011 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

Yamaki Acoustic Guitars

I know I know.  You don't want to hear about Japanese guitars.  I'm sorry, I recently played one that was so good a guitar that I have to talk about it.  Hell, I created a nice webpage about Yamaki brand acoustic guitars because the one that my Uncle Thomas owns is so nice.

 

http://hubpages.com/hub/Yamaki-Acoustic-Guitars

 

Martin Style dreadnought with nice appointments, but a Western Red Cedar top…

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Added by Wesman Todd Shaw on June 13, 2011 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Bluegrass In The Blue Ridge

Just wanted to update everyone on this week long camp at which I will be the intermediate guitar instructor next week.

http://www.mhc.edu/bluegrass

 

We should have a great time with Dave Talbot, Jack Lawrence, Roland White, Bryan McDowell and the other instructors listed.  Hope many of you would consider attending this camp. Located in the beautiful mountains of NC just north of Asheville. What could be better than Bluegrass in…

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Added by Steve Kilby on June 12, 2011 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Best beginner flatpicking guitar

I've been asked often what might be the best beginner guitar as far as flatpicking is concerned. It has been my experience of playing several of the newer chinese made guitars that either a Silver Creek D size or a Blue Ridge D-size would make a good dependable beginner flatpicking guitar. It would aslo depend on your budget as too which one you should buy, a mahogany or rosewood model. Blue Ridge makes a BR-160A which features an Adirondack top that sounds great and will cost around $750 to… Continue

Added by Steve Kilby on June 12, 2011 at 10:46am — 3 Comments

Picking Irish tunes on bouzouki

So I've begun focusing some practice time on flatpicking Irish tunes on bouzouki. I know—heaven help us all! I'm starting out learning a tune I play on flute known as “Patsy Geary's” (no, the other "Patsy Geary's”). The version in particular is from Harry Bradley, which I got while at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School back in 2007.

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Added by Jeff Ksiazek on June 7, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

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