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"If you'd like to get involved with a guitar-related short film, please check out the link!"
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Mike Raeburn commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"Kills what little tone it had probably! I like the thin clear self adhesive ones that you can peel off easily or none at all if it's a finger picking guitar. Reference the debate on capos, I use G7 capos all the time now on all my guitars. The…"
56 minutes ago
Ted James Popp commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"Yeah, I wonder what something like that pick guard does to the sound quality. Well and after all it is a Kay. Just sayin'."
1 hour ago
Phil Manuel replied to higgs's discussion Looper advice needed
"Guess, endorsements, and the ability to get new gear has a sway! I have to really test gear myself when I can. When I saw him, the jamman was his tool."
1 hour ago
Dave Fengler commented on GNuck's group Small Body Guitars
"A burning guitar is an art project!  A bit temporary with a charred result."
1 hour ago
Gary Ellis replied to Kevan Tolley's discussion New Larrivee in the group Larrivee Lovers
"Well said Craig. Its a real mystery that Larrivee does not get more attention. With the amount of money people are spending on Asian guitars I think they would be very surprised on what they are passing up in a high end North American family owned…"
2 hours ago
Robert Williamson replied to higgs's discussion Looper advice needed
"I don't agree about the singing.. but then I hate it when Al Di Meola sings also. Right now I'm getting all my info from Phil now claims to use the Pigtronix "
2 hours ago
Dave Fengler commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I live in Connecticut about an hour from the Ovation factory.  I wonder if they do factory tours???  It might be interesting to see. I'm no fan of the low end Ovation guitars.  I've had (2) of the low end thin body plastic…"
2 hours ago
FloridaGull commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
11 hours ago
Scott L Ritchie replied to Scott L Ritchie's discussion Question on Finger Care for New Player in My 3rd Month in the group Acoustic Newb
"Thank you for the friend add-on Marty. I am happy that she enjoys to hear me play and also is someone who I trust to offer honest critiques of my ability/improvement. I was taking lesson (on-on-one every week locally) but with my wife's illness…"
12 hours ago
Phil Manuel replied to higgs's discussion Looper advice needed
"The newer Ditto2x looks promising. I know Phil Keaggy uses a jamman, I was able to talk to him after a small venue concert. Phil is just incredible, can sing and play anything, too. I want the same as you. I hope the get back in stock soon. ;-)"
13 hours ago
Scott L Ritchie left a comment for Marty
"Thanks for the friend add-in Marty! Much appreciated."
13 hours ago
Blackback Gull commented on GNuck's group Small Body Guitars
"Better yet, take the strings off, tie a loop around the headstock, drop a couple of suet balls inside,and hang it high in a tree - instant bird penthouse!"
13 hours ago
Robert Williamson commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"no more american-made  Ovations and possibly fewer Guilds (some were made in same…"
14 hours ago
Joe Brancato added a discussion to the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)

Aluminum....not just for siding and TV-dinners anymore!

Well, I bought a couple of sets of the new Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze strings after reading the reviews; got the medium-light (12-54) set. Usually play w/ the D'Addario EJ16's on my Maritime MJ, although the John Pearse set I tried may have been the best strings I've used on this guitar to date. And I keep the MJ in DADGAD tuning which forces me to practice it every time I pick up the guitar, which is every day. The gauges are similar, except for the A & E strings, which are heavier on the…See More
15 hours ago
John Zemler commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Steve, sorry the images would not open.  I just sent them as attachments to your email. Semper Pax, John"
15 hours ago
Steve Byrne commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"John, I couldn't open your images, but that is what I was hoping for. I think most of the seagull gig bags of that size are actually made for the S6, since that is their big seller. Would you mind going to all the trouble of emailing the pics…"
16 hours ago
Robert Williamson commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"lets see.. 2 Seagulls (Quebec), 2 Fenders (1 China), 1 Epiphone (China) i feel a need to catch up with FloridaGull "
16 hours ago
John Zemler commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Hey Steve, Here is an image of my Entourage Mini Jumbo Rustic Q1 and its Seagull case.  The dealer said the padded case that went with is for an S6. And here it is inside the case. Hopefully, this image stuff not only worked, but might also…"
16 hours ago





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New Acoustic Guitar Website!

We'd like to invite all members of the Acoustic Guitar Community to come check out the brand-new website at This is a completely redesigned home for Acoustic Guitar (and you!), full of great lessons, songs to play, guitar reviews, and more. You’ll see digital editions from the last two years of Acoustic Guitar magazine (available to…


Posted by Acoustic Guitar on March 29, 2013 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Return of The Banjo Killer, the final chapter. . .

Bryan Sutton and "Banjo Killer"; Medley: The Original Waltz/Old Lake. from Bourgeois Guitars on Vimeo.

The moment we've been waiting for: On Oct. 28, 2012, Bryan Sutton debuted the restored the Banjo…


Posted by Bourgeois Guitars on October 15, 2012 at 7:43pm

Day 16: The Banjo Killer slays again!

This story has a happy ending, folks, and I'll start with it. After working for three weeks to painstakingly restore Bryan Sutton's flood damaged Banjo Killer, Shin Ichikawa finally got to test drive it today! The entire shop stopped working to watch this exciting moment, after which Shin received a standing ovation (well, we were all standing anyway). …


Posted by Bourgeois Guitars on July 13, 2012 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Day 15: The end is near. I can smell it.

Shin Ichikawa and I started the day by fitting and glueing the back binding. Last night's fitting of the top binding was tedious, but the tricks we learned made the fit of back binding go smothly. I am amazed at how cleanly both bindings look.  Some finish touch up will be required, but the overall appearance is more than…


Posted by Bourgeois Guitars on July 12, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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The Acoustic Guitar Community is a social network created by the publishers of Acoustic Guitar. Here, you can join fellow players at all levels and of every style by creating your personal profile, sharing videos or MP3s of your playing, and uploading photos of yourself and your guitars and gear. Then post gigs, events, and concerts in the Community calendar, and start discussions in the forum. We’ll keep you up-to-date about happenings at Acoustic Guitar through the Community blog. This is your space, and you’re surrounded by like-minded guitarists. So make yourself comfortable, and welcome to the Community!


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Looper advice needed 25 Replies

I am considering a looper for my solo act.  I don't want to store loops, I just want to step on the looper and have it record a verse of the song so I can play a lead over the rhythm the next time…Continue

Started by higgs in Gear. Last reply by Phil Manuel 1 hour ago.

By design...or not 28 Replies

Music theory is man made, the long continuous tone from low to high being divided into identifiable segments. Physics is not, it is fundamental to the universe and is discovered rather than invented…Continue

Started by Ronald Harris in Playing Guitar. Last reply by Jan Vigne 16 hours ago.

Yamaki acoustic guitars 36 Replies

I have a Yamaki six string guitar and cannot find any information about it. Serial AY374.  Any info would be a help.  I bought it brand new in 75 and still use this beauty for gigs.It has the Buffalo…Continue

Started by Kerry Burnett in Gear. Last reply by Eric Sutton 22 hours ago.

Alvarez AG75EC or MF75EC - String Spacing and Nut Width? 3 Replies

I want to buy an Alvarez guitar with CEDAR top and ROSEWOOD back and sides for finger style playing. I'm hoping someone here will be willing to measure his/her own AG75EC or MF75EC and provide the…Continue

Started by Tom in Gear. Last reply by FloridaGull 22 hours ago.

First Slothead 12 Fretter is Awesome!!! 4 Replies

A few weeks ago the same luthier who built my new Adi/maple OM sent me a size 0 reproduction of the iconic Martin 1930's guitar so many of the old bluesmen are seen holding in old black and white…Continue

Started by David Kellems in Gear. Last reply by Phil Manuel on Friday.

Today I Added To My Quiver….. 2 Replies

Quiver of guitars a Martin 00-28VS L.So…..the family of guitars is 1994 Martin D41L, Martin OM28 L and the latest member the 00-28VS L. I like the sound of other guitars but comparing then side by…Continue

Started by wayne heath in Gear. Last reply by wayne heath Apr 16.

Newbie fro Italy 4 Replies

Hi,I just joined this forum after purchasing my Seagull S6 Cedar.I actually play guitar (electric and acustic) since 2008.I'm fascitaning by the sound of acustic guitar, so when I heard a Seagull…Continue

Tags: S6, Seagull, My

Started by stefano riva in Beginners. Last reply by Jan Vigne Apr 16.

Taylor vs. Martin 56 Replies

I was browsing in Guitar Center yesterday and decided to pickup some higher end guitars.I picked up a Taylor Grand  Auditorium (can't remember the model #), and started to play a bit.  I was SHOCKED…Continue

Started by blake wright in Gear. Last reply by Eddie Charles Apr 15.

Good acoustic amp for a Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE? 20 Replies

Hey everyone, I've been playing a Takamine Jasmine S-35 for about a year now and figured it was time to upgrade. I've decided I'll be getting a Epiphone Masterbilt with the e-Sonic2 preamp here in…Continue

Started by Andrew in Gear. Last reply by Scott L Ritchie Apr 9.


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