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December 2009 Blog Posts (25)

100 essential albums- you missed a few

loved the list,the whole issue,but I didn't see any Brooks Williams music on it? Little Lion alone should be one of the best of the decade! also check out Robert Bowlin's Six String Soliloquy! have a ssafe and Happy New year everbody! keep on playing

Added by gary rejsek on December 30, 2009 at 11:44am — No Comments

Traveling w guitar & new rules

Has anyone traveled with a guitar under the new rules since the terrorist tried to take down the Northwest flight on approach to Detroit? With the new restriction to one carry-on bag, it appears that if you travel with a carry-on guitar, that's the only carry-on bag you get to take. Has anybody tried it?

Added by Steve Boyer on December 29, 2009 at 8:07pm — No Comments

blueberry guitars

Added by wayan tuges on December 28, 2009 at 3:57pm — 1 Comment

Gibson L-50 archtop

I have a Gibson L-50 in reasonable condition and it sounds great. Need the tailpiece strap button. Any ideas on where to get one and what the guitar might be worth? It's a 1953.

Added by Rev Ed Skiba on December 27, 2009 at 3:35pm — No Comments


We all have had many guitars but it all started somewhere. That first guitar was the beginning or for some the end of a love story. For me it all started in 1975. It was my 9th. brithday and my mom and dad got me a brand new guitar I dont remember the name but it was a full size dreadnought. I loved that guitar and many hours were passed trying to learn to play it. Now my parents had the ideal that I could play any insterment put before me(not so) it would have been nice also if they would have… Continue

Added by tim mc nulty on December 27, 2009 at 10:28am — 8 Comments

teaching guitar as a visually impaird person

hey everyone, i have been taking guitarlessons ever scense i was 4 years old. i have been playing in a band scense i was 16. now starting in february i will be beginning teaching guitar lessons from the comfort of my home.

because i am visually impaird i impliment a diffrent style of teaching. i don't beleive in learning from a book, however i beleive learning TAB is essental. another thing i would impliment is haveing my student memorize the whole fret board.

Added by joseph scheunemann on December 27, 2009 at 10:05am — No Comments


Hey Everyone,

We have an add in the Feb.'10 AG magazine in the essential gear section, take a look. We will also be cruising around checking out all the cool new guitar stuff at the winter NAMM show in Anaheim. If you are there keep an eye out for us and we tell you more about our awesome new product.. If you haven't seen it, you will.... It is innovative enough to be an industry standard.

Happy Holidays to everyone!! We wish everyone the very best year ever!!!

DC… Continue

Added by Daniel Cooper on December 26, 2009 at 8:12am — No Comments

Native American Players

Any one out there Native American? Im half Chippewa and part Cherokee. Want to talk with others who are intrested in music and the culture.

Added by Chet Masters on December 25, 2009 at 6:51am — 1 Comment

The History of the Detroit Mugger

My first guitar was a used Strat replica. I bought it from a neighbor in Albion MI; the date must have been around 1970. My friend Jerry sold me a guitar and amp, for about $20 dollars. I played that rig from high school until college. I never got very good; I just played to tunes on the radio and record albums.

I joined the Marines and only played guitars off and on for several years. I was still not very good at it. Then in the eighties I started playing again off and on, using the… Continue

Added by John Morgan on December 21, 2009 at 1:13pm — 4 Comments

Nosara Music Scene

If you're ever in Nosara, Costa Rica look at the local music scene and you'll be surprised. It's just great.

Added by Joe Davis on December 20, 2009 at 3:09pm — 1 Comment

Does anyone have a connection with Eric Clapton

He's coming to Nashville in February and I'd love to meet him. He's one of my guitar inspirations and I've met a bunch of them already. Just looking forward to meeting Clapton, if possible.

Added by Lance Allen on December 20, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

240 Essential Acoustic Albums

The 20th Anniversary issue (February 2010) of Acoustic Guitar is now on its way to subscribers and will hit newsstands shortly. Our aim with this issue was to pay homage to all the talented players, innovative guitars and gear, and amazing songs and albums that consistently inspire acoustic guitarists across all styles.

So, among this issue's great songs to play, lessons with acoustic icons, and information about guitar and gear trends, you'll find… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on December 18, 2009 at 5:54pm — 14 Comments

Chet Atkins & " I still cn't say goodbye"

Incredible video. Chokes me up a little, even though my dad is alive...

Added by Brek Dalrymple on December 17, 2009 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

A Shark Story

Brief History

Most RainSong guitar necks feature our signature "Shark" inlay.

Originally, when RainSong Graphite Guitars was still in Maui, Hawaii, we started using Dolphins as inlays. Within a few months we were asked to "cease-and-desist" by another guitar maker that claimed to own rights to the use of Dolphins as guitar neck inlays. Rather than incurring the legal expense and time delays to fight the claim, we looked for other inspirations from our beautiful… Continue

Added by RainSong Graphite Guitars on December 16, 2009 at 2:55pm — No Comments

An Early Christmas Present (to myself)

Aided by the proceeds from my eBay sale (see previous post), and throwing my usual caution and frugality to the wind, I just made my first major guitar purchase since my '74 Guild D50 (yes, it was actually bought in '74). I brought home Charlie Hoffman's 2009 Healdsburg Festival Small Jumbo. It was built with madagascar rosewood back and sides, a bearclaw sitka spruce top, a bevel edge, and a sound port and I had Charlie install a K&K trinity pickup.

It can be seen in all its… Continue

Added by Paul Ashley on December 15, 2009 at 9:07pm — 1 Comment

First eBay Sale!

Several weeks ago I made my first, and probably last, eBay sale. I sold my 40 year old Harmony by Heath electric semi-hollow boy guitar. It was played for only two years (high school "rock" band) and was in mint condition. I found an eager buyer who gave me a great price and it's now making music in New York City, as it was born to do, instead of sitting in the closet.

Added by Paul Ashley on December 15, 2009 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Free promotion of your music - Tweet for a Track

I just found an interesting way to promote your music. This site allows people to download one free song (your song), for "tweeting" your song information to their network. I'm giving it a try - as it sounds like a possibly good way to get the word out about my music. I figure you other guitarists might like to know about this.

Let me know what you think. I am not affiliated with these… Continue

Added by Tomas David Hood on December 11, 2009 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Some updates for Tomas David Hood

2009 has been an interesting year. As a sole proprietor trying to survive in the current economic environment, times have become very challenging. Two years ago, things were very good. But, the local economy in south-western Montana has felt the impact of what's going on across our nation and in our world. Businesses that have been alive for over a decade have closed their doors, as have many newer businesses. This causes my business to suffer, as I have lost so many customers. I am not sure if… Continue

Added by Tomas David Hood on December 11, 2009 at 9:01pm — No Comments

The Medicine Show Little Feat Day today Dec 9th

The Medicine Shows is having a Little Feat Day

join Rob Ellen On Wednesday 9th December on 8pm and Nevis Radio at 10pm GMT to celebrate the music of one of the all time great bands. This will be tied in with a video feature on Flyinshoes Review a podcast on podomatic and features a House Concert which we recorded at Square Wheels House Concerts last month, with the Little Feat Guitar Duo plus interviews… Continue

Added by rob ellen on December 9, 2009 at 6:16am — No Comments

The Offering...

Well, I've not been doing as much music this year as I had hoped. But, there are a few tunes that I've worked hard at. One of them is "The Offering" - come take a listen and let me know what you think. This song does an interesting key change. I really enjoyed crafting this one.

"The Offering" can be heard at my profile. You can vote for it from my page at

Happy holidays.

Added by Tomas David Hood on December 8, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

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