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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

The Perfect Christmas Gift! A new book on American Guitar Legend, Chet Atkins

Here is the perfect gift for the Holiday season...Solosessions Chet Atkins! A new book by best selling authors, John McClellan and Deyan Bratic. Go the for ordering information.

Hurry, the Christmas season is upon us, get your copy while time permits. Spend your cold, winter days learning the music of America's master fingerstyle guitarist.

Added by John McClellan on December 7, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

To all my friends

To you and yours warm wishes and a merry christmas!

Added by Murray Marshall on December 4, 2009 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Hi - my name is Steve

I had a major stroke back in March and lost the feeling in my right hand. I'm in the process of "re-training" the wiring in my brain to be able to play again. t's been tough as I've ALWAYS played and sang, Any suggestions are welcome!

Added by Steve W on December 3, 2009 at 4:09pm — 5 Comments

UPDATE BLOG & chance to win a Cole Clark Guitar Strap


How are we doing today ? It is a terribly depressing day today in Southern Ontario, rain, over cast and its cold !

SO to lighten the mood, I have some great news !

1. Walk off the Earth has signed to work with Cole Clark Guitars North America. Gianni, Marshall and Pedro are fun loving, but very hardworking guys. They played on the warped tour this summer, killing it and are one of Toronto's biggest independent bands. If you like a band with a strong… Continue

Added by ColeClarkGuitarsNA on December 3, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Back Pain Cured For Guitarist!

Here is a recent post from the forum at, giving advice to a new student suffering playing pains...


The "Principles will absolutely help you if you use it. I had a similar situation in that when I started using the principles I had terrible back pain... that I didn't even know about! Once I started using the principles it became obvious, but it took time to get under control. Same thing with the… Continue

Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on December 1, 2009 at 1:49pm — No Comments

American Bison (Buffalo) Hide Instrument Straps From the Lakota Sioux Nation!

Hello to all!

Just wanted to make a quick post about our company. We are Lakota Leathers, a company based on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota. We manufacture American Bison (Buffalo) hide guitar, resophonic guitar, mandolin, and banjo straps as well as braided Elk hide mandolin straps. All of our straps are manufactured in the homes of the Sioux people. Pine Ridge is home to the poorest county in the entire United States, and we are trying to make a small impact on those… Continue

Added by Lakota Leathers on November 29, 2009 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Finished Recording Our CD

Good news, we have finished recording our original songs for the CD. Now we get to cleanup whatever we need to and complete the mix down. Smoke Tree is looking at about mid January or early February for it's release. I will place one of the songs on this site to get your opinions on. I will keep you informed of any other news.

Added by David Church on November 28, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Acoustic percussion stompboxes?

I'm interested to know what people are looking for in the design of an percussive acoustic stompbox? I make the Wazinator stompbox and I'm looking for feedback and opinions. W

Added by Waz Porter on November 26, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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