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Starting July 1, Your Acoustic Guitar Community Options

Dear Members and Visitors,

This is a reminder that this website, will cease operations on June 30, 2016. We’ll continue the conversations and sharing news of the guitar world at, and …


Added by David A. Lusterman on June 24, 2016 at 11:52am — 2 Comments

This Community Is Moving.

Dear Visitors and Members,

After many years of operating this website, we’ll be ceasing its operations on June 30, 2016.   We’ll continue the conversations and sharing news of the guitar world at,, and…


Added by David A. Lusterman on June 9, 2016 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

Gareth Pearson Plays “Billie Jean”

We're really excited to share this one—Gareth Pearson lays down his solo fingerstyle arrangement of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Check out the transcription in our March 2012 issue, and good luck!

Added by Acoustic Guitar on February 15, 2012 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Irish Songs for Guitar: "The Parting Glass"

Today, Acoustic Guitar contributor Danny Carnahan stopped by to play a handful of traditional Irish tunes for our cameras. Here he is playing "The Parting Glass."

If you're interested in learning this or other Irish tunes, check out our…


Added by Acoustic Guitar on February 3, 2012 at 1:44pm — No Comments

NAMM 2012: Fishman Nomad Wireless System

Fishman’s Corey Congilio discusses the company’s new Nomad Wireless System, designed specifically for use with acoustic-electric instruments.

Added by Acoustic Guitar on February 2, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

Separated at Birth?

Acoustic Guitar reader Lee Nunes tipped us off to the startling similarity between a scene from The General (1926, starring Buster Keaton) and the bracing pattern from an Ignacio Fleta guitar. Thanks, Lee!…


Added by Acoustic Guitar on January 30, 2012 at 5:15pm — 1 Comment

NAMM 2012: New and Updated Martin Acoustics

Dick Boak of C.F. Martin & Co. took the time to tell us about some significant updates to familiar models, John Mayer’s new signature model, and a very special Custom Shop dreadnought at the NAMM show.

Added by Acoustic Guitar on January 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The NAMM Videos Cometh

Acoustic Guitar is back from NAMM, and we’ve added a bunch of videos from the show floor to our YouTube channel.

Here’s Lloyd Baggs discussing the new L.R. Baggs M80 magnetic pickup.

Added by Acoustic Guitar on January 25, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Kinloch Nelson Plays "Spanish Harlem"

Our February 2012 issue features a solo fingerstyle arrangement of Jerry Lieber and Phil Spector's classic "Spanish Harlem."

Here's a video clip of Acoustic Guitar contributor Kinloch Nelson playing the…


Added by Acoustic Guitar on January 24, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Montreal Guitar Show

I'm in Montreal, closing out a busy day at the 2011 Guitar Show. The show is held against the backdrop of - and smack in the middle of - the huge Montreal Jazz Festival. The guitar show features luithiers from around the world, with builders from the US, Canada, France, the UK, Asia, and more. The show is quite busy and well attended, but still very comfortable for players checking out guitars. The room, holding tables from about 100 luthiers, is quiet enough for a quick test drive right at the… Continue

Added by Doug Young on July 1, 2011 at 9:46pm — 5 Comments

In Memoriam

Stringletter, the company that publishes Acoustic Guitar and Strings, lost a dear friend and long-time board member this week, A. Whitney Ellsworth, who died in his home in Salisbury, Connecticut on June 18.  He was 75 years old; the immediate cause was pancreatic cancer.…


Added by David A. Lusterman on June 21, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Sacramento Guitar Societies Roundtable Report

Earlier this month, on April 16th, I attended the first West Coast Guitar Societies Roundtable event. Organized by the Sacramento Guitar Society, the event was held in Sacramento, California. Among the goals for the event was to find ways for regional guitar societies to collaborate, and as such, several discussions and lectures addressed this topic. In addition to sessions given by the Austin, Texas, Guitar Society’s Dr. Matthew Hinsley, David Lusterman, publisher of Acoustic… Continue

Added by Jerry Snyder on May 3, 2011 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Vote for your favorite guitars and gear. Then enter the big Player’s Choice Awards Giveaway!

Dear Guitarist,

All year long, the editors and experts at Acoustic Guitar and tell you about the guitars, gear, and gadgets we think deserve your attention.

Now it’s your turn.

Yes, it's time to click over to our brand-new Acoustic Guitar Gear Showcase where you can rate and comment on thousands of products . . . vote for your favorites . .…


Added by Acoustic Guitar on February 1, 2011 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

D'Addario/Alhambra Classical Guitar Concert Series in NYC

I recently spent a memorable evening listening to three world-class nylon-string guitarists—Cem Duruöz, Philippe Bertaud, and Rafael Aguirre Miñarro—at Weill Recital Hall, part of New York City’s landmark Carnegie Hall. The event, held October 28, was first in an exciting series of concerts presented by the D’Addario Music Foundation and… Continue

Added by Adam Perlmutter, contributor on November 5, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Playing For Change and Education

Here’s a cool online event put on by two great organizations,…


Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on November 1, 2010 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD 10-23-10 Bridge School Benefit (acoustic) Concert

Never thought I would get a chance to watch Buffalo Springfield perform.

After 42 years apart Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Neil Young gave

their first public performance at Saturday nights show.

They sounded great and played about 11 of the old songs acoustically.

Backed by bassist Rick Rosas and drummer Joe Vitale.

I managed to capture (3) songs on video before running out of memory.

On The Way Home, Rock & Roll Woman, Do I… Continue

Added by Gil on October 25, 2010 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

Flying with My Guitar

Airline flight guitar horror stories are legion, so I thought I'd tell one with a happy ending.

I recently flew from San Francisco to Washington, DC on Virgin America -- yes, the airline with cocktail lounge lighting on its planes, which can be a bit disconcerting at 8:00 am. After a warm greeting from the gate attendant, who blithely waved me on board with two carry-ons, I was asked by a flight attendant to gate check my gig bag, in which reposed my Taylor 612 Kathy Mattea…


Added by David A. Lusterman on May 25, 2010 at 12:25pm — 33 Comments

Newport Wrapup

Well, I'm back home and going through the many, many photos I took to see what else might be of interest. Here's a few that caught my eye, that I don't think I've posted yet.

Here's an all wood inlay on the back of a Charis Guitar, by maker Bill…


Added by Doug Young on April 20, 2010 at 2:00am — 9 Comments

Newport Guitar Festival - Day Three

Day three here in Ft Lauderdale took a decidedly soggy turn, but that hasn't stopped the show. It's a busy day, and between catching Muriel Anderson's All Star Night in a little bit and an early flight home tomorrow, I'll have to save most of the rest of my photos and comments until I get home. But here's a few to hold you till thern.

I tried to catch more of the concerts today and also checked out the "other side", the electric room, which actually had some items of interest even to… Continue

Added by Doug Young on April 18, 2010 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Newport Guitar Festival - Day Two

Saturday was a busy day at the Hard Rock, as the crowds came in for the weekend, and the guitar show ratcheted into high gear. I spent the day trying to look at nooks and crannies that I might have overlooked the first day, starting with the Hard Rock itself. Rock may be mostly about electric guitars, at least as evidenced by the guitars on the wall, but today I noticed this nice tribute to Hank Williams on the way in, featuring an "acoustic", even if it was…


Added by Doug Young on April 17, 2010 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

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