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Everett Joseph “Vic” Firth hit the ground running and never let up speed.

Read more: Vic Firth Remembered >>>


When you hear the words “Jersey Surf,” you’ll either think of catching waves off the Jersey Shore or the Jersey-based competitive drum and bugle corps.

Read more: A Winning Partnership – Yorkville and The Jersey Surf >>>


Italy is known for doing a great many things well – desserts, spaghetti, fine art, pizza, sports cars – but digital pianos don’t exactly come to mind, at first.

Read more: Physical Modeling and the Physis Piano >>>

Upfront Q&A

Having first made waves with the iconic Spector NS-1 bass (a collaboration with Stuart Spector) in the mid-70s and then introducing his revolutionary “headless” (no traditional headstock), graphite Steinberger electric guitars and basses in the late ‘70s, Ned Steinberger has remained a restless innovator who has continued to come up with groundbreaking design concepts.

Read more: There is Always Room to Improve – Ned Steinberger of NS Design >>>

Last Word

The overheated fine-art world is supposedly cooling off, with prices coming down off the blistering highs of recent years.

Read more: Stomp The Band – Dressing Effects Pedals Creates an Aesthetic That’s Market-Ready >>>


In late August, Research and Markets announced the addition of the Global Musical Instruments Market 2015 Report to their offerings.

Read more: The Market is Growing, I Enjoy Having Dire Straits Songs Explained to me Online, Acoustic Sales... >>>

In the Trenches

I don’t profess to have insider knowledge of every woman’s experience walking into a music store.

Read more: What Women Want (When they visit a retail musical instrument store, that is). >>>

Product Spreads


Grover Ultra Capo

Adding to the company’s line of quality guitar accessories Grover Musical Products has introduced the Ultra Capo™ - the “World’s first” offset capo. Designed to allow more room for the thumb on the back of the neck. Easy on… easy off… easy to position, the Ultra Capo™ also features a unique, non-glare matte finish for a soft, no-slip grip. Made of lightweight aluminum, The Ultra Capo™ is available in three matte finishes: black, red, and silver.

Levy’s MV17HD01

2 1/2" hand dyed veg-tan leather guitar strap hand tooled with suede backing. Available in burnt olive (BLV), tan (TAN), and burgundy (BRG). Adjustable from 46" to 54". Available in extra long (XL), which adds 12" to overall length.

Takamine TGC-1 High-end Acoustic Guitar Cable

The TGC-1 guitar cable is specifically designed to transmit the natural warmth of your acoustic - electric guitar. By employing oxygen free copper wire of different dimensions, transmission loss is reduced to a minimum, providing the most accurate and natural imaging of your warm acoustic - electric signal. The silent, no-pop plug allows for perfect muting during on-stage guitar changes.

Bags, Cases, and Stands

Hamilton Stage PRO KB3500G

The Stage PRO KB3500G Super Guitar Stand has three legs and a hinged back support, which allows it to fold to a small size for transport and storage, easily fitting into most any gig bag. The back support cushion is a larger spherical shape and made from a soft rubber. This material is safe for all types of finishes and has an attractive look. The feet are made from the same thermoplastic rubber as the back cushion and are also spherically shaped. All metal parts of the stand are finished with a durable black powder coating. In function the back support arm and cushion rotate up for use, providing a higher support position than what is offered on other brands of compact folding stands. The three legs are made from steel tubing, which provides more stability and is lighter in weight than stands made from flat strips. Additionally, there are no knobs required for adjustment.

One stand does it all. The KB3500G Super Guitar stand’s folding cradle support will work with a wide variety of acoustic and electric guitars and basses. For the retailers, there are fewer products to stock. For the musician, there’s no need to worry about having the right stand for the instrument. Provided in a self-merchandising display box and an MSRP of just $26.99, the KB3500G Super Guitar Stand from Hamilton is a great choice for the store, home, travel, and studio.


Bedell Coffee House Guitars

The Bedell Guitars Coffee House series of instruments are crafted to revive the spirit that inspired the incredible music of the counterculture era: Adirondack spruce tops from individually harvested trees, sustainably grown Indian rosewood backs and sides, and a handcrafted Koa binding. Available in parlor, orchestra, and dreadnought body shapes, Bedell now offers the Coffee House in a beautiful espresso burst as well as an aged toner natural top.

The workshop-installed K&K Pure Mini pickups in the Bedell Coffee House capture the fullness of sound and the vibe of the era authentically, without stage feedback. All Bedell Guitars come with a hardshell case. You can be sure your Coffee House series is sustainably and legally harvested. It comes with its own Bedell Tonewood Certificate outlining its country of harvest for the woods used in the guitar. Full Specs include  a $2,990 MAP, solid Adirondack spruce top, solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, Honduran Mahogany neck, Ebony fretboard/bridge, Koa binding, Bone nut/saddle, 1 11/16” nut width, 25.5” scale length, Waverly tuners, K&K Pure Mini pickup, and “Espresso” burst gloss or “Aged” toner gloss options.

Yamaha FS730S Acoustic Guitar

The FS730S adds a great sounding instrument to the best-selling Yamaha small body acoustic guitar lineup and features a solid Sitka Spruce top and die-cast tuners. The back and sides, fingerboard, and bridge are constructed of Rosewood. The new guitar projects like a dreadnought despite its smaller size, which is perfect for students, children, and people with petite hands.  The FS730S has an MSRP: $495.

Taylor Guitars Quilted Sapele, Flamed Mahogany, and Blackheart Sassafras Limited Edition Models

Taylor Guitars introduced a limited run of Grand Auditorium shaped guitars featuring a trio of tonewoods. Featured back and side tonewood options include quilted sapele, flamed mahogany, or blackheart sassafras, paired with a premium Sitka spruce top. Each model features a dramatic, handcrafted Florentine cutaway and a new appointment package to accent these hand-selected woods.

Quilted sapele, a truly rare find, is flatsawn, highlighting the natural quilt of the wood and permitting for slightly more flexibility. Tonally, this translates into more projection and warmth. Flamed mahogany, noted for its visual appeal, offers players a naturally strong midrange response.

The Limiteds are enhanced by a rich appointment package featuring Indian rosewood binding and curly maple edge trim. A new "Capstone" inlay of mother-of-pearl and rosewood graces the fretboard and rosette, and the guitar body is finished in high gloss. Inside, premium Adirondack CV bracing gives each guitar more sonic sparkle. The models come equipped with Taylor's award-winning Expression System® 2 electronics, which debuted in 2014 and feature a revolutionary piezo pickup design that gives players a more authentic amplified acoustic tone. Each guitar comes in a deluxe hardshell case.

The Limited Edition models will be available only at Authorized Taylor Guitars dealers starting in September. Models will be available in a Grand Auditorium body shape in the 514ce-FM LTD, 514ce-QS LTD, and 714ce-S LTD.

Lucero LC150 Series Classical Guitars

Lucero has introduced their new LC150 Series of classical guitars. These instruments combine beautiful, striped sapele mahogany back and sides with select, solid spruce tops to deliver unparalleled tone and projection. They also feature multi-ply real wood binding, three-ply rear marquetry strip, custom rosette, and gold hardware for a special touch of class and beauty. All LC150 Series guitars employ white ivoroid Regal tuners and come with D'Addario ProArte nylon strings.

There are two models in the series. The LC150S is a standard classical guitar, while the LC150SCE is acoustic-electric cutaway that provides unfettered access to the higher frets. The LC150SCE features Fishman's premium Sonicore Classical pickup and Clásica III onboard preamp system. The Clásica III offers an easy-to-read chromatic tuner with LED display and on/off button, and low-profile controls, including a volume knob, a phase button, and three bands of EQ.

At $199.99 for the LC150S and $269.99 for the LC150SCE (street), these instruments are great values, providing professional-class tone and feel, as well as the beauty of premium wood. They're in stock now at Guitar Center retail stores and are available for immediate shipment from Musician's Friend and

Lâg OC66

The OC66 is the product of Lâg's admiration for the attributes of classical guitar construction. Crafted from the classic combination of a Spruce top, Mahogany and sides, and a rosewood fingerboard, the OC66 yields clear, warm tones. Designed with the beginner in mind, the OC66 features remarkable playability to encourage growth and excitement.  Also available with a cutaway and DirectLâg Plus electronics to suit the needs of modern players.

Product Spreads

With Summer NAMM disappearing farther and farther away in your rearview, it’s time to look into stocking up on the products you might have missed out on earlier in the year.

Read more: Holiday Buyers Guide >>>

Small Business Matters

Well, here we are in the fall season, and just when you have a good, young employee trained efficiently, they’re off to college, and the training starts all over again.

Read more: Three Reasons Every Business Owner Needs A Right-Hand Man >>>

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