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It may only be September, but the holiday season never fails to creep up on parents – and stockists – somewhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving, causing plenty of harried shopping for both parties well into December.

Read more: Holiday Buying Guide

Roundtable

We catch up with representatives from seven major suppliers to learn about what’s hot in Signature Series guitars...

Read more: Signature Style: Artist Signature Series Guitars Connecting with Players in 2017

Upfront Q&A

MMR recently chatted with senior officers of C.F. Martin & Co. to learn about developments of note the storied guitar manufacturer, what instrument introductions have been making waves of late, how recent import and trade regulations are effecting the company, and how they view the current state of the acoustic guitar market. 

Read more: Happenings in Nazareth: C.F. Martin & Company in 2017

In the Trenches

On a recent return flight from a trip visiting dealers and a couple of dealer sales events, I came across the Washington Post article by Geoff Edger’s titled “The slow, secret death of the electric guitar and why you should care” (June 22, 2017).

Read more: The Rise of the Electric Guitar

Survey

With over 70 percent of the participants in this month’s retailer survey, sent to over 400 MI dealers, claiming that sales of wireless microphones are either up or level when compared to 2016, this would appear to be a pretty healthy market segment.  

Read more: It's Coming Down to the Wire(less): Wireless Microphone Systems Broaden Appeal with Certain...

Features

There’s a long list of situations that could constitute a musician’s “worst nightmare,” but among them, chipping the glossy, radiant finish from a beloved guitar (or whatever it is you play) is a standout. 

Read more: Playing Matchmaker How GluBoost’s MasterTint Became a Must-Have Accessory

Last Word

The values of vintage electric guitars have taken a hit in recent years, and electric guitar sales are down overall by about a third in the last decade.

Read more: We Sing the Guitar Electric

Small Business Matters

It was just before 7 PM on Friday night: the countdown to the summer Rock Camp Concert had begun.I was so excited, as I finally had a two-hour window for my first hot meal of the week. 

Read more: Disaster and the Unique Benefits it Can Bring

Editorial

On August 19th, Donald and Melania Trump announced that they would not be attending this year’s Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony, which will celebrate Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie, LL Cool J, Norman Lear, and Carmen Lavallade. 

Read more: A Broadening Divide

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