Michael Kelly Teams with ‘Renaissance’ Man Turner

It’s going to be a renaissance year for Michael Kelly Guitars, as the Clearwater, Florida-based manufacturer is set to debut a new line of Renaissance guitars, gear designer Rick Turner’s brand of semi-hollow live-performance instruments. The line will be made available in September and feature Turner’s acoustic D-TAR wavelength system, which combines a piezo pickup, …

Guitar Exhibitions Taking Flight

From C.F. Martin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the traveling National Guitar Museum, exhibitions focused on the cultural contributions of the guitar are reverberating this year like never before. Even 2013’s Guitars! Roundups to Rockers showcase at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis made news—it was the museum’s …

Schoenhut ‘Toys’ with High-Quality Ukes for the Little Ones

Is there room for a high-quality “toy” ukulele on the kid-instrument playground? One leading music-for-moppets manufacturer seems to think so. Schoenhut Piano Company, the renowned designer of wooden toy pianos, has produced its first toy ukulele since partnering in 2012 with Magic Fluke, the uke company whose easy-to-play Flea Ukulele line has ridden the ukulele-buying …

Luthier to Obama: Don’t Penalize Musicians Over Ivory

Jay Ifshin, of Ifshin Violins near Berkeley, California, sent a letter May 15 to President Barack Obama voicing his displeasure with new federal regulations restricting the international ivory trade. Here’s how the letter went: Dear President Obama, As a violin maker, small business owner and musician, I felt compelled to write you concerning legislation by executive order that …

Bedell Guitars Claims Largest Stock of Brazilian Rosewood in World

Bedell Guitars may have seen the forest for the trees. At least that’s one way of framing the Oregon-based guitar company’s recent acquisition of 3,000 sets of Brazilian rosewood, the dazzling wood favored by luthiers the world over. Because if that prized species wasn’t hard enough to come by already—well, it may soon be getting even harder. …

The ‘Godfather’ of free guitars

Francis Ford Coppola is making acoustic-guitar lovers an offer they can’t refuse. The Godfather director is offering complimentary acoustic guitars to guests during their stay at his Turtle Inn resort in Belize. The filmmaker-turned-winemaker—who owns resorts in Belize, Guatemala, Argentina, and Italy—hopes the allure of the six-string will help guests, as his website describes, “complete …