McCartney, Martin Guitars Team Up to Save African Elephants

Paul McCartney may have been “the walrus,” according to one Beatles song, but this week the legendary singer is working on behalf of the elephants. In recognition of World Elephant Day this week, a Martin D-28 left-handed guitar, autographed by McCartney himself, will be auctioned by elephant-protection group, Nature Conservancy. The guitar was provided by the …

Guitars Improve Life Everywhere… Even North Korea

Acoustic guitars aren’t just for rockin’ in the free world anymore. In fact, they’re more popular than ever in what’s possibly the least-free place on earth—North Korea. According to the Daily NK—a Seoul-based news site run by North Korean defectors—guitars are a hot commodity among elementary and middle school students in North Korea. In fact, …

Bedell Partners With Reverb, Dave Matthews, for Concert Food Drives

There’s a new power trio on the concert circuit—only this group isn’t singing for its supper, its singing to bring healthy suppers to needy families. Bedell Guitars, the sustainability conscious acoustic-guitar company based in Bend, Oregon, announced this week a partnering with nonprofit Reverb in support of its BamaGreen Project, a food-drive program it conducts at Dave Matthews …

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 …

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. …