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. […]

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 […]

Keith Urban Strings Up New Product Line of Guitars

“You’ll think of me,” crooned Keith Urban in his Grammy-winning hit of the same name. Now he wants you to think of him when shopping for a new acoustic guitar. In the latest example of entertainers cross-marketing their image to promote lines of consumer goods, the country singer last week unveiled his newest “limited edition” […]

Can Reverb.com ‘Re-Tune’ the Online Used-Guitar Market?

David Kalt has a thing about eBay. Much of it, the usual complaints about the online shopping giant: eBay’s too big. It’s too impersonal. Its sales cut is too high. These considerations may not mean much, concedes Kalt, if you’re selling, say, a used book for under $10. But if you’re an amateur guitarist like […]