Andy McKee’s Mythmaker Review

Never one to rest on his past achievements, guitarist and composer Andy McKee has reached new creative heights with his latest release, the Mythmaker E.P. Working within the realm of fingerstyle guitar, with endeavours into solo piano and electric guitar sounds, McKee opens new windows into his muse for fans and new listeners alike to enjoy with this four-song E.P. Continue reading

Paul Gilbert Plays Van Halen on Acoustic Guitar

There’s no doubt that both Paul Gilbert and Eddie Van Halen are two of the greatest rock guitarists who ever lived. So it’s always a fun time to hear one of these greats covering the other, especially when it’s on acoustic guitar. This recently happened when Paul Gilbert, seemingly just sitting around and jamming on a flattop guitar, took a request for the Van Halen classic “Spanish Fly” and seamlessly pulled it off on camera for all of us to enjoy. Continue reading

Kelly Joe Phelps Playing Robert Johnson

One of the most exciting moments as a guitarist is when you discover a modern master performing the works of a legend in the genre. When new guitarists put a modern twist on a classic track, it can breath new life into a beloved song, as is the case when modern master Kelly Joe Phelps recently recorded a live version of the Robert Johnson classic Hellhound on My Trail. Continue reading

Darrin Kobetich Sidetracked Album Review

Sidetracked is the latest release from Fort Worth based acoustic guitarist and composer Darrin Kobetich, who describes his own music as “ambient, delta, raga, thrash.” With eclectic tastes and a willingness to experiment with his compositions and performance, Kobetich has put together a fun to listen to and expertly performed collection of songs on his latest record, which will appeal to fans of fingerstyle and new-age genres alike. Continue reading

Andy McKee Mythmaker Performance Video

Ernie Ball strings and Andy McKee have recently come together to produce a performance and interview video as part of EB’s Set Me Up Sessions. During the short video, Andy talks about the background of the song Mythmaker, from his new release of the same name, as well as gives background on his initial inspiration to begin playing guitar. Continue reading

Fender Launches New F-Series Acoustic Guitars

Fender Acoustics is proud to introduce the new Fender F-Series range of acoustic and electro acoustic guitars. Reminiscent of the Fender F-Series of the 70’s, the new F-Series acoustics evoke the essence of that era with features such as a large Fender ’70s headstock and “Viking”-style rosewood bridge, but add a natural look with maple logo inlay on the headstock, maple and rosewood rosette and, maple ‘F’ logo on the 12th fret and maple body binding on some models. Continue reading

Andy McKee Talks Mythmaker, Gear and Guitars

In April of this year, acoustic guitar master Andy McKee will celebrate the release of his new EP Mythmaker. The four-song EP is McKee’s first release since 2010’s acclaimed album Joyland, and will feature McKee playing electric guitar and piano for the first time on record, on top of his unique style of signature acoustic playing. Continue reading

Takamine Launches G Series Acoustic Guitars

Takamine is proud to announce the release of its redesigned G Series acoustic line of guitars. Featuring acoustic and acoustic-electric models, the new G Series is available in a wide variety of body styles that include traditional designs and Takamine-exclusive designs such as the popular NEX and FXC body styles Continue reading

New Guild Acoustic Guitars for 2014

Guild is proud to announce six new models in the popular Orpheum, Arcos and Artist series to be featured at the 2014 NAMM Show. The Orpheum Slotted Headstock Orchestra and Orpheum Slotted Headstock 12-String Orchestra guitars are beautifully crafted models coming from the talented hands within the Guild Custom Shop in scenic New Hartford, Conn. Continue reading