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FU-Tone Debuts Naval Brass Saddle Inserts

FU-Tone has introduced new hardware upgrades to its Saddle Insert line. Stock steel saddles constantly fail by cracking, expanding getting stuck and corroding. Naval Brass though, has all of the tonal qualities of brass, which increases sustain, clarity, definition and warmth. The Titanium and Naval Brass 6 string sets are priced at $45.95, while the Titanium and Naval Brass 7 string sets are priced at $52. ...

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Not for Sale: Mariano Fernandez Guitarra Septima, Circa 1880

By Alan di Perna                                                              Photo: Emanuele Marconi There’s a scarcity of information about the luthier Mariano Fernandez, who was active in Mexico City in the late 19th century. Only three or so guitars made by him are known to exist. This magnificent example of his workmanship resides in the collection at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dako ...

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Tommy Emmanuel Announces 'Accomplice One' Duets Album

Acclaimed guitarist and composer Tommy Emmanuel has announced a duets album titled Accomplice One. The album—which is set for a January 19 release via CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers—features an impressive guest list that includes Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas and Amanda Shires, to name but a few. "It's been such an honor to work with some of the greatest artists I know, ...

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New and Cool Guitar: the Allan Beardsell Model 3GMS/25/27

By Bob Carlin “Handmade guitars from another planet” proclaims the impressive and somewhat eccentric website of luthier Allan Beardsell. Scroll down, and you’re told that “Al Beardsell is a guitar maker who thinks differently (so you don’t have to)” and “Every Beardsell is unique.” Welcome to Al’s world, where “Al-chemy” is the buzz word and “artisan-Al” rules the kingdom from his workshop in the prairie to ...

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