Review: Martin CEO-7 Acoustic Guitar

martin ceo7

The first thing I noticed about the Martin CEO-7 was that, somehow, it didn’t really seem like a Martin. I tuned it up and played it for a minute before I stopped and realized that it almost looked like a 1930s Gibson, even though the headstock did indeed say “Martin.” In what almost seems like […]

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Songwriting Celebrated At Nashville’s Tin Pan South

Tin Pan South

As has been the custom each spring for over 20 years, Nashville was invaded by thousands of songwriters and song lovers last week for the Tin Pan South songwriting festival. Produced by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the event found more than 300 songwriters – some legendary, some still trying, and some hoping for […]

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Gibson J-29 Acoustic-Electric Guitar


New for 2014 is Gibson’s J-29 acoustic-electric, a guitar that combines the attributes of some of the company’s best-sellers and is definitely a winner. Part of the J-45 family, this round-shoulder dreadnought is an appealing new axe for someone wanting a natural-looking guitar with some classic Gibson features. The J-29 I tried out sounded really […]

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Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic Electric Guitar Cobraburst


It’s usually not wise to buy a guitar, or much of anything, based solely on looks. But if it was, the Gibson J-45 Standard with the Cobraburst finish would be an easy choice for a lot of us. The first thing I noticed when I opened the case (after that new guitar smell) was the […]

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Fender Coronado Electric Hollowbody Guitar


Perhaps more than any other company, Fender designed electric guitars in the early days of rock and roll that are today regarded as some of the coolest axes ever. The Jazzmaster, the Mustang, the Jaguar and others may not have had the longevity or attained the legendary status of the Strat or the Tele, but […]

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Review: Martin D-18 Acoustic Guitar

Martin d18

Street price: $2,199 There are a lot of great guitars out there, and unless you know exactly what you want it can be hard to choose when shopping for a new one. Finding  the right guitar, the axe that completes the almost-spiritual connection that truly projects a player’s individual personality and sound, can be a […]

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“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Darlene Love

Darlene Love

“(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home“ As the decades pass, we tend to think less frequently of Christmas carols when considering Christmas music, though many carols are melodic marvels that have endured for centuries. But numerous contemporary Christmas songs, such as John and Yoko’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” or Sara Bareilles’ “Love Is Christmas,” have […]

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Review: Martin 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar


MSRP: $1,849 When I checked out the Martin 000-15SM it turned out to be full of surprises. I figured it would be a decent enough guitar since I’ve never played a bad Martin, but after spending some time with it and seeing the very reasonable price tag I definitely became a believer. For starters, the […]

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Lee Brice, “I Drive Your Truck”


The Country Music Association Song of the Year is often a tear-jerker, with the award for that song going to the writers, not to the artist who recorded it (though the artist often has a hand in the writing). Very seldom does a song about tractors or tailgates or taking a roll in the hay […]

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Review: Gibson 1941 SJ-100 Acoustic/Electric Guitar


Gibson’s SJ-100 was first introduced in 1939 as a more affordable, less fancy cousin to the company’s SJ-200 (called “The King of the Flat Tops”), but it wasn’t made for long, ending its run in 1941. Now Gibson has re-introduced the 1941 version of this guitar with an acoustic-electric model that is not only true […]

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Review: Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic/Electric Guitar


The name of Gibson’s Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Acoustic/Electric is a bit of a misnomer to me, as most songwriters, even if they capo a lot, don’t play far enough up the neck to need a cutaway (I presume the EC stands for “electric cutaway,” not Eric Clapton, as some people might immediately think). Maybe […]

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Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and his Contemporaries


Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and his Contemporaries Edited by Peter Szego and Robert Shaw with various essayists (Hal Leonard Books) Rating: 5 out of 5 stars There are a lot of guitar history books out there, and some pretty good ones at that. But when it comes to […]

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