Wine, car and art collectors get to talk about “provenance” all day long. Us fretted instrument fanatics? We’re usually left in the dark on who previously owned our prized... Continue Reading

06/09/2015 - 11:50am

To simply call him one of the greatest bluesmen ever wouldn’t do his career justice. B.B. King was, quite simply, one of the greatest performers, bar none, that the world has ever seen. Of... Continue Reading

05/15/2015 - 3:56pm

Confession: I’ve got Martin issues. I know, that sounds like some particularly virulent strain of G.A.S., but it’s actually quite the opposite – I’m a man with a whole... Continue Reading

05/15/2015 - 11:26am

A while back we featured Adam Buchwald of Circle Strings in our ... Continue Reading

05/12/2015 - 3:46pm

Who could possibly resist a '69 Swinger? Fender hasn't made a lot of odd-shaped guitars, leaving that to Gibson and those wacky Italians, but someone at the factory drew upon some serious... Continue Reading

05/11/2015 - 10:56am


I’m holding the all-koa “Bard,” parlor guitar that I built under the mentorship of Jay Lichty. If you’ve... Continue Reading

04/07/2015 - 9:18am

Prior to taping our 83rd podcast, we filmed Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers performing a few... Continue Reading

04/07/2015 - 7:27am

The first note sends a shiver through my body that nearly buckles my knees. Although I’ve been eagerly anticipating this moment for the past week, I find myself unprepared for its power and... Continue Reading

03/13/2015 - 1:41pm

“But,” I think, “How will I ever go back? Back to playing a guitar whose neck I didn’t hand carve for my own fretting hand?”

I’m midway through day five... Continue Reading

03/12/2015 - 3:45pm

I take a deep breath, plunge the router bit into the wood, flip the lever to hold it at the proper depth, and carefully and slowly rout the string slots into the headstock.... Continue Reading

03/11/2015 - 4:23pm