Bench Press: Stephen McSwain of McSwain Guitars

We’ve noted the split before, the choice that builders seem forced to make, tradition or innovation? Forward-thinking comes in many, many guises in lutherie, from feats of, basically, engineering [check out the two-part feature with Ken Parker in the Fretboard Journal issues 38 and 39] to simpler, imaginative and inclusive approaches design....

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La Conner Guitar Festival: A Recap

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La Conner, Washington is a sleepy little town located about an hour north of Seattle. For us locals, it’s best known more for its tulips (the region holds an annual tulip festival that draws thousands), cute little shops and fresh oysters. Guitars? Aside from a few guitar makers who happen...

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