Sahlstrom Guitars

Not long ago we heard about Sahlstrom guitars through Mike Lipel, a long time friend of the store. Mike bought a Sahlstrom and was so blown away by the sound, feel, and sheer beauty he had to become partners with Joel to form Sahlstrom…

Strange Sightings!

Strange Sightings   Sometimes some very interesting instruments come through the store. Instruments in for repair, instruments that have their owners stumped, instruments that feature some new wrinkle that a customer has come up with. Occasionally we’ve had our wits about us enough to…

Making a Gourd Banjo – Colin Blair

Making a Gourd Banjo by Colin Blair The gourd banjo was one of those things that could have been forgotten. It teetered on the edge of awareness for the last century. Outshined by its finely carved, pearly-hewn offspring, which was so readily accepted by…

A Fiddle Tune For Banjo – Andy Ploof

Here is a tune that I originally learned on the guitar from the “Blake & Rice” album. The tune is in the key of D and I arranged it for the banjo in G tuning with the high string capoed or tuned to an…

Hawaiian Lap Steel – Mark Byrnes

The Hawaiian Lap Steel: History, Tuning and Players By Mark Byrnes This is the second part of a three part series discussing the instruments, music and culture of the Hawaiian Islands and the effect that it has had on popular music and culture. In…

Uke History – Mark Byrnes

A Brief History of the Instruments and Music of Hawaii This will be a three part feature studying the instruments, music, and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. We will take you to a mystical and magical land, one that is considered paradise, where traditional…

Essential Flatpicking Guitar Recordings

It seems today that there are plenty of great new flatpickers to listen to. However all of them have one thing in common, they all listened to and learned from what has become known as the quintessential guitarist of flatpicking guitar. The roots of…

Sandy River Belle for Dobro- Andy Ploof

Here is a fiddle tune tabbed out for the dobro. It lays out pretty well on the dobro, and even though it may not be a tune you are familiar with, it’s easy to hear and pick up at a slower tempo. “Sandy River…

Cold Weather Care

Winter seems to be the toughest time for guitars, fiddles and other wood instruments. Outdoor cold temperatures, indoor sources of concentrated heat, and indoor low humidity are the main concerns. Most brochures that come with new instruments will cover cold weather care. It is…