What is a Weissenborn Guitar?

By Brent Cole / February 10, 2017

What do famous guitar players Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), Ben Harper, and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) all have in common? They’ve all played a Weissenborn guitar at some point in their career. A man named Hermann Weissenborn developed his own unique brand of lap slide guitar in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, if you’re able…

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The Interesting History of the Harp Guitar

By Brent Cole / February 2, 2017

You don’t see too many harp guitars in use. They’re somewhat rare. A harp guitar can easily be described as basically a combination of the harp and the guitar, with several more strings than what you’re accustomed to seeing on a normal acoustic guitar. With a history dating back over two centuries, the harp guitar…

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Laminate vs. Solid Wood Acoustic Guitars

By Brent Cole / January 31, 2017

What’s better– laminate or solid wood acoustic guitars? Interestingly, the most common building material is still solid wood, even though guitars can be made from carbon fiber, Ekoa, fiberglass and recycled metal. Much like there are cheap cars and expensive ones, there are cheap guitars and expensive ones, too. You get what you pay for,…

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How to Protect and Preserve Your Guitar

By Brent Cole / January 12, 2017

Alaska Specialty Woods is known for supplying the finest instrument tonewood material for guitar tops. Guitars, in general, need to be treated like pets and babies– with tender, lovin’ care. Here are some tips for protecting your guitar from problems. Guitars acclimate to their environment. Therefore, if you go from a really cold place to…

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A Short History of the Guitar

By Brent Cole / January 11, 2017

Sitka Spruce from Alaska Specialty Woods is used to make many guitars sound great. Though guitars today seem ubiquitous, and are the most popular instrument for popular music, did you ever wonder about their history? The development of the guitar goes back thousands of years. Early versions of the guitar were most likely developed in…

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What is an Archtop Guitar?

By Brent Cole / January 6, 2017

There are many different types of guitars, one of which is called an archtop. With an arched top and back rather than a flat one, the archtop guitar is typically a hollow steel-stringed acoustic or semi-acoustic guitar with six strings, as well as an adjustable/moveable bridge. Archtop guitars were invented in the 1890s by Orville…

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How to Weatherproof Your Guitar

By Brent Cole / April 27, 2016

If you own a guitar, you know that it’s treated with the utmost care– usually– because you want it to last a long time and continue to be in good shape, right? If you’re the kind of musician who likes to play outdoors, whether it’s at the beach on a summer’s night or around an…

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How Often Should You Change Your Acoustic Guitar Strings?

By Brent Cole / March 10, 2016

Acoustic guitar strings should be changed as needed. Depending on how much you use them, the strings can last a long time or a short time. For instance, if you’re the type of guitar player who plays your instrument several hours a day, chances are your strings will wear out faster than, say, a person…

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Why Acoustic Guitars are More Fun than Electric Guitars

By Brent Cole / February 25, 2016

Did you ever wonder why vinyl is making a comeback? Could it be that people are a bit tired of the seemingly soulless music formats like the digital CD and MP3? Vinyl has a warmth to it that those other formats don’t. Occasional imperfections are often welcomed in music, rather than technical perfection lacking any…

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Tips for Optimizing the Sound of Your Guitar

By Brent Cole / February 22, 2016

Guitar players seem to gravitate toward certain guitars based on their sound, which often has to do with the kind of tonewood used by the guitar maker. The bodies of guitars can be made using different types of wood, each bringing out a certain kind of sound from the instrument. Alder, a medium-weight wood, is…

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