Campanella Stringed Instruments
I recently took a trip to Burlington, Vermont to enlist the services of the talented and well established luthier, Joseph Cleary. I had some issues with my current mandolin that I perform with, so I made a date to consult with him on how to deal with the issues.
I had met Joe previously when he came to the Addition Studio to track some violin on Steve Light’s recording project, “Banjo and Friends.” I was impressed with the tracks Joe contributed to the album, as well as the violin that he built and used on the session.
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Yanuziello electric mandolin
I was fortunate to purchase one of these beautiful, handmade, electric mandolins from the maker, fairly early on in his career. The great thing about the purchase was that there was a personal collaboration between myself and Joe Yanuziello which made the experience something more memorable than just buying off the rack. The other thing that struck me as different was that it was a totally handcrafted instrument, including the metal bridge and saddle hardware! The use of an old DeArmond pickup also intrigued me. Continue reading Yanuziello Electric Mandolin
1968 Gibson B-25 Sunburst.
I have a special affinity with this particular Gibson model guitar for more than one reason. I grew up around this guitar, and it is somewhat responsible for me becoming a guitar player. Continue reading Gibson B-25 Folk and Blues Icon
So what’s with vintage guitars?
What seems to be the driving force behind the vintage guitar market? If you know the answer, drop me a line because it has always been confusing to me. If there was ever an overused, abused, and deceptive adjective when it comes to guitars, it’s the word vintage. Why? Continue reading What’s with vintage guitars?
Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cutaway P90
This tried and true all mahogany classic is a brilliant example of simplicity. A slab of mahogany for the body with a baseball bat of the same material attached to it at the 22nd fret. Add some aged P90 single coil pickups and what do you get?
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Heritage Guitar. Many already know the history of this relatively small production guitar shop . I stumbled upon it in the late 80’s when I noticed their affordable guitars popping up on the Internet. When I did a little research, I was surprised to learn of its guitar pedigree. What was so interesting? Continue reading heritage guitar Inc. Kalamazoo
Lebeda mandolins are a great example of craftsmanship from the Czech Republic.
Having played quite a few mandolins through the years, I realize that we are now living in a golden era for the availability of well- made, handcrafted mandolins and guitars. Since the fall of the “Wall” and the “Curtain,” one area of the world, the Czech Republic, has had greater access to the Western market. The result? Continue reading Lebeda Mandolins Craftsmanship from the Czech Republic