Category: Product Announcements

Scheerhorn unveils new Rob Ickes guitar

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tim Scheerhorn and Rob Ickes have announced a new resonator guitar, designed by Tim to Rob’s specs, and manufactured in the US by National Reso-Phonic Guitars. It is made using Scheerhorn’s L-body design, built larger than the guitar dreadnaught profile for greater volume and projection. The […]


New from Washburn for 2014

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

During January’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, Washburn introduced several new instrument models that should be of interest to bluegrass and acoustic musicians. Their R360K offers a resonator guitar with a parlor sized body, with a shaded spruce top and back and sides of Trembesi, a […]


Martin introduces D-28 Authentic 1937

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Among the several new products announced for 2014, Martin has a few that will be of special interest to bluegrass guitar pickers. Of particular note is a new model in their Authentic series, the D-28 Authentic 1937. Like the others in this series, this vintage reproduction […]


F&R Stewart Violins

| January 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

Poor Ron Stewart… he just doesn’t have enough to do. In addition to recording and touring with The Boxcars, he is among the most in-demand producers and session players in bluegrass, on both banjo and fiddle. On off days, he works on fiddles with his […]


Banjo Rolls Trainer for Mac

| September 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

Back in June we posted about a clever iOS app called Banjo Rolls Trainer, offered for $1.99 in the Apple App Store. It was developed by Czech banjo player Jiri Marlalous to give banjo students and players something a bit more interesting than a metronome to practice […]


Two new mandolins from Morgan Monroe

| September 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Morgan Monroe has two new budget-minded mandolin models which should be available from their many dealers by October 2013. Both are solid wood spruce and maple instruments, with a walnut sunburst finish. The MFM-750 has an F-style body made with a solid spruce top and maple […]


Firefly Pick at Kickstarter

| August 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

What can you get for the flatpicker who has everything? Well… if the soon-to-be-concluded Kickstarter campaign for The Firefly Pick is successful, they could have a pick that lights up in the color of their choice with each stroke! The Firefly Pick is the brainchild […]


Seth Avett model from C.F. Martin

| May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Martin has introduced a signature model guitar for Seth Avett, one half of the wildly popular rock/bluegrass aggregation, The Avett Brothers. It’s based on the D-35, with some special appointments. The traditional 35 style 3-piece back is Indian rosewood, with a figured koa center wedge. […]


Nechville announces Diamond Joe/Sonny Smith banjo

| May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nechville Musical Products has debuted a new Diamond Joe banjo, customized as a signature model for Sonny Smith. Sonny, along with his guitar-picking brother Kenny, has been playing bluegrass music since he was a child. Both were entering – and winning – instrumental competitions by […]


Tony Rice monel strings from Martin

| March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here’s another new product from CF Martin introduced earlier this year at the 2013 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. After many years endorsing strings from other manufacturers, Tony Rice now has a signature set from Martin. He has long favored strings made with monel, a […]