• Deering introduces Goodtime Blackgrass

    Deering Banjos has introduced a new model, the latest in their growing line of Goodtime banjos. The Goodtimes were specially designed some years ago to allow the company to offer an American-made student instrument at a price attractive to new pickers.

  • Pete Wernick’s JAM Songbook

     Pete Wernick has given a great deal to the banjo and bluegrass communities over the course of his lengthy career. The author of several top-selling instructional books for banjo, he was also a founding member of Hot Rize, and the

  • 2019 NAMM report, bluegrass edition

    This report of the recently concluded NAMM trade show in Anaheim is a contribution from Danny "Hootenanny" Clark, a bluegrass picker and entrepreneur from back east now living in California. The show is the annual convention where music retailers come

  • Gibson Bill Monroe Hall of Fame mandolin

    Gibson created quite a stir among mandolin aficionados at last week's NAMM Show in Anaheim with the first public display of their new Bill Monroe Hall of Fame mandolin. It was built by Gibson master luthier David Harvey and his team

  • G7 introduces the Performance 3 capo

    The G7 Capo company is introducing a new model at the Winter NAMM show this week in Anaheim, CA. Their new Performance 3 model is of the quick change, open-throat style that many guitarists prefer. When G7 first hit the market

  • Phil Leadbetter’s signature Recording King guitar

    Recording King has announced the availability of its most recent reso-guitar, a signature model for Phil Leadbetter. The RR-75PL-SN was designed in direct cooperation with Phil, with an interior bracing pattern made to his specifications. Intended to offer professional quality and

  • Music Area cases redefines the gig bag

    Music Area Cases is a Chinese manufacturer with a different attitude towards selling internationally. Instead of trying to hide their country of origin with an American or European-sounding trade name, they brand themselves with a logo using Chinese characters, and

  • 20 years of Flatpicking Guitar on a thumbdrive

    Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, now sadly no longer in print, is offering a special opportunity that might solve a gift-giving headache for bluegrass guitarists on your holiday list. The magazine, published for 20 years by Dan Miller, ceased operation in 2016 after