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Fender announces Fender University for guitar enthusiasts worldwide

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is launching Fender University, an exclusive new music education program for guitar enthusiasts worldwide, it was announced today.

Gibson Original announces The Limited Edition Gibson Victorian F-Style Mandolin

Gibson Original has announced the introduction of the Limited Edition Gibson Victorian F-style Mandolin with only 15 available in the world. The Gibson Victorian Mandolin has each of the time-proven features that mandolin players demand while combining the best attributes of the F5 and the F4 mandolin. It is constructed of figured maple back, sides and neck, and a red spruce top with f-holes, all held together with a hot hide glue. As a special touch, the limited edition instruments are made with a one-piece figured maple back, stunningly accentuated in an early teens Victorian Era Red Sunburst finish.

Alfred launches 3 new titles in the Greatest Guitar Series

Alfred’s Greatest Guitar series provides an abundance of music spanning multiple decades and multiple genres for guitarists looking to expand their repertoire or just brush up on the classics.

Sweetwater announces 12-day Recorder Giveaway

Sweetwater has declared May "Portable Recorder Month," and to properly observe the occasion, they're holding a 12-day Recorder Giveaway. Starting May 19, Sweetwater will give away one portable recorder each day for 12 days.

Guitar Workshop Plus announces Vancouver Weekend Session

Guitar Workshop Plus has announced a Vancouver Weekend Session as part of their 2008 schedule. Resident and non-resident tuitions are available and registration has already begun for the 2008 sessions.

Rock House releases two new Funk Bass DVDs

Rock House has announced the release of two new instructional programs on DVD featuring FREEKBASS. Legendary bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bootsy Collins calls Freekbass "The new spiritual warrior for the Funk." The Learn Funk Bass program takes a two step approach with a level 1 & 2. They are designed to give players an inside look at the techniques that make-up Freekbass' unique style, help develop a solid foundation for playing Funk bass and an understanding on how to fuse funk playing with other styles of music.

Alfred Publishing presents Sing Like an American Idol Editions

Alfred Publishing is bringing the best hits ever performed on "American Idol straight to the hands of vocalists everywhere with the new songbook and CD series American Idol Presents: Sing Like an American Idol!

A Parker Guitar for the Troops in Afghanistan

Parker Guitars recently heard from Staff Sergeant Iaian Thompson of the 101st Airborne Division stationed in Afghanistan. Iaian is a member of Out of Uniform, a rock band made up of members of the 101st. Parker Guitars supports the troops and was pleased to hook Iaian up with the Fly Mojo Flame seen in the picture below. A bio of the band that Iaian sent follows.

EMG Pickups to sponsor The Rock House Method

EMG Pickups has announced its sponsorship of The Rock House Method, reputedly the fastest growing, most widely used musical instruction system in existence.

Longest running Guitar Pod-cast moves into triple digits

SixStringBliss.com, the longest running guitar pod-cast has recently launched their milestone 100th episode, an event 3 years in the making. With over 75,000 episodes downloaded hosts Pipes and PT forge ahead to continue providing guitarists of all ages and skill levels a place to just talk shop.

Sneak Preview of new PRS Guitars DVD posted online

From Carlos Santana to Paul Allender, PRS artists discuss why they have come to rely on PRS guitars in a video clip posted online this week by PRS Guitars.

Elixir Strings launches electric string trial promotion

Elixir Strings is giving loyal acoustic fans a chance to plug in with electric strings.

Orange Amplification recreates its iconic 60s logo

Orange amps, as part of their 40th anniversary in 2008 have re-created their iconic Orange Psychedelic logo from their original new Compton Street shop front. This is the first time the logo has been used in any form since the shop closed in 1973.

Martin Guitar launches Virtual Custom Shop online

Martin Guitars has launched a new online application enabling consumers to create their own one-of-a-kind acoustic guitar, through the acclaimed Martin Custom Shop at martinguitar.com. If there is cache surrounding the prestigious Martin Guitar, it's because the company has the reputation for producing instruments of unparalleled quality. This latest innovation puts the custom shop program directly into the hands of every guitar player that has ever dreamed of creating their own signature edition model guitar.

Alfred releases the Third Volume in the Basic Classical Guitar Method Series

The third book in Scott Tennant’s ever-popular Basic Classical Guitar Method series is now available, with new techniques guaranteed to boost guitarists’ playing and build repertoire.

Case Sensitive Corporation introduces The Guitar Collector Showcase

This revolutionary concept in guitar storage features hand-crafted, solid wood cabinetry, that safely and elegantly displays your priceless instruments while keeping them accessible.

Alfred introduces Joni Mitchell: Shine Folio

Joni Mitchell fans everywhere are thrilled with the release of the long-awaited album Shine. Alfred is pleased to offer the album-matching folio now, allowing admirers to pick up her music and play!

National Guitar Workshop announces 2008 season

The National Guitar Workshop has announced the curriculum and guest artists for the 2008 season. This years program will feature Paul Gilbert, Lisa Loeb, The John Scofield Trio featuring Bill Stewart and Steve Swallow, Kenny Burrell, Michael Angelo Batio, Jennifer Batten, Eric Krasno, Laurence Juber, Sonny Landreth, and more. Courses will be offered in rock, blues, jazz, country, classical, music technology, songwriting, and guitar exploration.

Updated Ernie Ball Music Man website now live

Ernie Ball/Music Man has announced the unveiling of the newly updated Music Man website, a comprehensive hub for all things Music Man, including an internal blogging network updated by Ball family members and staff, new image galleries, Music Man-endorsed artist info and more.

Recording King metal body resonators now with champagne matte finishes

Recording King has introduced new metal body resonators with a champagne matte finish option for a look reminiscent of American bronze antiques. With nickel-plated brass bodies, hand-spun Continental cones and the clean, expressive metal body tone, these resonators from Recording King are blues and bluegrass players’ dream instruments.

KRM Rhythm Guitar Poster released

Developed through Keith's fifteen years of teaching guitar, this glossy 24x36 poster captures at least six months of private lessons. The cool, high-tech design includes crystal clear charts and tablature examples, making this poster informative as well as a hip, artistic decoration to any wall.

Gibson launches microsite featuring Slash signature guitars and YouTube contest

Gibson Guitar has launched a sleek, user-friendly microsite featuring the ultimate rock guitars created in close cooperation with one of the greatest guitarists of all time—Slash. The site also contains some of the most comprehensive biographical information on Slash found on the web, including the first chapter of his best-selling biography, an overview of his life and music, details on his arsenal of Les Pauls, exclusive interviews, audio clips, tips on how to achieve Slash tone, and much more.

Washburn introduces two new vintage styled Mandolins

Washburn have introduced 2 new vintage styled mandolins. These mandolins feature a worn/used look as well as aged hardware and a thinner satin finish for a broken in and well played feel. Only premium woods like solid flamed maple and solid spruce have been used in crafting these fine instruments.

Jayzen Sound releases the Carvin Electric Bass sample library

Jayzen Sound has released the Carvin Electric Bass sample library in GigaStudio format. This large-format library is modelled after the Carvin "Bunny Brunel" Electric Bass.

Alfred distributes new edition of Blue Book of Guitars and Gibson Flying V

For those looking for guitar values and information, the Blue Book of Guitars series is the ideal simple and thorough reference guide. Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars, 11th Edition has been expanded to 720 pages and includes information on over 800 guitar manufacturers and distributors while the Blue Book of Electric Guitars, 11th Edition features 1,168 pages and information on over 1,200 guitar manufacturers and distributors; each includes an exclusive 16-page color Photo Grading System.

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