Teja Gerken of Acoustic Guitar put a Guild 1512E through the paces in the May issue of the magazine.
Noting that the guitar has excellent materials and craftsmanship, a contemporary feel, and a smooth tone, Gerken had a lot of positive things to say about the GAD Series instrument.
“Overall, the Guild F-1512E is an impressive instrument,” he noted. ”Whether you’ve always wanted a Guild jumbo 12-string but couldn’t afford a US-made version or are simply looking to buy a great 12-string regardless of brand or price, this is an axe worth checking out.”
Read the full review here, and you can click here to pick up your copy of Acoustic Guitar.
Guild is saddened to learn of the May 29 passing of the great Doc Watson, 89.
A beloved and widely influential figure in the bluegrass, blues, country, folk and gospel acoustic guitar world, Watson perhaps more than any other artist brought traditional Appalachian mountain music to a worldwide audience with peerless flat-picking and finger-style guitar work, and his warm baritone singing. Over the course of a remarkably prolific and acclaimed career, Watson recorded more than 50 albums, earned seven Grammy awards, received a National Medal of Arts (1997) and a Recording Academy lifetime achievement award (2004).
Born Arthel Lane Watson on March 3, 1923, in Deep Gap, N.C., he was struck blind at age 1 by an untreated eye infection. He developed a love of and talent for playing music during boyhood and received his first guitar at age 13.
Guitarist Nathan Salsburg recently performed two tracks off his acclaimed debut album, Affirmed, for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
Both songsare about famous racehorses. The first celebrates the Triple Crown-winning horse Affirmed.
The second, “Eight Belles Dreamt the Devil Was Dead,” tells the tragic story of Eight Belles, who tragically broke both her front ankles after tripping across the finish line in the 2008 Kentucky Derby.
Watch “Affirmed” and “Eight Belles Dreamt the Devil Was Dead” in the video below:
Guild product manager Dave Gonzalez recently put a Guild D-50CE Standard through the paces in an in-depth product demo.
Featuring a rosewood dreadnought cutaway with refined features that make for a player-centric instrument with premium sound quality, the guitar features a solid Sitka Spruce top with Red Spruce bracing and solid rosewood back and sides for a rich, powerful sound with exceptional warmth and complexity.
The onboard 18-volt D-TAR® Wave-Length™ pickup system provides a transparent and natural sound with enhanced dynamic range and headroom for exceptional amplified performance.
Other refined features such as a satin finished Mahogany neck with slim profile, ivoroid body binding and bone nut, saddle, and bridge pins round out the package to create a truly fine instrument.
The Shins were recently in the Los Angeles area, and KCRW wrangled the James Mercer-led band for a show in front of an intimate live audience at Apogee’s Berkley St. Studios.
Not only did The Shins perform songs off their latest album, Port of Morrow, but classics such as “New Slang” and “Australia” made the cut.
The first single off Port, “Simple Song,” was definitely a highlight.
In an interview with KCRW DJ Jason Bentley, Mercer explained that “Simple Song” began as two rhythms that counter each other. The lyrics came naturally after that.
“That song actually I came up with that thing basically just what I was doing and I was sitting there and my wife was there with me and I just sort of started writing about her and writing about our life and stuff,” Mercer said. ”It was right when we were really building the nest, you know, and getting ready to have kids and stuff.”
Check out “Simple Song” in the video below:
For more information and to view the new video for “The Rifle’s Spiral,” visit The Shins’ official website.
And, click here to read a transcript of the entire Mercer interview and performance.