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The Originality Quandary

“But is it original?”This question is raised about everything in, on, and around a vintage guitar, from tuners to tailpieces to all parts in betwee...

1933 Paramount Guitar Style D

In the 1930s, the banjo was fading as a force in popular music and many companies were making guitars with banjo necks in an attempt to keep sales ...

Hiscox Cases: Affordable Travel Cases for your Guitar

It's easy to find a guitar case that protects your valuable instrument but often the extra protection adds weight and bulk, making it awkward to tr...

Gryphon Stringed Instruments Celebrates 50 Years in Business!

Time flies when you're having fun, and for Frank Ford and myself the last 50 years have zoomed by along with our youth! Although we had worked a bi...

Crunchtime: 1967 D-28 Martin Guitar Structural Repair

I had this 1967 Martin D-28 on my bench a few months ago. It came in with clear packing tape over the damaged area trying to hold loose pieces in ...

Guitar Picks: The Cheapest Way to Change Acoustic Guitar Tone

Acoustic guitarists have a secret weapon for changing their tone: the simple guitar pick. This relatively expensive piece of plastic can do more to...

What is a "Torrefied" Guitar Top?

Players seek out vintage guitars not because they’re old but because they sound great. When I play an old guitar I notice that the notes just seem ...

Collings Guitars

Ask the typical guitar picker about high-quality fretted instruments made in North America and the brands you’ll hear will probably be household na...

Gibson K-2 Mandocello restoration

This is a Gibson K-2 Mandocello from 1920. These were built much like their little brothers in the A style Mandolin family – with one small brace b...

Gryphon's Bass Banjo Project

Looks like we’ve gotten ourselves into another crazy project! Our long term friend and staff member, Michael Simmons, plays with the BANJO RACKETEE...

A Smiling Skull From a 1940’s Decal Haunts Two Guitars

My favorite uncle gave me his home-repaired guitar when I was in college. A black paint job hid the Bondo he’d used to smooth out damage from a det...

Does Your Guitar Need a Set Up?

It’s not as easy as you might think to trouble-shoot your own guitar. If you’ve had it for years you may be used to its quirks, or you might think...