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Acutab Publications offers a growing library of instructional bluegrass DVD titles, authorized tab books for top bluegrass pickers, banjo lessons with John Lawless, Sammy Shelor's stainless steel finger picks, and John Lawless' CD Five & Dime. We aim to provide enough information on the AcuTab offerings for you to choose whether they will be helpful to you in your pursuit of the music we all love. PlayBetterBluegrass.com proudly carries the full line of Acutab products and publications at discount prices.
A.D.G. Productions was formed, by its owner Andrew Gordon, in 1990 when he created his first book "Outstanding Blues and Jazz Compositions. Andrew Gordon s actively involved in working with other authors/musicians in producing music educational products of the highest quality. He is always on the lookout for talented individuals that have interesting ideas that can be formulated into a book no matter what instrument or style. Learn your favorite instrument today with a title by ADG Productions.
AIM Musical Gifts
AIM Gifts is the Largest Manufacturer of Music Gifts in the World and offer over 10,000 different Gift Ideas. We offer guitar pins, banjo pins, fiddle pins, bass pins and more from AIM Musical gifts to adorn your hat and show off your favorite bluegrass instrument. We also offer banjo key chains, guitar key chains, fiddle key chains and more. We can special order any specialty music gifts from the over 10,000 musical gift items offered by AIM Musical Gifts.
In the world of pro audio, AKG microphones and headsets have been synonymous with excellence for several decades. Around the world recording studios, radio and TV stations, opera houses and famous stages count on AKG products. Internationally known musicians and show-stars have frequently been seen using AKG's high-quality microphones and headphones for many decades. Today AKG is one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality microphones, headphones and wireless-equipment.
Since its inception in 1922, Alfred Publishing remains dedicated to helping people learn, teach and play music. With hundreds of expert authors and composers backed by a talented staff in seven offices worldwide, Alfred publishes educational, reference, pop and performance pieces for teachers, students, hobbyists and performers spanning every musical instrument, style and difficulty level. We offer all of the bluegrass titles from Alfred Publishing and can special order any other titles in which you may be interested.
Applecreek Dulcimers are made using optimal construction techniques for long life and precise fretting for good intonation. An Applecreek mountain dulcimer is an affordable introduction to the world of stringed instruments. It's a great choice for folk accompaniment or lead playing. Even if you've never played an instrument before, an Applecreek dulcimer is easy to learn a will provide years of quality entertainment. Pick, noter and case are included with every Applecreek Dulcimer.
Barcus-Berry has come to offer the best quality in acoustic-electric violins and transducers and preamps for guitars, brass and woodwind instruments, orchestral instruments, pianos and harps. Barcus-Berry products are favored by leading performers such as Jean Jeansonne (Rascal Flatts), Savion Glover (Grammy Award-winning dancer), Brendon Anthony (The Pat Green Band), Downs Thompson (Clay Walker Band), Dan Kelly (Alan Jackson and Faith Hill), Terry Hale (George Strait), Louise Mandrell, and Daniel Willem, who all use Barcus Berry products.
Bean Blossom instruments, by the makers of Morgan Monroe, are a great value for the beginning player. Every Bean Blossom bluegrass instrument is made with the finest materials to exacting specifications to give the new and experienced player alike, the best in an affordable playing experience. Bean Blossom makes dobros, banjos and more in many price ranges, all backed up by a robust factory warranty. We set up every Bean Blossom instrument so it's all ready to play when you receive it.
Black Diamond strings are legendary among bluegrass and country musicians. Black Diamond is a small custom shop located in Sarasota, Florida. They are musicians making strings for musicians and they are passionate about their playing and performing. The strings Black Diamond makes are of the highest quality and are unlike any other brand on the market. Try a set today and you too will discover that Black Diamond strings are unequalled in both tone and strength.
Blueridge Guitars are reminiscent of the fine guitars built in the early 1900's. Each Blueridge is made in much the same manner as its classic counterpart was made in the 1920's. Artistic handwork is evident in the well-shaped, slim necks and the hand-carved, parabolic "forward X" bracing pattern that guarantees the utmost in tone and volume. Each Blueridge has the traditional dovetail neck/body joint and an adjustable truss rod. Blueridge guitars exemplify every aspect of old-time quality, craftsmanship and tone.
Boss Electronics is known around the world as the company that put the "stomp" in "stompbox," BOSS is the division of Roland Corporation most easily recognized for its legendary line of colorful guitar and bass effects pedals. But beyond these killer pedals, BOSS has pushed the envelope for over 30 years with innovative multi-effects, rhythm machines, personal digital studios and other easy-to-use instruments for musicians of all types. We have a great selection of Boss tuners for the bluegrass musician.
Cremona was originally a location in Italy where most of the finer violins were being crafted. It dated back to the 17th Century and gained its reputation over the centuries. Today, it's a fine brand of violins, cellos and basses from Saga Music honoring that location and era. Cremona makes instruments for all price ranges and abilities, plus instruments in 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 sizes. Cremona violins make a great choice for the beginning bluegrass fiddler, providing a package complete with bow, rosin and case.
D'Addario is a manufacturer of high quality strings for electric and acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins and most stringed instruments.Their mission To be "The First Choice" worldwide in music accessories and cable solutions by offering the highest quality, innovative products supported by cutting-edge technology and unparalleled customer service. They strive to exceed their customers' expectations while preserving a culture that facilitates growth, encourages creativity and reveres their history. Buy your D'Addario strings today at PlayBetterBluegrass.com.
Whether you live in a hot, dry desert area or in the freezing arctic zone, the scientifically tested DAMPITS humidifier will protect your instrument against damage. The Dampit Humidifier The original Dampit humidifier, complete with its own humidity gauge. Ideal for fiddles and mandolins. Superior soft rubber sleeve encloses a open cell sponge. Simply soak in water, wipe off excess and insert in f-hole. Don't let your instrument suffer from dry weather - get a DAMPIT today!
Dr. Thomastik strings have a highly flexible, multi-strand nylon core and cater for artists who feel uncomfortable with steel strings. The resounding success of our Dominant string owes a lot to its similarity in tone and response to gut strings, without gut's attendant drawbacks. For the ultimate in tone and playability, the Dr. Thomastik Dominant strings have been the choice of discriminating violinists and fiddler players for years. Buy your set today from PlayBetterBluegrass.com.
The Jim Dunlop company provides the highest quality picks, slides, capos and other accessories for musicians at affordable prices. Dunlops wide variety of pick gauges, sizes, shapes and materials allows the player to select the exact pick for his or her own particular style of playing. The Dunlop Tortex standard pick is the pick chosen by top musicians worldwide for its maximize memory and minimum wear. Find out for yourself why the Dunlop picks are the standard of the industry.
Strings are not just strings. They are the connection between you and your music. When strings go dead, so does your inspiration to play. With a vision to change the world one set at a time, Elixir set out to develop the cure for the common string. Strings that deliver great tone for a really long time. After experiencing Elixir Strings, it's hard to go back to the old way of life. Buy your Elixir strings today with confidence at PlayBetterBluegrass.com. Buy 5 sets and get the fifth one free!
Ernie Ball is a leading innovator of guitar strings. The Ernie Ball Company also has a large selection of accessories including straps, picks, Ultraflex cables, volume pedals, jacks and plugs, amplifier hardware, clothing, and music books. Ernie Ball is an unlikely executive. He regards profit-and-loss statements as necessary distractions, and he never does market surveys to determine whether products on the drawing board would succeed. He has earned his reputation by following his instincts.
Get ready to be heard the way you should. Fishman products are designed to provide players with the best and most natural amplified tone available. Among serious players, from the world's most prominent performers to the Next Big Thing, Fishman is the recognized brand of choice in acoustic amplification solutions. Acoustic guitar pickups are Fishman's claim to fame, and for good reason. they offer a wide variety of guitar pickup options to suit every type of player.
Five Star Banjo Heads
The Five-Star banjo heads feature the "Five-Star crimp," a patented design that firmly locks the .007" plastic head into a special mounting hoop. The result is clear, crisp tone and extra strength under tension. There's no epoxy to fail or pull loose. Whether clear, white, or frosted, Five Star heads can stand much higher tension than other heads. Bluegrass players and others who want the maximum brightness and treble response use this head and crank it down tight.
Flatpicking Guitar Mercantile
Flatpicking Guitar Mercantile publishes great flatpicking instructional and performance DVDs, and instructional books and CDs. Publishers of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, the offer instructional DVD's and performance DVD's for the flatpicking aficionado. Terrific instructional titles from Brad Davis, Orrin Star, and more. Titles from Flatpicking Guitar Mercantile can teach you how to play tunes exactly like your favorite artists might play them.
Fostex is a manufacturer of loudspeakers and professional audio equipment. The company is headquartered in Tokyo and was founded in 1973. Fostex pioneered affordable multitrack recording equipment and was the first to offer an eight-track reel-to-reel multitrack that used affordable 1/4" tape. It competes with a full line of products for the home/semi-pro recording studio market including an extensive line of cassette based multitracks. Fostex's current product range includes digital multitrack recording equipment, loudspeaker drivers, studio monitors, microphones and headphones.
GHS strings are used by professional musicians and amateur hobbyists who want the best possible sound from their strings. Whatever your tastes, from bright crunching rock to a mellow, bluesy sound, they have the right strings for you. GHS Strings is the first choice for many of the world's most renowned artists. The GHS Artists section serves as a community for these endorsers. Founded in 1964, GHS Strings is a Battle Creek, Michigan based guitar and bass guitar string manufacturer.
Gibson Strings reinvented the modern guitar string by going back to the days of using only the finest pure nickel wire and slowly wrapping it over the highest quality Swedish steel hex core for maximum strength and stability. The warm, full tone gives your electric guitar a solid new voice. These strings are the favorite with top players around the world! All Gibson strings are bench tested and builder approved to bring the best sound possible out of your instrument.
Glasser Violin Bows
The Glasser Bow company traces its roots back to 1938, when Leon Glasser began handcrafting wooden bows in his small Bronx, New York workshop. Much has changed since that time, but their commitment to excellence is as strong as ever. Glasser Bows believes strongly in the quality of our products. They offer a limited lifetime guarantee on all bows made after 2003. This guarantee covers any defects, but does not cover normal wear on horsehairs or damage caused by abuse or neglect.
Gold Star Banjos
Gold Star banjos are back and represent quality and value more than ever. With older models fast becoming collectors items, the Pre-War sound and flathead design will assure these new models will be added to the list! Ever since these banjos were discontinued in the late 1980's, they have continued to be topics of discussion for their legendary sound and value. With close to 25 years to improve these already legendary instruments, we are sure you will agree that these banjos are the best value available on the market today!
At Gold Tone, they are committed to providing a quality banjo at an affordable price. That means quality parts, professional design, tight fitting assembly, and an expert set up by real musicians. Gold Tone owner Wayne Rogers continually strives for "MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK" in every design and all price points. He plays every instrument before shipment and verifies Gold Tone's commitment to great tone, superb set-up, and your musical satisfaction! Compare and you'll find out why thousands of musicians are playing Gold Tone.
Golden Gate picks, parts and accessories provide bluegrass musicians with a wide variety of products from which to choose. Golden Gate thumb picks are a favorite among guitarists, and have long been the standard among Bluegrass Dobro and Banjo pickers. Golden Gate also makes high quality banjo, guitar and mandolin cases, banjo parts including bridges, armrests, tailpieces and more. Golden Gate also offers tuning machines for guitar, banjo and mandolin, all at affordable prices.
Grover tuners have been keeping the world's guitars in tune for almost a century. Known and trusted as the finest tuners available, Grover proudly offers a lifetime guarantee. Popular since the '60s, Grovers Rotomatic tuners are now available in 2 gear ratios. Grover Imperial tuners are considered by many to be the archtop tuning machine with their decorative art-deco inspired knobs. Buy your Grover tuning machines with confidence today from PlayBetterBluegrass.com.
Hal Leonard is the world's largest music print publisher. For over 60 years, they've been publishing and distributing publications and products for virtually every instrument and performance group. Hal Leonard products are sold in more than 65 countries throughout the world through a large network of distributors. Domestically, the company markets its product to more than 7,500 music stores in the United States and Canada through a team of 45 sales representatives. Hal Leonard is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. Hamilton Stands
Hartke gained fame as the first manufacturer of bass amplifiers to utilize aluminum speaker cones. These innovative cones were favored by jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius for their high-end punch. This also made Hartke popular with metal bands of the day, as now bass lines could be heard over the scooped-mids wailing of metal guitars. Built rugged, each amp is known for the clean, high-impact sound that put Hartke on the map. Buy your Hartke amplifier with confidence today from PlayBetterBluegrass.com.
Hofner are famous musical instruments makers from Germany. They make excellent violin using quality local wood like Bavarian Spruce and European maple. Their violins are of various made from student to master series. Each violin is given a grading. All their wood is well-seasoned and carefully selected. Good German-made violins. They also make a great selection of violin accessories which we offer here at PlayBetterBluegrass.com.
Since 1857, Hohner has been the choice of professional musicians across the world. The Hohner company's rich history includes incredible moments with amazing artists and bands including Liberace, Johnny Cash, the Beatles, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler and Prince to name a few. If you have ever heard a harmonica or an accordion on a recording, you have almost certainly heard a Hohner instrument at work. Today Hohner maintains its dedication to setting the world standard for professional instruments made for musicians, by musicians.
Homespun Tapes features the largest catalog of bluegrass music lessons. The lessons are designed for students at all levels, from absolute beginners (including kids) to experienced professionals -- and everyone in between. Homespun Tapes, founded in 1966 and based in Woodstock NY, grew out of the conviction that making music is a positive and beneficial activity, whether you are a professional musician or just learning to play to entertain yourself, your family and friends.
Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned pro, Indiana Guitars play and sound great at a price anyone can afford. Indiana Guitars are crafted byb SHS, Inc., the makers of Morgan Monroe Instruments. A line of guitars that are priced like beginner instruments but play like real instruments. Professional guitarst Troy Stetina even bought two Indiana guitars for himself, which is saying quite a bit since he is used to playing $2000 plus instruments.
Intellitouch Tuners are designed and manufactured by On Board Research, makers of innovative musical accessories for musicians of all levels. They are best known for the flagship guitar accessory - the Intellitouch Tuner, and have developed a strong reputation for designing world class accessories for Brass and Woodwind musicians, violin family musicians and percussion musicians as well. Buy your Intellitouch tuner today with confidence at PlayBetterBluegrass.com
Joe Morrell Music
Morrell Music manufactures Morrell Lap Steels and Stands, Dulcimers, Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos, Resonators, and MORE!! They also are publishers of the Bluegrass Favorites Series of songbooks, plus Gospel Music Favorites and American Music Favorites. Joe Morrell, a friend to regional and national musicians, local business leader and founder of the Morrell Music Stores passed away on Monday, June 19, 2006 at his home in Bristol, Tennessee.
John Pearse Strings
English studio musician John Pearse first began researching into music string manufacture in the mid-sixties.John Pearse designed his strings expecially for the professional musician, and word of these exciting strings spread across the country and the remain very popular among studio and professional musicians today. John Pearse was the first person, ever, to teach guitar on television. His PBS series, STRING ALONG, was shown in most US television markets whilst becoming perhaps the best selling video guitar course both nationally and internationally.
Johnson Musical Instruments has become a leading musical instrument manufacturer over the last 10 years by offering a great line of Johnson guitars and pro sound with unmatched value. They began crafting guitars and fretted instruments over 10-years ago and have built up a vast collection of acoustics, electrics, resonators, folk, amps, pro sound, and more. Johnson guitar and Johnson musical instruments are the favorite among beginner and intermediate musicians for all styles of music.
For almost 20 years the name Kentucky has been considered one of the best valued, quality brands of Mandolins on the market. All are made of select woods and produce a rich, powerful tone sought after by discriminating players. Let America's Favorite Mandolin be your favorite too! Today, they continue to offer a great value in the industry. The parent company of Kentucky Mandolins is Saga Music, located in California. Because no other type of instrument carries the Kentucky name, their focus being solely on mandolins,
Korg is the world leader in tuners, with over 20 million Korg Tuners sold and still counting! There is a Korg tuner for every instrument and application, and their innovative designs make them a favorite among amateurs and professionals alike. Korg leads the industry with highly accurate, compact and cost-effective tuners for a variety of musical and educational applications. High accuracy and superb functionality have made Korg tuners the worldwide favorite.
Kun Shoulder Rests
A shoulder rest is a practical device, whose history spans more than 150 years. Prior to the invention of the Kun Shoulder Rest, however, players had struggled with limited or makeshift solutions to correct or avoid discomfort while supporting their violin or viola. Kuns long history of innovation - together with quality, comfort, durability and good value - means that Kun shoulder rests are overwhelmingly preferred by players worldwide, for all styles of music.
A perfect fit for the necks and fingerboards of banjos and mandolins. The original Kyser quick-change capo is a snap to reposition between frets using just one hand, or to "park" in the head stock. Kyser Musical Products of Canton Texas manufactures America's Capo, the Kyser- Quick-Change capo and other fine accessories and products for professional and amateur musicians from all styles of music and all abilities.
E. & O. Mari, Inc., the maker of La Bella Strings, is one of America's oldest and largest manufacturers of fine strings for virtually every kind of stringed instrument. E. & O. Mari makes and distributes worldwide over 2000 different strings suitable for every type and style of music. No other company has such international scope nor makes strings for such an incredible variety of orchestral and ethnic instruments. Each LaBella string is created using a combination of tradition and technology.
Lee Oskar Harmonicas
Lee Oskar Harmonicas are the finest harmonicas in the world. If you want a harmonica that plays perfectly right out of the box and outlasts any other competing harmonica product, look no further than the Lee Oskar Harmonica System. Why throw out the whole harmonica because one reed has become fatigued? Lee Oskar provides you with a better option. Simply purchase a "new" set of reed plates and create a new harmonica at about half the cost.
Levys Guitar Straps
Levys guitar, banjo, mandolin and dobro straps are made of the finest materials and craftmanship. All Levys leather products are made with genuine leather. How leather is made from the raw hide and what processes lead to the different types of leather, such as top grain, splits, suede, garment, carving, bonded and rawhide. Located in Canada, all Levys products meet the demands of even the most discriminating players from all styles of music and a wide range of instruments.
Manhasset Music Stands
From its earliest days, Manhasset has striven to produce products of only the highest quality. Constant quality control inspections (throughout all phases of manufacturing, assembly and packaging) assure that the products leaving their facilities meet the high standard of quality and excellence that Manhasset has built its reputation on for over 65 years. Manhasset makes a music stand for every musician, from amateur to professional.
Martin Strings and Accessories
C.F. Martin produces some of the finest strings for guitar, banjo, mandolin and dobro. At C. F. Martin & Co. they design strings for maximum performance and exacting tone. Martin offers tips on their website to help you increase the longevity of your strings and maintain the richness and fullness of the tone: Experience Martin tone and craftsmanship through C.F. Martin strings. There is a Martin string for nearly every instrument and playing style.
Mel Bay Publications
Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has been a driving force in music education and instruction since 1947. They offer methods, solos, study material, sheet music, and music books for guitar and other instruments such as banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, fiddle and many more. They also offer CDs, concert and instructional DVDs of all styles and instruments. Mel Bay offers an extensive catalog covering most musical styles-from classical to jazz to celtic to bluegrass to blues.
Might Bright Lights
Mighty Bright products have been well established as the premier lighting instrument since their inception in 1985. Their goal is to provide each customer with a light that is functional, practical, and durable at an economical price. Mighty Bright, located in Santa Barbara, CA, provides product in the book light, music light, and craft light industries. A Mighty Bright light can make your practice or performance more enjoyable and productive, no matter you music style.
Acoustic instruments are Morgan Monroe's #1 passion and that's why they've become the industry leader in great tone. The choice tonewoods, the finest materials and our uncompromising attention to detail all add up to the best acoustic instruments around! Morgan Monroe makes fine banjos, guitars, dobros, mandolins and fiddles in various price ranges to fit anyone musicians budget. Each and every Morgan Monroe instrument carries a lifetime factory warranty.
The Murphy Method is a way of teaching bluegrass music by ear. The Murphy Method uses no tablature in the teaching because they believe that tablature is a crutch that interferes with learning to play bluegrass. They explain each song note-by-note, so that it is easy and quick to learn. As you learn these tunes, you are also developing your ear, so that the learning actually gets easier as you go along! Learning by ear is the first step in learning to play with other people.
Through the ownership of numerous popular music companies, Music Sales control thousands of song copyrights which span every genre of popular music. Bluegrass titles are published though Oak Publications, Amsco and Centerstream Publications. Oak Publications publishes many bluegrass and old-time instructional books on banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer and more and features one of the best bluegrass songbooks on the market authored by Peter Wernick.
Musicians Workshop biggest secret is that most of the music teaching techniques have not been borrowed from music teachers. Instead, they have been adapted from swim coaches, archery coaches, and music STUDENTS! The goal of Musician's Workshop for over 3 decades, has been to solve your problems and to get you out there participating. Dan Huckabee is the driving force behind Musicians Workshop and has authored many of the courses himself.
Nady Systems Audio
Nady Systems has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing wireless microphones since 1976. One of the first wireless innovators, Nady has sold millions of wireless systems worldwide, and continues to provide some of the most innovative/ highest performing products on the market at the most competitive prices. No matter your style of music, from bluegrass to rock, Nady Systems has the wireless microphone system best suited for your needs at an affordable price.
In 1930, the United States government issued a patent for this fingerpick, which became the fingerpick all others would copy. Proudly etched on the picks' face are the National logo, the original patent number, the U.S.A. make, and NP2 model number for easy identification. The proper contours and smoothly finished in .025 gauge. Just the way you remember them. Made in the USA. Still the favorite pick of many of the nations best banjo players.
Oak Publication draws its strength from the collaborative efforts of its authors and staff - a diverse, creative, entrepreneurial group of people bound together by their talent, integrity, and commitment to quality. Oak Publications publishes many bluegrass and old-time instructional books on banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer and more and features one of the best bluegrass songbooks on the market authored by Peter Wernick.
Oscar Schmidt is the inventory and still leading manufacturer of the autoharp. They also make fine and affordable guitars and ukuleles. At Oscar Schmidt, premium woods, quality hardware and modest prices create an ideal instrument. Each is inspected and adjusted in the USA by a skilled technician, your assurance for smooth fret ends, precision low action and resonant sound quality. Unequalled standards in easy playing comfort and tone response creates the perfect value.
Competitive reviews acclaim Paige Capos variety of assorted models that include two banjo/mandolin alternatives, and the highly requested twelve string capo. In 2004 the Paige Capo received the award for Acoustic Guitar Players' Choice. The Paige capo contains more movable parts than most but it is so well constructed this is not a concern. The capo is very easy to loosen and then park above the nut will playing in open positions, reducing the amount of tuning required.
Inspired by old world craftsmanship and the artistry of Italian design, Palatino takes its name from a central hill in Rome where ancient emperors built their palaces. It is from these origins that provide Palatino its passion for incredibly crafted and meticulously detailed musical instruments. Since 1994, Palatino has been devoted to bringing together the beauty of tradition with the strength of contemporary technology to classic instruments for the world to enjoy.
Hartley Peavey founded Peavey Electronics in 1965 after building his first amplifier in 1957. Since its foundation, Peavey Electronics has been privately owned, and has grown massively from their humble beginnings in Hartley's basement in 1950s. The company maintains a museum featuring memorabilia related to Peavey Electronics and its notable users, which is open to the public. Peavey Electronics provides sound reinforcement solutions for musicians of all styles of music.
In 1998, D'Addario & Company, Inc. acquired the Planet Waves line and it joined D'Addario's world-renowned family of musical instrument accessory brands. D'Addario envisioned the line as more than just accessories for guitarists, but for musicians as a whole. Planet Waves accessories include guitar humidifiers, string winders, straps, cables and cable accessories, tuners and metronomes and more. Many of these accessories are a must for the bluegrass musician.
Propik Picks are Premium quality finger and thumb picks for the best in tone, comfort and performance. Are you working too hard? Increase with ProPiks built for more speed, more volume and greater control. High production standards. ProPiks are free from rough edges and premium polished for smoothness. All ProPik metal picks are .025" thick, unless otherwise stated. Choose your tone: bright, warm, or in between. ProPiks come in a variety of tonal options.
Quik Tune Tuners
The Earth is flat, but Quik Tune can help! A Quik tune tuner is fast, reliable and affordable. The Quick Tune Electronic Tuners works for guitars and basses. They automatically detect which string is being tuned, or can be used in manual mode They have an electronic pitch pipe mode as well. Tuning can be done using the internal microphone or via an input jack. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, get your instrument in tune quickly and affordable with a Quik Tune tuner.
Handcrafted acoustic guitars made from solid tonewoods and featuring beautiful inlay detailing and options for all players. The hallmarks of American design are at your fingertips. BANJOS: Legendary craftsmanship and amazing features, Recording King banjos are simply the best banjos money can buy. Bluegrass and open back models have genuine pre-war replica parts and are championed by leading professionals. Get that classic sound with a Recording King instrument.
Red Label Strings
When it comes to strings and accessories, Red Label Strings are in perfect harmony with your needs. Because at the heart of their commitment to quality is a dedication to understanding the unique needs of musicians. It's how the first Red Label string was made back in 1930, and why it's still the leading educational student string today. Red Label strings also provide the volume, brilliance and feel that bluegrass fiddlers seek, at a price point they can afford.
Regal Dobros have been a favorite since the early 1930s. The first production took place in Chicaco, and by 1937 Regal had taken over exclusive rights as the manufacturer of dobros. During the World War II, production ceased as factories were converted to manufacture essential war-time products. Regal Dobros were reintroduced by Saga in 1987, and have regained a position of leadership in the resophonic guitar market. Get that classic sound with a Regal Dobro.
Remo Banjo Heads
The Remo banjo head is a great product and works so well it has existed unchanged for half a century. It's not at all unusual to see very old Remo heads that work and sound just the same as new one. As a matter of fact, banjo heads sound just fine for their entire lives until they eventually fail from stress. Remo banjo heads are available in six finishes: Coated on top or underneath, Cloudy, Clear, Renaissance and Fiberskyn and a variety of diameters. They come in three collar heights: Low, Medium and High.
Resonans Shoulder Rests
Resonans violin shoulder rests have a cushioned pad area, covered with velvet to provide a comfortable, secure contact surface. The adjustable feet are covered with surgical tubing to protect your violin's finish. Resonans shoulder rests are attractively-priced, and the lightly-foamed velvet bar provides comfortable, rigid support. The Resonans is a very good intermediate-level violin shoulder rest and works great for most fiddle players as well.
RMS makes a great selection of affordable, quality amplifiers and sound reinforcement equipment. RMS makes a respected line of beginner/intermediate amps for bass players on a budget. Plus, lead guitar amps and small P.A. systems. Distributed by Kaman Music, the RMS line offers the musician a quality option in sound reinforcement, from the bluegrass player to the aspiring rock star. Buy yours today with confidence at PlayBetterBluegrass.com
Rover Banjos and Mandolins
Impressive tone, easy playability and affordability make Rover banjos and mandolins extremely popular. Sagas already popular line of Rover Student Banjos has been expanded to include two new "wood rim" models. Introducing the RB-110 open back banjos as part of the "Front Porch" Series and combines correct, traditional features, and the new wood rim to make a banjo that will make the learning experience that much more enjoyable. Rover Mandolins remain a great value for the money.
Saga Musical Instruments
From Bluegrass to Classical, Jazz to Rock and Roll, Saga's instruments have always been designed with the musician in mind. Whether, they be Kentucky Mandolins, Blueridge Guitars or any of their other world famous brands such as: Cremona Violins, Rover Banjos and Mandolins, Regal Dobro and Tricone Guitars, or even the rentroduction of the ever popular Gold Star Banjos; the tradition inspired proprietary products represent the highest standard for quality, durability, and performance.
Samson began 26 years ago as an audio technology company designing wireless microphone systems. Today, we are an industry leader with three distinct brands: Samson, Hartke and Zoom. Over 350 products designed and distributed by Samson are sold in 106 countries throughout the world. Samson is known for making audio equipment that accommodates a wide variety of applications, and our new MediaOne active monitors are no exception
Santorella Publications' mission is to provide the best assortment, quality and price of print music in the industry. They have risen from humble beginnings to become a strong competitor in the publishing industry. The varied interests and strengths of our talented teachers, authors, editors and arrangers have played a large role in the success. Over the last few years, they launched an incredibly successful acoustic string series of "how to" books on playing guitar, fiddle, banjo, ukulele, dulcimer and autoharp.
Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is the acknowledged world leader in microphone technology, RF-wireless and infrared sound transmission, headphone transducer technology, and in the development of active noise-cancellation. Sennheiser's fine audio products include headphones, noise cancelling and reduction, microphones, aviation and broadcast headsets as well as IR and RF products. Sennheiser has a product for the most discriminating bluegrass musician.
Since 1976, Shanachie has been proud to present a fascinating selection of music by internationally-acclaimed artists from a wide variety of musical styles. Their bluegrass products include the acclaimed Flatt and Scruggs Television shows (all six editions), Shanachies commitment to excellence continues with their video division, which includes celebrated documentaries, feature films and concert programs. Click on any of the links and pictures below to learn more about our artists and releases.
SHS Audio specializes in quality afforable sound equipment such as PA systems, speaker cabinets, powered mixers, power amplifiers, microphones, mixers, stands, cables, and accessories. These products have been developed and designed by our staff of professional musicians and engineers that have collaborated to offer high quality sound gear at the most affordable prices possible. The bluegrass musician can do well by choosing SHS for their sound reinforcement needs.
The Shubb Capo company began in California in 1974, when Dave Coontz and Rick Shubb collaborated to design and produce the fifth string capo for banjo. Shubb has since added many fine products to its product line, including capos for guitar, dobro and banjo. For more than thirty years the name of Shubb has been synonymous with intelligent design and quality manufacturing. With more than three million capos sold, the Shubb Capo is the first choice of discerning musicians worldwide.
With a history of audio innovation spanning over 80 years, Shure has turned a passion for making great microphones and audio electronics into an obsession. No wonder Shure continues to set the worldwide industry standard for superior microphones and audio electronics. From microphones to turntable cartridges to wireless gear, Shure makes products that help you define your sound. For bluegrasss musicians, a Shure microphone is a dependable partner on stage or in the studio.
Slim RicheY and Ridger Runner publish the Slim Richey Bluegrass Songbooks and several instructional videos. Born in Atlanta, Texas, Slim Richey heard an amalgam of music on the radio growing up, catching a little New Orleans jazz here, a little country there, some rhythm and blues on the side and a dollop of hillbilly music. today: Richey is known for Jazz Grass, an album of mostly bluegrass musicians forsaking their mountain roots to play more harmonically sophisticated, "citified" jazz
SLM Stage Hardware
Quality stage hardware at affordable prices, including guitar stands and mic stands.
Specialty Music Publications
Publishes a variety of instructional DVD's for bluegrass instruments. Their DVDs employ split screen close-up camera angles combined with slow, phrase by phrase song demos so you can see exactly how to play. Slow and fast demos of songs are also provided so you can play along. Music concepts are made clear and easy to understand by the generous use of illustrations with colorful highlighting. DVDs include a handy case-size music booklet that you can carry around with you inside your instrument case.
The Stevens Steel Tone Bar is the Original! Chromium plated for excellent tone and durability. Contour design for comfortable fit and precision control. The Stevens Guitar Steel, heavily nickel-plated, has been the standard of Hawaiian Guitar and Bluegrass professionals for over 70 years. Traditional bar used by Mike Auldridge, Josh Graves, & Fred Travers. 5/8" wide x 7/8" high x 2 7/8" long. 5.4oz. Nickel plated.
Texas Music and Video
Texas Music and videos music instruction videos are inclusive in that they cover all the major instruments and methodologies used in jazz, blues, pop, bluegrass, country, rock, and gospel music. They have videos on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, flat picking guitar, fingerpicking guitar, blues guitar, jazz guitar, rock guitar, bender style guitar, five-string banjo, clawhammer banjo, electric bass, acoustic bass, rock and roll bass, country fiddle, bluegrass fiddle, cajun fiddle, dobro, country piano, blues piano, gospel piano, rockabilly piano, accordian, harmonica & much more.
Designed by Greg Rich and inspired by the pioneering designs of. the Golden Age, guitars and mandolins by The Loar combine. expert craftsmanship and classic designs. Embodying the spirit of the rare and costly vintage mandolins from the Golden Age, the new all-solid mandolins from The Loar has high-end features at an affordable price. With an Abalone/ M.O.P. Florentine-style headstock inlay designed by Greg Rich, The Loar fulfills every artistic demand.
Industry leaders, the world over, have made TKL their first and only choice for fine musical instrument cases and bags. We invite you to join our many satisfied customers who know that TKL stands for innovation, quality and value. TKL cases are offered in several Series and in a variety of "stock" shells. Each Series offers increasing layers of luxury and protection. The Premier, Prestige, and Professional Series all offer wood shell cases which meet many needs and tastes.
Ultra Guitar Stands
A portable, secure stand for your baby to hang out in! This patented guitar stand is designed so that it folds up and actually will fit into the zipper pocket on a gig bag! Whether you own an Electric Guitar, an Acoustic Guitar, or a Bass Guitar, the Ultra 2445BK Guitar Stand will fit your needs. And a banjo or mandolin fits great in either the acoustic guitar or electric guitar model.
Wallacher Guitar Hangers
The original and best instrument wall hanger with a lifetime guarantee. Great for acoustic and electric guitars, basses, banjos and violins. One screw easily mounts your guitar to any surface and pivots to hold most head stock shapes. Oak base and steel padded yoke provide safety and stability. Also wall hanging versions and a special hanger designed to work with the Bose system. Wallacher is the ultimate in instrument hangers.
Walworth Dobro Capos
Finally, a one handed capo for the dobro! Well thought out design by Bruce Walworth. Made of heavy brass with an easy cam action flip lever to tighten the capo to the strings. It also has a tension adjusting set screw to achieve the exact tension you desire. For those of you looking for the Leno capo (which is no longer being manufactured), the Wallacher provides the same quality tone with improved convenience.
Watch and Learn
Watch and Learn how to play the guitar and other music instruments. They have beginning instruction material for guitar, Banjo instruction videos, DVDs, banjo books with CDs, banjo tabs, and banjo lessons as taught by Geoff Hohwald on the Watch & Learn Video Primer Series. Cassette and Video Learning Sytems is also known as Watch and Learn and, as the name implies, all you have to do is watch and learn from the comfort of your home!
Wedgie has created several innovative products, including three types of picks. Choosing the right pick is one of the most subjective decisions a guitarist can make, but if you are searching for a new experience, a good Wedgie may be just what you need. Wedgie music accessories, picks, Powerband drumsticks, drum accessories and Esclips for guitar musicians and drummers. The right fit and the tight griip. Buy Wedgie Picks for less at PlayBetterBluegrass.com.
Wisdom of the Wood
Wisdom of the Wood publishes DVD instruction on most acoustic music instruments including: 5-String Banjo, 6-String Banjo, 12-String Banjo, Mandola, Octave Mandolin, Mandolin, Resophonic/Resonator Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle/Violin. Learn to play banjo, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, violin or acoustic guitar. Buy Wisdom of the Wood videos and DVD's for less at PlayBetterBluegrass.com!
Witner Violin Accessories
Witner offers a tremendous selection of violin and fiddle accessories at affordable prices. Get the absolute best price on Wittner Violin String Adjusters, Tailpieces and chin rests and all your violin and fiddle accessories at PlayBetterBluegrass.com! Browse the Witner accessories and choose the tailpiece or chin rest best for your needs.
Wolf Shoulder Rests
The Wolf Shoulder Rest provides Cushioned, Secure Comfort. These are made in two basic types; Primo and Secondo. The Primo rest is a straight shape and the Secondo is the contoured, more popular model. The Wolf Shoulder Rests can be formed for a custom fit because of the flexible Aluminum backing to the pad. Replacement parts available. Superflexible is an odd design that has almost no resistance to the weight of the instrument.
Yamaha is a leader in businesses ranging from musical instruments and audio & video products to information technology products, new media services, home furnishings, auto components, specialty metals, music education and resort facilities. Yet, true to our musical origins, no matter what business we take on -- or what country we do business in -- we seek to remain perfectly attuned to a set of common values that define the World of Yamaha.