Disabled American Veterans Benefit Concert – 2015

This past March we donated an Eastman AC 520 Dread to our friends at the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8 for their “Freedom Spring Fling Benefit Concert”.  This benefit was to raise money for our honored Veterans.

Our friend and vet, Carey, dropped by today to deliver a plaque to us and share her thanks. We’re quite honored and fortunate to have had the opportunity to give back to our heroic vets!

This great non-profit organization, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Wow..super awesome! To read more about what they do, just click here!


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Cervantes ….. ARE BACK! (we knew you’d be happy)

After an all too long pause we are starting to see the very popular Cervantes classical becoming available again. Below is a sneak peak of the Crossover 1 PE from the Avant-Garde Series with striking cocobolo back and sides and next to it the Millennia IR-C Concert with a rich Indian Rosewood. Come on by to check them out… pictures coming soon!

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National Resonator Rocket Body Beauty

Introducing National Reso Phonic Instrument Serial #20,000! A beautiful Reso Rocket body joined/mated antique brass and German silver with a hand engraved wine and barrel theme! Mahogany gloss neck with ebony fingerboard, brass inlay-ed vine and grapes with bell brass frets. Topped off with a brass inlay-ed ebony headstock overlay!

Check out the National Resos we have in stock. Better yet, stop in and play one!

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Martin new Vintage Tone System (VTS) Guitars

“The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) is a process
developed by the Martin Research & Development team with
its foundation rooted in the historic torrefaction process.”

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It’s always a good time…when you play a Goodtime.

Were you ever curious as to how Deering makes their tasty Goodtime Banjos?


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A message from Chris Martin – Save Elephants

Check out this short video from Chris Martin. He explains the history of the use of elephant tusks in the craft of making guitars and how Martin Guitars made the decision to step away from that in the 1960’s. Martin is the founding sponsor for The Nature Conservancy and they continue to fight to protect and save elephants from the disturbing slaughter for the harvest of ivory that is still going on today. Martin Guitars no longer uses ivory of any sort – instead they have substituted a synthetic for the ivory used on their instruments.

“This is a terrible shame and it should stop.. and the only way it’s going to stop is if people stop buying and using ivory.” – Chris Martin IV


Share this with your friends and family to bring awareness!


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Taylor “Find Your Fit” Sales Event 2015

We had this awesome event last year so in case you missed it we’re having another one! Come on down and see the 20 guitars our Taylor rep Eric Skaimoto will be bringing and the 40 we already have in our shop. Eric is a Taylor Guitar expert who can help you find your “fit” and answer all your questions. Come on down anytime from noon to 5:00pm on Saturday, May 23rd and test drive the latest and greatest that Taylor Guitars has to offer! Hope to see you there!








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Taylor Guitar’s Heir to the Throne

“……Finding a successor has to be a big hurdle for anyone who has built a hugely respected company, and as Taylor Guitars reached its 35th anniversary several years ago, Bob Taylor faced precisely that dilemma when thinking about someone who could take the reins and create inspiring instruments for decades to come. Bob called it his “dear god” letter, in which he wrote out a list of qualities such a person would have. As Taylor recounts, it went something like this: “I need a guitar maker who’s a better builder than I am, a pro player, is self taught, has 20 years of experience, is in his 30s, and can make a lifetime commitment.” A wishful list for sure, and one that Bob says he put away for a year or so until a chain of events led him to spending an afternoon with an extraordinarily talented builder and guitarist in the San Diego area named Andy Powers…….”

Click here for the whole article!



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A blonde and a redhead walk into Acoustic Vibes….

Martin Size 5 “Terz”

Have you been looking for a small body guitar?  Look no further-  These are two of the nicest you can find! Click Below for the links to our website listing! BOTH SOLD!

Redhead Link: SOLD!

Blonde Link: SOLD!


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Missing Link (ML-1) Baritone Banjo – Abigail Washburn & Bela Fleck

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn playing full live set at Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW

“Inspired by John Hartford’s love for low-tuned banjo, Bela Fleck conceived the Missing Link, Baritone Banjo. 

Bela’s previous experience with the Gold Tone Cello Banjo brought him to Wayne Rogers.  The two collaborated in the design and, after many months of experimentation and various challenges, we are ecstatic to present the ML-1!

To produce the lower tone with a traditional sound in the lower register, we use a 12 inch, 3 ply Maple Rim with a Bronze Tone Ring. 

After Beta Testing a variety of neck and bridge options, Bela signed off on the Compound Radius (5”-9”) Ebony Fingerboard attached to a Hard Rock Canadian Maple Neck and a Cathedral-like Radius Bridge standing 7/8” over the signature black Remo head. 

Jumbo Frets, our exclusive Terminator Tailpiece and our Patented ZerO Glide Nut complete the perfect formula for the throaty ML-1.

Bela’s Noveau inlay design courses the length of the fingerboard and finishes on our C-Cut Headstock.  Black Binding, Black Tuner Buttons and the Black Head create a bold, autonomous look.” – Gold Tone


For specs and more information including the Missing Link Teaser click HERE

The ML-1 is hard to get but we have one in stock!

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Thomas Leeb’s Lowden Baritone (GoPro) Pink Floyd Cover – Awesome Video!

Check out this video of Thomas Leeb’s acoustic version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” on his Lowden Baritone. He attached a couple of GoPro cameras so you can see the vibration of the strings. Pretty rad!

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Bedell “Summer of Love” Brazilian Dread – Special Preview

Only 12 were made and we’ve got one of them!


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Winter NAMM 2015

Here’s a quick little snippet from this year’s Winter NAMM show – shot, edited and published by George Lowden Guitars. It was a great show this year! See if you can spot our Founder Jeff Looker being interviewed  with George?

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Martin D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Guitar


ONLY 100 Being made available World Wide-and we are the one of the few US dealers to get one- Pre Order today or it will be gone!

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Martin’s famous D-35, they are quite proud to introduce to all of us guitar geeks and fanatics the D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. This model is constructed with solid Madagascar rosewood sides and back wings, a Brazilian rosewood back center wedge and headplate, an FSC certified European spruce top with ¼” high performance non-scalloped X-bracing, and ivoroid bindings throughout. Each D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model bears an interior label personally signed by C. F. Martin IV, an Anniversary booklet and is numbered in sequence with the edition total. Only 100 of these will be made – and we’re excited to get one here in our shop!

 List Price: $6,999.00

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Steve Kaufman Workshops and Concert 2015 – At our Shop!



Guess who is back at our shop this January to put on couple of his famous workshops and a concert to boot? You guessed it!

Steve Kaufman is a Three Time Winner of the National Flatpicking Championships. Steve has over 100 award winning instructional books, CDs and DVDs to his credit and 19 CD recordings.


Guitar Workshop (All Levels) $110 (CLICK FOR TICKETS)
Steve will be conducting his “Award Winning” ALL LEVEL – Two Day – 8 Hour – Hands On Flatpicking Workshop here at our shop.

Where: Acoustic Vibes Music – 2070 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282
Times: Friday, January 30th, from 7pm-9pm and Saturday, January 31st from 9:30am-3:30pm


Mandolin Workshop (Beginner/Intermediate Levels) $55 (CLICK FOR TICKETS)
Steve will be conducting his “Award Winning” Mandolin Workshop here at our shop.

Where: Acoustic Vibes Music – 2070 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282
Times: Thursday, January 29th, from 7pm-9:30pm


Where: Acoustic Vibes Music – 2070 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282
Time: Saturday, January 31st at 7:00pm

Pre Registration Required. Call today to reserve your place! SEATING IS LIMITED FOR ALL 3 EVENTS.


Don’t forget to bring your instrument, a recording device if possible and lots of questions!

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