Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Guitar of the Week - Pedro Maldonado Flamenco

This week's guitar is a Pedro Maldonado Flamenco guitar, built in Spain in 1975. We got this guitar from the original owner, who ordered it directly from Maldonado.

About the wood

  • Spruce top (which has darkened considerably with age)
  • Cypress back and sides
  • Spanish Cedar neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge

About the sound

This Pedro Maldonado is the perfect Flamenco. It is lightweight, and has amazing tone. It has that barky Flamenco sound, but also has sweet, subtle tones. It has been played a lot over the years, which has only improved the sound.

This guitar has been well-loved, after all, it's 31 years old. It has a bit of a weathered look, but we think that just makes it better.

Monday, April 10, 2006

More Heritage Amps!

We just got two Heritage amps in:

These are in stock and ready to go, so let us know if you're interested!

In addition:

We ordered a Victory Head and Cab at the NAMM show earlier this year, and it is now in production. If you are interested in this amp, let us know, as we can still customize the covering, and even have Heritage drop-ship it directly to you, saving shipping costs.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Just in! Heritage Liberty Head and Cabinet

We've been waiting a long time, but the Heritage Liberty head and cab finally came in.
It has the lacquered tweed cover, and is rated at 45 watts.

Heritage describes this as their version of the classic tweed amp.

  • 2 Jensen 12" speakers
  • 6L6 power tubes

Josh, one of the shop owners, and someone who is notoriously tweaky about amps (usually only playing vintage), plugged in a Heritage H137 2nd Edition and a G&L Legacy. After playing through the amp for a while, he said "This is the perfect amp. There's nothing wrong with it."

That's really high praise coming from Josh, believe me.

So, here are pics:

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Instrument of the Week - Weber Absaroka Mandolin

We've talked before about the great quality and workmanship of Weber products, and this mandolin is another amazing instrument.

This is the Absaroka model, and it has a custom finish. The mandolin has an early vintage Gibson look, with a spruce top and maple back and sides. It has remarkable projection, and a great sound.
We ordered the radiused fingerboard, which plays much nicer than a traditional flat fingerboard.

Guitar Care Tips

Lots of people ask us how to take care of their guitars, so here are some tips:

  • Watch temperature changes. It may be convenient to carry your guitar in the trunk of your car, but the extreme temperature changes can really damage the wood. Don't leave your guitar in the car!
  • Along the same lines, don't keep your guitar in a garage or storage unit. Same idea as a car, temperature changes are bad for wood.
  • Depending on the humidity where you live, you may want to consider a humidifier, or something to decrease the humidity. You can get a humidifier that goes in your case, or you can buy a special case (Humicase) that keeps your guitar at the correct humidity.
  • 3 or 4 times a year, rub olive oil on the fingerboard and the bridge. These areas are usually unfinished, and the olive oil helps keep the wood in good shape.