In celebration of 20 years of Goodtime banjo success, Deering Banjo Company has launched the Artisan Goodtime banjos. These banjos, priced from $729, offer stunning aesthetics normally reserved for higher price banjos. A rich dark brown hard maple neck features elegant, eye-catching artisan inlays, while the peghead is adorned with a beautiful carved scroll design that allows the maple color to shine through. A three-ply grade maple rim enhances the Artisan banjos’ full, rich, sparkling tone. The Artisan Goodtime banjos come in all standard styles—four-string plectrum, 19-fret five-string parlor banjos, and 22-fret five-string banjos. All are available both with and without resonators and tone rings.
The Breedlove Studio series’ figured maple back and sides and solid Sitka spruce top are designed to capture every sparkling detail and nuance of acoustic guitar performances. Available in concert, dreadnought, and 12-string models, all feature the Fishman INK3 USB pickup system—a Sonicore pickup, three-band EQ, chromatic tuner, and LED. A USB connection allows quick access and recording straight from the guitar. The guitars also feature abalone rosette,ivoroid binding, and sparkling mother of pearl offset dots inlayed in the fretboard. All of the models come with a deluxe foamshell gigbag.
Globalbow Technologies may have your passport to worry-free travel. With increased government regulations on instruments containing certain regulated materials—ivory, mother-of-pearl, pernambuco, and ebony—it has become worrisome to travel with certain bows made of natural materials. CodaBow, made with Kevlar and carbon fiber shaft architecture; fiber-reinforced composite or metal alloy tip plates; and XEBONY high-performance composite frogs (available in Natural and Alabaster) with carbon fiber slides, is a beautiful alternative. These high quality bows allow musicians to leave their expensive bows at home with no fear of fines or bow confiscation at the border.
D’Addario’s Classical Half Sets guitar strings offer players flexibility to mix and match and customize their tone and feel. Classical guitarists can experiment with a wide range of material compositions to voice their instrument for their own unique playing style. Each Half Set includes either three treble or three bass strings in resealable pouches. There are 22 Treble Half Sets in Pro-Arté Nylon (clear, composite, and black), Titanium Nylon, and Carbon, plus 21 Bass Half Sets in all variations of Nylon Core, Composite Core, and Dynacore. They are also available in a variety of tensions, from light to alto.