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Picking Up The Pieces with David Wilcox

We recently had the great pleasure of chatting with fingerstyle-songwriter virtuoso David Wilcox about his complex (to say the least) journey through the world of guitar amplification. Years of teasing out the proper application of each kind of pickup have resulted in a system that employs over five pickups–for one guitar! You’ll want to listen… Read more »

Dream Family’s Newest Sons: Glenn Nichols & His Corralitos

We’re more than happy to announce our latest partnership with Glenn Nichols, restoration maestro and electric guitar experimenteur. The curves of his Corralitos model are velvet smooth in hand-rubbed varnish and a dark burst, with McNelly Bliss humbuckers and adjustable bridge (more on that later), and it’ll be available on our site soon. In the meantime,… Read more »

A Guitar for Paul: Leo Buendia’s Latest Jumbo

With so many great builders to choose from, you’d think it would be hard for Dream Guitars owner Paul Heumiller to pick the proper luthier for his next instrument. However, if you’ve ever played one of Leo Buendia’s masterpieces, you wouldn’t be so surprised to learn that one of Leo’s 12-fret Jumbos was in Paul’s… Read more »

2017: Season of Giving Guitar Auctions

To everyone who’s bid on a charity guitar, everyone who’s gotten the word out to lend a hand, everyone who’s just donated straight to the cause—Dream Guitars thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. We’ve been able to raise thousands of dollars for Puerto Rico hurricane relief, to support hurrican soup kitchens in Houston,… Read more »

New Builder Profile: Steve Porter

We don’t often take on new Classical builders, but we’re more than happy to start a relationship with Mendocino-based luthier Steve Porter! Engineering fiercely resonant and dynamic guitars with a technical nod to Gil Carnal’s own techniques, Porter’s builds with “clarity and maximum string efficiency” at the forefront. Our first guitar from Steve is a… Read more »

A Builder, A Dealer, and A Player: Dream Guitars’ latest collaboration with Isaac Jang

Hi gang! The good news keeps pouring in, which in our case means more amazing custom builds with our favorite luthiers. The latest addition to that roster is California-based luthier Isaac Jang. We’ve been telling anyone will listen that both his aesthetics and his acoustics are astounding, and that’s led to one of our clients… Read more »

New Builder Profile: Tyler Robbins

The Artisan Guitar Show in Pennsylvania was a case of fortuitous timing: Dream Guitars was introduced to a slew of new and talented builders to add to our lineup!  Canadian builder Ben Lavoie, Italian luthier extraordinaire Mirko Borghino, and Tyler Robbins, who’s been working alongside Bryan Galloup and Sam Guidry for several years now. Since… Read more »

White Rose Auction for Puerto Rico Relief

After the success of our recent Rainsong auction to provide relief for Hurricane Harvey, we wanted to keep the momentum going to help out with Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico. So we then auctioned off two of our own guitars for the cause, a 2012 Grand Auditorium from Leo Posch and a 2009 Tui from… Read more »

Another Incoming 2017 Tyler Robbins R.1!

We’re not prone to idle hands at Dream Guitars, and neither is Tyler Robbins! In addition to the Cocobolo R.1 he’s building for us, he’s got another one in the works already, this time with Ziricote!  Keep checking in as we update this latest build thread with photos and specs. Back and Sides – Ziricote Top… Read more »

Paul Heumiller on Michael Bashkin & Fretboard Journal’s “Luthier on Luthier” Podcast

Paul recently sat down with Michael Bashkin of Bashkin Guitars for a chat about the boutique guitar market, life, yoga, and more for episode nine of Bashkin’s “Luthier on Luthier” podcast with the Fretboard Journal. “For our ninth episode, I sit down with Dream Guitars founder and owner, Paul Heumiller. If you build or play… Read more »

Incoming 2017 Bouchereau Mistral Build

We met Loïc Bortot of Bouchereau Guitars at the 2016 Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, and a few days later we came home to North Carolina with a sweet little Mistral OM (https://www.dreamguitars.com/shop/new-bouchereau-mistral-ziricote-lutz.html) in tow. That Ziricote-and-Lutz beauty wasn’t long for this shop, however, before we sent it on to its new home with one of… Read more »

Wish It Was Spring Cleaning Sale

While it is getting colder and the snow continues to fall, we figured why not warm it up and have a Spring Cleanup Sale!!! All of the following products are offered at a significant discount. To order, please call the shop 828-658-9795. Offers valid while inventory lasts. Currently on Sale: Instruments under $2k: 1895 S.S.… Read more »

Hot news from Tippin Guitars: New model, the Forte,and two new Al Petteway Signature Models coming down the pike

Dream Guitars is proud to bring you some exciting news from Tippin Guitars including a brand new model and incoming DG inventory!! Bill Tippin’s New Forte Model First off, Bill Tippin introduced his newest creation, the Tippin Forte, at the recent Healdsburg Guitar Festival in California. This is a new model from him and is… Read more »

Exclusive Opportunity! Reserve this Stunning, Custom Grit Laskin Guitar, inspired by Dream Guitars, Today!

This is exciting stuff, folks. We all know that Grit Laskin is one of the finest luthiers around and is widely considered as a master of inlay work. Today, Dream Guitars announces that he is working on a custom guitar that we have made available for reservation with delivery expected in December. Our own Paul… Read more »

Let Al Petteway teach you how to play “Tennessee Mountain Rag,” featured on the “Dream Guitars, Vol. 1” CD and in the book of tab

A while back, guitar great Al Petteway sat in front of the camera at our showroom in Weaverville, North Carolina, just outside of Asheville, and gave us all a lesson on how to play his own composition, “Tennessee Mountain Rag,” which is included on the “Dream Guitars, Volume 1, The Golden Age of Luthiers” CD… Read more »

Take Care of Your Dream Guitar… Get Yourself a Dream Guitar Case!

The pleasure of owning your very own Dream guitar — Tippin, Traugott, Martin, Laskin, McConnell or any other instrument from our collection or from one of your lucky finds — can only be ensured with proper care and maintenance… and that starts with the right case. Get into one today! Dream Guitars has a solid… Read more »

Slide Master Steve James Talks About His Musical Life in a Dream Guitars YouTube Exclusive

As you may have noticed, bottleneck slide guitar great Steve James spent quite a bit of time at Dream Guitars in our Weaverville, NC, studios back in May, when he came in for a house concert here. He took time out of his schedule to demo several National Resophonic guitars and perform the classic song,… Read more »