Tag Archives: luthier

Sorry, Folks: This Seat is Taken.

Kim Walker Waiting List Closed Again A luthier’s ability to succeed depends on a host of factors, not the least of which is their reputation, which can be a precarious thing. They need good tools, the best wood, a perfectionist’s disposition and a jeweler’s eye for detail. They need to be self-motivated, marathon woodworkers—and they… Read more »

Sneak Peek: Guitars Not Yet on the Website (updated 11/24/15)

Bookmark this page for frequent updates. (Please scroll down for additional guitars.)   2015 Osthoff Woodstock FS Higuerilla and Port Orford Cedar   2015 Oxwood Carmen Cocobolo Rosewood and Engelmann Spruce   1997 Collings OM3-BaA Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Spruce   2012 R.E. Phillips Single Cone Resonator  

Sneak Peek: Guitars Not Yet on the Website (updated 5/25/16)

Bookmark this page for frequent updates. (Please scroll down for additional guitars.) Schoenberg Soloist OMC East Indian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce    

Luthier Leonardo Buendia’s New Shop

As mentioned in a previous post, Leonardo Buendia, one of Ervin Somogyi’s current apprentices and an amazing up and coming builder, is wrapping up his 3 year apprenticeship with Ervin and is moving to his own shop in Oakland, California. We caught up with Leo and asked him a few questions regarding his new shop.… Read more »

Sneak Peek: Guitars Not Yet on the Website (updated 1/5/15)

Bookmark this page for frequent updates. (Please scroll down for additional guitars.)   2011 Tippin Staccato Brazilian Rosewood and Moonspruce   Collings MT20 Mandolin Flamed Maple and Spruce   2014 Gaffney OM East Indian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce   2007 Rick Turner Model 1 Magnetic Pickup with “C” Electronics   2010 Muiderman Steel String Cocobolo… Read more »

Sneak Peek: Guitars Not Yet on the Website (updated 12/11/14)

Bookmark this page for frequent updates. (Please scroll down for additional guitars.)   2010 Olson SJ Pernambuco and Sitka Spruce   1963 Danelectro U2   2005 Brandt Concert Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce   Bourgeois Banjo Killer Slope D Figured Honduran Mahogany and Bearclaw Sitka Spruce   2003 Carrillo Gabriela Brazilian Rosewood and Cedar  … Read more »

Three Decades of the Somogyi Sound!

“The guitar itself has always been my best teacher.  She has always revealed herself to me bit by bit, taking her own sweet time.  I’ve been the student.” – Ervin Somogyi We are extremely fortunate to have three Somogyi Guitars in-stock at the moment so we decided to record all three for another special video… 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 »

The One About the Time When Tony McManus and Dream Guitars Made an Award-Winning Album

In many ways, Dream Guitars is not just about buying and selling amazing stringed instruments. Sometimes, we help make music. In fact, we feel that the Tony McManus album, “The Maker’s Mark: The Dream Guitars Sessions,” may have been our finest moment. Here’s how it all went down… A few years ago, Dream Guitars’ top… Read more »

Singer-songwriter Danny Ellis sits down with his student, Paul Heumiller, to talk music, songwriting and teaching

Singer-songwriter Danny Ellis has had an interesting life to say the least. After growing up in an orphanage in Ireland in the 1950s, Danny found music and it saved his life. He began his professional career as a trombone player with “The Boyne Valley Stompers,” a Dixieland band touring Ireland. From there, Danny expanded his… Read more »

Bottleneck slide master Steve James teaches you ‘Guitar Rag’

When Steve James spent time with us at Dream Guitars just before his rocking house concert performance at our Weaverville, NC, offices, not only did he demo several amazing National Resophonic guitars, he also taught us all a lesson in bottleneck slide playing the legendary “Guitar Rag.” Your moment of musical history for today: Sylvester… Read more »

Steve James’ May 4 House Concert at Dreams Guitars was a blast!

Last month, Dream Guitars hosted the great Steve James for the latest house concert at our Weaverville, NC, headquarters… and the house was rockin’. Steve played Sylvester Weaver’s “Guitar Rag,” widely recognized as the first slide song ever recorded (1923). Throughout the show, Steve played his own National Resophonic instruments, including a Resorocket Wood Body… Read more »

Loren and Mark: Amazing Guitar Duo! July 7th!

We host a number of events here at Dream Guitars. Just one of our many ways to give back to the community and share music with others who are passionate about it. We welcome you all to come join us at a House Concert, Guitar Clinic, Setup Saturdays and other events throughout the year. Come… Read more »

Rare Opportunity: Get Your Hands on a New Grit Laskin Custom Guitar!

With an average wait time of two years, players and collectors don’t often get the chance to get into William “Grit” Laskin’s building schedule… until now. Dream Guitars has opened the door to Grit’s shop and will now make a single slot in Laskin’s busy production schedule available to one discerning and lucky collector .… Read more »

INCOMING GUITARS: Arriving Soon

One prime difference between Dream Guitars and other guitar sellers is that we regularly work one-on-one with the best luthiers on the planet – commissioning extraordinary, exclusive guitars with the very finest appointments. Our Dream Series builds are legendary, featuring superlative tone woods and design, and crafted for superb playability and utmost player satisfaction. Quite… Read more »

PAUL’S PICK: BOAZ BAROQUE STYLE CLASSICAL GUITAR (new video)

“This is the kind of guitar that makes your heart stop. It is so beautiful and so wonderfully crafted that it is mesmerizing. I simply cannot walk by it without holding it and playing it. Boaz spent countless hours tirelessly creating this museum quality piece, he even cut the Abalone from the shells. The details… Read more »

Paul’s Pick:Dave of England “Queen of Hearts” (SOLD)

“This guitar represents one of the interesting stories in the guitar world. How instruments come to be is as exciting as the music they make. The story of Dave of England is a great one in the guitar world. You can definitely sense the commitment to Tony Zemaitis’ work in this Queen of Hearts guitar… Read more »

Brilliant CD Alert!! David Stevenson’s “May, Arise”!

Frequent visitors to the Dream Guitars website have no doubt noticed our recent fine classical guitar demos, all compliments of one extremely talented guitarist, David Stevenson. David is both a skilled performer and an immensely gifted composer. On May, Arise Stevenson and percussionist River Guerguerian collaborate on a engaging set of music that showcases  instrumental mastery,… Read more »

DOUG YOUNG GUITAR LESSONS – AMAZING GRACE – now with tablature

Recently Doug Young dropped by Dream Guitars and taught this great 3 part guitar lesson on arranging Amazing Grace for fingerstyle guitar. To follow along with the tablature, please click here. From Doug’s website: Doug Young is a fingerstyle instrumental guitarist based in the San Francisco South Bay area. An active perfomer in the local… Read more »

Paul’s Pick: 1931 Martin Guitars OM-28 (SOLD)

Last week’s our new Paul’s Pick* segment showcased a stellar vintage Martin 000-45 from 1930. We figured that since we’re already discussing  incredible old Martins, we’d be remiss if we failed to mentioned another exceptional classic that is currently in our shop; this gorgeous 1931 OM-28. This is one of the all time great vintage… Read more »

McCONNELL GUITARS – New 15″ model

One of our favorite builders is the brilliant Jordan McConnell from Winnipeg, Canada. His guitars are impeccably crafted, and they offer stunning design and rich, articulate tones. Recently, Jordan informed us that he has developed a new model with the following dimensions. Length: 19.5″ Lower bout: 15″ Upper bout: 11.25″ Standard scale length 25.25″ In… Read more »

STEVE JAMES at DREAM GUITARS

Steve James is a well known name among devotees of contemporary acoustic folk and blues; this notoriety based on numerous critically acclaimed recordings, a tireless international tour schedule and a sheaf of published work including articles, instruction books and videos. His instrumental versatility (on guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, guitar-banjo) also makes him a favorite at… Read more »

NEW AL PETTEWAY GUITAR LESSON – Tennessee Mountain Rag

Everyone knows that Al Petteway is an extremely fine guitarist, but what you may not know is that he is also an excellent guitar teacher. In this video Al instructs how to play  his  original tune “Tennessee Mountain Rag”. If you live in the greater Asheville area or just visiting, Al is available for one-on-one… Read more »

Friends of DG — CHARLES MOKOTOFF

Dream Guitars was recently honored when classical guitarist extraordinaire, Charles Mokotoff, visited  our showroom and auditioned our wonderful collection of new and vintage classical guitars. We were immediately seized by Charle’s command of the instrument, as he treated us to  an impromptu overview of his current repertoire. Because we are a premier acoustic guitar shop,… Read more »

Players Say: "What a staggering collection."

I just witnessed Dream Guitars in Asheville NC. What a staggering collection. Vintage instruments I’d always wanted to try – guitars by contemporary luthiers we read about – exotic masterpieces – they had the lot. I soon realised that manager, Paul Heumiller knew every detail of every guitar right down to the bridge pins, he is an authority on historical instruments and he plays himself. All presented in a friendly atmosphere, and after about 5 cups of tea, I was forced to leave the showroom thanks to Asheville airport. I may have to change my flight details next time!

Clive Carroll, UK
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