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Breedlove artists Betty and the Boy performing at 2013 Northwest String Summit

Breedlove artists Betty and the Boy performing at 2013 Northwest String Summit

Pacific Northwest string aficionados are prepping their festival camping gear and snatching up four-day passes -- the Northwest String Summit is a mere month away. The 12th annual music fest runs July 18 - 21 this summer, at Horning's Hideout in Northplains, Oregon, about 30 minutes east of Portland.

Breedlove Artist On The Move: Mandolinist Chris Emerson

Breedlove Artist On The Move: Mandolinist Chris Emerson

Mandolinist and Breedlove artist Chris Emerson has been busy lately. Very busy. He just launched a new website (www.chrisandty.com), he's playing shows around the country, and is simultaneously working on a new album with guitarist and songwriter Ty Bennett.

Breedlove Welcomes Nico di Battista to the Artist Lineup

Breedlove Welcomes Nico di Battista to the Artist Lineup

Watch Nico di Battista play for a few moments and you might be a little jealous. He executes complicated playing with the nonchalance of a seasoned pro. Nico lives in Italy and likes to play any genre: flamenco, Latin, jazz, new age...

RECORD-BREAKING DEMAND FOR BREEDLOVE INSTRUMENTS LAUNCHES MAJOR RECRUITING EFFORT

RECORD-BREAKING DEMAND FOR BREEDLOVE INSTRUMENTS LAUNCHES MAJOR RECRUITING EFFORT

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the workshop of Two Old Hippies Stringed Instruments is bustling with energy and activity. Craftsmen are working around the clock, painstakingly crafting guitars, mandolins and ukuleles to keep up with demand.

Folk and Bluegrass Instrument Boom Rocks Music Industry

From namm.org Revival of traditional bluegrass and folk instruments fueling music retail as banjos, mandolins and other acoustic sounds permeate all musical genres Carlsbad, CA, May 7, 2013—A colorful, populist revival is underway for traditional bluegrass and folk instruments according to current sales trends and anecdotes from retailers. The hallmark instruments of this resurgent sound promise to be a dominant force at Summer NAMM, held July 11, 12 and 13 in Nashville at the brand...

Featured Wood: Exotic Cocobolo

Featured Wood: Exotic Cocobolo

Cocbolo is a rosewood that grows in Central America that has striking orange and black variegations that age to deep reds and blacks. Some exceptional pieces such as the sets pictured also have a distinct golden sapwood. Cocobolo produces a clean, deep and resonant tone that is considered to be close to the tone of the Brazilian Rosewood used on classic prewar instruments.

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