Bell Custom Guitars has added a new series to its custom line of hand-built guitars---the SS series---uniquely designed with affordability in mind.

Bell Custom Guitars’ SS E in cherry red finish. 22 frets on a rosewood fretboard. The scale length is 24.75" ending in a 1.695" width at nut. Body is mahogany and acrylic. Set neck is maple.
Mansfield, TX (November 1, 2009) -- Bell Custom Guitars has added a new series to its custom line of hand-built guitars---the SS series---uniquely designed with affordability in mind. Some of the more labor-intensive features of the existing CTS series of Bell Custom Guitars have been eliminated from the building process, making the SS line more affordable without compromising the Bell Custom Guitars’ signature tone.

“We wanted to create a line of guitars that would be more affordable for musicians and studio professionals.” said Don Bell, mastermind of Bell Custom Guitars. “Buyers are getting a lot of guitar for the money, really, but we want them in the hands of the artists.”

The SS base-model is priced as shown from $1300 and may be customized to suit personal preferences including electronics, hardware, and paint. With a maple or mahogany and acrylic fused body, the tone of the wood is maintained while making a more clear, focused sound. This fusion of materials provides crisp, sharp highs and smooth, rounded lows.

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As we soft launch into the new year, I’m not waiting for the requisite guitar obituary in the news. It’s not going to happen again anytime soon. Why? Because as far as the mainstream media is concerned, our beloved instrument is not only dead, it's irrelevant to the point of not even being an afterthought. When the New York Times published their most recent albums of the year list, there was barely a guitar-based recording to be found. Still, there is not only hope, but also cause for jubilation.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.



• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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