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Fretboard Workshop – Jan. '16 Ex. 11

The John 5 Ghost Telecaster features an all-white fretboard, red killswitch, and debuts alongside a custom-branded instrument cable, leather strap, and a 6-pack of 351 celluloid picks.

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“What’s the best you can do with what you’ve got,” asks the Taylor Guitars CEO, who discusses the company’s building philosophy and its quest to inspire musicians.

The new DIT episode kicks off as Rhett and Zach celebrate Zach’s close encounter with special effects mogul Adam Savage, of Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Matrix, and Tested fame. (Nerd alert: Zach and his wife have Ghostbusters uniforms—which they wore that day. There’s a photo.) Rhett talks about the first single from his latest band, Good Trouble, who now have a YouTube channel. The dynamic duo also gives a seasonal warning about guitar maintenance. And then it’s time for the main event: Andy Powers, CEO and chief guitar designer of Taylor Guitars.

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Tuttle and Strings first recorded together on Strings’ 2017 release, Turmoil & Tinfoil.

Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Looking back on their latest releases, the two bluegrass phenoms and friends sit down with one another to talk musical heritage, stage fright, gear, and more.

In any music scene, it’s natural that talented contemporaries will find each other and form fast, harmonious fraternity. It’s no surprise, then, that Nashville-based bluegrass virtuosos Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle became close friends and collaborators as early as 2017—when they were both just 24—and, as is now somewhat common knowledge, were one-time roommates. Tuttle was first featured on Strings’ full-length release, Turmoil & Tinfoil, and a few years later, Strings guested on Tuttle’s Grammy-winning 2022 album, Crooked Tree, on the track “Dooley’s Farm,” while performing together often in the interim.

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