The final day of this year's Summer NAMM show was filled with new gear from Korora, 3rd Power, Gillett Guitars, Ciari, and more!

We’ve seen lot of electric travel-guitar designs over the years, but Ciari Guitars’ new Ascender is probably the most impressive. Developed in conjunction with Nashville luthier Joe Glaser and founder Jonathan Spangler’s extensive contacts in the field of sophisticated medical tools, the 24 3/4”-scale Ascender can go from tuned-up and ready to play to being stowed under the seat in front of you in a matter of seconds. How? A single lever releases string tension and the strings seem to magically stay in place as the neck folds back 180 degrees. Prices start at about $2,900 for beech- or alder-bodied models with Duncan humbuckers.

Guitar store staff have better things to do than clean your instrument, so a well-loved but unsoiled 6-string like this is going to command a higher trade-in value than one that comes in covered in years of residue.

Believe it or not, you can boost the value of your instrument by making everyone's life a little easier … and cleaner!

There's an overwhelming amount of activity in the guitar market these days, and the sheer amount of demand has left some manufacturers struggling to keep up. But rather than wait around for stores to re-stock, more and more customers are shopping for used and vintage guitars. You might wonder, where do all those used guitars come from?

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"'If I fall and somehow my career ends on that particular day, then so be it," Joe Bonamassa says of his new hobby, bicycling. "If it's over, it's over. You've got to enjoy your life."

Photo by Steve Trager

For his stylistically diverse new album, the fiery guitar hero steps back from his gear obsession and focuses on a deep pool of influences and styles.

Twenty years ago, Joe Bonamassa was a struggling musician living in New York City. He survived on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ramen noodles that he procured from the corner bodega at Columbus Avenue and 83rd Street. Like many dreamers waiting for their day in the sun, Joe also played "Win for Life" every week. It was, in his words, "literally my ticket out of this hideous business." While the lottery tickets never brought in the millions, Joe's smokin' guitar playing on a quartet of albums from 2002 to 2006—So, It's Like That, Blues Deluxe, Had to Cry Today, and You & Me—did get the win, transforming Joe into a guitar megastar.

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