C. F. Martin & Co. will unveil three outstanding new models from their prestigious Performing Artist series at Musikmesse 2013, Hall 3.1 Stand F81, in Frankfurt April 10-13.

Nazareth, PA (April 9, 2013) -- C. F. Martin & Co. will unveil three outstanding new models from their prestigious Performing Artist series at Musikmesse 2013, Hall 3.1 Stand F81, in Frankfurt April 10-13. Highlights for the new models include tops, backs and sides that are all Jett Black HPL Textured finish, fingerboards and bridges made of black Richlite, and Performing Artist Neck profiles in black Stratabond. These models, which are upgraded from the original black X series, will be equipped with Fishman F1 Analog electronics and will retail for $1099.

OMCPA5 Black
This 000-14 Fret Cutaway model with black Corian nut features an OM-14 fret cutaway, Martin “X” bracing with solid Sitka spruce 5/16” top braces, a solid square taper headstock, a two ring rosette, and a Performing Artist belly style bridge. Tuning machines are chrome enclosed with small buttons, and the bridge and end pins are in black with white dots. The model also includes Fishman F1 Analog electronics and a foil label. Recommended strings for the model are Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100).

GPCPA5 Black
This model features black Corian nut, a mortise/tenon neck joint, a GPC-14 fret cutaway, Martin “X” bracing with solid Sitka spruce 5/16” top bracing, a solid square taper headstock, fingerboard position inlays with offset dots in white ABS, a two ring rosette and a Performing Artist belly style bridge. Tuning machines are chrome enclosed with small buttons, and the bridge and end pins are in black with white dots. The model also includes Fishman F1 Analog electronics and a foil label. Recommended strings for the model are Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100).

DCPA5 Black
This model features black Corian nut, a mortise/tenon neck joint, a D-14 fret cutaway, Martin “X” bracing with solid Sitka spruce 5/16” top braces, a solid square taper headstock, fingerboard position inlays with offset dots in white ABS, a two ring rosette and a Performing Artist belly style bridge. Tuning machines are chrome enclosed with small buttons, and the bridge and end pins are in black with white dots. The model also includes Fishman F1 Analog electronics and a foil label. Recommended strings for the model are Martin Studio Performance Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100).

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A few simple chords is all it takes.

Beginner

Beginner

  • Learn to play a 12-bar blues, in three different keys, using one shape.
  • Study an assortment of strumming and picking patterns.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the 12-bar blues form.
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As usual, there is more to this lesson than the title implies. We will be working with one chord shape at a time, but over the course of the lesson we’ll study three different shapes. The final example in this lesson incorporates all three shapes to demonstrate how a few basic ideas can provide us with infinite possibilities.

It is important to know that for every chord name in this lesson there are countless shapes—also known as fingerings or voicings—available. For this lesson, I chose what I consider to be the most practical and flexible shapes.

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Considering the amount of time I’ve spent (here and elsewhere) talking about and lusting after Gretsch hollowbody guitars, it’s taken me a remarkably long time to end up with a big Bigsby-outfitted box I truly love. High-end Gretsches are pricey enough that, for a long time, I just couldn’t swing it. Years ago I had an Electromatic for a while, and it looked and played lovely, but didn’t have the open, blooming acoustic resonance I hoped for. A while later, I reviewed the stellar Players Edition Broadkaster semi-hollow, and it was so great in so many ways that I set my sights on it, eventually got one, and adore it to this day. Yet the full-hollowbody lust remained.

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