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New Orleans based songwriter and guitarist Alex McMurray dropped by Banjo Studio the other day to check out some Collings guitars and L.R. Baggs acoustic guitar pickups. While he was here, he was nice enough to play a couple original tunes of his.

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We are proud to announce that Banjo Studio is now an official L.R. Baggs Dealer. L.R. Baggs is a leading manufacturer of acoustic pickups, direct boxes (DIs) and preamps, and now personal P.A. systems. Amplifying acoustic instruments can be very difficult. Too often artists get great instruments and then use cheap pickups or DIs and preamps to amplify the sound. The result is a cheap sounding,...

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Recently I've had a few guitar customers asking me about the difference between a cut through saddle vs. a drop in saddle. At the NAMM show that just passed, I took the opportunity to ask some of the top guitar builders what their take on this was. Find out what I learned. Read More

When I was learning how to play 5 string banjo, there were 3 main styles of 3 finger playing – Scruggs Style, Reno Style, and Melodic or Keith style. Today one might argue that there is a more modern style called Fleck style – but that is for another conversation. The Melodic or Keith style is the one that attracted me the most when I was first learning because it gave you the ability to play...

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The Collings Traditional or "T" Series guitars reflect Bill Collings' return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound. Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all nitrocellulose lacquer finish, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive. Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to...

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The leather cradle straps are wonderfully secure and safe for your banjo. Since they are made of leather, they will not mar the finish of the banjo as straps that have metal clips can do.

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We recently received an A scale banjo from the Pisgah banjo company and haven't been able to put it down! If you haven't heard of or played an A scale banjo before you should really try one out. A standard 5-string banjo has a standard tuning of open G. An A scale banjo is a little bit smaller, as if you lost the first two frets on a standard banjo and has a standard tuning of open A. This...

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The Waterloo guitars made by Collings are incredible. I really like what they're doing with these. The Waterloo guitars are inspired by vintage guitars that were well made but not expensive. These guitars had character. These guitars have simple aeshtetics, a light build, and incredible tone.

The Waterloo WL-14 is the original Waterloo guitar that Collings came out with. The Waterloo Kel...

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Though he’s best known for his banjo and guitar work in the realm of traditional New Orleans jazz, Don Vappie approaches music with an open mind that allows him to find connections where others might not. Whether he’s unearthing common denominators between early jazz, funk and Western African music or setting up his banjo in a way that allows for the instrument’s darker, warmer capabilities to...

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Electric banjos are becoming more and more popular as players are using the banjo in many different genres and playing on bigger stages in bands that feature electric guitars, drums, and other loud instruments.

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