Lyon and Healy
So what is it? Its original black-finished spruce top is simply ladder-braced from within, but its back and sides feature Brazilian rosewood with dramatic bookmatched figure. Its unbound 18-fret fingerboard — also of rosewood — sports only a few small, round dots for position makers, yet intricate multicolored wood purfling graces much of the rest of the instrument, including the top body edge, rosette, and back centerseam. Its configuration of flimsy, stamped-steel trapeze tailpiece and simple movable bridge (usually the hallmark of a budget flat-top) stands in stark contrast to the high quality and craftsmanship demonstrated throughout the guitar. It is curiously both deluxe and plain. Click to read more
Brad Paisley's new book, Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me, is, essentially, an autobiography. But really, it's not so much about him.
Anyone who has ever spoken with Paisley will tell you the "aw shucks" humbleness he exhibits on awards shows, in concert, and in the book, is not a front. So it's no surprise that when Paisley sat to write a biography, he took the opportunity to talk about the people who have been most important in his life... and a few guitars! Click to read more
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