Author Archives: admin

Environmental Responsibility (Phase One)

Taking care of the environment is a responsibility that we have started to feel accountable for. You might be surprised to discover that while we all need to make lifestyle changes, saving the planet doesn’t have to mean giving up the things you love. An Ecological Footprint is an indicator of human pressure on nature. It is figured by calculating the area required to produce the resources people consume, the area occupied by infrastructure, and the area of forest required for sequestering CO2 not absorbed by the ocean. NOVA Music Center has started it’s journey to reduce its ecological footprint! Continue reading

How to Take Care of Your Ukulele

The Ukulele is a beginner-friendly musical instruments but you better make sure that you keep your Uke clean and in good condition, otherwise its sound quality might decline (not to mention its appearance). Here are a few pointers:
Continue reading

If you’re tired of offering the same old boring presents, try gifting someone a Ukulele!

Everybody I know has had at least one experience throughout their life where they didn’t know what to buy for a friend or a relative, and ended up buying a very random, uninteresting present, such as a picture frame, a scarf or a decorative candle. Well, I can’t think of a more unique and useful present than a Ukulele! The Uke is the ultimate gift: fun, useful, great for people of all ages, and cheap! It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of a present for your 5-year-old nephew or your 80-year-old uncle, the Uke can be enjoyed by everyone! It’s also useful for many stages of our lives: it enhances both kids’ concentration as well as academic results, it can help shy teenagers get comfortable with public performances, it offers a new opportunity to learn a musical instrument to those who had tried for years but never really succeeded, and it also promotes social interaction and cognitive stimulation for retired seniors. The Ukulele is also great for relaxation, brainstorming sessions and it also helps to kill time while we are waiting for someone. And to top it all, the Uke is also a cheap gift and requires very little maintenance! Continue reading

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act is the advanced reiteration of the No Child Left Behind or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; it’s a landmark piece of legislation and the first law of federal education that gives structure to a lot of access to learning arts and music for every student. The education of arts and music is included as a well-rounded education in the law, are the original level and transformation in federal education policy. This means that there is a great access to resources and funds to maintain strengthen and develop the education of music in public schools.

Continue reading

How I’m teaching my son to play the ukulele

I’ve always wanted to learn a musical instrument and when I found out about the Ukulele I was beyond excited, because not only did it seem a somewhat easy instrument for me to pick up, but it also seemed a great fit for my 6-year-old son! It had the cool look of a guitar, only way smaller and less intimidating, and I also felt that if we began learning to play the Uke together it would be an amazing way for us to connect deeper with each other. Continue reading

Effect Pedals

I love effect pedals! If you haven’t had an opportunity to play with a stomp box a it is time to head to a music shop. They are fun. What they do is alter the sound produced by your electric guitar. Actually, it is not limited to the electric guitar; pedals can alter the sound of any instrument. Stomp your foot and change the sound of any instrument as long as it’s sound is converted into an electric signal either through a pickup or a microphone. In other words, you got to get the sound into one of those fun little boxes somehow. Continue reading

Choosing the Right Method Book for a Piano Student (Introduction)

By Minette

For a new piano teacher, the numerous piano method books available today can be overwhelming. New teachers often choose a piano method based on a fellow teacher’s recommendation or use the books they learned about.  And for a new teacher, this may be the best option.  A teacher should be confident and not distracted by the material. Continue reading

How to Tune Your Guitar Quick and Easy

Tune it or die! You can find this message two guitar players written on T-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers. As a guitar player bangs and bends their strings, it will eventually go out of tune. Sometimes you go out at home, in practice or on stage. Every guitar player has been there. So turn on that handy electric tuner, clip it to your guitar, tune it and tune often. Your band mates and your audience will love you for it. Continue reading

Choosing the Right Method Book for a Piano Student (Russian School)

Used by many music schools and piano teachers in Russia, this rigid and systematic method takes about 9 to 11 years to master. A technical proficiency exam takes place after the fifth year. It is one of the tried and tested pedagogical methods that are still being actively used by many classical piano teachers today. What characterizes this technique the most are its emphasis on technical virtuosity, strong note reading skills, cantabile playing, and performance individuality. Teachers have also praised this method for the emphasis on using the arm movement and relaxed wrists to avoid overstraining the fingers even when playing highly challenging pieces. Continue reading

New Opportunities for Music Students in 2016

by Tiffany Herleikson,

Budget pressures and a growing focus on testing reading and math have crowded the arts out of many schools. The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a big win for a well-rounded education for our children and music and the arts in our schools. The inclusion of music and arts in the bill signed by the President last December shows that Congress believes music is part of a “well-rounded” education. And it is. Continue reading

7 Reasons to Take a Ukulele to College

“Are you really taking that?” When you’re packing for college, sometimes a little ruthlessness is needed. If there are clothes in your closet that haven’t seen the light of day for 6 months or more, what makes you think you’re suddenly going to start wearing them when you get there? Also, do you really need two games consoles? It’s a sad fact of life that Continue reading

Common Bach Mouthpieces


Depth Medium
Diameter 16.20mm
Medium wide, lowered toward the outside. Medium sharp inside. Well rounded edge with a perfect grip.
Probably the most widely used model in the world. Its brilliant tone is preferred by school musicians and by artists

Medium wide, well rounded toward the inside and outside, fairly flat.
For players with a strong embouchure who do not like a sharp edge. The tone is lively and rich.

Continue reading

About Rosin

Why do I need rosin?
Because rosin is sticky. When you apply rosin to the hairs of your bow and draw the bow across the strings of your violin (or viola, cello or bass) the rosin grips the string and tugs at it. The bow keeps moving and the string snaps back to its original position and is caught again by the rosin on the hair and the cycle is repeated. This happens very, very quickly. In the case of your A-string 440 times per second. If a bow’s hair has never been rosined it will not grip and the hair just slides over the string and you hear nothing. Continue reading

Notes on the Trumpet Mouthpiece

What to buy, what to buy. First problem, everyone is different physically, and this has a lot to do with picking the mouth piece that will help you get the sound you want. So, professional trumpet players often have a lot of mouthpieces. Some change mouthpieces every song. Some use the mouthpiece that came with the trumpet. What you are looking for is a mouthpiece that has a great sound, great projection, great range, great flexibility, and a rim that feels just right. Continue reading

According to Dr. Nina Kraus

According to Dr. Nina Kraus’s work with the Harmony Project, students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also attend college as well.

Kraus N., Slater J., Thompson E.C., Hornickel J., Strait D.L., Nicol T. & White-Schwoch T. (2014), “Auditory learning through active engagement with sound: Biological impact   NAMM Foundation

A Practical Guide for Recruitment and Retention


Tips for Success brought to you by the Music Achievement Council will help answer a range of questions, from how to prepare an instrument replacement plan for how to expand the learning power of music. These tips are complemented by short videos and will enhance the user’s experience.

A Practical Guide for Recruitment and Retention brought to you by the Music Achievement Council is the most complete manual on recruiting and retention of beginning instrumental music, compiled from the ideas and practices of music teachers, music dealers and the music ducts industry.   NAMM Foundation

Available at NOVA Music Center

D.C. Fly-In 2016

ach spring, NAMM members gather in Washington, D.C. To “stand up for music education” and to serve as advocates for the right of every child to learn and grow with music. With the passage of the federal education law –Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – NAMM members, artists and other industry influencers will meet with their Congressional Representatives to thank them for passing ESSA, and to reinforce the importance of music being designated as significant to a well-rounded education. As ESSA guides state and local education policy, NAMM members have the opportunity to learn from representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and other national leaders on how ESSA will influence state and local education policies over time. NAMM Flyin




















Marty Friedman (Shrapnel Records)

If you’re a guitar player, and a lot of times guitar players think that they have to be able to play everything that exists. They have to know how to play everything. They think that they have to know how to play like this guy. They have to know how to play like this guy. They have to learn all of these different things, and that’s totally not true. All you have to do is be able to play your own music really, really, really, really well. Like for example, I could never, ever play like Jeff Beck. If I practiced every day for years, I could never, ever play like that, or Eddie Van Halen, or anybody. I could never, ever do it.

Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats)

Sometimes a young player will become blinded by the technique aspect and it will distract them from the bigger picture, which is of course you’re meant to write music and play music with other people, and play music to other people.

Nuno Bettencourt

I think the main thing is, for any guitar player, don’t just be a guitar player. Don’t be obsessed with guitar only. Be obsessed with the guitar, but also be obsessed with music and rhythm playing. You know, solos are just a small portion of the song. You will make your own history and be yourself amongst how you can play in a song. That will separate you from everybody else.

Phil Collen (Def Leppard)

I always say two things are very important to guitar players – you’ve got to be listening to the rest of the band, and the song is king. Everything else pales in comparison. You’ve got to make the singer sound great. And then the rhythm and melody follows. Be mindful of the song.  (City Pages)

Zakk Wylde

Whatever it is you love, do it… you have to have passion for what you do. (Guitar Messenger)

Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)

“But I think if I can give any advice, it’s to really work hard on the craft of songwriting because it is the foundation of our business. Without a good song, we can all be the best musicians, but if you haven’t got a good song to play, no one is going to come see you play, no one is going to buy your records, and you have no career. It’s a very important part of what builds a person’s style, a band’s voice, and a particular instrumentalist’s voice. That’s the best advice I can give. If you’re not good at songwriting, find a good songwriter to learn from. And even if you are a good songwriter already, write with as many different people as you can because you learn something new every time you sit down with a new guy.” (Vintage Guitar)

John Mayer

“I can’t stress enough how important it is to write bad songs. There’s a lot of people who don’t want to finish songs because they don’t think they’re any good. Well, they’re not good enough. Write it! I want you to write me the worst songs you could possibly write me because you won’t write bad songs. You’re thinking they’re bad so you don’t have to finish it. That’s what I really think it is. Well it’s all right. Well, how do you know? It’s not done!”

Kirk Hammett from Metallica

When you’re first starting out, there’s always the temptation to hide behind distortion because it lets you get away with murder. But, when it comes to rhythm work, you’ve gotta back off that gain control a bit, especially if you’re playing with another guitarist. Actually, over the years, James and I have found that besides giving our tone more definition and cut, backing off the gain makes us play our riffs better because we can’t get away with being sloppy. (Guitar World)

Jack White

They need to quit playing video games, throw away their Auto-Tune program and cut three strings off their guitar. (NME)


I do know how to take a basic scale and change the notes around to suit my needs. I also know how to play major, minor and pentatonic scales all the way up the neck, but that’s about as complicated as I get.  (Guitar World)

Charles Darwin

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.

Aldous Huxley

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Albert Einstein

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Maya Angelou

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent

Friedrich Nietzsche

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

Bob Marley

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

John Denver

Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit.  No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.

Gustav Mahler

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.

Famous Trumpet Players and the Mouthpieces They Use

Many people find out what mouthpiece their favorite player use run out and get one for themselves. Everybody is different physically and so this almost always ends in disappointment. But it is still fun to see what they use.

Louis Armstrong: 7C Leblanc France and others Selmer, Schilke, Giardinelli, Bach
Eric Aubier: Bach 1 1/2C
Continue reading

S. Talkovich Electric Guitars Tele

S. Talkovich Electric Guitars Tele S. Talkovich Electric Guitars Tele S. Talkovich Electric Guitars Tele S. Talkovich Electric Guitars TeleAs This guitar was reviewed by G.E. Smith, Stephen Talkovich’s attention to detail is wonderful.  Stephen Talkovich used laser engraving process on the design. Great tone.  It is characteristically tele sounding and articulate. The Rockwood neck helps to create sustain and note definition.  The action is fast and smooth. We are told that this guitar has been played by famous players and collectorsand that this was the only model produced. Some nicks, dings, and marks in the finish. You will see some crazing in certain areas of the nitro. Everything works great and as intended. The cavity is fully shielded.  This instrument is of pro quality.  Call 703-335-5001 for more information.

McCurdy Moderna

mccurdy moderna mccurdy moderna mccurdy moderna McCurdy

Instruments currently built in New York City, NY. Luthier Ric McCurdy has been producing custom guitars since 1983. Originally based in Santa Barbara, CA, he moved to New York City in 1991 where he studied archtop guitar building with Bob Benedetto.

Since then, he has been concentrating on fine archtop and electric guitars for musicians. McCurdy has built and repaired guitars for several artists including John Abercrombie, Sheryl Bailey, Joe Beck, Paul Bollenbeck, Joe Cocker, Kenny Loggins, Jimmy Vivano, Jack Wilkins, and Jimmy Wyble.

J Triggs Tele

J Triggs J Triggs J Triggs

Tele shaped solid body electric guitar with a bolt on neck. This guitar weighs approximately 6 Ibs. 4 oz The swamp ash body was hand manufactured in the USA.

Typical 25 1/2″ scale with a 1 5/8″ bone nut on the neck.  The pickups (also manufactured in the US) are Seymour Duncan Broadcaster Pickups. The color is a custom spindrift color. It’s a flip-flop color that changes from a deep blue to a deep purple.  Jin Triggs has a world class reputation in the guitar industry for creating one of a kind art instruments. He worked for Gibson Guitars for sis years. During his tenure there he signed over 700 labels on archtop guitars as the head of the archtop guitar department.

Since 1992 Jim has built custom made archtops for Mundell Lowe. Pat Martina, Alan Jackson, Steve Miller, Ranger Doug Green, Marty Stuart and many others. Jim has also had a guitar in the Smithsonian Institute as part of Scott Chinery’s Blue Guitar Collection. Jim has worked in the past on a contract basis with these other notable companies: Cort Guitars, Martin Guitars, Washbum Guitars, TKL Inc. and Grover Trophy Inc.

Gibson J-200 Elite Custom

gibsonj200gibsonj200Gibson J-200 Elite Custom Super 2005 J-200 Elite Custom manufactured in Bozeman, Montana. Guitar fitted with a Fishman Gold Plus pickup under the saddle.

Gibson Les Paul Supreme

Gibson Les Paul Supreme Gibson Les Paul Supreme Gibson Les Paul SupremeLes Paul Supreme wine red electric guitar with original hardcase. Guitar has a mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, gold plate finish, Tune-o-matic bridge, gold speed knobs, Grover tuners and two Alnico magnet humbuckers.

Fender Tom Delonge Stratocaster w/ Mods

Fender Modded Tom Delonge Stratocaster Fender Modded Tom Delonge Stratocaster Fender Modded Tom Delonge Stratocaster This guitar began as a Tom DeLonge (Blink 182) with a single bridge pickup (Seymour Duncan Invader).

It now has Seymour Duncans in neck (SH59 single coil size humbucker), middle (JB/Jeflf Beck single coil size hutnbucker ) and a full size Pearly Gates in the bridge. The wiring was upgraded with TFN Technologies’ “ULTIMOD”. The “ULTIMOD” for stratocaster wiring harness is loaded with features that allow for single coil or humbuckers in the customary three positions to be put in various order and combinations of series and parallel configurations… which translates to a great variety of tonal textures. The middle tone knob is replaced with a selector that moves the signal into three different patterns, and when combined with the five way selector, it yields 15 combinations of pickups is series or parallel.  S/N MZ1161814

Ron DeMarino USA Handmade Custom Strat

Ron DeMarino USA Handmade Custom Strat Ron DeMarino USA Handmade Custom Strat Ron DeMarino USA Handmade Custom Strat Ron DeMarino was a well known repairman operating out of the New York area. He was noted for being the person John Lennon trusted to do his guitar work! So, when he went into making his own guitars, everyone knew the guitar world was in for a treat! The guitars that came out of that shop were amazing and and very rare indeed!

This baby features an alder body for an extremely balanced tone! The neck is maple/maple with a super thin C profile! The 10″ radius coupled with the ‘fretless wonder1 frets enable low action and choke-free bending! The high mass brass bridge adds sustain and resonance! All of this gorgeous tone is grabbed by the EMG single coil active pickups.  DeMarino was known for his incredible inlay work and this fingerboard and headstock have exquisite inlays! There are some cheesy stickers loosly attached to the guitar.  We believe they could fairly easy removed.

Carvin DC150 Electric Guitar: SOLD

Carvin DC-150 1970S Carvin DC-150 1970S Carvin DC-150 1970S


Instruments currently produced in Escondido, CA since 1969. Previous production was located in Covina, CA from 1949 to 1969. Carvin instruments are sold through direct catalog sales, as well as through five factory stores in CA: Covina, Hollywood, Sacramento, San Diego, and Santa Ana.

In 1946, Lowell Kiesel founded Kiesel Electronics in Los Angeles, California. Three years later, the Kiesel family settled in Covina, California, and began the original catalog business of manufacturing and distributing lap steel guitars, small tube amps, and pickups. The Carvin trademark was derived from Kiesel´s two oldest sons, Carson and Gavin. Guitars were originally offered in kit form, or by parts since 1949; Carvin began building complete guitars in 1956. By 1978, the glued set-neck design replaced the bolt-on necks. The majority of the current guitar and bass models currently feature a neck-through design.

Carvin has always been a mail-order-only company, and offers players a wide range of options on the individual models. Even though they can´t be tried out before they´re bought, Carvin offers a ten-day money-back guarantee. Because Carvin sells factory direct, these guitars are not stocked in music stores. It is suggested that a current copy of their catalog be requested (free of charge) to find out more about the company´s current models and pricing. Carvin also used to have a factory store in Sherman Oaks.

Carvin offers a full range of guitar and bass replacement parts in their full line catalog. The Carvin company also offers mixing boards, power amplifiers, power mixers, P.A. speakers, monitor speakers, guitar combo amps/heads/cabinets, and bass amps/cabinets. Lowell Kiesel passed away on December 28, 2009.

Breedlove Calendar VI Revival OMM C/A Acoustic Guitar

Breeedlove Calendon VIBreeedlove Calendon VIBreeedlove Calendon VIThis is from the Breedlove custom shop and the G’A means cutaway and that its an artist guitar.

This revival OMM is the Alex DeGrassi model.  Its an dm body style with a soft cutaway-featuring a Sitka spruce top finished in sunburst with Honduran Mahogany back and sides.

Beautiful abalone top purfling and sound hole rosette with black body binding. Width at the nut is 1&3/4. Scale length is 25&1 2. Just a joy to play! A wonderful low profile neck with action that makes the guitar play like butter. Intonation is very consistent all of me way up the finger board. The guitar is up there with other high end acoustic guitars with a very resonant and complex sound, great depth, very harmonically rich and lots of sustain. Balance across the strings is perfect and as mentioned, the playability is fabulous. It can be used in standard tuning but also in alternate tunings. Continue reading

Soloway Swan

Soloway Swan Soloway Swan Soloway Swan


The 27-inch scale length is probably the most important design element to the Soloway Swan guitars, and the elongated neck that results from longer scale length is the inspiration for the model name “The Swan”. The scale length (the distance from the nut to the bridge) is a critical characteristic of the design of any guitar.

The shorter 24 inch scale length that is typical of Gibson guitars make string easier to bend and contribute to the rich tone. The longer 25 inch scale length of Fender guitars help provide the twang and snap that has made them so useful for country players and the bite that has made them a staple of R&B. When PRS first rose to prominence, one of the characteristics that set them apart was a then unique 25 inch-scale length that emphasized mid-range tones and provided a compromise between the traditional Gibson and Fender formulae.

The 27-inch scale length of the Swan produces a remarkable level of clarity, presence, and articulation that most guitarists have never experienced. When playing a Swan, the notes just seem to jump off the instrument. The Swan Long Neck guitars are not baritones. While they can be very effective in lowered tunings, they are designed to be played at standard pitch.

Even with the longer scale length, the Swan was designed to be a very player friendly guitar. A very thin neck profile, a flat fingerboard radius and extra-large frets make the Swan extremely easy to play, so easy in fact that most people don’t even notice the extra length. Difficult chords and intervals are still easy to reach, even at the bottom of the neck.

The 7-string models get an even greater benefit from the longer scale length. Most 7-string guitars present a choice between two compromises. Either the added string is too loose, producing a muddy tone and poor articulation, or the string has to be too heavy which makes it both much louder than the other six strings and causes intonation issues at the bottom of the neck. The longer scale length of the Swan LN eliminates this compromise and allows the use of a string that produces a balanced tension and volume with the other 6 strings while also providing tonal clarity and proper intonation.


Taylor Taylor Taylor Taylor


Instruments currently built in El Cajon, CA since 1987 and in Tecate, Mexico since the mid-1990s. Distributed in North America by Taylor Guitars of El Cajon, CA and in Europe by Fender Musical Instrument Corporation (FMIC) located in Scottsdale, AZ. Previously produced in Lemon Grove, CA between 1974 through 1987.

Founding partners Bob Taylor, Steve Schemmer, and Kurt Listug were all working at the American Dream guitar repair shop in Lemon Grove, California, in the early 1970s. In 1974, the trio bought the shop and converted it into a guitar building factory. The company went through early growing pains throughout the late 1970s, but slowly and surely the guitars began catching on. In 1983, Listug and Taylor bought out Schemmer’s share of the company, and re-incorporated. Fueled by sales of models such as the Grand Concert in 1984, the company expanded into new facilities in Santee, California (near El Cajon) in 1987. In 1989, Taylor bought their first CNC machine. In 2007, Taylor reorganized their guitar line to distinguish their acoustic, acoustic/electric, and electric lines from one another. All cutaway electric models remain in the number series, while acoustic models were renamed and organized according to their body shape. Taylor also has a complete custom shop open. In 2008, Fender began distributing Taylor Guitars in Europe.

Call now!  703-335-5001

Victor Baker Solid Body Guitar

Victor Baker Solid Body Victor Baker Solid Body Victor Baker Solid BodyCall for Price 703-335-5001

Victor Baker Guitars

In the late 1990’s Vic started his journey into guitar making in Philadelphia. Vic really broke out in 2001 when he was commissioned for 8 guitars. This led to a buildup of recognition and an extremely busy building period that lasted until 2008. At this point after assembling well over 200 instruments, Vic’s guitars were in the hands of players around the world. These busy guitar shop years were a juggling act between building guitars and staying in the playing game as much as possible.

In late 2008, Vic was sidelined by a reoccuring injury to his elbow (caused by the grindwork of sanding and shaping the guitars) and was forced to take it easy. He had to limit 2008’s output but as of late 2009 he is healed up and back in commission. Right now Victor is thoroughly enjoying a full schedule of building, gigging, composing, recording and playing with his group. In January 2010 he took the plunge and relocated to NYC, and set up a new workshop in Brooklyn.

Victor Baker Guitar: Bop

Victor Baker Bop Victor Baker Bop Victor Baker BopCall 703-335-5001 for price.

Victor Baker Guitars

In the late 1990’s Vic started his journey into guitar making in Philadelphia. Vic really broke out in 2001 when he was commissioned for 8 guitars. This led to a buildup of recognition and an extremely busy building period that lasted until 2008. At this point after assembling well over 200 instruments, Vic’s guitars were in the hands of players around the world. These busy guitar shop years were a juggling act between building guitars and staying in the playing game as much as possible.

In late 2008, Vic was sidelined by a reoccuring injury to his elbow (caused by the grindwork of sanding and shaping the guitars) and was forced to take it easy. He had to limit 2008’s output but as of late 2009 he is healed up and back in commission. Right now Victor is thoroughly enjoying a full schedule of building, gigging, composing, recording and playing with his group. In January 2010 he took the plunge and relocated to NYC, and set up a new workshop in Brooklyn.

Warrior Guitar: Dran Michael Isabella

warrior dran michael isabella warrior dran michael isabella

warrior dran michael isabella

Warrior Anointed Hand Made Instruments

Instruments currently built in Rossville, GA. Distributed by Warrior. Warrior has been producing guitars since 1995.

Warrior Anointed Hand Made Instruments currently offers high quality custom-built bass models that feature bolt-on and neck-through designs, exotic woods, and an innovative “through-body stringing” that corrects the floppy feeling of the low B-string. Warrior has a full design team to create the guitars. They also do not produce a standard line of guitars. Most models have several options available and many customers do not order their guitars with only standard features.

Highiine Envirocaster

Highline HighlineHighline Electric Guitars is a one man operation based at the foot of the Rocky Mountains just outside of Denver, Colorado.  From the maker, Chris Monck:

“What you can expect is a darn good guitar that was handmade from start to finish. Each guitar I build takes well over 150 hours to build. No CNC machines were used to carve this guitar and the finish was applied by hand. I even wind my own pickups. Only the finest quality components are used and each instrument is carefully assembled by me and tested to work as it should.  If you want a reasonably priced guitar with personality, mojo and a little piece of the maker’s soul, you’ve found it.”

Here are the specs for the Highiine Envirocaster #19:
Body: Ash harvested from a sustainable source.
Neck: Flamed Maple with a flamed Maple fretboard, both harvested from a sustainable source.
Thickness at the 1st fret: .860″ and .900″ at the 12th fret.
Scale: 25.5″
Fretboard radius: 12″
Truss rod: Dual action.
Tuners: WD Music Products, Inc.® diecast tuners.
Nut: Hand slotted vintage bone. 41mm wide with a 34mm string spread.
Strings: .009.-042
Fret wire: 24 medium frets. Width: .092″ Height: .048″ Leveled and dressed with rounded edges
Tone: Leans toward a vintage Strat-like tone. Not as loud as some modern Strats tend to be, however, it
does have a rich, full-bodied tone .
Pickups: Custom wound Highline single coils.
Controls: One volume knobs, two tone knobs and a 5-way switch.
Bridge: Fender import hardtail bridge (PN 0058274000) with strings passing through the body. 52.25mm
string spread.
Action: Very low with not a hint of string buzz.
Finish: Red wash with a high gloss water-based, environmentally friendly lacquer topcoat.
Weight: 8.6 Ibs.


Call us now for more information 703-35-5001

Guitar Makers

Guitar Manufacturers

Barbara Guitars

The company was founded in 2001. “I have been playing, customizing and building guitars since I was seven years old. After a brief career at a local guitar icon – I started the company to build guitars on my own that the big guys wouldn’t build. I named the company as a tribute to my Mother who was my first music teacher and who had recently passed away.” Alan R. Kenyon Luthier/Owner


Continue reading

Gibson ES-125 1950s

Gibson ES 125 Gibson ES 125First available in 1941, the ES-125 was brought out as a successor to the ES-100. The ES-125 featured a single P-90 pickup, laminated body to mitigate feedback issues, and a wide profile for maximum acoustic playability. The original pickup had had 6 Alnico slug pole pieces. In 1950 the P90 transitioned to 6 adjustable poles between two Alnico 5 bar magnets. In the 1970s, all ES-125 models were discontinued and this well-liked electric guitar left the lineup to take a seat in Gibson guitar history.

Most players think it’s a great choice for jazz, blues and rockabilly. Among the more notable fans of the ES-125 are Sheryl Crow, George Thorogood, Wes Montgomery, and Izzy Stradlin. The guitar was well-loved due to its bright tone and playability, as well as the option of playing electrically or acoustically. It produces a welcoming tone that was preserved throughout its production history. Though Gibson ceased production in the 1970s the guitar still remains popular on the collector’s circuit.

Call 703-335-5001


Lipe Lipe LipeLIPE GUITARS USA Guitars currently produced in Tujunga, CA since 2001. Guitars previously produced in Los Angeles, CA between 1983 and 1989. Distributed by Lipe Guitars USA.

Luthier Michael Lipe began working in a music store during the 1970s and learned woodworking and finishing from an old violin maker. After working at the music store, Lipe began to work for Mighty Mite. In 1983, he began building guitars under his own name and became the self-proclaimed “original guitar doctor” of Los Angeles where he built and customized several guitars for many of LA’s best guitar players. Lipe continued to build guitars until Ibanez purchased his company in 1989; however, he continued to work for Ibanez where he established the west coast custom shop for Ibanez and was a master builder for major endorsers in the U.S. Lipe also worked at Yamaha on the Pacifica line for two years as well as working for Höfner and as a Fender warranty service center at World Music in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2001, Lipe began building guitars under his own name again. Lipe offers several chambered solid body and hollow body electric guitars as well as electric basses.

Michael Lipe has built guitars for:

  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • Brian May   (Queen)
  • Carlos Santana
  • Randy Rhoads
  • Paul Stanley   (Kiss)
  • Sting
  • Kurt Cobain   (Nirvana)
  • Paul Gilbert   (Mr Big)
  • Richie Kotzen (Mr Big, Stanley Clark, Poison)
  • Reb Beach   (Whitesnake, Winger, Alice Cooper)
  • George Benson
  • Frank Gambale
  • Scott Henderson
  • John Fogerty
  • David Bowie
  • Jennifer Batten (Jeff Beck , Michael Jackson)
  • Otis Rush
  • Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
  • Coco Montoya ( The Bluesbreakers, Albert Collins )
  • Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
  • Andy Timmons
  • Michael Angelo Batio

Fender Jaguar 1966 – Sold

JaguarJaguarJaguarReleased in 1962, the Jaguar was Leo Fender’s feature-laden top-of-the-line model. It was built from ideas first incorporated in the Jazzmaster, with a similar “offset waist” body and “floating tremolo” system. Unlike the Jazzmaster, the Jaguar was fitted with a shorter 24-inch scale, 22-fret neck and featured smaller single-coil pickups with notched side plates that improved RF shielding, making the Jaguar less prone to interference than the Stratocaster or Telecaster.

The Jaguar has a dual-circuit setup, one circuit for lead and another for rhythm, each with separate controls, allowing for two pre-set tone and volume settings between which the guitarist could rapidly switch. The lead circuit consists of three switches and two dials on the lower bout: the first two switches are on/off switches for the neck and bridge pickups, respectively, while the third switch engages a capacitor that serves as a high-pass filter. The rhythm circuit, set into operation when the upper bout switch is flicked upwards, has individual volume and tone rollers but no option to choose between pickups. This rhythm circuit has a bassier, neck-pickup only range.

The Jaguar was discontinued in 1975.  S/N 1OCT65B

Bertoncici Guitars

Guitars currently produced in Olympia, WA since 1995.
Dave Bertoncini builds custom-made acoustic, acoustic/electric, and electric guitars as well as mandolins in his one person shop. Each guitar is entirely custom-made by him, which allows the customer to choose what he or she wants. Dave usually has ongoing projects, but he encourages customers to request special orders so he can start from scratch on the instrument of choice.

Danny West T- Style MK01

Danny West Danny West Danny WestDanny custom builds his guitars in San Francisco. This is a great playing and sounding, and a very cool looking guitar. A chemically-treated rusted metal top and distressed brown wood finish, and features: * Alder body * Rock maple neck * Rosewood fretboard * Dot inlays * Anodized string-through bridge * Seymour Duncan stacked humbucker single coil bridge pickup and PAF-style humbucker neck pickup * C neck profile * Bolt-on neck at 16th fret * 12″ neck radius * Nut width of 1 21/32″ * Weighs 8 lbs. * Scale length 25.5″ * Total length 38.75″ * Medium jumbo frets.

Malinoski Rodeo Electric Guitar

Malinoski Rodeo Malinoski Rodeo Malinoski RodeoFor more than 25 years, Malinoski has applied his Master of Fine Art degrees in Woodworking and Functional Design with his creative vision to construct instruments that are aesthetically influenced by 21stcentury design. “I developed a system to mount the electronic components onto a single wooden plate that attaches to the front of the guitar body,” says Malinoski. “There is virtually no neck pocket—the three-piece neck is glued and screwed to the top of the body and the pickup plate rises up to meet the height of the neck.”

This approach allows Malinoski to sculpt and contour both the front and the back of the guitar to accentuate its form and eliminate the need for cover plates. He says the combination of woods and mounting the pickups directly to the wooden plate produces a truer overall tone that’s enhanced by sensing vibrations transferred through the body, as well as the strings. As for the reasoning behind the three-piece neck, he believes it “creates a stronger, more stable structure and prevents the neck from dead spots because it is unlikely all three pieces have the same resonant frequency alignment.” Premier Guitar

S/N 78

Call 703-335-5001 for more information


Turner Model 1

Turner Model 1 Turner Model 1If you know Fleetwood Mac you have heard the incredible sound this guitar has and the crisp tone it produces. Since creating this beautiful work of art over 30 years ago for Lindsey Buckingham, the Turner Model 1 guitar has been at the forefront of playability tone and charm delivering an Old World aesthetic and modern, full-bodied tonal range. John Mayer is also an fan of the Turner Model 1 with its sophisticated electronics and overdrive harmonics.

Exploring the Model-1 Sound by Rick Turner

First, switch the EQ out. Then adjust the tone control all the way up and then blend back and forth between the magnetic and piezo pickups. This is very different from the usual Les Paul or Strat pickup selection, and acts more like a zoom lens on a camera ranging from the more mid focused sound of the magnetic pickup to the more acoustic and wide range piezo pickup, which actually has more deep lows as well as more extended highs. When you are in the “just magnetic pickup” position on the blend knob, try pulling up on the tone knob to access the single coil sound. That is a sound more akin to the middle pickup on a Strat.

When you’ve learned your way around without the EQ, find a tone you like and then kick in the EQ with the Boost/Cut knob turned about 1/2 of the way up from the middle detent position. This would put the knob line at the 9:00 position relative to the detent being 6:00. Then sweep the middle frequency knob to hear how the boost affects tone at different registers. For the full out sound, crank the EQ boost all the way up and repeat the frequency sweep. If you are playing into a tube amp or distortion unit, you can use the EQ to voice overdrive harmonics. Lesser boost is great for finding nice tones into a clean amp as well. While most folks don’t use the “Cut” feature of the EQ, that, too, has some very nice uses.

Scogo Electric Guitar – Sold

ScoGo Guitars ScoGo Guitars ScoGo Guitars ScoGo Guitars builds custom-made unique through-neck guitars. Their handmade personalized guitars have a very wide tonal range and are incredibly comfortable to hold. Signed

S/N LP070506-1

Call 703-335-5001 for more information.

More guitars

Martin D-41- SOLD

Debuting in 1969m the gorgeous Martin D-41 dreadnought boasts a solid spruce top that is hand-joined to lustrous rosewood back and sides. Abalone inlays in the rosette and ebony fret board, combined with full binding and gold hardware. Among the other characteristics the D-41 shares with the rest of the Martin standard dreadnoughts are the high quality ebony fingerboard, the 1 11/16 neck width at the nut, and the 25.4 inch scale length and a high quality gloss finish.

The D-41 has a multi-ring rosette, at the center of which is a beautiful ring of abalone pearl. The spruce top is also completely surrounded by abalone inlay, just inside the white binding. If you perform on this guitar, the lights will catch the abalone and send vivid reflections out into the audience.

It sounds big. The D-41 has the classic Martin dreadnought sound in spades. It has that big Martin bass, a slightly recessed upper midrange, and clean, clear highs. It is a loud and responsive guitar.

Call for more information  703-335-5001

C.F. Martin & Company is a U.S. guitar manufacturer established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin. Martin is highly regarded for its steel-string guitars and is a leading mass-manufacturer of flattop acoustics. Martin instruments can cost thousands of dollars and vintage instruments often cost six figures. The company has also made several models of electric guitars and electric basses.

The company’s headquarters and primary factory are in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. Martin also manufactures instruments in Mexico. Martin produced 182 instruments during 1900, increasing to 24,085 in 2000.

Gibson L-48 1954 Archtop

Gibson L-48 Gibson L-48

Gibson L-48

1954 GIBSON L-48 ARCHTOP – SERIAL NUMBER X7383-18 – All Original, no cracks or dents.  Few scratches and vintage checking. 

Gibson introduced the L-48 Hollow Body F Hole Acoustic Archtop in 1946. Production stopped in 1970.

– arched mahogany top, f-holes, raised black pickguard, bound body, mahogany back/sides/neck, 14/19-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, adjustable rosewood bridge/trapeze tailpiece, blackface peghead with screened logo, three-per-side tuners, available in Cremona Brown Sunburst finish, mfg. 1946-1970.

A few early instruments have spruce tops, trapezoid fingerboard inlay. In 1952, spruce top, maple back, mahogany sides replaced original part/design. In 1957, mahogany top replaced previous part/design, some instruments found with mahogany back also.


Call 703-335-5001 for more information.

Langejans R6 2001

Langejans R-6 Langejans R-6The R-6 Dreadnought guitar is hand made by Del Langejans completely from aged solid wood instrument and offers exceptional volume, tone, intonation, and effortless playability. The finish and inlay work is simple and elegant. The guitar is substantially built with beautiful with piano like tones. Del has retired and no longer makes guitars.

Some notable players of Langejanes guitars are Muriel Anderson, Earl Klugh, Peter Frampton, Gary Sadler, Buddy Greene Matthew Fox, Jerry Reed, Gordon Kennedy, Clint Milburn, Peder Eide, Steve Green, Charles Garrett, Thom Bresh and Phil Keaggy

Check out more guitars


Instruments currently built in Holland, MI, since 1971. Continue reading

  • Hours
  • Weather

Store Hours

Monday – Friday 10:00 – 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Weather Policy

Our weather policy follows Prince William County Government’s weather policy. When they are closed due to weather conditions the store will also be closed.  If you have lessons in Clifton please contact your teacher. If you have any questions please call first. 703-335-5001