GUITAR LICK CARDS: from standard to stellar, 81 licks are isolated on playing cards. Line them up with the same chord progression as your favorite song and voilá!, it’s a new arrangement! Rearrange the licks for endless variations. They’re inspiring! Available for mandolin and banjo, too. $11.50 ppd., per set. Andrew Cushing, 6079 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg, NY 14075.
BANJOTEACHER.COM: Ross Nickerson books, CDs, and DVDs. Banjo instruction for beginners, intermediates, and advanced banjo students. Banjos for sale, special accessories, workshops, and free stuff, www.banjoteacher.com.
STEVE KAUFMAN’S LIVE GROUP LESSONS ONLINE in High Definition. Live ongoing lessons on flatpicking guitar over the internet with three-time National Guitar Champion Steve Kaufman. Classes offered for Beginner Rhythm 101, 102, 103; Beginner Lead 101, 102, 103; Intermediate Lead 201, 202, 203 and run six consecutive weeks. Information at www.flatpik.com or call for a free brochure, 865-982-3808. Class videos, lesson videos, and music PDFs included. Register today. It only takes a moment.
SONGWRITING ESCAPE! Have you ever wanted to write a song? Donna Ulisse helps make up a talented panel of writers ready to help you do that very thing. For more information, check out www.songwritingescape.com.
DOBROS, MANDOLINS, BANJOS, GUITARS, VIOLINS, AUTOHARPS, DULCIMERS, ETC. Old & new. Great prices/selections. All inquiries promptly answered in person. Deal with the people who care. Harry & Jeanie West, 116 East Broad St., Statesville, NC 28677, 704-883-0033, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.harryandjeaniewest.com or www.finemusicalinstruments.com.
WANT TO BUY: OPEN-BACK BANJOS. Prefer five-string, will consider all others. Bob Smakula, Smakula Fretted Instruments, P.O. Box 882, Elkins, WV 26241, 304-636-6710.
UPRIGHT BASS, $195. Violin, Fender guitar, banjo, flute, clarinet, trumpet, $79 each; saxophone, $195; viola with flame-maple back, $195; mandolin, $99. 516-377-7907.
VISITING NORTH CAROLINA? Stop by and check out our large selection of old, new, vintage stringed instruments, accessories, etc. Reasonable prices. Friendly service. Harry & Jeanie West, 116 East Broad St., Statesville, NC 28677, 704-883-0033, e-mail: email@example.com, www.harryandjeaniewest.com or www.finemusicalinstruments.com.
RON’S PICKIN’ PARLOR: A SPECIALTY SHOP FOR THE BLUEGRASS MUSICIAN. We carry Collings, Eastman & Blueridge guitars; Huber, Sullivan, Deering & GoldTone banjos; Collings, Eastman & Kentucky mandolins; Engelhardt basses; Beard resonator guitars; Folkcraft dulcimers, and much more. We offer instrumental and vocal lessons. 4961 Rushing Rd., Stanfield, NC 28163, 704-888-9961, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ronspickinparlor.com.
OME BANJOS: Outstanding selection of original, American made, vintage quality banjos. Bluegrass, old-time, Irish, and jazz styles. Models ranging from zen simplicity to elegant opulance. Free color catalogue. E-mail: email@example.com, www.omebanjos.com, 303-449-0041.
C.F. MARTIN GUITARS, GIBSON, DEERING, JBOVIER, KENTUCKY, DOBRO™, GOLDTONE, WASHBURN. Also other well-known brands. Free friendly advice, prompt personal reply. Harry & Jeanie West, 116 East Broad St., Statesville, NC 28677, 704-883-0033, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.harryandjeaniewest.com or www.finemusicalinstruments.com.
BEST IN THE WEST: Large and dynamic selection of new, used, and vintage guitars, banjos, mandolins, Dobros™, ukes, etc. Featuring fine instruments for the player and the collector. We ship worldwide. Intermountain Guitar and Banjo, 712 E. 100 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84102, 801-322-4682, e-mail: email@example.com, www.guitarandbanjo.com.
FOR SALE: GIBSON BANJOS. Early 1930s TB-11 Conversion Sullivan custom Granada tone ring. A.V.S. TKL case, original tenor neck and case included, $5,000. 1988 Granada, Huber tone ring, Keith D-Tuners, excellent condition, beautiful wood, $4,100. Hopf violin, complete rebuild by Steve Ratcliff, 8-2011 no. 133, new SKB case, two bows, appraised for $3,200, asking $2,900. Guarnerius violin, repaired and re-graduated by Steve Ratcliff, 8-2011, no. 134, appraised for $2,500, two bows, asking $2,200, new SKB case. The Siren violin, high quality, strad. model, one piece back, nice wood, great sound, Bausch bow, older case, appraised for and asking $800. Eastman mandolin 2007 model 815, almost new condition, Allen Monteleone AG-MR2N tailpiece, $1,300. 606-836-5530.
TOUR BUS FOR SALE: JIM & JESSE’S 1991 BUS, excellent condition. Automatic transmission that anyone can drive. Sleeps up to 10. Runs on diesel, has relatively low mileage. Bus has been well-maintained. 40 foot, 13 kilowatt power generator, (3) roof-mounted air conditioners with heat strips. Eight bunkbeds plus a lounge in the back. Restroom and kitchen area plus lounge in the front. Custom curtains. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to own a good, dependable bus that’s also a piece of bluegrass history! $60,000 or best offer takes it. For more information, call 615-452-7321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARTS AND ACCESSORIES
MITCHEL’S PLATEMATE IS RECOMMENDED and used by the oldest guitar maker in the world. Mitchel’s Platemate is also sold in many music stores nationwide and highly recommended by some of the best acoustic guitarists. Mitchel’s Platemate can be ordered online at www.mitchelsplatemate.com or by phone: 330-898-7438.
PROPIK FINGER AND THUMB PICKS. Quality picks for great tone, comfort, and performance. Now offering selected picks in stainless steel. Visit www.guptillmusic.com.
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SONGBOOKS & PUBLICATIONS
LEARN BLUEGRASS FIDDLE: Learning To Fiddle, Bluegrass Style. 225-page coil-bound method book for teaching yourself bluegrass fiddle. Graded exercises explain bowing, doublestops, slides, riffs and fills, position shifts, playing the blues, and building your own breaks. Includes two CDs with every example, recorded both slow and at speed. BU calls it “the best book on bluegrass fiddle written so far in this century.” $32.95, order online at www.kdvmusic.com.