July 13th, 2009
Jim Sullivan, luthier, the builder of Sullivan custom handmade guitars, was running the sound on Stage II of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) Convention. CAAS attracts some the the worlds top guitarists including such greats as Tommy Emanuel, Thom Bresh, Earl Klugh, Joscho Stephen, and Danielle Bazzini to name just a few. This year CAAS paid tribute to two great fingerstyle guitar players who passed away during this past year, Buster B. Jones and Jerry Reed. Both of these guitar players were influenced greatly by Chet Atkins and in turn influenced many other guitar players coming up in the ranks of the worlds top fingerstyle guitar players. The tributes were moving and many of this years contributing Guitarists played the music of Buster B. Jones and Jerry Reed in honor of their legacy.
Jim Sullivan had 3 special guitars on display at the convention as well as on the www.sullivanguitars.com website. A brief description of the guitars is listed below.
The first is SMSA-T – 026 which is a real eye catcher featuring wildly figured zebra wood back and sides with an Alaskan bearclaw sitka spruce top. Jim has inlaid a beautiful spalted maple rosette accented by an abalone center strip. Abalone accents are continued in the fretboard markers and headstock logo. Maintaining a zebra theme this guitar has a beautifully polished African ebony headstock laminate with ebony bindings, end wedge, heel cap and bridge. It also has black and white purfling lines front and back on the body. Tusq bridge pins with abalone dots finish off this beautiful guitar. The guitar was not only an eye catcher but there were many comments on the playability, quality of sound, responsiveness, projection and over all feel of the guitar. We plan to put an interview with Keith Beard from Alabama playing the guitar and commenting on his experience playing this one of a kind guitar. The guitar comes in a Golden Gate Deluxe case and is for sale at Sullivan Guitars for $4500.00.
Jim Sullivan also had two of his WM (working musician) models that were so popular with the players at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Societies event last summer. One gentleman who purchased one of these guitars mad a special point to come by and let us know how well the guitar was working out for him and how much he enjoyed his experience with it this past year. The WM series of the SMSA shape has been built with the working musician in mind. The two models are the SMSA-WM – 023 and the SMSA-WM – 018. A lot of the fancy trim has been kept simple with the emphasis being put on sound and playability. These guitars feature black walnut back and sides with a western red cedar top on (SMSA-WM 023) and a bearclaw sitka spruce top on (SMSA-WM – 018). Both guitars have traditional style bridges. Both have black and white purfling lines front and back. Both guitars have figured walnut rosettes. The necks are solid quarter sawn Honduran mahogany with a nicely figured walnut headstock laminate and heel cap. See more details on each guitar at Sullivan Guitars. These guitars sale for $3100.00 and are a great value for the discerning guitar player looking for a handmade guitar.
Currently under construction is an SMSA model with a beautiful back and side set of Palo Escrito. This guitar will have a signature S-style bridge, curly koa bindings accented with colored and mitered purfling lines and a spalted maple rosette with an abalone center and abalone purfling lines around the top. Gold open geared Gotoh vintage style tuners with scalloped buttons are planned for this guitar as well. Keep checking the Sullivan available guitars page to see more about this guitar as it gets closer to completion.
To reserve one of these fine guitars, contact Jim Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org to get special at pre-dealer pricing.
October 9th, 2008
Recently Bryan Layne interviewed Jim Sullivan of Sullivan Guitars about his Guitar making business and his Acoustic Guitar Corner website where he sells guitar accessories for the discerning guitarist. The interview should be published soon and we want to share some of it with you to help you get to know the background and some of the details about what makes a Sullivan Guitar a cut above traditionally constructed guitar. Jim Sullivan has always approached his guitar building with the philosophy of building a superior instrument without compromise or mediocrity. His guitars have sold so well that he has trouble keeping them available. There is currently only one available on the Sullivan Guitars website and it won’t last long. Check back soon to see excerpts from the Bryan Layne interview that I’m sure will be of interest to you.
September 10th, 2008
As we approach the end of the summer season and with the cooler weather coming, now is the time to think about holiday gifts for friends and family members. If you have a family member of friend who plays the acoustic guitar or acoustic electric guitar, show them your love and support by giving them a quality accessory for their guitar. Let them know you appreciate the talent they have and the time they’ve spent developing that talent. We have close out pricing on top of the line acoustic guitar cases. Not sure what size case you need? Click on the “Case Dementions” in each product description to a view a printable drawing with demensions for that case. This is a great way to help them protect their acoustic guitar and keep them playing for years.
The L. R. Baggs Acoustic Reference Amplifier is one of the best values for the money on the market. This amplifier has all the bells and whistles a great guitar player needs from 2 separate channel EQs, both with parametric mid controls, a whole array of rear panel patching capabilities, tuner output, to phantom power for your microphone, and a great sounding reverb, all with a “Balanced Mode Radiator” for a super wide full frequency coverage which eliminates the “sweet spot” and fills every corner of the room for the same rich listening experience for everyone. This amplifier, previous called the Core 1 Acoustic Reference Amplifier, has been referred to as, the “Swiss Army Knife” of amplifiers, and for good reason.
If you have a beginner guitar player in mind or if you know someone looking to take their guitar playing to the next level, take a look at Denny Sarokin’s Licktiony (Lictk*tionary), a fantastic DVD and workbook combination for developing guitar and songwriting skills at all levels. We also have some of the best instructional DVDs available on the market from top fingerstyle guitar players.
August 23rd, 2008
Licktionary is an easy learning tool to help you take you guitar playing to the next level. We spoke with Denny Sarokin at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) convention and learned about his intriguing acoustic guitar instructional DVD and workbook to help guitarists like yourself learn many styles of acoustic guitar playing to either play to improve their guitar playing skills or to help you learn new methods that you can use as a song writer. The is a great acoustic guitar instructional DVD to help you no matter what your skill level. Denny’s Licktionary is an interesting set of tools that you can jump into today tostart improving or learning to play the guitar.
You’ll find Licktionary added to the acoustic guitar instructional DVDs page on Acoustic Guitar Corner, your one stop shopping headquarters for acoustic guitar accessories, get it today!
July 23rd, 2008
Rising Stars from Chet Atkins Apreciation Society (CAAS)
This year at CASS we had the priviedge of having some young rising stars stop by and play some of our Sullivan Guitars and we made some videos that we have uploaded to You Tube. These young talents are going to be seen and heard a lot more in the future. Check out the new page on Sullivan Guitars at www.sullivanguitars.com/rstars.shtml We wanted to share with you a little of what we were able to expierence and help to promote them to help them in some small measure as way of saying thanks for sharing your talents with us.
July 10th, 2008
We had such a good day one we decided to stay for day 2. Some of players that joined us today were Derek Freeman who came back again to give the guy from Kansas a lesson on the guitar. The guy from Kansas may be a hopeless cause however. We saw some of the young players. We captured some video of them so that you can see them in the future. Eddy Ruben from Georgia, a classical guitarist, stopped in and played one of the guitars for a little while.
Again today we received some very favorable comments and rave reviews on the playability and sound projection of the Sullivan Guitars. It looks like one of the two available guitars is probably going to sell and several inquiries were made about having guitars custome made. All in all, a great success.
July 9th, 2008
Sullivan Guitars set up a room at the CAAS convention to display some of the available handmade guitars. There were some great guitar talents that came by and played some of the Sullivan handmade guitars and did a little jamming together. A well known guitarist that is a regular at the convention was Bobby Gibson, who played while Ray Espinoza and Joe Robinson, a young and rising guitar player from Australia, improvised and picked up on some of Bobby’s licks. Keep you eyes on Joe Robinson, he is a very talented guitar player, probably close to 20 years old and will be playing on the main stage with other Australian players at CAAS.
Rick Udel, a Brazilian nylon string guitar player, spent some time playing one of the WM walnut guitars with a 1 3/4 inch nut width and stated it felt very comfortable to him. Rick expressed an interest to come back and discuss some options on the guitars and stated he was in the market for a steel string guitar with a wider custom neck width.
Derek Freeman, another young guitar player who teaches guitar lessons also stopped by and played guitar for a while with Mark Barreres, a good friend who is helping to man the Sullivan Guitars room at CAAS. Larry Odham, one of the players on stage one, came by stage 2 where Jim Sullivan was setting the sound system up for the stage 2 shows and played one of the Sullivan Guitars and then returned later to the Sullivan Guitars room to spend some time playing several of the guitars.
Shaun Hopper, who has a CD out entitled “Shaun Hopper One Written” was gracious enough to play one of the Sullivan Guitars while Jim was checking the system on Stage 2. Shaun Hopper is another rising star to keep you eyes focused on.
All of the artists had great comments about the quality sound and playability of the Sullivan Guitars. Comments ranged from how well the guitars were setup in reference to things like comfortable sting spacing, great intonation, great action to good sound projection and sustain as well as frequency response. The Tennessee black walnut WM series guitars were a big hit and received great reviews by many of the players. Many expressed an interest to come back and play the guitars in the remaining days of the convention.
July 2nd, 2008
Time is rapidly approaching for the beginning of the CAAS Convention. Sullivan Handmade Guitars is busy putting the final touches together for supporting the CAAS Convention as they do each year providing sound and stage support to the convention. This year Sullivan Guitars will be promoting the launch of the Acoustic Guitar Corner website and displaying some of the handmade guitars at the convention as well. Stop by and play one of the available guitars and see for yourself what a quality handmade guitar feels and sounds like.
Drop a business card in the drawing to win a Shubb Deluxe Capo while your there. And don’t forget to visit www.acousticguitarcorner.com and take advantage of the CAAS Convention special discount being offered this month. Use the special discount promotion code “CAAS2008″ for 10% off all orders including all available guitars. We look forward to seeing you there at the 2008 CAAS convention.
July 1st, 2008
Today Acoustic Guitar Corner officially announced it grand opening in connection with the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) Convention to be held July 9th through the 12th in Nashville at the Nashville Sheratan. In conjunction with the even and part of the grand opening Acoustic Guitar Corner is offering a 10 percent discount on all products including the available guitars. Acoustic Guitar Corner owner, Jim Sullivan, has hand picked the accessories and added only quality accessories in keeping with his philosophy of providing the best without compromise or mediocrity.
June 18th, 2008
This year at CAAS I plan to have a table where I can show my guitars that are currently available and make people aware of the two websites. I have asked a good friend Mark Barerres to help me out at the table while I do my yearly stage managing and sound on Stage B. I plan to have several of my guitars at the convention so that some of the Guitarists can have the opportunity to play them and get familiar with Sullivan Custom Hand made Guitars. I look forward to CAAS each year for the music and the camaraderie.
I want to try something a little different this year though, I would like to take a video camera and video tape some short interviews with some of my favorite artists. On our websites we have been working to build a comprehensive directory of artists around the world linking to them and asking them to link back to us. One part of this is to help connect the community of fingerstyle acoustic guitarists and other acoustic Guitarists and have a central place to help promote Acoustic Guitar playing in America. We encourage all of you to link back to us as well and keep the promotion going.
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