Orianthi | Tenille Arts | Ann Mincieli | Valerie June | Natalia Lugo
Carly Pearce | Maggie Noelle | Jessica Manalo | Tenille Townes
Naomi Wachira | Yasmin Williams | Muriel Anderson | Kathy Wingert
Laura Oltman | Sherry Rayn Barnett | The Highway Women
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Here at Guitar Girl Magazine, we have always been intrigued by the beauty and tonality of the acoustic guitar and the Women who play them. So, for this issue, we’re highlighting the iconic guitar manufacturer C.F. Martin & Co., delving into Paul Reed Smith’s acoustic guitar line, and checking out Luna Guitars and some of their unique designs.
When it comes to learning more about the women that play acoustic instruments, we chatted with musicians across various genres about their instruments and how they make them sing!
First up are our cover artists Orianthi, Valerie June, and Carly Pearce. Orianthi has a gorgeous new signature guitar with Gibson Guitars, and she fills us in on the details. Valerie June recently released a new album and talked about her vision and inspiration for her music, and country artist Carly Pearce talks about her music and her favorite guitars.
It’s always a pleasure to meet and learn about new artists. We were introduced to Yasmin Williams and her unique guitar playing style and Breedlove artist Jessica Manalo on her Magic Monday music series. We also caught up with Luna artist Natalia Lugo from Puerto Rico, where we learned about what inspired her to learn guitar. Naomi Wachira fills us in on living her musical truth.
One of our favorite guitarists (who we have featured previously) is guitar virtuoso Muriel Anderson checking in on what she’s been up to during the pandemic. Classical guitarist Laura Oltman talks about what inspired her to begin playing guitar and her duo, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo. Next, we chatted with country artist Tenille Townes and the Nashville-based band, The Highway Women. For our Tone Talk column, Tenille Arts and Maggie Noelle filled us in on their definition of tone, gear, and more.
We also like to introduce our readers to women in the music industry. In this issue, luthier Kathy Wingert enlightened us on her background and talked about some of her signature guitars. The talented engineer Ann Mincieli has worked with Alicia Keys and other great musicians, and she also plays guitar.
Oh, and of course, we have gear reviews! We checked out the Fender Acoustasonic Jazzmaster along with the Fender Acoustic Junior GO Amplifier. Fender’s new Mustang Micro Guitar Headphone Amp is a fun little gadget to add to your arsenal. Other guitars we got our hands on to review are the Taylor GT811e, Córdoba Fusion 5, Guild BT240E, Martin DJR-10E, and Luna’s new Gypsy Exotic Black/White Ebony plugged into their Acoustic Ambiance amp.
So much to cover in this limited space, so you will want to rush out to get your copy of our Summer issue. It’s power-packed and full of interesting interviews, lessons, tips, and lots of fun stuff too!