What is an "Active" Pickup System? When talking about acoustic pickups, an "active system" means it's powered by an internal battery. This is technically called a preamp. Preamps are simply small powered circuits designed to make the … [Read more...] about Acoustic Pickup Systems
We all know that guitar cases won't fit in the carry-on box thing that measures your bag at the airport. But the need is over to carefully find a perfectly nice, well meaning airline person at the counter to beg and plead your case (pun intended) so … [Read more...] about Keep Calm & Carry It On
(Note: this is an excerpt from our Instrument Wellness page.) If you want your guitar to function at its best, always remember: Stability is the key. A good case and a humidifier will help keep your instrument more stable. When not being played, … [Read more...] about Proper Guitar Care & Humidity
We are finally making an official post here on our blog about our latest dealership arrangement. Custom Sound is now a proud authorized dealer for Larrivee guitars! These fine acoustic instruments represent an elite level of … [Read more...] about Larrivee is Here!
Check out this article about the shop published in the AZ Daily Sun last Sunday, September 21st. Learn more about our history and our founding. --- Thank you Suzanne and Taylor, for a great article. --- … [Read more...] about Custom Sound in the News
Here is the new signature model I made for Anders Beck, dobro player for the band GreenSky Bluegrass. Check out the pics below and get all the specs and details on the Portfolio page and the Product Order page. GreenSky came through Flagstaff a … [Read more...] about The Signature SquareLine
First, a quick history lesson. Allow me to introduce you to the infamous Martin F-1, an hollow-body jazz box briefly made by the C.F. Martin company from 1940 - 1942, at the tail end of Martin's foray into archtop guitars. The F-1 and other archtop … [Read more...] about Puzzle Solved on a Vintage Martin F-1
Notice anything strange? This was a very interesting project. Some time ago a customer came through Flagstaff on vacation with his family and we got to talking about a can of worms he recently opened. He had come across a messed up 1970's … [Read more...] about Gibson J-45 Reconstruction