American Music Furniture announces The String Habitat™

American Music Furniture announces The String Habitat™

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The first String Habitat™ cabinet was unveiled at Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville during Summer NAMM.  The String Habitat™ is a humidity controlled cabinet designed to store and display small stringed instruments like mandolins, mandolas, ukuleles, fiddles and violins.  The new String Habitat™ is similar in style to the Guitar Habitat® that American Music Furniture has been shipping since 2013,  but is shorter and more shallow in depth.  The top and sides of the String Habitat™ on display were enhanced with stained glass, which is available as an option on all American Music Furniture products.

 

American Music Furniture a sponsor at Fretboard Summit 2016

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We are pleased to participate as a sponsor at the Fretboard Summit October 14-16, 2016 in San Diego.  Guitar Habitat® cabinets will be on view, and we’re sponsoring a beer tasting.  For details and tickets visit www.fretboardsummit.com The Fretboard Summit is a gathering like no other. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet some of the world’s greatest guitarmakers (2015’s event included talks from Bill Collings, Richard Hoover, Dana Bourgeois, Paul Reed Smith, Rick Turner and Jeff Traugott), hear some of the most inspiring music being made today and network with fellow guitar fanatics and professionals. The entire weekend has been carefully curated by the staff of the Fretboard Journal and features some of our magazine’s favorite subjects and contributors. Beyond the above, we’ll be taking over the resort and filling it with guitar demonstrations, interview stages, lesson rooms, pop-up museums and spaces for jamming.

Guitar Habitat® delivered to Wayne Henderson

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On June 10, 2016 American Music Furniture Company co-founder Darrell Jennings delivered a Guitar Habitat® to Wayne Henderson at his home in Mouth of Wilson, VA.   Wayne is a world renowned luthier. Henderson’s guitars are inspired by the great pre-World War II guitars of C.F. Martin & Company, and are hand-built in limited quantities; by October 2012, over five hundred Henderson guitars had been constructed. In a 1995 White House ceremony, he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship[1] in recognition of his extraordinary instrument-making. The book Clapton’s Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument (2005) outlined the process by which Henderson built a guitar for Eric Clapton.[2] In 2008 he was the subject of an Appalshop documentary, From Wood to Singing Guitar. We are extremely honored to have Wayne’s guitars on display in one of our Guitar Habitat® cabinets.

Modular Guitar Habitat® for large guitar collections

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Some of our customers have large guitar collections, and limited space to store them in. For them, we make a modular version of our Guitar Habitat® that can grow up to five 32″ wide sections. This one was recently delivered to a customer in Virginia. It can hold up to 15 guitars. If you need something large, call us.

Lattanze Guitars is a new dealer for Guitar Habitat®

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We’re delighted to announce that Lattanze Guitars in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania is now a dealer for our Guitar Habitat® cabinets. Lattanze Guitars is located about 19 miles from Philadelphia, have a fantastic repair facility, and a number of really interesting instruments, amps and a very cool performance room. The company is owned and operated by luthier Anthony Lattanze and renowned archtop luthier Bill Comins.

If you haven’t been to their store, and you’re in the Philadelphia area, go check them out. Great people, great gear, and a terrific vibe.

Guitar Habitat® is our registered trademark

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We are pleased to announce that Guitar Habitat® is now a registered trade mark of American Music Furniture Company, LLC with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Do you really know what your humidity is?

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Humidistat readings vary a lot. Here is a photo of three humidistats that were all taken in the same room. The wall controller humidistat is part of a good quality 10+ year old room humidifier. The Meade humidistat is a good quality home humidistat, and the Fluke humidistat is an expensive industrial grade humidistat that is very accurate. As you can see from the photo they range from around 34%-49% relative humidity.

The $10 humidistats you get for your guitar case are good to have, but periodically check them against a high quality humidistat. The system we use in our Guitar Habitat™ is accurate to within 2% on the digital controller, or 5% on the analog controller. Either is accurate enough for maintaining proper humidity levels.

First shipment from the new Hilltown-Perkasie, PA facility

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American Music Furniture Company, LLC has begun shipping Guitar Habitat™ cabinets from it’s new facility in Hilltown, PA.  Company owners Roger Horneff, Darrell Jennings and John Farrell are pictured with the first cabinet to ship, a custom 28″ wide cabinet for four guitars for a client in Manhattan.

This dark American walnut cabinet has a flat top, and 1.5 quart humidifier.  Like all Guitar Habitat™ cabinets, this one comes with LED lighting and rheostat, cedar lining, tempered glass, and locking door.

 

Guitar Habitat™ featured in “Guitar Aficionado Recommends”

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Guitar Aficionado has headlined American Music Furniture in the “Guitar Aficionado Recommends” section of their on-line magazine.  We are delighted to be recommended by one of the most prestigious guitar magazines in the industry.

Guitar Habitat™ featured in Guitar Aficionado Gift Suggestions

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We are delighted to have been featured by Guitar Aficionado in their latest issue.  We are honored to be part of a very select group of products recommended in their “Holiday Gift Guide”.

Lake Street Dive at Levon Helm’s Barn

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Lake Street Dive killing it by the pond behind Levon’s barn in Woodstock.

Tedeschi-Trucks, Taj and Jerry Douglas

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Backstage rehearsal of Leavin’ Trunk from the Beacon Theater last weekend.  It doesn’t get much better than this.  Like being a fly on the wall.

Darrell Scott, Candle for a Cowboy

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Darrell is one of the truly great singer songwriters.  He paints really beautiful three minute movies in your head with each tune.   He’s also a great cook, and knows where to find a good cup of coffee in Nashville.

Aoife O’Donovan, “Oh Mama”

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Well I’ll admit it.  She charms the heck out of me.  Her voice is like something from another time and place.  I first came across her in Goat Rodeo where she was the voice paired with some of the greatest players in the world.   Here she is with a guitar in a gondola.

The Band…They really were THE Band

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Other than the Beatles, I can’t think of a more influential group of musicians from my generation.  With Rick, Richard and Levon gone now, we can only capture the spirit of their music in the work of Amy Helm, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Jim Weider and others that centered their talents and hearts around Levon’s barn in Woodstock.   But it’s great to go back and see the real deal.  Here they are in their prime.  Wow, what great music, and great musicians.  They really did invent what we now call Americana.

Ruston Kelly-I think you’re going to hear a lot from him

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We ran across Ruston Kelly as the opening act for John Hiatt last night and he was terrific in every respect.  In what was normally a quiet older crowd in small town Eastern Pennsylvania, he had everyone involved, bantering back and forth, and laughing… and the music was outstanding.  Ruston is a really great young singer songwriter from Nashville.  I’m predicting he’s one you’ll still be listening to years from now.

The Woodstock Luthier’s Invitational Showcase 2014

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We are delighted to again be attending the Woodstock Luthier’s Invitational Showcase on October 25th and 26th.  This is the premiere custom guitar show this year.  You do not want to miss it.   They’ll have:

  • The best luthiers in the world
  • Some incredible live music
  • Amazing guitars
  • Beautiful tone woods
  • Great guitar related products

Come on up to Woodstock and say hi.  We’ll have a Guitar Habitat™, and the now famous 1934 Gibson Roy Smeck Radio Grande along with us.  We hope to see you there.

Roger Ridley -you’ve heard him

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You don’t know Roger Ridley, but you probably know the Playing for Change videos that have been circulating around the world for many years.  He’s the voice that started it on “Stand by Me”.   They’ve gone back and video tapped him doing “Tears On My Pillow”, and what a voice.  I don’t know about you, but I’d buy a ticket to see him.

Thanks Roger and Playing for Change for making the world a little better place…even if it’s only for three minutes at a time.

Thile and Meyer beautiful video

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Geniuses.  They invent their own musical style and take their instruments to places no one has imagined.

Thile and Meyer Bass and Mandolin…

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Two amazing artists.  Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer are incomparable.  What do you call this music?  Jazz? Americana?  I don’t know, except that it’s exceptional.  Dream job? ….one of these guys ordering a cabinet for their instruments.