Keep your guitar out of your car in the summer!
Article on heat damage to your guitar

Keep your guitar out of your car in the summer!

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Every summer we hear of the terrible stories of children and pets left in cars that are severely injured or die from the heat while someone makes a “quick” trip inside a store.   This heat is just as lethal to your guitars.  Two things to remember:

  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GUITAR IN A PARKED CAR.
  • DO NOT EVER PUT A GUITAR IN THE TRUNK.

Here’s a great article on it from Gryphon Strings Web site.  Click on the link above.

NAMM weekend at Carter Vintage Guitars

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We love spending time at Carter Vintage Guitars.   For us, it’s wonderful to talk to fellow musicians about guitars, mandolins, humidity, and taking care of instruments.  During the NAMM show, we spent our time at Carter Vintage Guitars, our dealer in Nashville.   On Sunday afternoon our buddy Verlon Thompson stopped by to say hello and have a look at the new customer cabinet that we’d just delivered.    We’ll be having Verlon for a house concert August 17th, and are really looking forward to that.  If you’re in the area and would like to attend on of our house concerts, give us a call.  

www.vintagemartin.com is a place you’ll want to know

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The www.vintagemartin.com web site was put together by Robert Corwin, a very talented photographer, collector and Martin guitar expert.  In addition to the articles and beautiful photographs of old Martins, it’s got very useful links like “Obtaining proper permits for shipping vintage instruments overseas from the USA”. Mr. Corwin has done this for free, and obviously has a passion for old Martins.  I agree with him.  There is something really special about the old guitars from C.F. Martin.  I don’t have one at the moment, but I hope to again some day. Enjoy, and thanks Robert Corwin for a great Web site.

Our “PAF” (patent applied for) door design

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An obvious concern when building a humidified or dehumidified cabinet is that the humidity level inside the cabinet can be significantly higher or lower than the ambient humidity level in the room the cabinet is located in. Since the cabinets are made of solid wood, they face some of the same challenges as the guitars they protect.  The cabinet door frames can easily warp from being very dry on one side of the door, and very moist on the other. We cut our door sides into three strips and turn the center strip so that the wood grain goes a different direction to reduce warping.  However that alone isn’t always enough.   To avoid warping, the door needs to allow the humidity level in the cabinet to saturate the door frame.  To facilitate this, we designed a door with channels and vents to saturate the door with the humidity level

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Did you know we design beautiful custom recording desks?

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Recording desks have become a standard requirement for anyone serious about doing home recording.  You need something that holds your rack-mounted gear, has enough depth for your mixing board, and has room for you monitor speakers and display.   Want a desk made of beautiful wood that is sized to your specifications?  That’s what we do.     Check out the details at: http://americanmusicfurniture.com/recording-desk/

New Web site for American Music Furniture Company, LLC

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We’ve put a lot of work into launching our new Web site.  We hope you like it.  If you find any links that don’t work, please let us know!

   "Awesome cabinet! I returned home from our 3 week trip to find constant 50% humidity, through some of the coldest weather N.E. has had in recent memory."   

We love it when we make a client happy….

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OK, I was a little nervous… We have a number of clients that are professional musicians and leave their treasured guitars that don’t go on the road in their Guitar Habitat™ at home.  But this was the first time a client had planned a lengthy trip the day after his cabinet arrived.  Ken lives in Rhode Island and we delivered a medium cabinet to his home studio the day before he was leaving for three weeks.  His treasured acoustics that don’t go on the road were going in the cabinet in the coldest January we’d had in the Northeast in 20 years. We build great cabinets and use the best technology we can find, but we usually have a client live with their cabinet for a few weeks before they leave it to do it’s job.  Here’s the message we got from Ken when he returned: “Awesome cabinet!  I returned

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This is how our cabinets begin…

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We hand select from one of the best sources of American Black Walnut and Cherry We love picking out wood.  We’re fortunate to be only a few miles from our primary supplier.  Every time I go there I get ideas for new things to do with their incredible wood.

Doing stain samples today in the 90’s and about 700% humidity….

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We’ll wait until tomorrow to put finish on, but we’ve got several customers wanting a dark cherry… Time to get out the syringe and mix up some small batches of stain.  Doing tests with lacquer and oil finish.  Somebody please send us some cool dry weather.  It’s hot and I’m starting to feel like a mad scientist mixing cherry stains and dyes.   

House Concert Series

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Contact us if you’d like to attend one of our house concerts: Every month or so we have house concerts in Doylestown, PA.  Upcoming artists include: Billy Eli accompanied by John Farrell and Eric Aceto:  July 12, 2014 Verlon Thompson, August 17, 2014 Simon Von Grand, September 6, 2014 Rupert Waites, November 1, 2014 Jesse Terry, March 20, 2015 Previous groups have included Mandolin Orange, Kym Warner and Carl Miner of the Greencards, The John Byrne Band,  Craig Bickhart, and Annalise Emerick.