Creating a Better Fretpad & Solution for 12-Strings

Creating a Better Fretpad & Solution for 12-Strings

November 30, 2018 0 comments

Today, we are excited to launch OctaveTouch™, our new patent-pending fretpad technology. This is a 12-string solution that turns any 200 series capo into the best 12-string capo in the world.  Watch the video above for details and read on if you would like to read the full backstory of how this new technology came to be.

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How to Convince your Spouse to Buy you a Guitar for Christmas

How to Convince your Spouse to Buy you a Guitar for Christmas

November 29, 2018 0 comments

Hide your existing guitars: Why won’t your partner buy you a guitar for Christmas? Probably because she thinks you own too many of them. You can try and justify it all you want: “I keep that one in DADGAD. That one’s a parlor guitar, that one’s a dreadnaught. Strats sound different to Les Pauls!”Unfortunately, though, none of this will fly. As far as she’s concerned, “too many guitars” is less than the amount you currently have. Your instruments aren’t as sacred to her as they are to you. I...

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Being a thankful guitarist

Being a thankful guitarist

November 16, 2018 0 comments

When we think about Thanksgiving, we think about the festivities. Turkey and Cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving day football, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – you know what we mean. But, at its core, Thanksgiving is about, well, giving thanks. And that goes for us guitarists as well. Here at Thalia, we’re been thinking about the guitar-related things to be thankful for this holiday season. These are some of our observations.

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The Tree: The story of the world’s most coveted tonewood

The Tree: The story of the world’s most coveted tonewood

November 15, 2018 0 comments

“When I picked it up, I was completely humbled. It was a shock-and-awe moment. It changed everything I’d ever thought about acoustic guitars leading up to that point… It was the most amazing acoustic guitar I’d ever played or heard.”When it comes to guitars, it takes a lot to impress Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. The top-hatted axe-wielder owns more than 100 instruments, with plenty of vintage Gibson Les Pauls, Martin D-18s and Gibson J-200s featuring in his collection. But then, the guita...

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Know Your Tonewood: Mahogany

Know Your Tonewood: Mahogany

November 08, 2018 0 comments

When it comes to tonewood, mahogany carries some serious weight in the guitar world, both literally and metaphorically.A mainstay in both acoustic and electric guitar manufacturing, it’s been used to make some of the most iconic instruments of all time. And, it’s prized in lutherie for both its aesthetic and sonic properties.Today, we’re getting to grips with mighty mahogany; its varieties, its tonal characteristics and its sustainability. 

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The (Open-Minded) Genius of Richard Thompson

The (Open-Minded) Genius of Richard Thompson

November 01, 2018 0 comments

When you think about British guitar heroes of the late 1960s and early 1970s, a few names are likely to crop up: Jimmy Page; Eric Clapton; Jeff Beck; Keith Richards; George Harrison; Peter Green. We’ll call these guys the usual suspects. Richard Thompson, however, is not a usual suspect.

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The (Open-Minded) Genius of Richard Thompson

The (Open-Minded) Genius of Richard Thompson

November 01, 2018 0 comments

When you think about British guitar heroes of the late 1960s and early 1970s, a few names are likely to crop up: Jimmy Page; Eric Clapton; Jeff Beck; Keith Richards; George Harrison; Peter Green. We’ll call these guys the usual suspects. Richard Thompson, however, is not a usual suspect.

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Iconic Guitars: the History of the Martin D-28

Iconic Guitars: the History of the Martin D-28

October 19, 2018 0 comments

There are plenty of acoustic guitars out there that’d we’d describe as “classic.” “Iconic?” that’s another thing entirely. In our book, truly “iconic” guitars are few and far between. Often, when that term gets used to describe a six-string, it’s more marketing man hyperbole than true fact.

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Understanding Partial Capos

Understanding Partial Capos

October 11, 2018 0 comments

Partial capos used to be something of a niche product, but in the past few years, they’ve grown exponentially in popularity. But what is a partial capo, and why do you need one? Partial capos have amazing applications for players at every stage of guitar playing. They’re incredibly useful for beginners struggling with learning chord shapes, they make alternate tunings a breeze, especially when playing live, and they unlock new sonic possibilities, facilitating sounds you didn’t know your gu...

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Iconic Guitars: The History of the Gibson Les Paul

Iconic Guitars: The History of the Gibson Les Paul

October 03, 2018 0 comments

When it comes to electric guitars, you don’t get much more iconic than the Gibson Les Paul. Along with the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster, it’s the instrument that cemented the solid-bodied electric as a bona fide guitar phenomenon, rather than just a passing phase.

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Four Types of Guitarist… You Meet at Open Mic Nights

Four Types of Guitarist… You Meet at Open Mic Nights

September 26, 2018 0 comments

Here at Thalia capos, we love open mic nights. They’re a great opportunity to meet other musicians, as well as to take your guitar playing out of your house and into the great wide world.  But much more than that, the awesome thing about open mic nights is that they’re, well… open. Unlike a bona fide, ticketed gig, literally anyone can get up and play.  

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Know Your Tonewood: Maple

Know Your Tonewood: Maple

September 17, 2018 0 comments

Historically, maple is synonymous with the manufacture of stringed instruments. Violins, violas and cellos have been made of maple for hundreds of years, and the wood was the resource of choice for many a revered luthier in the world of classical music. 

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