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BRISBANE, CA—Recording King proudly introduces the Classic Small-Body Acoustic Guitar for guitar players who play fingerstyle blues, country blues, or classic ragtime.

The newest model in the Recording King Century Jubilee Series, the Classic Small-Body guitar is built with the same care and attention to detail as all Recording King instruments. To achieve the now legendary Recording King tone, the top is made of solid Sitka spruce and supported with hand-shaped, fully scalloped x-bracing. The all-solid back and sides are made from solid figured maple. The 4 1/2” extra-deep body helps to add significant volume and bass for players looking for full, round tone and projection. The “C” profile neck is made from a single piece of solid mahogany with traditionally styled inlay on the rosewood fretboard.

With a classic 1 11/16” nut width, a truly historic scale length of 24 3/4” and a bone nut and saddle, the Recording King Classic Small-Body Acoustic has been carefully assembled to fit vintage specifications down to every last detail.

The Recording King Classic Small-Body Acoustic will arrive in time for Summer 2009. It will also be available with a Sitka spruce top and laminate mahogany back and sides. The all-solid models begin at $999.99, and the standard model lists for $599.99. Both come with Recording King’s lifetime warranty.

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BRISBANE, CA—Capitalizing on the successful and critically acclaimed Badwater series, AXL releases the all-new Badwater 1216 electric guitar for players who want the individuality of a distressed Badwater finish on a single cutaway humbucker guitar.

AXL Badwater guitars offer players unique finishes and aged components in an exceptionally well-designed and playable package. The Badwater 1216 expands the line by adding a dual-humbucker guitar with a set neck.

The Badwater 1216 (AL-820) is built with a set mahogany neck, 2 EMG-designed Alnico humbuckers and a classic-style single cutaway design. The guitar’s rosewood fretboard helps deliver a warm, thick tone. The scale length is a traditional 24 3/4” for vintage punch. The 1216 will be available in all five popular Badwater finishes, crackle blue, crackle black, crackle brown, antique white and antique brown. Each 1216 guitar body has been distressed individually by the AXL workshop, so no two are alike. The 1216 comes with carefully distressed pickguard, tone and volume knobs, and anodized tuning machines, bridge assembly and strap buttons for a unique look and vintage feel.

The Badwater 1216 single cutaway offers players a guitar that is as individual as their playing style. The Badwater 1216 has a list price of $299.99, and will be available in time for Summer 2009.

The Badwater 1216 is the newest addition to the popular AXL Badwater Series guitars. AXL Guitars is also the builder of the Wavepoint, Jacknife and Marquee Series electric guitars and basses. For more information on AXL guitars, visit

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BRISBANE, CA— With the introduction of the AXL Marquee Capricorn Bass, AXL proudly continues to produce uniquely designed, amazingly playable instruments that are within the reach of any player.

The original design of the Capricorn bass combines classic elements with modern appointments to appeal to players who appreciate vintage style but want a bass that sets them apart from the rest.

The Marquee Capricorn Bass (AJ-800) has an offset Alder body, a maple neck and a rosewood fretboard. The industry-standard 34” scale length helps insure excellent tone and intonation. The two single-coil EMG-designed Alnico pickups provide round low end with midrange punch. Independent volume controls for each pickup allow players to dial in a range of tones from warm and fat to crisp and aggressive. The unique 2-piece pickguard is reminiscent of classic designs, but adds a subtle modern edge, and the vintage-style bridge and elephant ear tuners complete the classic vibe. The Capricorn Bass is available in classic black, Olympic white, Lake Placid blue, electric red, sunburst and natural (with maple fretboard).

The Marquee Capricorn Bass is perfect for players who are looking for a great sounding, comfortable bass that is the perfect combination of classic style and contemporary design. The Capricorn bass has a list price of $279.99, and will be available in time for Summer 2009.

The Marquee Capricorn Bass is the newest addition to the popular AXL Marquee Series. AXL Guitars is also the builder of Badwater Series guitars and basses, the AXL Wavepoint and the AXL Jacknife.

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BRISBANE, CA—Palatino introduces a new solid hand-carved violin with a hand-rubbed French polish finish and world class craftsmanship by Master Wei Jing Zhong Studios.

Every piece of the Palatino Mancini Violin (VN-1400) is crafted meticulously by hand for the same great care and attention put into 17th century violins. The Mancini has a Stradivarius style body and a deep, mature sound that makes it a perfect “step-up” violin for intermediate players.

This violin features a solid hand-carved European spruce top, flamed aged maple back and sides, hill-style ebony fittings, Aubert bridge, hand-rubbed French polish finish and handmade Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings from Germany.

This model is produced by a small team of builders at Master Wei Jing Zhong Studios, which is quickly gaining prominence as a leading workshop for superior replica violins.

The Mancini violin is available in 4/4 size and has a list price of $799.99. This model is fully adjusted in the U.S. Palatino is the maker of violin family instruments, wind instruments and pianos.

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BRISBANE, CA—Guardian introduces a much sough-after fiberglass banjo case with the impact-resistant, water-repellent and durable features of similar cases three times the price.

Guardian Fiberglass Case for Banjo (CG-061-J) has a 6mm fiberglass shell for superior protection, crushed black velvet interior, six latches including three around the area of the banjo resonator, comfortable leather handle and headstock wedges for excellent fitting.

The case fits resonator banjos and was developed with the help of professional artists who tested prototypes in real-world situations, such as air and road travel during bluegrass festival season.

The fiberglass case comes in a glossy dark grey exterior and is perfect for players looking for complete protection from low to medium-level impact.

The new banjo model has a list price starting at $249.99. Fiberglass cases are also available for dreadnaughts and come in light grey or dark grey.

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