Thursday, September 29, 2005

Colder days coming - time to prepare your guitar for winter

Now is the time to make sure that your humidifiers are ready and that your guitar is prepared for the coming winter.

Winnipeg winters are particularly hard on acoustic instruments because of the dry heat that is in most of our homes. Furnaces, electric heaters and fireplaces may keep us warm, but they also dry out our environment. This lack of humidity does damage to the glue that holds the instrument together not just to the wood itself.

We have humidifiers for guitars as well as for smaller instruments such as violins and ukuleles.

Also you may notice your guitar is no longer playing as well as it has earlier in the summer. This is a natural result of the change in temperature and humidity and can in most cases be corrected quickly in our shop. We do these minor "truss rod" adjustments free on the spot. For bigger problems we can set up the instrument back to the way you remember it.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

What is special about today? It is the first day of fall, it is David Coverdale's birthday (go White Snake) and it is a bright sunny day here in Winnipeg.

New items in the store include a pair of sweet parlour guitars, hardshell ukulele cases, two Macaferri style guitars and the Schatten HFN artist pickup.

Work is progressing on our sign and we hope to have that installed before too long.

Have a good day today and we'll see you soon!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Happy Birthday BB King!

Happy Birthday BB King! Reily B King was born on this day in 1925 which makes him a wonderful 80 years old! Man I wish I could be doing as many shows as he does when I'm his age.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Gypsy Guitars Now In

I just got back from Ontario to find these really cool Macaferri style guitars have arrived. They are cool, sound and play great and are very affordable too! Get your groove on manouche!
MM-10 | MM-20

Friday, September 02, 2005

Tales from the road

Hey there Sled Dog viewers! Manitoba Hal here out on the road in Ontario. I've been camping and playing music and checking out music stores all over the southern Ontario area. You know what I've learned? We carry the same quality instruments that you can get anywhere and for the same or (in some cases) even less than other retailers. I find it very interesting to see how many stores are chasing after the very real vibe that we have at Sled Dog. Mom and Pop stores are trying to be more folksy and big chains are trying to appear more friendly and helpful.

I saw some cool stuff including a new handmade parlour guitar that is made in Peterborough. Rick Fines was playing it when I sat in with him in a pub in Cobourg. The guitar was fantastic and reminded me of those old parlour guitars that Martin used to make.

What do you think, do we need more parlour guitars in our inventory? Is this something you'd like us to carry? Drop us a line and let us know so that we can order stuff if we need to.