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Introducing the Weber Specialty Dealers

Introducing the Weber Specialty Dealers

Twenty years ago, when Bruce Weber launched his collection of traditional stringed instruments, his motivation was learning and crafting customs. Rarely did Bruce make the exact same instrument twice.  As the company grew, and demand increased custom building, each piece became more challenging. Nearly 100 music retailers began offering Weber instruments, requiring more standardization to service the mandolin marketplace.   But not wanting to get too far away from Bruce’s roots,...

Exclusive Artist Interview: Bob Minner

Exclusive Artist Interview: Bob Minner

Musician Bob Minner has played for 40 years, starting at age five. He is an accomplished guitarist, winning major contests in the 80s, and along the way, has developed a unique sound that is entirely his. For the past 18 years, Bob’s served as the acoustic guitarist for country mega-star Tim McGraw, as well as recorded four records with McGraw in the acoustic guitar seat. Bob has played on numerous #1 hits by Tim McGraw, including the mega-smash "Live Like You Were Dying." Bob released...

Featured Instrument: Bitterroot F14

Explore Weber instruments and you'll find many of them have names with deep roots in Montana. The Bitterroot F14 is one such specimen. The Bitterroot is Montana's state flower, whose fleshy roots were used extensively as food by Native Americans, Lewis and Clark and the pioneers and mountain men that followed. Players love the silky satin finish and the ivory binding that give the Bitterroot distinctive visual appeal. This mandolin may be named for a plant of the Wild West, but reflects...

Tips for Learning How to Play the Mandolin

Tips for Learning How to Play the Mandolin

Small, yet powerful, the  mandolin finds its roots in the lute family. It's usually plucked with a pick or plectrum. Most mandolins feature eight metal strings, which are tuned in pairs. The tuning of two each makes four sets of strings in total. Some mandolin models have 10 or 12 strings. The closest acoustic relatives to the mandolin include the mandola, octave mandolin and mandocello. History of Mandolin The history of the mandolin can be traced back to 13,000 BC. A cave...

New Instrument Video: Yellowstone 2-Point Octave with Zach Runquist

In this short Weber video, artist Zach Runquist plays the Weber Yellowstone 2-Point Octave and speaks about the musical qualities of the instrument. About Zach Runquist: Born and raised in the heart of Music City, I knew at the age of 10 that music would be my lifelong passion. At an early age I was first exposed to the recording studio while working on the first record for the "Sons of Tennessee" - which consisted of my father and older brother. I intensely watched Bruce Watkins, a veteran...

Two Old Hippies Announces the Retirement of Bruce Weber Sr. as General Manager of Weber

Two Old Hippies Announces the Retirement of Bruce Weber Sr. as General Manager of Weber

Bend, OR | 3.3.16 – In October of 2012, Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments was acquired by Two Old Hippies Stringed Instruments located in Bend, Oregon. The company was relocated to Bend, and the workshop’s handcrafting practices were maintained. For the last few years Bruce Weber Sr. has served as the General Manger from his home shop in Montana. Bruce has recently decided to step down as General Manager and focus on the instruments. “My passion is working with the players, and I...

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