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Exclusive Artist Interview: Keb’ Mo’

 If any artist wanted to rest on his laurels, that could be Keb’ Mo.’ At 67, the California-bred bluesman has 14 albums, four Grammy Awards, 11 Blues Foundation Awards, six BMI Awards and numerous music related TV and film appearances. He’s been there and he’s done that. But resting, quite frankly, is just not in the cards for Keb,’ who last year recorded a duo album with old pal and fellow traveler Taj Mahal, followed by a national tour. The...

Weber celebrates new D’Addario Partnership with Yellowstone Mandolin F14-F Giveaway!

In January 2019, Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments will be celebrating a new mandolin string partnership with D'Addario by giving away one of the newly redesigned Yellowstone F14-F mandolins on the final day of the Winter NAMM Show. This opportunity to win a Yellowstone F14-F mandolin will be open to consumer and dealers alike from January 15th through the 27th, with a live drawing to take place at the Weber booth #2503 on January 27, 2019. A retail value of $4,999. So, put January 15th on...

New Hand-Rubbed Finishes for Gallatins and Bitterroots

By Michael Eck Dalton Bell is always thinking about your Weber mandolin. It would be easy enough for him to saunter into the finish booth, don his mask and spray away, but Bell, who in his rare spare time paints and draws, is an artist. He’s constantly examining the process of finishing Weber mandolins and finding new ways of perfecting tradition. Take Gallatins, for example. The humblest of the Weber line, they are remarkable music machines, and each luthier takes the same care...

Exclusive Interview: BJ Golden

By Michael Eck Living the dream. It’s such a cliché that it’s almost become a punch line. But for Houston native BJ Golden, it’s simply the truth. Golden was parked in Denver in 2013, playing in a quartet of local bands and giving guitar lessons, when he received a call from an old Nashville buddy, Corey Roberson, who had become country star Brantley Gilbert’s assistant tour manager. “Can you fly back for an audition?” Golden, who had first moved to...

Meet the Team: Miles Benefield

By Michael Eck   There are a few things you should know about Miles Benefield. First, he’s from Mount Pleasant Tennessee, “The Phosphate Capital of the World,” but he loves the purity of Bend, Oregon. Second, when he needs to relax, he steps out of the office and hits the Weber workshop floor, to smell the wood—it centers him in a way that anyone who appreciates making or playing can understand. And third, perhaps most importantly—in his own...

Meet the Craftsmen: Mike Fischer

By Michael Eck Mike Fischer remembers the phone call well. It was a Minnesota February, the kind that cuts a chill right through to the bone. He was in his second year, studying Guitar Development & Production at the Red Wing campus of Minnesota State, an hour south from his Twin Cities home. He got the job. It was a phone call from Weber. “The standard in the industry,” Fischer says, “is what's called a bench test. For a gig like this, a luthier’s position,...

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