10 Great Modern Guitars

10 Great Modern Guitars

Eye candy for the rock 'n' roll star in you

Being a guitarist is a lot of work. Practice, practice, gigs, more rehearsal, and, you guessed it, more practice. But, when it comes to admiring different guitars, it is a world of beauty. Through my different explorations of the internet, I have compiled a list of 10 awesome guitar manufacturers/luthiers who make guitars that literally rock.

Prisma Guitars

Nick Pourfard, a self trained guitar maker, started Prisma guitars as a way to upcycle used skateboards. He is based in San Francisco, California and makes absolutely amazing guitars. He uses very high quality parts with his guitars and every one that he makes is one of a kind since every color on the blocks of skateboards he uses is different. Prisma makes pretty sweet sounds and is great for someone who is looking for something unique and local.

Banning Guitars

When you combine epic guitars and make them into a truly unique artistic creation, that is something worth recognizing. Banning guitars started when Jason Banning creating these as a hobby that soon grew into a business and an amazing trade. His effort has truly paid off. When I first saw these guitars, I was immediately captivated because of the hybrids and combination of styles of other guitars that make something very stylish. Above is the Heartbreaker model, which combines the telecaster shape with a Rickenbacker style and setup. Truly something to admire.

Swope Guitars

After working at several different guitar manufacturers, Chris Swope started his own business and created these amazing guitars. Starting with the Geronimo, Swope is slowly growing into a force to be reckoned with. With great tone and amazing style, these guitars have a modern tone with a classic look. After releasing two new models earlier this year, Swope is beginning to make a huge mark and soon to become a favorite.

Rhoney Guitars

Paul Rhoney, a passionate luthier, makes these sweet guitars. Having a huge variety of styles and shapes, Rhoney does not fall short of incredible. “The goal is never to recreate popular sounds, but to be inspired by them to find new, memorable and distinct tones. I am relentless in pursuit of this exact experience for players. Every inch of the guitar is considered.” says Rhoney from his website. It is true that every piece of the guitar is looked at and carefully crafted to the utmost detail.

Scero Guitars

Another classic master series, Scero guitars also pays attention to the guitars it makes. All guitars in their shop are handmade from the highest quality materials. They already have several different models that look like they came straight out of the groovy 60’s with some really great looking colors. Shown above is the Meastro MKII.

Becker Guitars

If martians had guitars, I would be sure they would have a full set of these. Becker Guitars are some radically good guitars, with the HeadHunter model shown above. These guitars seem to make a statement all by themselves. With a simplified setup and some futuristic tones, these guitars have all that it takes to send off anything out of this world.

Moniker Guitars

Now if you want to explore the different customization options and make a guitar that literally has your name carved into it, look no further than Moniker Guitars. Having a wide range of options to choose from, one has the opportunity to explore what kind of guitar one may want. If a decision cannot be reached, moniker also has a premium line of pre-made guitars for you to choose from, including this one, the Black Limba Reedsdale DC, a one-of-a-kind guitar that is hard to beat.

Kauer Guitars

Another offset and snazzy looking guitar, Kauer has a variety of models with high-quality custom parts and all-around goodness. With the very sleek profile of the guitars they build, this is a very classy addition to any player’s setup. Shown above is the Express supreme, with some snazzy pickups and very smooth fretboard inlays.

TK Smith Guitars

A custom-made guitar shop unique to many on this list, TK Smith custom makes most of the things in his shop and adds a Western-style twist with every guitar he builds. Here is the Smith Special, a custom guitar that really catches looks for its very unique profile and the natural look it has compared to other guitars that are available for modern players.

Frank Brothers Guitar Co.

The final one on our list is the Signature Model guitar from the Frank Brothers. Three brothers, following in a family legacy, decide to take on guitar manufacturing and create a guitar that is as versatile as it is classic. Combining many styles from different models previous to this one, this model has yet to come out onto the public market, but you can reserve one on their website. Make sure to check in with these bros periodically to see what new things they have up their sleeve.

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Cover Image Credit: http://www.ehiyo.com/guitar-21450/download-guitar-21450

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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What The 2019 'Season Of The Crab' Means For Your Zodiac Sign

It could be a super emotional month for everyone.


It's officially summer, and that means it's time to dive into the watery depths of Cancer season on June 21. There is a different energy in the air; different from the vibe in Gemini season. Each sign can expect to notice its effects, whether they are obvious or more subtle.

Cancer season means you're probably going to feel more moody than usual. Maybe you're crying more often. Maybe you'll feel more dreamy and intuitive. Maybe you'll be more irritable. Whatever the case, it never hurts to know what you're about to get yourself into.

So what does Cancer season mean for you, based on your zodiac sign?

1. Cancer - 21 Jun to 22 Jul


Happy solar return, cutie crustacean!

This is one of the dreamiest times of the entire year for you, but lacking structure and planning could prove stressful. You're in an imaginative zone and you may not feel like settling down before chasing the stars, but you must think ahead so things will work out.

2. Leo - 23 Jul to 22 Aug


Cancer season will find you exploring who you want to become, and what you want to leave behind. With your season just around the corner, this is also a magical time for healing and exploring yourself. Journaling, creative pursuits, or talking things through are wonderful ways to nourish your soul.

3. Virgo - 23 Aug to 22 Sep


This Cancer season, you'll find that the stars and the moon are asking you to rest. You will be faced with many choices and decisions this month. Enjoy your time fostering whatever creativity comes to mind. Do not force yourself to go out if you're not feeling up to it. It's okay to be you and be alone sometimes.

4. Libra - 23 Sep to 22 Oct


Cancer season and Neptune retrograde begin on June 21, causing you to need to pause and reflect on your goals. Change can be uncomfortable, but every small shift brings us closer to our goals. Be willing to take a risk, and let the universe push you in the direction of happiness and adventure.

5. Scorpio - 23 Oct to 21 Nov


Cancer season finds you traveling and opening new doors of opportunity. Are you really gaining anything by holding onto the past so tightly, Scorpio? Set your sights on new dreams, and leave all those people and situations that are holding you back in your rearview mirror.

6. Sagittarius - 22 Nov to 21 Dec


The question Cancer season asks you now, Sag, is whether you'll run away from your past, cling on to it, or do the emotional work necessary to process it and let it go. Appreciate the memories you are making and try not to get too wrapped up in the little things that annoy you. This is a time for experimentation.

7. Capricorn - 22 Dec to 19 Jan


You love your deadlines and goals, but remember that taking care of your emotional health will ultimately help you be more efficient! Trust your intuition, take it slow, and use the energy for play and creativity rather than detailed planning.

8. Aquarius - 20 Jan to 19 Feb


Cancer season this year is all about being comfortable and doing what you know, so go ahead and stick to that. This is also a great time for you to check in with yourself when it comes to wellness and your habits.

9. Pisces - 20 Feb to 20 Mar


This Cancer season, the heightened emotion that is in the air will bring you natural happiness. Go out, have a wonderful night under the summer stars, and use your experiences for inspiration. It will reinvigorate your soul to be more creative and more adventurous.

10. Aries - 21 Mar to 19 Apr


Cancer season finds you focused squarely on your personal life. It's a wonderful time for an adventure. Go on that hike. Wake up early and drive to the beach. You'll feel an inclination to do it all-- and you can! Remind yourself that you are capable.

It will be hard to stay focused because the vibe just feels so good, but Neptune's retrograde brings intriguing messages to your dreams, so pay close attention to your inner voice at this time.

11. Taurus - 20 Apr to 20 May


Cancer season causes emotions to be even more extreme so you'll probably reach your breaking point this month, Taurus, but you are never alone in the problems that you face. Remember to control your temper long enough to cool off and take some relaxation for yourself.

Take a day off and drive around with the windows down. Take five days off and drive to the beach to hang out and reflect. Whatever it is that you need to feel better, it is time to do it this month.

12. Gemini - 21 May to 20 Jun


Cancer is a sign that's all about security and protection, and you're really feeling those vibes right now. Your confidence is running high, as you are feeling more in control of your life. Get rid of the elements in your life that won't propel you forward.

Just as the moon and ocean cycle, so do we. Cancer is that strong energy that gets you up in your feels; it's sure to be a ride.

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