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Taylor Road Show Coming In September


Sunrise Guitars is excited to announce that the Taylor Guitars Road Show will be taking place at our new facility at 2781 North College in Fayetteville on September 15th at 6:30PM.

The Taylor Guitars Road Show is all about sharing our passion for guitars with fellow guitar enthusiasts. Our friendly factory experts will demonstrate how different guitar shapes and woods affect tone, share tips on how to find the right guitar, and answer all your guitar questions. You’ll also have a chance to sample the latest models from the Taylor line, including our redesigned rosewood 800 Series, maple 600 Series, and compact electric/acoustic T5z, plus some amazing custom offerings. Whatever your skill level, everyone is welcome, so whether you’re a longtime Taylor player or are thinking about getting your first guitar, come join us for a fun, informative event.

Click here to RSVP for the event and register for a chance to win free TaylorWare or Elixir strings at the event.

Bret Bielema Signs Guitar For Children’s Safety Center

Assistant GM Tyler Chadwick was on hand Friday to have Arkansas Razorbacks Football Head Coach Bret Bielema sign a Yamaha Pacifica guitar donated by Sunrise Guitars for the Dream Big Charity Gala, benefiting the Children’s Safety Center. This signed guitar will be available at the gala on July 23rd as part of an auction. Thanks to Coach Bielema, Chambers Bank, and the Children’s Safety Center for making this happen!


Now An Official Fishman Dealer

Sunrise Guitars is proud to announce that we now carry Fishman products. We have amps, pre-amps, and pickups available in-store. These products have an industry wide reputation for being quality products that really enhance the playing experience. We currently have Loudbox Mini, Artist, & Performer amps, Matrix Infinity Narrow pickups, Platinum Pro EQ/DI pre-amps, and Platinum Stage EQ/DI pre-amps, with more products arriving all the time! Stop by the store and let one of our team members help you find the right Fishman product today!

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Keb’ Mo’ Stops By The Store

Grammy winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’ stopped by the store today ahead of his headlining show tonight at the Walton Arts Center. While he was here, he signed our Gibson Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster and bought a beautiful Eastman MD315 mandolin. Make sure you check out his new double live album “That Hot Pink Blues Album.” Thanks for visiting, Keb’!

Here are some photos from his visit:

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Trey O’Dell Buys Martin From Sunrise Guitars

Trey O’Dell, Contestant on NBC’s The Voice, Purchases Martin D-17M from Sunrise Guitars


Currently appearing on this season of NBC’s hit show, The Voice, Trey O’Dell stopped by the store today to trade in his Fender Mexican Telecaster Deluxe for a brand new Martin D-17M. You can catch Trey during The Voice Battle Rounds next week on NBC. Make sure to tune in and support another very talented Northwest Arkansas musician!

Vintage Fender Lap Steel Arrives At Sunrise Guitars

1954 Fender Dual 8 Professional Steel Steel Guitar Now In Fayetteville

_DSC5131Sunrise Guitars prides itself on finding the best instruments for our customers, both new and used. Owner, Don Nelms, recently picked up a 1954 Fender Dual 8 Professional Steel Steel Guitar, serial number #2751, while traveling through Texas. Fender made this model of lap steel from 1946 through 1957. The instrument has been clear coated over the original and the case has been painted over, but all of the parts are original. It comes with the original case and optional 3 legs. If you take a closer look at this instrument, an interesting story begins to unfold.

When taking it apart for cleaning and inspection, employee Larry Stark noticed a signature and date inside the instrument. It reads “Mary 4-7-54.” This very well could be Mary Lemus, a Fender factory employee. She began working at Fender in 1954 as an assembler, eventually becoming a final assembly supervisor. Her signature very well could have appeared on various instruments from that era, most notably, Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour’s Fender Stratocaster with the #0001 serial number. Here’s a link to the article discussing the Stratocaster and “Mary.”

Sunrise Guitars To Get John Lennon 75th Anniversary Guitar

Martin D-28 John Lennon 75th Anniversary Guitar Coming To Fayetteville


The 2016 Winter NAMM show was last week and Sunrise Guitars has some exciting news coming out of the event. Coming soon to Sunrise Guitars is the Martin D-28 John Lennon 75th Anniversary guitar, pictured here with store manager, Tim Nelson. This guitar is one of only 75 being made and is beautiful. It has a solid Adirondack spruce top with Vintage Tone System, Madagascar rosewood back and sides, and the back is inlaid with HD-28 style zig-zag peace sign marquetry. This is a truly unique instrument and we are excited to be getting one for our store!

For more information on this guitar, click here to download the PDF brochure!


Barrett Baber Trades For New Martin

On December 24th, Sunrise Guitars acquired the personal Martin D-28 of Barrett Baber that he played on The Voice. He traded his D-28 for a beautiful Martin D-28 Marquis that we had in stock. We will proudly display his old guitar in our store. He represented Fayetteville and all of Northwest Arkansas in a high quality manner through a lot of exposure on national television. Thank you very much Barrett.


Later that day, Barrett posted the following to social media regarding his new guitar:

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Barrett Baber Stops By The Store

Look who stopped by the store this afternoon! The Voice finalist and Fayetteville’s own, Barrett Baber! Barrett chatted with salesman Bruce Grubb about some of our Martins and about his plans for the future. Thanks for coming by and we look forward to what the future has in store for you, Barrett!


Fine Gallery Instruments

Have you played on of the instruments from our gallery? This is where we keep our very favorite Custom Shop Martins as well as guitars from our owner’s personal collection. Stop by the store and check them out or view them online on our website!