Thursday, October 20, 2016

Carmel Guitar Society Presents Marc Teicholz!

This Saturday Carmel Guitar Society is hosting a fundraiser for CGS with a performance by Marc Teicholz!

Limited seats are available
Valet parking and wine will be provided
Please contact Ron Friedman for reservations and more info:

When: Oct. 22
Time: 7:00PM
Tickets: $50 donation (tax deductible) 

Sponsored by Dr. Ron Friedman and Hill Guitar Company

Monday, October 3, 2016

Announcing Nichols Guitar Restoration!

We'd like to announce most of our French polish repair work will now be performed by Glenn Nichols in Massachusetts. For many years Glenn was our lead finisher in French polish and he brought a world class level of excellence to our instruments' finish. We were sorry to have him leave, but are happy to refer your work to him in the knowledge your finish repairs will be performed to the high standard you would receive here.

Further, we are equally confident to have Glenn manage warranty repairs, and any other unique repairs or maintenance on our Hill and New World instruments including factory set up and action adjustments to your satisfaction.


Glenn Nichols
54 North Street
Norfolk MA 02056

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hill Guitar will be at SBAIC!

The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration is this Weekend!

The modern “guitar festival” in which the public could meet directly with a number of celebrated luthiers was created two decades ago by Charles Fox, Tom Ribbecke, and Todd Taggart in Healdsburg and brought to fruition by Chris Herrod and LMII. The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration is indebted to their vision and continues the tradition of presenting the state of the craft and the art of the music in an informal setting.

The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration is a unique opportunity to meet many contemporary masters of lutherie, and to see, play and purchase some of the finest handmade instruments directly from the builder. Many of these lutherie legends will be in attendance along with numerous contemporary icons who continue to set the standard and break new ground. Please join us for an unparalleled festival including fingerstyle, jazz, blues, classical, and slack key acoustic music all weekend at a relaxed California gallery and garden setting, in one of America’s premier destination towns.

Our table will be in the Luthier Hall at table J10!
Kenny will also be playing at the indoor music stage at 2:20pm on Friday

For tickets and info please visit the SBAIC website

Come visit us and see what guitars we brought for you!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016 Custom Crossover in Showroom!

2016 Hill Custom CROSSOVER Doubletop 640mm
Narrow Neck
Not For Sale

This is a new 640mm Custom CROSSOVER European spruce doubletop Signature with Macassar Ebony back and sides. This guitar sounds and looks terrific. With its shorter string length it plays easily!
  • Soundboard: Doubletop European spruce/Nomex/Western red cedar lattice braced
  • Back/Sides: Macassar ebony
  • cutaway
  • Barbera pick up
  • Neck: Spanish cedar, Narrow 1 7/8" 48mm
  • Fingerboard: ebony, elevated, radiused
  • String Length: 640mm
  • Finish: French polish
  • Tuners: Sloane ebony Stippled
  • Lightweight truss rod
  • sound port
  • Overall length: 39"
  • Body length: 19"
  • Upper bout: 11"
  • Lower bout: 14.375"
  • Body depth: 3.5 - 4"
  • Fingerboard @ nut: 48mm
  • lattice braced
  • compensated nut and saddle
  • 12 hole bridge
  • strap buttons

This Guitar is Not For Sale.  However, if you are interested in a guitar like this, please contact us for more info or to place an order.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Signature Ergonomic Model in Showroom!

2016 Hill ERGONOMIC Model
640mm Indian Rosewood

$8,000 with Metro case

This is the first production ERGONOMIC model Signature Standup Model we've made. A number of ERGONOMIC features have been included in custom guitars, but now they are being offered for discerning players desiring a more comfortable instrument.

The Ergonomic model is based on the Standup Wedge body design; the body depth being thicker on the treble side and thinner on the bass side makes the guitar easier to reach the strings with the right arm. The addition of the armrest makes the reach even easier and more comfortable. The subtraction of a small slice from the bass side of the upper bout in back makes the guitar sit against the chest more comfortably.

This guitar's string length is 640mm with a Western red cedar doubletop with select Indian rosewood back and sides. Looks and sounds fantastic. ...and, no, the armrest and chest cut, the wedge do not reduce or alter the sound negatively.

  • Standup Wedge body
  • Soundboard: Doubletop European Spruce/Nomex/Western Red Cedar lattice braced
  • Back/Sides: Indian rosewood
  • Neck: Spanish cedar
  • Fingerboard: ebony, elevated
  • String Length: 640mm
  • Finish: French polish
  • Tuners: Sloane ebony
  • Lightweight truss rod
  • sound ports
  • compensated bone nut & saddle
  • 12 hole bridge
  • Armrest
  • Chest cut
  • Overall length: 39"
  • Body length: 19"
  • Upper bout: 11"
  • Lower bout: 14.375"
  • Body depth: 3.5 - 4"
  • Fingerboard @ nut: 51mm
Take a closer look!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Carmel Guitar Society Presents: Andrew York in Concert & Masterclass!

Come see Andrew York Live in Concert in Carmel, CA!

As you may know we are presenting Andrew York in concert this coming Saturday night at Hidden Valley Music in Carmel Valley, and additionally we are offering a master class on Saturday morning 10:00 AM, at the Hill Guitar showroom in Ben Lomond. There is room for an additional player in the class, or if you just want to attend please give us a call at 831-336-9317. Andy is a great composer, a fine guitarist, an excellent teacher and an interesting guy. This is an opportunity not to be missed! I hope you can come to both events.

Kenny Hill

In any generation there are many musicians, but very few artists that communicate on a profound cultural level.  Andrew York is one of these rare artistic voices.  Think Picasso painting with sound as a canvas, or a Miles Davis behind the guitar.  Andrew achieves a synthesis of ancient and modern forms that offers a deep cultural expression that will only be truly understood by future generations.  To call Andrew's music classical is to put it into far too small a box; this is the living future of classical music.

When: Saturday, August 20th
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $30
Call (831) 375-2486 or (831) 659-3115 for tickets
Where: Hidden Valley Music, Carmel
e-mail: for questions

Monday, July 18, 2016

Congratulations to the Cincinnati Winner!

We recently donated an Estudio Model Guitar for raffle to the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati for their summer classical guitar workshop.  Thanks to Jonathan Marshall, one of our fantastic dealers at Jonathan Marshall Guitars, there is a winner! Congratulations!