Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New addition to our Showroom: Maple Masterpiece!

Check out this Performance Model guitar with Quilted Maple back and sides.  The striking Quilted maple and spruce doubletop combine to make this instrument both beautiful to see with a full, very rich sound that will only improve with time.

This custom Hill Performance is full size with Lattice bracing and a standard neck.

  • Doubletop Soundboard 

Engelmann Spruce/Nomex/Cedar
  • Back/Sides: Quilted Maple
  • Neck: Spanish Cedar
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • String Length: 650mm
  • 51mm at the nut
  • Finish: French Polish
  • Sound ports
  • Tuners: Gotoh w/ ebony buttons
  • Lightweight truss rod
  • Fingerboard at the nut: 51mm
  • Compensated nut and saddle
  • 12 hole bridge
  • Side marker dot at 7th fret

This guitar can be yours for $5,995!
Price includes arched case

For more info on our current inventory, please visit our online showroom.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Win a Hill Performance Model!

Dynamite Guitars 2015-16 Concert Series is Here!

Kazuhito Yamashita pictured above.

Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts hosts an annual concert series of some of the worlds finest guitarists to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Every year they host a raffle with amazing prizes to win, one of them being a Hill Performance Model, valued at $5,500!

This Performance model has a double-top soundboard with Engelman Spruce on top and Red Cedar on bottom.  It has beautiful Indian Rosewood back and sides and to top it all off a gorgeous French Polish finish.  

Other Specs:
650mm String Length
Lattice Braced
Ebony Fingerboard
Compensated Nut & Saddle
12 Hole Bridge
Adjustable Truss Rod

Make sure to put your entry in for the Raffle so you can have a shot at this amazing guitar!  Also make sure to buy tickets to a concert, there are some truly amazing artist's this year and we can't wait to hear those dynamite guitars!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kenny's 1974 Fender Bass for Sale!

Kenny Hill is selling his 1974 Fender Precision Bass from his days in his 1980's punk band.  

The Bass is a sunburst finish and very lightweight, only 7 1/2 lbs!  
There are some dings on the side/back and almost all the parts are original.  
Bass comes with its original hard shell case.

Kenny says due to the nature of the times, he doesn't remember much about playing it.  

Give a home to this bass, and make some memories of your own!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mark Goldenberg & Eric Skye

Eric Skye and Mark Goldenberg are two of the most interesting and satisfying fingerstyle guitarists I know. Recently they've been collaborating as a duo and are soon to release a CD "Artifacts". On the 18th they did a secret show at the amazing studio of my oldest buddy Chuck Pyle, hidden in the Santa Cruz mountains. Eric plays a SCGC steel string and Mark plays a Hill performance Series he got just a few weeks ago. It was an amazing collaboration, completely original and unique. Great music! You've gotta hear these guys wherever you can. I'll let you know when the CD is released.


Eric Skye Website: http://ericskye.com/

Mark Goldenberg Website: http://www.markgoldenberg.com/

Richard Hoover, Eric Skye, Mark Goldenberg & Kenny Hill

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

An International Summer for Hill Guitar!

Kenny Hill will be attending two upcoming International Guitar Festivals, the Changsha International Guitar Festival in China and the 24th International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn, Germany!

The Dates for Changsha are July 26th-30th.

The Dates for Iserlohn are August 2nd-9th.

For More information on Changsha International Guitar Festival, go here.

And for more information on Iserlohn International Symposium, go here.

We hope to see you along the way!

Monday, June 22, 2015

In Memory of Bob Hill

On Tuesday June 16 my dad Bob Hill passed away. It was in many ways a sweet and peaceful blessing, for him and for us. He was 92 years old, and up until 6 months ago he was still doing all of the same things he has loved since he was 11 years old; his music, his church, his cars and his family. During the past 15 years dad has been living in Fresno with his wife Shirley, and over the last few months it became more clear that he wanted to at least once get back to our family home in San Jose, where my sister still lives and so many of his accomplishments and memories reside. Last Saturday we were able to make that happen, and he settled into his old place with no pain, with many visits from family and friends, aware of what was around him, and he silently slipped away at 5:00 AM on Tuesday. No hospital, no pain, surrounded by family and friends. He was buried in Los Gatos along side my mother on Friday.

Shirley Hill, his wife of the last 15 years, is the one who is most deeply affected in this difficult transition for her. She has been his companion and his love, and for the last year more and more his caretaker. She was with him to the very end, and is now back at her home in Fresno with their dogs and her family and friends. She is really broken up and will need everyone's love to find joy in her life again. All of my thoughts and support and love go out to her in this difficult time.

My dad was an amazing multi-talented man — smart, funny, creative, loyal — with a good long life, and personally I feel I received my greatest strengths from him. I hope that his blood and his brains are the finest heritage I can pass on to my own children. These days have been so busy with arrangements that I haven't had the clarity of mind to really absorb this, it's surreal. I suppose this will be a process that will go on for the rest of my days.

There will be a memorial service at First Baptist Church in San Jose on July 11th, and also a memorial service at his church in Fresno as soon as we can arrange the date. I'll announce that when I know.

Bob Hill. 2014.

Thank you all for your support.

Kenny Hill
Fathers day, June 21, 2015.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Visit from Mark Goldenberg of Peghead Nation

A few days ago my friend Mark Goldenberg called up out of the blue and wanted to come by and play some guitars. Mark is an elite, well respected multi-style guitarist who lives in the LA area, and has been doing studio work for decades, as well as spending years on the road with Jackson Browne, Hugh Laurie and many other top shelf musicians. So Mark popped in and he and I spent a few hours both hanging around the shop and playing some guitars, and he went home with a new Performance model guitar. He knows what he likes and has no problem making decisions, and he plays beautifully and knows how to get to the heart of the guitar.

Mark is a teaching staff member of Peghead Nation, and Teja Gerken is one of the leaders of this innovative online music site. Teja and company put together this feature video just this week and I love it. The text is spot on and the video is articulate and sounds beautiful. I really appreciate the effort and insight that went into this feature. Please check out this link, Peghead Nation: Hill Performance Video Review Nice work!

Kenny Hill
May 2015