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

Monday, May 18, 2015

GFA 2015 Industry Leadership Award: Kenny Hill

Congratulations Kenny Hill!

Kenny Hill is to accept the 2015 Industry Leadership Award at this years GFA Convention in Oklahoma City!

Go read his Bio here on the GFA Website.

He will be accepting this award during the awards ceremony at 9pm on the last day of the convention, Sunday 6/28.

Apart from this acceptance he will also be giving a lecture on Thursday 6/25 that you won't want to miss!

We hope to see you there!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Kenny Hill in Classical Guitar Magazine

This year Classical Guitar Magazine has come to the USA in a whole new style. This venerable magazine has been published in England every month since 1982! Then, just this year, my good friend David Lusterman acquired it from the founder, Maurice Summerfield. Lusterman has been publishing Strings, Acoustic Guitar, and Ukulele magazines here in the San Francisco Bay area for eons, and there is no one anywhere more capable or more amiable to take over the publication of CG. 

Classical Guitar will be published quarterly. The first issue recently came out, Spring 2015. I'm impressed. It has a whole new look and editorial style, and I find it engaging and surprisingly broad in its range and depth of relevant content. It has a real sense of both old and new, European and American resources and interesting things from around the world. I am honored to have a feature article in this first issue, and I hope to have a long and interesting relationship with the people at Classical Guitar.

I encourage you to look at the magazine and to subscribe to it. This is a great addition to the guitar community, and a wonderful way to stay abreast of artists, trends, old friends and new. I'm really excited to have this new resource coming so elegantly out of our community here near my home. I congratulate David Lusterman and his staff for making this bold and confident move, and showing up with real class from the beginning.

Kenny Hill

Go read Kenny's Classical Guitar Article HERE

SUBSCRIBE to Classical Guitar Magazine

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New World Guitar Introduces the Ported Player!

For over a decade Player traditional classical guitars have made New World Guitars a reasonably-priced high-quality brand. During that same time, Hill Guitars have been built with a variety of modern features designed to maximize the instruments' potential.

We've found the addition of 2 holes in the guitar's shoulders increases the air flow in and out of the body providing the player with more accurate monitoring as well as greater quality and quantity of projection for the listener. Now, we've added this option for New World Player owners as an additional step up in quality. So, try a ported Player and discover how much more there can be to a guitar.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

3 Days left to win a Hill Guitar Performance Series!

Support the Omni Foundation Guitar Series and win a handmade Hill Guitar Company Performance Series Classical Guitar!

There are over $10,000 in prizes to be given away on April 25th, 2015 during the Marcin Dylla concert.  Winners need not be present to be eligible.  

Donation: $20 per raffle ticket or 6 tickets for $100

The Grand prize is a Hill Performance Series Guitar with an Arched Case!

Visit the Omni Foundation Website HERE to look at the rest of the amazing prizes they are giving away.

This raffle is something you won't want to miss!  Take the chance and CALL or purchase online in order to get your Omni Raffle tickets now!

Call: (415) 242-4500 or (650) 726-1203
Order Online:  Omni Foundation Raffle

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New World Player in La Guitarra Silent Auction!

La Guitarra Festival is coming up!

New World Ported Player 650S
La Guitarra California Festival is on September 25th-27th and Hill Guitar is very excited to be there!

ALSO, Hill Guitar Company is donating a New World Ported Player 650S (pictured here) for the Guitar Silent Auction!  During all three days of the festival, attendees have the opportunity to place written bids for two beautiful new guitars, one of them being our New World Player.  

The winners of each guitar will also receive concert tickets to the 2017 Festival!

Go to the Silent Auction page HERE to look at both guitars and find more info.

If you are not familiar with New World Guitars, go read up on them at our website www.neworldguitar.com

Make sure to put in your bid at the Festival so you can have your chance at this beautiful guitar!  We hope to see you there!

La Guitarra Festival Website

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kenny Hill at Musikmesse 2015

Kenny Hill at Musikmesse 2015!

Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany is next week!
Musikmess is the world's most important meeting place for the musical sector.  Here you will find a complete range of products with everything required for making music, not to mention innumerable workshops, concerts, product demonstrations and discussion events.

Find Exhibitors HERE

Browse Events HERE

Buy Tickets HERE

There will be NO Hill Guitar Company Booth set up, however Kenny will be there so if you'd like to see him make sure you contact him:  krhill@hillguitar.com

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Missing A Guitar?

We were recently contacted by the Palo Alto, CA police department regarding a recovered Hill Guitar in a recent arrest. It is presumed stolen, and therefore, someone possibly in the greater Bay Area or California is missing their guitar.

If you have had your guitar stolen, contact us or the Palo Alto Police Department (650-329-2406) or email jesus.peneda@cityofpaloalto.org with the details of the guitar.

It's not the guitar in the photo.

Hill Guitar Company

8011 Highway 9

Ben Lomond, CA  95005

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Congratulations Ashwin Krishna!

Hill Guitar featured player, Ashwin Krishna has been named winner of 2015 ASTA National Solo Competition First Place for Guitar, Junior Division.  

Ashwin is a student of Scott Cmiel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Program where he has earned a Young Artist Certificate for his study of guitar performance, chamber music, musicianship and music history.  In 2012 he performed at Carnegie Hall for NPR's "From the Top" radio and also placed first in the instrumental category in the Mondavi Young Artist competition. In 2011 he was the first guitarist to win the Pacific Musical Society Competition in the instrumental category.  He has also placed in a variety of regional competitions, including second in the GFA junior division in 2010 and 2011 and first in the 2010 Carmel Classic Guitar Competition.  Ashwin plays a Hill Signature Guitar.

Congratulations Ashwin!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Amadeus Guitar Duo is coming to Monterey, CA!

Now is your chance to see Amadeus Guitar Duo live in an unforgettable performance!

Dale Kavanagh (Canada) and Thomas Kirchhoff (Germany) have been playing together since 1991 and have given more than 950 concerts in more than 50 European countries and North, Central and South America and Asia. Critics and audiences acknowledge the young musicians bubbling temperament in virtuoso recital, their highly sensitive creative ability in musical phrasing and articulation, and their great guitar-tone, which fills large auditoriums with a warm, rich sound. 

When:  Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Where: Museum of Monterey
Address: 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
Time: Doors open at 7pm; Concert starts at 7:30 pm

This concert is sponsored by Hill Guitar Company, Friedman Eye Center, & Carmel Guitar Society.

Tickets are $25 for general public and $20 for CGS members.
Buy tickets HERE.

For more info on Amadeus Guitar Duo visit their website here.

Hurry and buy tickets now, they will go quickly!