Mike Rantz & Joe Rantz: Music & Guitars

The picture featured here is of my dad, Mike Rantz and his half-brother, Joe Rantz, playing guitars. There are pictures of the Rantz family stuck away in albums which I simply do not recall seeing as a child. This is one of those pictures.

These two half-brothers share a common father, Harry Rantz, Sr. My […]

Some of the finest new guitars

The Martin Guitar Company will often send some reps around to different location throughout the US. During one of these episodes I had the opportunity to play some Martin Authentics. These guitars are built to “old world” standards, using hide glue and a bit more “hand” fitting in the process of construction.

Take a look:

These […]

Guitar care in the New Year

Well, a few of you may have received new instruments for Christmas. That, of course, is excellent news!

With the gift of a new guitar, banjo, mandolin, or ukulele, comes the responsibility of understanding the needs of the instrument. Especially during the winter season. The reason I specifically mention winter is that it is typically […]

Steel or nylon strings…

Do I want a steel string guitar, or a nylon string guitar?

This question comes up at some point when students begin taking guitar lessons or shopping for their first instrument.

Steel strings are a little tougher on the finger tips, especially in the beginning phases. Nylon strings are a little easier on the finger tips, […]