Areg & Friends: Guitar Travelers take their talents to Armenia & Georgia

Areg & Friends take their Luna Instruments to Armenia & Georgia

By Anna Manvelyan
November 2017

Music has always been a huge part of all of us: we listen to music while doing our studies, while editing photos, while eating and chatting. It brightens up our days and we have a huge amount of enjoyment just thinking about creating or listening to music. In August 2017, we went on a road trip across Armenia and Georgia.

Areg & Friends take their Luna Instruments to Armenia & Georgia

This trip brought together four people and four Luna instruments, and we had the opportunity and time to play and sing our favorite songs. Due to the hustle and bustle of our regular city lives, we don’t usually have that much time to savor this feeling of our fingers strumming the strings and the sense of pride we get when we finish a song and listen to the sound of the last notes fading.

Areg & Friends take their Luna Instruments to Armenia & Georgia

We took our Ukuleles and Guitars by Luna everywhere we went: mountains, lakes, busy streets and empty alleys. Our Luna instruments were the perfect addition to each new scene and filled us with coziness and joy. At that point, our instruments were more than a tool, but rather a definition of who we present ourselves as, something that reminded us of home and something we could hold on to.

Areg & Friends take their Luna Instruments to Armenia & Georgia

The first thing I thought of as I started writing this is how we tried recording something for the first time during our trip. We were on a high hill and all we had were a guitar and our voices. We placed the recorders, set up the cameras and started to sing. And even though there were some challenges with recording (strong wind, an itchy nose or a huge mosquito flying around your head can definitely spoil the shot), despite all of that, we had the best time. The sunset was enormously beautiful, the soft sound of our favorite guitar playing and birds singing all came together to create the most incredible memories.

Rennie, Anna, Irina - Little Kids (Kings of Convenience cover)

They say people remember their experiences in feelings, and the feeling I can recall looking back at that moment was happiness.

Areg & Friends take their Luna Instruments to Armenia & Georgia

With love,

Anna Manvelyan

Luna Guitars Introduces Art Inspired Luna Percussion

Luna Adds Signature Touch to the Cajon; Takes Percussion to a Whole New Level

Tampa, FL – November 1st, 2017 – Luna Guitars, most commonly known for its creativity, introduces the all new Luna Cajon for 2018. The new Cajon focuses on enhancing 3 key elements of the performance from visual aesthetics to functionality and comfort. To ensure a sturdy structure, one can expect deep and punchy bass tones off the ash wood front piece while the body is supported by birch and eucalyptus woods. With a built in snare, drummers can control the flow and alter the rhythm of the music at any pace with the easily accessible quick switch of a lever for on and off control.

Luna puts the finishing touch on the Cajon by applying the signature Luna Tattoo design on the front. Cajons are available in three colors; Black, Teal & Green. Each comes with a branded travel bag and a foam pad for comfort when sitting on the Cajon.

“The Luna Tribe embodies ukulele enthusiasts, guitarists, bluegrass players and now we are excited to add the percussion element which we feel completes the Luna Tribe [Luna owners],” said Adam Gomes, Director of Marketing & Artist Relations at Luna Guitars. “We married quality & practicality with Luna’s creative vision – adding the signature Tattoo design that has become a staple to the Luna brand.”

A demo video is scheduled to be released later this year as well as additional photography. For more information regarding the Luna Cajon visit www.lunaguitars.com/cajon.

Features include:

• Birch & Eucalyptus Body

• Ash Wood Front Piece

• Luna Tattoo Design

• 3 Color Options; Black, Teal, Green 

• Includes Foam Pad & Branded Travel Bag

• 12 x 12 x 19 Inches

Luna Links

Website – lunaguitars.com

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Facebook – facebook.com/lunaguitars

Twitter – twitter.com/lunaguitars

Instagram – instagram.com/lunaguitar

Your Instrument is an Extension of Yourself

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I think I speak for most songwriters when I say our instruments are an extension of ourselves. I never truly understood the meaning of this until I saw the “Vista Wolf”; to me there is nothing more important and precious on stage than having a guitar that speaks for itself. When I was in Iraq I was very closed off and kept to myself. There were nights when I would stand in the desert outside my tent and look at the moon thinking of my family. Knowing no matter how far away I was, we were all looking at the same moon. It was my way of staying connected to the people I love. So you can imagine the flow of emotions that came over me when I saw Luna Guitars “Vista Series”.

“What’s the story behind that Guitar?” I hear this question a lot when I am performing at shows. This gives me the opportunity to share more than my music. What makes us stand out is our testimony in life and how we express ourselves. In my own personal opinion, only Luna has ever created a guitar that spoke to me and brought inspiration just by looking at it. So when you shop for your next Guitar, consider the endless joy of standing on stage with something that has meaning and truly shows an EXTENTION of yourself.

More about the Vista Wolf…

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Vista Wolf A/E – Gloss Natural w/Case

$699.00+ FREE SHIPPING (U.S. Only – lower 48)

Luna Guitars Partners with iHeartMedia Nashville for Annual ACCU-CHEK Guide Guitar-B-Que Hosted By The BIG 98

Luna Guitars To Donate Acoustic Guitars To Raise Money For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tampa, FL —August 18, 2017 — Luna Guitars, most commonly known for its art inspired acoustic guitars and a leader in the ukulele movement, has recently partnered with The Big 98, Nashville’s No.1 for new country music, to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the annual Guitar-B-Que on Wednesday, August 23 at Ascend Amphitheater.

The annual concert event hosted by iHeartMedia Nashville’s The BIG 98 will feature performances from artists such as Brett Eldridge, Chris Janson, Michael Ray, Devin Dawson, Ben Rue and DJ Sinister. Luna Guitars will donate several acoustic guitars to be signed by the performing artists including Brett Eldridge. The signed Vista Eagle guitar will be auctioned for charity and all proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“ACCU-CHEK Guide Guitar-B-Que is a staple event in the Nashville scene. The locals love it and we wanted to be a part of the fun but more importantly we hope the guitar donations help make a big impact in terms of donations for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Adam Gomes, Director of Marketing & Artist Relations for Luna Guitars. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with iHeartMedia.”

Additionally, Luna Guitars will be operating a photo booth where attendees can take a picture with Luna instruments. VIP attendees will be able to try an instrument of their choice, ranging from guitars to banjos to ukuleles. Instruments include but not limited to:  ART Vintage Dread, ART Recorder, Vista Deer, Vista Eagle, Tattoo Mahogany Ukulele and a Luna Banjo.

The ART Vintage Dread Solid Top Distressed is a New for 2017 guitar that features a vintage rustic look that is received well by country artists, songwriters and anyone that loves creativity.

For more information regarding The Big 98 Guitar-B-Que contact Mark Petty at markpetty@iheartmedia.com. For questions regarding Luna Guitars contact Adam Gomes at adam@lunaguitars.com

About iHeartMedia Nashville:

With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 85 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leader in multiplatform connections, it also serves over 150 local markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets, wearables and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.

iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the fastest growing digital audio service in the U.S. and offers users thousands of live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist and the top podcasts and personalities. With over a billion downloads, iHeartRadio reached 100 million registered users faster than any other radio or digital music service.

iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

Luna Guitars Introduces the Art Inspired Starry Night Concert Ukulele

Inspired by van Gogh’s Creative Vision and the Art of the Ukulele

Tampa, FL – Luna Guitars, most commonly known for its art inspired instruments, announced the latest addition to the Concert Series: the uke Starry Night. Iconic in its own regard and inspired by the historic van Gogh painting, the Starry Night ukulele has been widely popular since its release at the NAMM Show 2017. One can expect a stunning design with the warm sound and full tone from a concert series ukulele, matched with Luna’s creative vision and the Starry Night design.

“This morning I saw the countryside from my window a long time before sunrise, with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big.” These words were written by van Gogh, to his brother Theo, describing his inspiration for one of his best-known paintings. 

Features Include:

• Mahogany Body & Top

• Walnut Fretboard

• Mother of Pearl Moon Phase Inlays

• Scale Length – 15”

• Pearloid Open Gear Tuners

+ Watch the demo & learn more about the Uke Starry Night.

LUNA LINKS

Website – lunaguitars.com

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Social Media

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Top 5 Acoustic Guitar Rock Cover Songs

Great rock ‘n’ roll covers are an homage to their original versions. Some versions can be considered as one of their own thus becoming as popular as the original version it was derived from. Here are some of the most popular cover versions using ukuleles and acoustic guitars:

The Call of Ktulu by Metallica (cover by Warsaw Guitar Orchestra on Acoustic Guitar)

Still Loving You by Scorpions (Cover by Gabriella Quevedo on Acoustic Guitar)

Tornado of Souls by Megadeth (cover by Simona Soddu on Acoustic Guitar)

Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden (Cover by Thomas Zwijsen on Acoustic Guitar)

Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin (Cover by KellyValleau on Acoustic Guitar)

Top 5 Acoustic Guitar Pop Cover Songs

Renditions or covers are an homage to the original versions. Some versions can be considered as one of their own thus becoming as popular as the original version it was derived from. Here are some of the most popular cover versions using ukuleles and acoustic guitars:

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran (Cover by Boyce Avenue on Acoustic Guitar)

Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars (cover by ralphjay14 on Acoustic Guitar)

Careless Whisper by George Michael (Cover by Igor Presnyakov on Acoustic Guitar)

How Deep is your Love by the BeeGees (Cover by Tommy Emmanuel & Igor Presnyakov on Acoustic Guitar)

Hello by Adele (Cover by Mackenzie Johnson)

Top 5 Fun Ukulele Open Mic Spots Around the World

luna-ukuleleLuna High Tide Concert Koa Electro-Acoustic Concert UkuleleWho doesn’t love a good open mic night? Open mic gives the opportunity for aspiring musicians to practice their skill set, poets to improve upon writing skills and comedians to see if their jokes survive. For the ukulele movement, open mic nights are a big opportunity for aspiring players to practice their passion. As a leader in the ukulele movement (and lover of ukuleles), Luna Guitars offers a variety of ukuleles with an artistic touch! We believe that beautiful music can be created on an ukulele or any instrument when there is an artistic presence. And the driving force behind this concept comes from our Luna Tribe members, who share their performance pictures, videos and recordings on our social media pages. So let’s look into some cool open mic spots.

Many cities around the world have their own admiration for the ukulele. In 2013, we really saw the powerful impact ukuleles can have when folks come together to spread happiness and brighten up your morning commute on the subway. How awesome is that!? We are seeing the ukulele, as well as the acoustic guitar, appearing more in open jams, house concerts, and schools as part of the ukulele movement.

Check out this list of 5 places around the globe that you can get up to sing or play your guitar and ukulele in front of an open mic:

One of the most popular hot spots in the Greater London area, the atmosphere is built for musicians to test their luck on stage! This pub offers a variety of fresh made dishes, great beer, wine and spirits selection and a cozy atmosphere for guests. In 2014, they won CAMRA North London Pub of the Year and are currently listed in the Good Beer Guide. What more could any musician want from a gig spot?

Ranked the #1 LA Open Mic spot in USA Today in 2016, this spot offers open mic slots 5 nights a week! Nestled in the lively Historic Filipino Town area of Echo Park, you will surely have a great time. The many time slots are open to anyone from musicians to spoken words, comedy and other forms of creative self-expression. They offer a great menu of food and drinks, too! Be sure to check this place out next time you find yourself in LA.

When in Paris, you might find yourself desiring for just a bit more culture. Why not head to the local Irish pub? Don’t forget to take your instrument with you, as there is an open mic night on Mondays, beginning at 9:30 PM. So, grab a pint and some yummy food, beforehand, and get ready for a great night!

Now this place, it is near and dear to my heart. A Nashville icon, the heart and soul of country music gigging; The Bluebird Café is an absolute MUST! On any given night of the week, you will find music and often from some of country music’s most prolific songwriters and musicians, but don’t let that intimidate you! Get down there to have a great time in an intimate setting. Be sure to call ahead for their Monday Open Mic; see their website for more information about snagging a slot!

What an amazing resource for up and coming musicians in Australia! This organization hosts open mic nights at four different hot spots on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. From hotel bars, to standalone bar and supper club spots, they’ve got you covered four nights a week! All levels of performers and musicians are welcome, as are original pieces or covers! What a fantastic organization for the gigging musician to get in with. Get out there and put your skills to the test!

LUNA GUITARS INTRODUCES THE VISTA DEER

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Tampa, FL (December 07, 2016)Luna Guitars announced the latest addition to the Vista Series, the Vista Deer Tropical Wood Acoustic / Electric. This new offering from Luna offers an artistic glimpse of a deer in its natural habitat, surrounded by the fruits of nature. Consumers are not only drawn to the aesthetically pleasing aspect of a Vista Series guitar but also the variety of wood combination used to craft the instrument together. See specs for more information on wood selections: https://goo.gl/S84bQU 

The Vista collection evokes majestic landscapes, with open spaces to all sides and above, allowing creativity room to roam. Like the other Vista models, the Vista Deer comes with a tooled leather hard shell case.

To schedule an interview or showing at the NAMM Show, please contact adam@lunaguitars.com.

Features Include:

• Cocobolo Body

• Mahogany Neck & Ebony Fretboard

• Pearl Moon Phase Inlays

• Fishman® Presys+ Preamp System

• Grover Tuners

• Natural Gloss finish with Black and Gold Hardware

To watch Demo video, visit https://goo.gl/S84bQU.

LUNA LINKS

Website – lunaguitars.com
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LUNA GUITARS INTRODUCES THE FLORA ORCHID


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LUNA’S NEW Flora Orchid – Classic White Model to be Introduced at NAMM

Tampa, FL (December 07, 2016) – Expanding on the popular Flora Series, Luna Guitars announces the Flora Orchid in Classic White. The Flora Orchid is a symbol of the Orchidea flower, offering a variety of colorful sounds and a unique look. Guitarists will find this to be an exceptionally comfortable instrument as both a result of its parlor size, and also the onboard pre-amp, which delivers flexibility for amplification. The Flora Orchid features a comfortable, parlor body that suits a variety of players. To schedule an interview or showing, please contact adam@deanguitars.com.

Features Include:

• Maple Body / Spruce Top

• Mahogany Neck & Rosewood Fretboard

• Pearl Moon Phase Inlays

• Luna SL3 Preamp w/Tuner

• Comfortable C Shape Neck Profile

• Classic White finish with Brushed Nickel Hardware

To learn more about Luna Guitars, visit lunaguitars.com.

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