March 30, 2020
covid-19 news and information from the kyser production facility
We understand that these are unsettling and uncertain times for all of us. As members of the Kyser family, your well-being and the well-being of your business remain top priorities. While there are many unknowns, we remain committed to responding to the course of these events as they unfold, communicating consistently and intentionally, and providing as much real-time information to you as possible about the state of our business here at Kyser.
As of March 30, 2020, our warehouse remains operational and we will continue to accept and fulfill orders via email and phone. And as we remain committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our customers, we also deeply value our employees and continue to act in accordance with the mandates of federal, state and local governments. It is our duty to remain proactive and precautionary in our approach, implementing and enforcing extensive preventative health measures to best ensure the health and safety of our staff.
In this unprecedented climate, we continue to turn to what remains constant: the power of playing music, and its ability to lift our spirits no matter the circumstances. We are optimistic about the future, and unified and supportive of our industry partners. Let’s continue to embrace our mission of connection and collaboration, as we remain steadfast in delivering on that promise to our customers.
Stay safe, and take care of one another.
Meredith McClung, President/Owner
Scott Attebery, CEO
March 20, 2020
an important covid-19 update from the kyser leadership team
For 40 years, Kyser Musical Products has been a proud, family-owned business serving the music industry and our community with care, concern, and a desire to maintain excellence in all areas. We are a family. And just like our families at home, and yours, we are committed to taking care of each other in these uncertain times. As we consider the recent events regarding COVID-19, Kyser is actively implementing a means of ensuring the safety and security for our employees, our customers, our distributors, and our communities.
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Kyser is constantly monitoring all recommendations from our local, state, and federal governments. Additionally, we are adhering to the recommendations provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a result, we have implemented several action plans for our employees, their families, and our community.
All non-essential employees have been asked to work from home until further notice. Essential employees will continue to work their regular hours at both the distribution center and production facility. As per the recommendations from the CDC, employees are practicing social distancing through isolated breaks and separate workstations. They are also being asked to take preventative measures, such as hand washing and station sanitizing, numerous times throughout the day.
While we desire to maintain production during this time, all employees have been instructed to remain at home if they are exhibiting any symptoms, have a member of their household exhibiting symptoms, or are needed to fill the caregiver role due to school closures.
At this point, production and domestic and international distribution of our products will continue until the government recommends that we alter our course of action.
Kyser recognizes that our company would not be who we are today if it were not for the customers and communities that we serve. Our loyal workers show they are ready and willing to work as an extension of that service. They continue to set the standard with their flexibility and commitment to precautionary measures knowing that the status as it stands may change at any given moment.
We thank you for your continued support to us as well as to the financial and physical health and well-being of our country. We will continue to monitor the situation both domestically and internationally and are prepared to adapt as needed. These are the times when the resiliency, hope, and unity of humanity are tested most, and we will stand resilient, hopeful, and unified.
May peace rest in our hearts and spirits as we all navigate these uncharted waters together.
Meredith McClung, President/Owner
Scott Attebery, CEO
March 1, 2020
12 GREAT TEXAS GUITAR TUNES YOU SHOULD KNOW
Choice picks from the Lone Star State.
Texas is big in every sense, and its music is even bigger. Only Texas could siphon the bounce from the Louisiana bayou, dirt from the Mississippi delta, dust from the deserts of Mexico, and pride from the plains and combine it all into something so singular, so elemental that people relate to it across time, language, and experience. Texas music is like smoke from a fire: thick and unmistakable. It lingers, and at its center is the hot guitar of these 12 performers who help keep it burning the whole night through.
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - “Steel Guitar Rag” (1936)
“Once you’re down in Texas, Bob Wills is still the king,” sang Texas’ own Waylon Jennings, but it’s Houston native and steel guitar pioneer Leon McAuliffe who penned and performed this instrumental, which established the steel guitar as a core instrument in country and western music.
Ernest Tubb & His Texas Troubadours - “Waltz Across Texas” (1965)
One of the most requested songs at Texas dancehalls since its release in 1965, Ernest Tubb’s “Waltz Across Texas” is a bona fide classic, especially with Steve “Blondie” Chapman and Buddy “Big E” Emmons, one of steel guitar’s most important figures, trading solos. While Chapman is certainly no slouch, Tubb’s single-string leads were made a trademark by the band’s first guitarist, original Texas Troubadour Jimmy Short.
Willie Nelson - “Texas In My Soul” (1968)
You have to go away to come back, and that’s just what Willie Nelson did when he ignited the outlaw revolution in Austin, Texas, in the early 1970s. But before he left Nashville he cut this titular track from his ode to the Lone Star state, Texas In My Soul, featuring members of the Nashville A-team, the best session musicians in country music history, including Grady Martin and Chet Atkins.
Blind Lemon Jefferson - “Dry Southern Blues” (1926)
One of the very first solo blues performers on record, Blind Lemon Jefferson is often referred to as the “Father of the Texas Blues.” Known for his original style and powerful voice, Jefferson released the first two sides he recorded under his own name in 1926. “Booster Blues” and “Dry Southern Blues” were hits, and if you listen closely, you might notice some lyrical parallels to another famous bluesman, who traveled to San Antonio to make his first recordings some ten years later: Robert Johnson.
T-Bone Walker - “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)” (1947)
Protege to Blind Lemon Jefferson, who taught him how to play guitar in exchange for his service as a guide, T-Bone Walker began as a Texas bluesman in much the same style. In 1940, he relocated to Los Angeles and used the amplified guitar of jazz and swing bands to create the unique sound that would influence countless musicians, like B.B. King, who credits Walker’s 1947 recording, “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)," with inspiring him to pick up the electric guitar.
Mance Lipscomb - “Sugar Babe” (1960)
Mance Lipscomb is synonymous with Texas blues. Discovered during the folk revival of the 1960s, Lipscomb released his first album, Texas Sharecropper and Songster, at the age of 65. This collection of 14 songs includes “Sugar Babe,” the first Lipscomb ever wrote, which showcases his colorful voice and distinctive, “dead-thumb” style of fingerpicking.
Lightnin' Hopkins - “Tim Moore’s Farm” (1949)
You can’t talk about Texas blues without talking about Lightnin’ Hopkins. Possibly the best known Texas bluesman of them all, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins was revered for his authenticity and masterful style, moving from country blues to boogie and back at the drop of a hat, fingerpicking lead lines, rhythm, bass, and percussion simultaneously, and cracking jokes through, what Tom Waits put it as, “an orchestra of gold teeth.” His prolific output remains unmatched, and his compositions, like “Tim Moore’s Farm,” an adaptation of a country blues written by Yank Thornton and shaped by Texas bluesman and neighbor Mance Lipscomb, recorded in Houston in 1949, are among the best of the genre.
Guy Clark - “Texas Cookin'” (1976)
A figurehead of the Americana movement in the 1970s, Guy Clark was a singer-songwriter par excellence whose finely tuned, blues-infused compositions inspired a generation of admirers such as Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Townes Van Zandt to search for the perfect song. A luthier as well, Clark’s clear, articulate tone and refined style set a new standard for efficiency in a genre where the performer’s whims often take precedence.
Townes Van Zandt - “T For Texas” (1971)
Troubled troubadour Townes Van Zandt left a legacy as large as the Rio Grande. Born to a prominent Fort Worth family, Van Zandt’s adult life was anything but charmed. He suffered through addiction, disease, and hardship that colored his prose in ways other writers could only barely comprehend. He penned songs that took the American folk tradition by the throat, infecting it with despair, wry humor, and the kind of understated gravitas you can only find at the bottom of a bottle. His take on the Jimmie Rodgers classic, “T For Texas,” demonstrates the singular perspective Van Zandt brought to country music.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - “Texas Flood” (1983)
Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble breathe new life into this blues standard. Originally written and performed by Larry Davis in 1958, “Texas Flood” quickly became a signature part of the late star’s repertoire after he first recorded it in 1983, and for good reason. The improvised 12-bar solos and smokehouse vocals stand up against the best Vaughn ever recorded.
Kacey Musgraves - “Slow Burn” (2018)
Nothing is surprising about Kacey Musgraves’ rise to the top. The Texas-born country star has been performing professionally since she was as young as twelve years old. Her 2018 album, Golden Hour, won four Grammys, taking home honors for Best Country Song, Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Album, and Album of the Year. Like Musgraves herself, the album’s opening track, “Slow Burn,” takes a while to get where it’s going, but it goes to show that ending up in the right place is all that matters.
Gary Clark, Jr. - “Please Come Home” (2012)
A bold new voice in Texas music, Gary Clark, Jr. continues to win over fans and music legends alike with his fiery guitar and fearless attitude. His major-label debut, Blak and Blu, showed the world just way Gary Clark, Jr. is too big for the Lone Star State, with sultry, soulful vocals and monster solos like this one, on the Grammy-winning “Please Come Home.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Texas Tornados – “(Hey Baby) Que Paso?” (1990)
Doug Sahm is one of the most underrated artists of the 20th century, with a career punctuated by incredible achievements, including spinning together a supergroup of stars from nearly every style of popular music Texas has into an intoxicating whirlwind known simply as the Texas Tornados.
BONUS: Waylon Jennings - “Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)” (1977)
We couldn’t just leave this out. Named for the infamous patch of unincorporated territory known as Luckenback, Waylon Jennings’ classic outlaw anthem is a love letter to the simple life, as well as all the things–and people–that make Texas and its music great.
January 16, 2020
Kyser Musical Products, Inc. has released the Limited-Edition Milton Kyser Signature Acoustic Quick-Change Capo, or the “Milton” capo, in celebration of its 40th anniversary in 2020. The capo is thoughtfully designed to pay tribute to company founder Milton Kyser, who revolutionized guitar performance with his invention of the Quick-Change capo, while looking forward to a bright future of invention and expression through Kyser’s humble East Texas handcrafting facility, and its global stable of artists.
“With this special product, we’re not only paying homage to Uncle Milton’s 40-year legacy of fine craftsmanship,” said Kyser owner and President Meredith McClung. “We are also acknowledging and honoring his commitment to unity through music. This capo represents 40 years of making that vision a reality, but will also empower future artists and inspire creativity and human connection for years to come.”
Available in an exclusive run of 2,020 units and handcrafted in Texas, the “Milton” capo features a number of premium touches never before curated together on Kyser’s flagship Quick-Change design. Features include a special powder-coated chrome finish, a “Milton Kyser” original signature stamp, and blackout appointments, including a black boot, black rubber pad and black low-tension spring for seamless, in-tune performance.
“The Kyser brand is strong because the product is strong,” said Kyser CEO Scott Attebery. “Milton Kyser’s design has withstood the test of time. He set the standard for quick-change capos with a commitment to American-made, handcrafted quality. That’s why artists have trusted Kyser for 40 years now.”
The capo comes bundled in a special keepsake box complete with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity signed by McClung herself.
July 9, 2019
Kyser Musical Products, Inc. is expanding its Quick-Change Capo collection with a 3-color Sunburst design. The Sunburst finishing process is unique to musical instrument manufacturing and has become synonymous with the most famous guitars of all time. Now that iconic Sunburst look is available on a Kyser Quick-Change capo. Stemming from the recent popularity of Kyser’s rosewood and maple finish capos, and the industry-wide demand for vintage-inspired gear, the new Sunburst capo is a welcome addition to Kyser’s woodgrain capo collection. Meredith Hamlin, Kyser CEO, says: “Right now, there isn't a capo on the market that epitomizes the iconic sunburst pattern while also delivering the American-made quality and brand recognition as the Kyser Sunburst Quick-Change Capo.” Meticulously forged by hand in Texas, USA, this capo boasts the same reliable, ergonomic design of the original Quick-Change line that’s perfect for a variety of 6-string acoustic guitar neck profiles.
March 1, 2019
Kyser Musical Products, Inc. is proud to partner with B&J Music in launching the Kyser Canadian Flag Quick-Change Capo for 6 string acoustic guitars. It’s the legendary capo design that musicians all over the world depend on and now it’s available in a beautiful finish featuring the red and white maple leaf design of the Canadian flag.
“When we asked our friends at Kyser to come up with a Canadian flag capo they only had one answer…yes! Meredith, Max and the team went to work, and the result is the launch today of the wonderful #KG6CNA Canadian Flag Capo. B&J Music and our Canadian dealers will sell this with pride. Only Kyser could handle this. It’s coming to Canada from Texas with love…we could not be more grateful”. -David McAllister, vice president, B&J Music
“Our American flag capos have been a huge hit for Kyser over the years, so when B&J suggested a Canadian flag capo, we were all in, eh! It’s our pleasure to make this beautiful new capo for our friends up north”. -Meredith Hamlin, President / CEO Kyser Musical Products
The Kyser Canadian Flag Quick-Change Capo will be available to all dealers in Canada exclusively through B&J Music.
June 28, 2018
Kyser Musical Products, Inc. has created three new Hawaiian-themed Quick-Change capos for ukuleles – Red Hibiscus, Pastel Hibiscus, and Hawaiian Lei. These Kyser Quick-Change capos are specifically made for the small neck and flat fretboard of ukuleles. With a much smaller body, no curved radius, and lighter spring tension than the original Kyser Quick-Change capo, it’s the perfect fit for ukes. Ukulele players can now use a beautiful, island-themed capo to quickly and easily change the pitch of their instrument without changing their chord fingerings.
Made in Texas, USA.
Guaranteed for life.
Aril 3, 2018
Kyser® Musical Products, Inc. launches a new Low-Tension Quick-Change® Capo for 6 string guitars. Many modern guitars feature low-action set-ups; where the strings are close to the fret board. Because of this, less spring tension is required to fully hold down all six strings when using a capo. The Kyser Low-Tension Quick-Change Capo has 25% less spring tension than regular Kyser Quick-Change Capos. This easily allows guitarists to obtain the perfect amount of tension when changing keys up and down the neck without worrying about strings being pulled sharp by too much tension. The Kyser Low-Tension Quick-Change® Capo is the same tried and true design that musicians all over the world depend on and now it’s available in a Low-Tension matte blackout finish: matte black color, black spring, black rivet, black boot, dark gray Kyser logo. The Kyser Low-Tension Quick-Change Capo works on both acoustic and electric 6-string guitars.
Made in Texas, USA.
Guaranteed for life.
March 29, 2018
Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat
Kyser has partnered with the Judy Stakee Songwriting Retreat. We love songwriters and want to be a part of what Judy is doing in the songwriting community.
Apply Now: It All Starts With a Song
Judy Stakee, renowned music industry executive with an eye for talent, is searching for the next generation of exceptional songwriters to take part in a life-changing Songwriting Retreat.
In her groundbreaking career, Judy has signed and developed many of today’s most acclaimed artists and songwriters including GRAMMY® Award winners Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, Gavin DeGraw, Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), and John Shanks (44 #1 US hits).
With over 30 years experience in the music industry and 20 years as Senior Vice President of Warner Chappell Music, Judy has pioneered an innovative methodology to strengthen artists lyrics, melodies, and voices which is being adapted into the curriculums of renowned music institutions around the world.
Songwriting Retreat Package
- Full access to all master classes
- Surprise guests, impromptu performances, and life-changing experiences
- Co-writing assignments with on-the-spot critiques
- Insider secrets that will enable you to shape your own career
- Special guest seminar with an internationally-acclaimed songwriter
- Sound/video engineers to record session demos and videos of performances throughout the retreat
- Beautiful accommodations and all meals included
- On-Going support from a community of 350+ exceptional alumni
For more information, click here
January 25, 2018
Kyser Musical Products has created the Kyser Capo App for iOS and Android phones in recognition of a musician’s need for multiple guitar-related functions within one easy-to-use application. This free app has custom capo chord charts which help guitarists transpose chords. Users can choose which guitar fret the capo is on and what chord they want to play, and the Kyser App will show the correct fingering position. Alternatively, users can choose what guitar fret the capo is on and what chord fingering position they are making, and the Kyser App with tell the user what chord sound is being heard. The Kyser App also features an easy and accurate guitar tuner, and an adjustable, audible and visual metronome with a rolling dial and tap feature. The camera button on the Kyser App pulls up the phone’s camera so guitarists can shoot video or snap pics and then instantly share on social media sites without first having to save the files to the phone. Additionally, Kyser will release discounts and coupon codes through the app which can be redeemed for other Kyser gear in the Kyser e-store.
October 2, 2017
Kyser® Musical Products, Inc. announces a new Quick-Change® capo for 6 string acoustic guitars featuring a maple wood design. It's the tried and true American made Quick-Change® capo that musicians all over the world depend on and now it's available in a beautifully natural polished maple style finish.
May 28, 2017
KYSER SPONSORS CONCERT TO
HELP LOCAL TOWNS REBUILD
November 10, 2016
g4v kyser quick-change
all profits from sales to guitars for vets
Kyser Musical Products, Inc. is proud to announce the newest member of the Quick-Change family: The G4V Kyser Quick-Change Capo. This uniquely American-styled Quick-Change capo features a white body with the Kyser and Guitars for Vets (G4V) logo, and a rippled American flag handle which symbolizes a proud waving American flag. This Quick-Change capo is 100% made by hand in Texas, USA and all profits from sales of the G4V Kyser Quick-Change Capo will be donated by Kyser to the G4V mission.
G4V is a nonprofit organization that provides guitars and lessons at no cost to U.S. military veterans who suffer from PTSD and physical injuries. Founded by a Combat Marine and his guitar instructor in 2007, G4V now has more than 60 chapters nationwide and has gifted more than 2,500 guitars and 25,000 lessons to vets recovering from the effects of war. The G4V Kyser Quick-Change Capo is an essential accessory that every veteran receives upon graduation. Now available to the public, customers can show their support of veterans and know that their purchase will help put the healing power of music in the hands of heroes™!
“Milton Kyser (1933-2014) was a proud US Army veteran and I know he’d be extremely proud of this partnership.” – Meredith Hamlin – President / CEO Kyser Musical Products, Inc.
The G4V Kyser Quick-Change Capo is available for purchase www.kysermusical.com/store/acoustic-guitars.
Ocotber 11, 2016
kyser president / ceo, meredith hamlin, featured in music inc magazine's "from the top" section
June 23, 2016
KYSER introduces the new QUICK-CLIP TUNER at summer namm
April 24, 2016
Kyser Cleaning Wipes nominated for the 2016 world of wipes innovation award
January 13, 2016
kyser cleaning wipes
WIPE IT OFF. KEEP IT CLEAN.
The Kyser® quality instrument care products you've trusted for years are now available as convenient disposable wipes. In a canister that's just 5" tall and 2" oval wide, you can just toss these wipes in your guitar case or gig bag and hit the road. Each canister contains 35 wipes that are 4"x6" and contain the perfect amount of liquid to keep your instrument looking and sounding great.
December 14, 2015
there's a new quick-change
In town: rosewood
Kyser® Musical Products, Inc. is proud to announce a new Quick-Change® capo featuring a dark rosewood design. It's the tried and true American made Quick-Change® capo that musicians all over the world depend on and now it's available in a beautifully natural polished rosewood finish. Trees categorized as rosewood are strong, durable and stable. Rosewoods take an excellent polish and they are the best woods for guitars and fret boards. Kyser® is excited that it has created a Quick-Change® capo in a rosewood grain finish that embodies each of these elements.
January 7, 2015
Kyser LAUNCHES lifeguard humidifier FOR UKULELES
The Kyser® Lifeguard™ Humidifier for concert ukuleles easily prevents drying and cracking by maintaining a level of proper moisture within the wood of the ukulele. Simply immerse the unit in water, squeeze out excess, dry it off and position it within the sound hole beneath the strings. The soft tabs on the sides should be tucked under the top of the sound hole. The hard palstic ring should be on the side that touches the outside of the ukulele as this ring is made of a specially designed polymer which will not react to any polish or wood grain finishes on the ukulele's body. Fits sound holes 1.88" to 2.25". 100% made in the USA.
November 7, 2014
KYSER GUITAR STRAPS NOMINATED FOR 2014 ACCESSORY OF THE YEAR!
August 28, 2014
SAY "PEACE" WITH THE NEW KYSER TIE-DYE QUICK-CHANGE
Traditional methods of tie-dye were formed in India, Japan and Africa as early as the sixth century. However, in the 1960's, tie-dye was brought to America through the hippie movement. Hippies wanted a way to escape from the strick social norm of the 1950's, and tie-dye was just one way of expressing their free-spirited nature. After clothing designers started using tie-dye patterns in their designs, and music stars such as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix started wearing it, tie-dye became a bandwagon the youth generation jumped on. This design is just as popular today with all generatoins as it was with the youth of the 1960's. Tie-dye says "freedom", "peace", "music", "harmony" and "beauty". Now you can let your Quick-Change capo express these values for you while knowing the quality of this accessory will be second to none. The Kyse® Tie-Dye Quick-Change® -- guaranteed for life.
May 13, 2014
Kyser to launch new line of guitar straps this Summer!
Kyser® guitar straps are made of custom printed poly twill and recycled leather. The strap's unique design features a padded body that leads to an extra long tail that can quickly be adjusted from 45" to 55". These straps feature an exposed front elastic slip (the "capo-keeper") for storage of your Kyser® Quick-Change™ when not in use. The "capo-keeper" can also securely hold a guitar slide or a harmonica. Kyser® guitar straps are 100% made in the USA.
28th annual music and sound awards
BEST GUITAR ACCESSORY!
January 28, 2014
MILTON KYSER 1933-2014
2 Corinthians 5:8 "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."
At 6 pm on January 23rd, 2014 Milton Kyser peacefully passed away with loving family members praying at his side. After 80 awe-inspiring years on this earth, Milton has gone home. In July 2013, the entire Music Industry community helped wish Milton a Happy 80th Birthday in person at a Summer NAMM All-Star Gala in Nashville, TN. Up until very recently, Milton would go to the Kyser manufacturing facility and also the distribution center each and every work day. It's what he loved to do. It was his life. He was so very proud of his business.
“If I'm not working, I don't know what else to do. My work is my hobby and it makes me happy." - Milton Kyser.
From an elderly person's health perspective, the past several months have been challenging for Milton. Although his health wouldn't allow him to move about freely, visit the job sites, and check on production, he remained in good spirits and always made efforts to connect with the loved ones who surrounded him.
We, as a company, are so incredibly grateful for Milton's ingenuity, creativity, and passion for life, love, family and his musical products.
Kyser is honored to continue to be a part of and also to grow Milton's legacy in an industry which he truly loved.
Our continuing mission is to make the best quality musical products we can -- right here in the USA -- products Milton Kyser would be proud of.
Kyser Musical Products
June 26, 2013