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NAMM 2022: Tour the ins and outs of Donner’s innovative Rising-G Pro carbon fiber acoustic guitar

Home News NAMM 2022: With the unveiling of its intelligent DMI Smart Guitar, three new DST series electric guitars, and the headless, travel-friendly Hush-I Silent guitar, Donner turned more than a few heads at this year’s NAMM show.Also drawing attention was the company’s 2022 Rising-G Pro, its newest foray into carbon fiber technology. With its sleek, futuristic…

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NAMM 2022: Tour the ins and outs of Donner’s innovative Rising-G Pro carbon fiber acoustic guitar

NAMM 2022: With the unveiling of its intelligent DMI Smart Guitar, three new DST series electric guitars, and the headless, travel-friendly Hush-I Silent guitar, Donner turned more than a few heads at this year’s NAMM show.

Also drawing attention was the company’s 2022 Rising-G Pro, its newest foray into carbon fiber technology. 

With its sleek, futuristic “barrel” design – in part comprising  Japanese T700 carbon fiber panels, a three-piece neck with an HPL (high-pressure laminate) fingerboard, and a parametric soundhole – the Rising-G Pro was a must-see at the show, so see it we did at Donner’s NAMM booth.

There, we got the low down on the model, which was designed – with the help of Donner’s proprietary bracing system – to possess the resonance and frequency range of luxury guitars far beyond its modest price range.

Donner Music Rising-G Pro

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Described by Donner as “very low-maintenance,” the Rising-G Pro was built to be a travel-friendly alternative to more finicky and delicate wood-based acoustics. It will be available – in acoustic and acoustic-electric iterations – starting in early July, though its price has yet to be revealed as of press time.

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Be sure to read our NAMM 2022 news hub and live blog, too, to learn more about all of the hot new releases we saw at this year’s edition of the world’s biggest guitar gear show.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.

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“The Vampire Diaries” Franchise Has Come To A Close — Here Are The Best And Worst Moments Of The Mikaelson Family

This family needed to book a lifetime of sessions with Cami the therapist. As last week’s episode of Legacies put The Vampire Diaries universe to rest, viewers said goodbye to the Mikaelson family for good. The finale featured a cameo by fan-favorite vamp Klaus, who appeared one last time to bid a final farewell to…

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“The Vampire Diaries” Franchise Has Come To A Close — Here Are The Best And Worst Moments Of The Mikaelson Family

This family needed to book a lifetime of sessions with Cami the therapist.

As last week’s episode of Legacies put The Vampire Diaries universe to rest, viewers said goodbye to the Mikaelson family for good. The finale featured a cameo by fan-favorite vamp Klaus, who appeared one last time to bid a final farewell to his daughter, Hope.

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Klaus, along with his siblings, make an appearance in all three of the franchise’s TV series (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Legacies) as the world’s very first vampires with centuries’ worth of baggage.

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Seriously. No family is perfect, but the Mikaelsons are one of the most toxic households to grace television. Here are eight examples…

1. When Klaus would dagger his siblings for literal decades.


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In this universe, “daggering” is just a term for putting a vampire to sleep with a magical knife (as one does). Klaus keeps his sibling’s coffins at the ready wherever he goes, in the event of a little rivalry. When they disagree with him or betray him, he just pops them in there for a couple of decades. Casual.

2. When Klaus was super controlling of Rebekah’s love life (and also killed a bunch of her boyfriends…).

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When we first meet Rebekah in The Vampire Diaries, she’s got a thing going with Stefan during the prohibition era. Despite being friends with Stefan, Klaus is not approving of the relationship and is super possessive and creepy when it comes to his sister. In The Originals, we learn that Klaus has literally killed a number of Rebekah’s boyfriends over the centuries and, up until the end of the series, denies her any chance at successful love. Toxic, much?

3. When their parents were just super toxic in general.


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Mikael and Esther are the primary reason the Mikaelson siblings need therapy. First, they use magic to try to make their children immortal, accidentally turning them into vampires. Disgusted by this, both parents go on multiple benders trying to end their children. Klaus kills them both, but there are multiple times that they return from the grave to wreak havoc.

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4. When Elijah was in love with Klaus’s baby mama.


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Strangely, this is the least problematic plotline on this list. Klaus and Hayley primarily grow a platonic co-parenting relationship, and it’s actually Elijah who falls for Hayley once she integrates herself with the family. Oddly enough, this complex dynamic doesn’t send Klaus spiraling. Still, it the makes the list, because it just would happen to the Mikaelsons.

5. When Kol pranked Rebekah by body-swapping her with an evil witch.


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During a dramatic body-swapping predicament, Kol traps his sister’s soul in the body of a witch who is imprisoned in an insane asylum. Turns out, this particular witch is a sociopathic child murderer, which it seems Kol didn’t know, but still. The savagery of trapping Rebekah in an asylum due to being hurt about something she did back in the 1900s seems a little much.

6. When Freya’s devotion to the family caused consistent turbulence in her dating life.


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As the oldest sibling, Freya feels the burden of ensuring her sister and brothers are safe. She often takes this to the extreme and is always cooking up a magical spell to protect family members, which is fine and dandy when you have so many enemies but also has to be exhausting. When she begins to date Keelin, she has a lot of trouble setting boundaries with her family. Fortunately, the two work out their relationship in the end, and she is able to finally invest in herself.

7. When Marcel’s complicated relationship with Klaus caused extreme highs and lows.

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When Marcel is a child, he’s taken under Klaus’s wing and eventually turned into a vampire. Despite their love for one another, the two have a complicated and confusing relationship. I mean very complicated and confusing. They are either threatening to kill the other and squabbling over control of the French Quarter, or they are best friends. Marcel can’t seem to decide if he loves or hates the Mikaelsons, and with all that they put him through, it’s hard to blame him.

8. When the family was cursed so Elijah wiped his memory.


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The aftermath of The Hollow — a terrible evil spirit in The Originals — leaves the Mikaelson siblings unable to be in the same room without causing mass destruction. While this is horrible, it’s fortunate that this happens during the 21st century when phones are a thing, rather than decades prior. Since the thought of staying away from his family is too much to bear, Elijah wipes his memory completely free of all loved ones. This causes a lot of drama and, perhaps, could’ve been avoided if he scheduled some daily FaceTimes. 

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OK, these guys are a lot of drama, but they do have some redeeming moments. Here are six times the Mikaelsons siblings were endearing:

1. When all of the siblings put Hope’s well-being before their own.


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For a family whose selfishness is unmatched, the birth of Klaus and Hayley’s daughter, Hope, is a major game changer. Not only does Hope help Klaus find what’s left of his humanity, but she makes a big impact on the other immortals as well. The siblings make some pretty big sacrifices to ensure Hope’s safety during The Originals, and this carries into Legacies territory as well.

2. When Hope carried on her family’s legacy.

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Speaking of Legacies, the third installment of the franchise dives into the life of the youngest family member, who now has some serious magic powers. Since she’s a Mikaelson, she’s got trauma, anger, and baggage at the ready, but we also see her fight for the greater good. She may come from one very complicated and ancient family, but she’s carrying on the best parts of their legacy.

3. When they honored their vow of always and forever.


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In flashback scenes scattered throughout The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, viewers get a glimpse into what different centuries have been like for this crew. The siblings have been isolated, on the run from enemies, and left to survive only with the company of one another. They vow to be there for each other “always and forever,” which plays a large role in their devotion to family. Even in their worst moments, they try to uphold this vow.

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4. When they made sacrifices for one another.


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While the family is certainly riddled with concerning behaviors, we do see glimmers of selflessness throughout various seasons. Klaus, for example, becomes Marcel’s prisoner to keep his siblings safe; and, despite only having each other, the family decides to go separate ways for a time when The Hollow threatens to harm Hope. At the end of the day, they put family above all else.

5. When they finally admitted to their mistakes.


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Unsurprisingly, the Mikaelsons have made a couple of mistakes over the years. As their stories progress, they begin to acknowledge their wrongdoings and attempt to change their ways. Klaus’s redemptive arch is the most distinct, as he begins his journey as a cunning and ruthless villain and becomes a loving father who sacrifices everything for his loved ones.

6. When they realized that they deserve happiness too.


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Cami the therapist (RIP) would likely say that much of this family’s turmoil comes from viewing themselves as monsters. After centuries of chaos, they begin to realize that they, too, deserve love and happiness. Each sibling has a different road to finding this, respectively, but in the end it appears they all find peace.

What are your favorite Mikaelson moments? Tell us in the comments below!

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“We Had To Do Something”: Crowds Are Gathering Across The US To Protest The Overturning Of Roe V. Wade

The Suttons walked an hour from their hotel to the court.“We had to do something,” Sutton said. “I just could not believe that [the abortion rights issue] was going to come around again.”Demonstrations were also planned for major metro areas across the US Friday evening, including in New York and Los Angeles.In a 6–3 decision…

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“We Had To Do Something”: Crowds Are Gathering Across The US To Protest The Overturning Of Roe V. Wade

The Suttons walked an hour from their hotel to the court.

“We had to do something,” Sutton said. “I just could not believe that [the abortion rights issue] was going to come around again.”

Demonstrations were also planned for major metro areas across the US Friday evening, including in New York and Los Angeles.

In a 6–3 decision by the conservative majority, the court overturned its 1973 opinion in Roe v. Wade and upheld Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. That will give states — mostly in the South and Midwest — the ability to outlaw the medical procedure, forcing people to travel long distances to places where it’s still legal. For many, however, that’s cost prohibitive.

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President Joe Biden and others warned that the Supreme Court decision had set the US on an “extreme and dangerous path” that could lead to the overturn of other civil rights, including those for same-sex marriage. As Pride Month draws to a close, the timing of the Roe decision, combined with Justice Clarence Thomas’s separate opinion that his colleagues should reconsider other rights previously granted by the court, is expected to draw even more people to demonstrations.

“I don’t know what to tell people other than we have come too far to let these things be taken away from us,” Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, told BuzzFeed News on Friday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates and follow BuzzFeed News on Twitter.

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Antonio Marras Spring 2023 Menswear

Hybridization is a concept Antonio Marras has explored since his label’s inception. His restless nature has always found a sort of solace in the practice of artistic assemblages, which gives him the room to experiment he needs to express his creative exuberance. The maximalist mash-ups so popular today? He was there before they went mainstream.For…

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Antonio Marras Spring 2023 Menswear

Hybridization is a concept Antonio Marras has explored since his label’s inception. His restless nature has always found a sort of solace in the practice of artistic assemblages, which gives him the room to experiment he needs to express his creative exuberance. The maximalist mash-ups so popular today? He was there before they went mainstream.

For spring he walked that familiar route with even bolder conviction. He built the collection from a vintage foulard belonging to his mother, printed with baroque curlicue motifs, “which of course bring to mind a certain blonde designer,” he joked, referring to Donatella Versace. But regardless of obvious references, that square of printed silk carried personal memories.

Field jackets, parkas, peacoats and bombers with a vintage surplus flavor were submitted to an intensive patchwork treatment. Floral and animalier patches, sequins, paisleys, and the said curlicued silk foulards were appliquéd, embroidered, “invaded and disrupted,” as per Marras’s description, reincarnated into new decorative entities, a crazy camouflage of sorts made from fabric leftovers and shreds of discarded trimmings. A hybrid shirt-bomber made from slices of clashing prints had huge batwing sleeves and was cropped at the waist, bringing to memory the ’80s shapes favored by the influential Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. It was part of an offer of one-of-a-kind pieces which, together with a variety of everyday unisex options, added further range to the collection.

“It’s all about harmony and madness,” said Marras. “But there’s always a method in Antonio’s madness,” joked his wife Patrizia. “ For him, it’s just about the love of being free, letting his creativity fly with no boundaries.”

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