"Nice Instrumentation," "Strong Appeal". Billboard

Acoustic Guitar Magazine

TIM BERTSCH, Six-string Player, Harp Guitarist

"An old friend once told me every guitar has its song. I also believe every guitar has its optimum string and pick match. Find the right strings for the right guitar, including creating hybrid sets that aren’t available. (Got an unwound third?) It’s worth going down the rabbit hole and trying strings you will ultimately replace after 30 mins. My 1965 Gibson J-45 was always a challenge to find balance between the highs and lows. A few years back, at NAMM, I discovered the Martin Guitars Clapton signature strings—they’re absolutely magical on the Gibson and I have found no equal. My nearly 100-year-old Washburn parlor guitar sounds best with silk and steels, my Breedlove loves DR [nickel] strings.

My checklist when I receive a new acoustic guitar includes removing the nut to lower it for better intonation, as well as evaluating the nut and saddle material. I have always been a fan of bone, with its direct crisp, transfer of sound, almost like a maple fingerboard. I have also thoughtfully planed braces inside some of my favorite acoustic guitars to give them more life. For my harp guitar, carefully cutting a line between my fretting and sub-bass strings on the bridge plate made all the difference in the world when it came to amplifying, separation, and transference of frequencies. I have also found that transcribing melodies from different instruments, such as mandolin, sitar, banjo, vibraphone, piano, and even horns (for example, John Coltrane and Miles Davis) has enlightened me to the need for different attacks on notes and nuances, such as ghost notes I had not realized on guitar previously.

And experiment with different pick materials and the pressure of the grip of the pick itself. Having started 34 years ago with very light picks, I eventually found myself drawn to the Dunlop stubby 3 mm. Although I have used this pick for years, I am finding inspiration for new songs with different pick materials, such as my Gypsy bone pick, horn material, and even a pick made from coconut shell a student made for me years ago. All extreme game changers on the acoustic guitar. I also use my thumbnail and the fleshy part of my index, middle, and ring finger to have options in color and tone on compositions which need “bite” and “warmth.”

Experimenting with different picking positions on the guitar, such as by the bridge or over the soundhole or even as far up as the 12th fret. These are great sources of tone choices as well. Also, I’ve found that I can create a softer dynamic by placing my hand in front of the soundhole while I am picking."


Review: Jaded Mary – ‘Jaded Mary’



"From the opening of “Bo Peep” to the last notes of Jaded Mary’s self-titled disc, self-released earlier this year, there’s a fullness of sound and a confidence a band such as this absolutely must have in order to gain any credibility in a genre that is popular and thus, full of competition. There’s a good reason this band has opened for a huge list of national touring acts like Presidents of The United States of America, Jason Bonham and The Healing Sixes, Buckcherry, and Skid Row, they are one of the best at their game in the northwest.

While this release is full of memorable moments, my favorite is the guitar work of virtuoso Tim Bertch on “Clay Pigeons,” recorded at Avast Studios, with engineering by Adam Byrd. Other powerful cuts on this album include “Flood” and “Metasin,” also recorded at Avast, while the powerhouse vocals of David James were brought to life at Whitney Cat Studio.

All tracks on this collection were mixed by Derek Moree at The Boiler Room and mastered by Chris Common and while the band is certainly rooted in rock, don’t mix them into the rock genre batter quite yet. Their brand of music is their own with a dash of progressive if not aggressive rock. Jamal, the one-named bass player, is the anchor on “Periphery” and “100 Years,” delivering a heavy lower-end while teaming up with drummer Leif Wagner to bring some funk to this rock party, and it works just fine, thank you.

Other credits on this album go to The Tank Studios, engineer and producer Tom Pfaeffle, engineer Austin Healy, Studio Litho, and producer Timothy Eaton. One song, “Scene,” was engineered by the prolific Floyd Reitsma, who’s been credited on a great number of records I’ve reviewed lately. Together, this team of audio experts realized the band’s vision and created a sparseness on several of the tracks where the spaces allow the music to breathe, creating a greater impact. It’s in the absence of or reduction of layers when the songs become whole. The diversity of the band’s influences lends strength and sureness to the performances of this collection."

The Tea Party Hypnotizes the Showbox Crowd

Tim Bertsch and Jamal of Jaded Mary warming up the crowd

"Jaded Mary warmed the crowd up with its own brand of rock meets progressive rock, powered by the extremely blistering licks of axeman Tim Bertsch and the powerful vocals of frontman David James. Their 10 song set electrified and pumped up both the fans that came to see them and the greater number that were there to see The Tea Party. With several fans bouncing around with lighted green devil horns on their heads, it was clear people came to have fun."

Review: Puddle of Mudd Bring Their Signature Ripping Rock to Seattle’s El Corazón

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"KISW 99.9 FM was the proud sponsor of an unusually strong lineup at El Corazon on December 17th. Headliner Puddle of Mudd hadn’t toured through Seattle in over two years, so the die-hard post-grunge enthusiasts were out en masse. The line to get into the venue stretched around the block, but the fan’s anticipation was strong enough to distract them from the current cold spell hitting the northwest."


"Jaded Mary was third in line, a four-piece prog rock band who mixed in a fair amount of rap metal and homegrown grunge. Vocalist David James was uninhibited by either instrument or personality, immediately belting out intro vocals (“Chakakaka!”) that were well-timed with guitarist Tim Bertsch, bassist Jamal Horner and drummer Leif Wagner. Early in their set, David James coaxed the audience to get naked, daring them to throw (ANY) articles of clothing up to the stage. What looked like a blouse flew in from the left, but the band had already refocused on their music. Slashing through technically precise, passionately aggressive numbers that should’ve started a mosh pit, Jaded Mary took home the “most spirited” award of the night."

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With Girl On Fire & Jaded Mary

At the Showbox at the Market 9.22.13


"So, after a weekend jam packed with local music, at Louie G’s Dreamfest 2013.  I had to cut Sunday a little short & was off to The Showbox to catch a couple other local bands.  Jaded Mary and Girl On Fire got the honor of opening for Halestorm.  Jaded Mary has played with quite a few bands and a lot of clubs around town.  They even played with Buckcherry a couple of months ago at El Corazon.  The band consists of Leif Wagner (drums), Jamal (bass), Tim Bertsch (guitar), and David James (vocals).  Together they make a hard hitting rock sound that you will remember.  If you haven’t yet, catch a show, their next one will be at the Seattle Hard Rock along with Windowpane, The Mothership, Away, and Jason Kertson & The Immortals.  All of which are amazing local rock bands!  Do yourself a favor & get Jaded!"  You can check out their Reverbnation page here:

Jaded Mary, Xposition (EP)


About the Artist: "Reading their bio” The music of Jaded Mary is a reflection of their diverse influences, rare chemistry and exceptional musicianship. The pursuit of their creative vision produces a unique and relevant sound that challenges the boundaries of musical creativity. I agree with that statement. Their latest EP Xposition contains 5 tracks and was released in 2012. I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the band or artists has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. Let’s just say “Bo Peep” the opening title track sets the stage rather well for this EP. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what lied ahead. All in all the whole EP is brilliantly delivered with a powerful Hard Rock, guitar driven sound with songs that hit hard and has serious staying power. Music will remind you of typical   bands Saliva, Seether, Puddle of Mud and even Buckcherry to Alice in Chains. To be honest I can’t say enough about this bands overall sound. This body of music will keep you mesmerized and hypnotized throughout its 5 track run and is noting short of pure gut level rock-n-roll. An 5 song collection of songs written and performed by Leif Wagner (drums), Jamal (bass), Tim Bertsch (guitar), David James (vocals). Ironically nothing here sounds overly-Seattle but they defiantly have a sound that favors the late 90’s Alternative Rock movement. I’ve never heard a new band combine so many elements into a fused sound before. Jaded Mary represent a fresh new voice in modern Seattle rock and present a strong musical message that’s aggressive, powerful and impassioned. David James has an amazing voice and the guitar work from Tim Bertsch is beyond impressive. Xposition EP manages to capture lighting in a bottle and is very loud, in your face musical statement. My favorite tracks are Lines and Calumiator. They may have a modern Seattle sound but the true Rock n’ Roll spirit will always remain the same here. If there was one word I would use to describe Jaded Mary it would be diversified. This CD methodically combines many amazing things but does not try to hard to do so. How is this possible? It’s a by product of one being themselves musically. I Especially like how Jaded Mary sound like Seattle without trying to sound like Seattle.   In close Jaded Mary delivers the goods on Xposition in so many different and unique ways. But more importantly it proves old school Alternative Rock n’ Roll is still alive and well up in the Emerald City."


Score: 5/5 Stars


by Mindy McCall edited by Michael Rand

Review comments:

Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"Last year, Guild embarked on a new era of US production, rebirthing classic models built at its factory in Southern California.

At Winter NAMM 2017, Guild unveiled its newly refreshed D-55, which product manager Brandon Schmidt calls “The most ornate guitar we’ve built in California thus far.”

Watch above as Schmidt provides some background on the historic axe, first introduced in 1968 as a special-order, top-of-the-line model and added into full production by 1974, then listen as guitarist Tim Bertsch demonstrates its sound. The D-55 was famously played by Tommy Smothers (on the Smothers Brothers Show), Waylon Jennings, Billie Joe Armstrong, and David Nail.

The D-55 — seen here in antique sunburst — remains true to its 1968 predecessor, including a AAA Sitka spruce top, solid Indian Rosewood back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and nitrocellulose finish. Internal refinements include scalloped Adirondack bracing as well as an improved dovetail neck-joint. It hits stores in February 2017."

Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"Fingerstylist Tim Bertsch performs the tender ballad “Ann’s Parlor,” on a 12-string harp guitar, at Winter NAMM 2016.

He has been a longstanding member of the rock dynamo Jaded Mary, as well as the seasoned jazz group H.D. Fusion, sharing the headliner billing with such national acts as Halestorm, Buckcherry, Sevendust, Saving Abel, Filter, Helmet, the Tea Party, Tantric, Duff McKagan’s Loaded,  Jason Bonham, Adelitas Way, Red, Local H and many more.
He has studied with the likes of Larry Coryell, Emily Remeler, Beppe Gambetta, Joshua Breakstone and John Stowell."

KISW presents must-see hard rock and metal shows for December 2014

KISW and Mike Thrasher present: The Tea Party with Jaded Mary 
Date: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 9 p.m.
The Showbox
1426 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

"This all-ages show at The Showbox features headliner The Tea Party, a blues and progressive rock band from Ontario, Canada. The band was originally together from 1990 to 2005 and then reformed in 2011, releasing the album Live from Australia in 2012 and The Ocean at the End in Sept. 2014. Band members include lead vocalist and guitarist Jeff Martin, bassist Stuart Chatwood and drummer Jeff Burrows. The opening act of the night, Jaded Mary, hails from Seattle, Washington, and in the past has been chosen by KISW, The Rock of Seattle, as the "Loud and Local band of the week."

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Upcoming Performances

  • Tim Bertsch Harp Guitar Recital @ The W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory!!!
    Tacoma WA.
    1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Tim Bertsch SHUBB NAMM Showcase / Recital January 25th, 12:00 p.m. @ The Anaheim Convention Center
    Anaheim CA
    12:00 p.m.
  • Tim Bertsch Harp Guitar Recital @ Art Not Terminal Gallery
    Seattle WA
    9:00 p.m.
  • Tim Bertsch Harp Guitar Recital @ Friday Art and Wine Walk Snoqualmie
    Snoqualmie WA.
    6:00 pm

Jaded Mary's ”Live it Down" Live @ The Crocodile

Tim Bertsch Now Officially Endorsed by Orange Amps

HARPGUITARIST/GUITARIST TIM BERTSCH NOW OFFICIALLY ENDORSED BY ORANGE AMPLIFICATION!!! "I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to EVERYONE at ORANGE AMPLIFICATION for their support of my musical endeavors as well as the opportunity to represent them as an Official ORANGE AMBASSADOR!!!" I am both honored and humbled to represent such an EPIC and LEGENDARY Amplifier Company! "I can depend on my Orange amplifiers to deliver in any musical environment I may encounter. From the cleanest pristine full-body clarity to the heaviest earth shaking sustain and gain tones imaginable, I can honestly say they are the most capable, full spectrum, versatile amps I have ever encountered.” Celebrating 50 years of building the most AMAZING AMPLIFIERS, ORANGE has enabled countless artists to find their individual expressive voices and tonal identities as well as gracing thousands of the most groundbreaking and enduring recordings! ORANGE truly is the VOICE OF THE WORLD!!! Check them out at:



TIM BERTSCH full length article PUBLISHED in the November issue of ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE!!!

I am honored and humbled to have been able to contribute to Acoustic Guitar Magazine's November Weekly Workout series available on newsstands everywhere November 2017!!!

You can check out my full length article with accompanying instructional video regarding transposition before it goes to print at:….

I would like to give enormous thanks to everyone at Acoustic Guitar Magazine for the AMAZING opportunity to contribute to my favorite magazine!

I have more projects reaching fruition to share soon!

Stay tuned!!!



  • Tim Bertsch Harp Guitar Recital @ The W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory!!!
    Tacoma WA.
    1:00 - 2:30 pm