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Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013, Part 2


The 2013 edition of the Healdsburg Guitar Festival was one of the best in the 18-year history of the event. Acoustic Guitar editors roamed the exhibit hall to present you with video footage of many of the festival's luthiers discussing and demonstrating their guitars.


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Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013


The 2013 edition of the Healdsburg Guitar Festival was one of the best in the 18-year history of the event. Acoustic Guitar editors roamed the exhibit hall to present you with video footage of many of the festival's luthiers discussing and demonstrating their guitars. 


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Custom Guitars


Whether the goal is to meet a specific musical need, provide a certain feel, or incorporate special appointments and designs, a custom-made guitar can be the ultimate way to get an instrument that is a perfect match for an individual player. This week, we present seven custom guitars built by Jeff Bamburg, Laurent Brondel, Michael Lewis, Tom Ribbecke, Bruce Sexauer, Gerald Sheppard, and John Walker. 


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Seven Great Orchestra Model Guitars


Featuring 000-size bodies and long scales, orchestra models (OMs) are extremely versatile and comfortable to play. We review seven instruments from Bourgeois, Breedlove, Collings, Huss and Dalton, Martin, Santa Cruz, and Takamine. 


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DIY Guitar Maintenance


Learn how to perform basic maintenance routines and minor repairs without having to take your guitar to a shop. 


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Seven Adirondack Spruce Top Dreadnoughts


With its excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio, Adirondack spruce is considered to be a superb choice for the tops on dreadnought guitars, where it tends to lead to a powerful sound with lots of headroom. Here are reviews of seven Adirondack-top dreadnoughts made by Blueridge, Boucher, Collings, Eastman, Martin, Recording King, and Santa Cruz, with street prices ranging from $800 to $8,000. 


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Acoustic Stage Rigs


Seven performing acoustic guitarists discuss the guitars, effects, and amplification setups they use onstage. 


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Home Recording Basics


In this series of seven articles, we look at how to set up your home studio and what you need to know about your gear to make great-sounding recordings.


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11 Affordable Small-Body Flattops


There are many reasons to play a smaller guitar. For many, small-body guitars are more comfortable to play than large guitars. And the compact sound, tonal balance, and quick response of smaller guitars makes them an appealing alternative to a big, booming dreadnought. In this feature, we’ll take a look at the inexpensive small-body market, with reviews of 11 steel-string flattops between $350 and $800.


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Ukulele Basics


Bitten by the ukulele bug? This series of lessons, songs, and articles is sure to feed your need for all things uke.


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Classic Flattop Guitars


There's nothing quite like the sound of a well-made flattop guitar. Country pickers, singer-songwriters, and blues slide players have long reached for these instruments. Here's a look at some classic guitars made by some well-known companies (Guild, Takamine) and some talented but lesser-known luthiers over the years (Larry Sifel, the Larson Brothers).


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Improving Your Songwriting


Songwriting isn’t just an art—it’s a skill that you can develop through practice and by applying some tried-and-true techniques. From overcoming that dreaded white page to crafting the perfect bridge, this series of articles will help you use your acoustic guitar to write your next—or first—song.


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Basic Guitar Maintenance


Want to learn the basics of guitar maintenance? This series of seven articles will introduce you to the basic things you can do to make sure your guitar looks and plays great.


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Performing Acoustic Music


Want to start performing or increase your performance skills? This series of 7 articles will help you learn how to use performance gear like PA systems and amplifiers, create your own personal gig rig, and put on a more compelling show.


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