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Try Using Loops in Your Songwriting Process


Create a rhythmic loop and try developing a melody or lyrics around it. Find out more in today’s excerpt from Songwriting Basics for Guitarists.


Advice. Beginner.

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All About Dovetail and Bolt-On Neck Joints


A dovetail neck uses a traditional woodworker’s joint while a bolt-on neck joint uses hardware to attach the neck to the body. Today’s excerpt from Understanding Your Guitar reveals more.


Video. Advice. Guitar Care. Beginner.

Acoustic Guitar Owner's Manual

How to Fix Rattles


How to track down and fix common rattles in acoustic guitars.


Advice. Guitar Care.

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Adjusting the Nut


How a guitar’s nut can be adjusted and what materials are available


Advice. Guitar Care.

Acoustic Guitar Owner's Manual

Adjusting Your Action


How to raise or lower your guitar’s saddle to adjust the action.


Advice. Guitar Care.

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Truss Rod Adjustments


What you need to know about your guitar’s truss rod.


Video. Advice. Guitar Care.

AG 204 December 2009

Fingerboard Maintenance


How to clean and protect your guitar’s fingerboard.


Advice. Guitar Care.

AG 190 October 2008

What’s a Setup?


Your guitar’s playability is adjustable. Here’s what’s involved in getting it set up to play its best. 


Advice. Guitar Care.

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How to Clean Your Guitar


Cleaning your guitar is the first step to regular maintenance. Here’s how to get rid of everyday smudges, fingerprints, and dirt. 


Video. Advice. Guitar Care.

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Using Western Red Cedar as a Top Wood


Northern Ireland’s George Lowden relied heavily on cedar tops when developing his guitars’ signature sound in the ’70s. Learn more in today’s excerpt from the Acoustic Guitar Guide to Tonewoods.


Video. Advice. Guitar Care.

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Techniques for Keeping Rhythm


Five tips for keeping solid time.


Audio. Advice. Technique and Theory.

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The Connection Between Sound and Construction


“The whole guitar is like a recipe,” says Bob Taylor. Find out what he meant in today’s excerpt from our Guide to Tonewoods.


Video. Advice. Guitar Care.

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Seek Out Feedback When Writing Songs


Look to songwriting groups for a forum for sensitive and informed feedback, even it’s feedback you don’t necessarily agree with! Read more in today’s excerpt from Songwriting Basics for Guitarists.


Advice. Technique and Theory. Beginner. Early Intermediate.

AG 218 February 2011

Make a Connection


Two tips for engaging an audience.


Advice.

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Effective EQ


How to use parametric EQs to adjust your guitar’s amplified sound.


Video. Advice. Recording.

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Real-World Rigs: Laurence Juber


Fingerstyle guitarist Laurence Juber demonstrates his onstage setup.


Video. Advice. Fingerstyle. Recording.

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Onstage Dynamics


Learn how to mix yourself onstage by working a mic.


Advice. Recording.

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Real-World Rigs: Jackie Greene


Blues/rock guitarist Jackie Greene demonstrates his onstage acoustic setup.


Video. Advice. Blues. Recording. Rock.

How to Clean Your Guitar

Cleaning Your Guitar's Fingerboard


Once a year, use extra-fine steel wool to give your guitar’s fingerboard a thorough clean. Learn the correct method in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Care and Maintenance.


Video. Advice. Guitar Care.

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How to Check Your Guitar’s Action at the Nut


Check for ideal action at the nut by depressing each string between the second and third frets. Get the complete tip in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Care and Maintenance.


Video. Advice.

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Guitar Bracing Basics


Bracing keeps the guitar from collapsing under string tension and shapes the guitar’s sound. Learn more about bracing in today’s excerpt from Understanding Your Guitar.


Video. Advice. Guitar Care.

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2014 Player's Choice Awards


When it comes to naming the finest guitars, guitar makers, and guitar accessories, who better to turn to than AG readers—the folks who have their fingers on the pulse of the fretboard? This year’s Player’s Choice Awards offer up some familiar names—and more than a few surprises. We're announcing the winners here, from the finest independent luthiers and manufacturers to hand-crafted archtops, jumbos and dreadnoughts—culminating with… drumroll…  the Guitar of the Year! To get the full details, drool-worthy photos, and insights from readers and editors alike, be sure to nab a copy of the August 2014 issue.

And, now, the envelopes, please...


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Lucky 13: Thirteen Notable Guitars from 2013, Part 2


From big to small, from rare to sustainable woods, acoustic and acoustic-electric, and at every price point, here are 13 guitars worth revisiting at year’s end. 


Video.

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Lucky 13: Thirteen Notable Guitars from 2013, Part 1


From big to small, from rare to sustainable woods, acoustic and acoustic-electric, and at every price point, here are 13 guitars worth revisiting at year’s end. 


Video.

Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013, Part 4


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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