March 2003 (Issue No. 123)

AG 123 March 2003 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

How to order a custom instrument. The guitar-making revolution takes hold around the world. Richie Havens continues to find songs in the air. Building your own guiar. Alejandro Escovedo dramatizes his his roots. Americana songwriter Kim Richey. An electric guitar primer for acoustic guitarists. Guitar maker Harry Fleishman breaks bread with Italian luthiers in Tuscany. Aimee Mann has the freedom to pursue her own musical vision. Basic soldering tools and techniques.

Featured Songs

Slow Down - Richie Havens

It's Not - Aimee Mann

Down in the Valley - Traditional, arr. by Karen Hogg

Midnight on the Stormy Deep - Traditional, arr. by Scott Nygaard

Xarmegaria - Traditional, arr. by Sylvain Luc

In This Issue

THE GUITAR OF A LIFETIME
How to choose the right builder, come up with the perfect specs, and order your ideal custom instrument. By Steven Stone.

GLOBAL LUTHERIE
The guitar-making revolution takes hold around the world. By Teja Gerken.

PEACE AND MUSIC
More than three decades after Woodstock, Richie Havens continues to find songs in the air. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

LETTERS
Reader letters. 

JUMP STREET
On the Rise. Americana singer-songwriter Kim Richey recorded her fourth release, Rise, with producer Bill Bottrell. By Mike Thomas.

Immigrant Songs. Folk-rocker Alejandro Escovedo's latest release, By the Hand of the Father, contains music from a play about Mexican immigrants. By Nick A. Zaino III.

Build It Yourself. Advice and experiences on guitar-building from amateur luthiers. By Simone Solondz.

Happenings
Events.
News. 
In Memory. In memory of old-time picker and songwriter Ola Belle Reed and Minneapolis folk-blues legend Dave Ray. 
New Releases.

REVIEWS
Label with Care. Alternative songsmith Beck pushes his traditional songwriting skills to the forefront on his new album Sea ChangeBy Nicole Solis.
Maintenance Man. Dan Erlewine's Maintenance and Setup: Steel-String Acoustic Guitars explains the basics of guitar repair and maintenance. By Steven Stone.

Hit List
Alice Stuart, Can't Find No Heaven. By Ian Zack.
Ani DiFranco, So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter. By Karen Iris Tucker.
Eliades Ochoa, Estoy Como Nunca. By Danny Carnahan.
Ellis Paul, The Speed of Trees. By Kathryn Rutz.
Matt Munisteri and Brock Mumford, Love Story. By Scott Nygaard.
Mose Scarlett, Precious Sounds. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Buddy Miller, Midnight and Lonesome. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Harvey Reid, Dreamer or Believer. By Michael John Simmons.
Roy Book Binder, An Introduction to Open Tunings and Slide. By Ian Zack.
Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, In Concert at the Bottom Line, June 22, 1992. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Simon Salz, Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar: Traditional and Beyond. By Gary Joyner.

HERE'S HOW
Plugged. An electric guitar primer for acoustic guitarists. An overview of electric guitar styles and techniques for acoustic guitar players. By Karen Hogg.

AG LETTER
From Italy. Letter from the 2001 Acoustic Guitar International Meeting in Sarzana, Italy. By Harry Fleishman.

SONG CRAFT
One-Woman Show. Aimee Mann has the freedom to pursue her musical vision. Pop singer-songwriter Aimee Mann's first fully independent release, Lost in Space, explores darker and grittier themes. By Paul Zollo.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Bring It on Home. Advice on starting a concert series in your home. By Drew Pearce.

GEARBOX
Review. Review of Martin 000C-16SGTNE and Taylor NS52ce nylon-string guitars. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
Bias Deck 3.5. The latest version of Bias's popular Macintosh audio software. 
Gibson Hound Dog Dobro. An entry-level Dobro from Gibson's Original Acoustic Instruments. 
Veillette Acoustic 12. Veillette Guitars' acoustic 12-string with an asymmetrical cutaway body. 

SHOPTALK
Making Connections. Basic soldering tools and techniques. How to repair electronic cables using basic soldering techniques. By Dave Wendler.

Q&A
Pick Control. The benefits of alternating picking. By Scott Nygaard.
What Is Micarta?. What the synthetic material micarta is and what it is used for. By Frank Ford.
Moving with Instruments. How to protect your instruments when you move. By Teja Gerken.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Triads up the Neck. Moving basic chords up the fretboard. By Karen Hogg.
Lead Techniques. Bluegrass Crosspicking. Incorporating banjo-style crosspicking arpeggios into your bluegrass leads. By Scott Nygaard.

OFF THE RECORD
Xarmegaria. Traditional, arranged by Sylvain Luc. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Saga DG-250. Saga DG-250 Selmer-style guitar painted by Robert Armstrong in tribute to Django Reinhardt. By Michael John Simmons.