November 2003 (Issue No. 131)

AG 131 November 2003

Issue Highlights

A dozen impressive dreadnoughts under $1,000. Bluesy songwriter Chris Smither goes full steam ahead on Train Home. The latest guitars, pickups, amps, and accessories. Four songs to play, including "An Innocent Fiction" by Erin McKeown. Profiles of Michael Gulezian and Wake the Dead. Keeping your guitars safe from damage and theft. Profile of singer-songwriter Erin McKeown. Gear reviews for the Behringer ACX1000 and Roland AC-60 amplifiers. How steel guitar strings are made. Open-string leads and fingerstyle techniques lessons. And more!

Featured Songs

Train Home - Chris Smither

An Innocent Fiction - Erin McKeown

Double Trouble - Andrew DuBrock

Danny Boy - Traditional, arr. by Jamie Findlay

In This Issue

GRATEFUL DREAD
A dozen impressive dreadnoughts under $1,000. By Teja Gerken.

SMALL REVELATIONS
Bluesy songwriter Chris Smither goes full steam ahead on 'Train Home'. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

RIPE FOR THE PICKING
The latest guitars, pickups, amps, and accessories. By Teja Gerken.

LETTERS
Mail.

JUMP STREET
Fingerstyle Fire. Profile of fingerstyle guitarist Michael Gulezian upon the release of his CD Language of the Flame. By John Diliberto.

Reeling in the Dead. Profile of northern California band Wake the Dead, which combines traditional Celtic styles with Grateful Dead songs. By Mike Thomas.

Happenings
New Releases. New CDs and books. 
News.
Sam Phillips, 1923-2003. Obituary for record producer Sam Phillips, the man who "discovered" Elvis Presley and founded Sun Records. By Derk Richardson.
Cyber Notes. New websites of interest. 
In Memory. Brief obituary of Brazilian guitarist/composer Paulinho Nogueira. 

REVIEWS
From One to a Million. Review of books about 19th century guitar making pioneer C.F. Martin and the special edition guitars the company has made in the 20th and 21st centuries. By Michael John Simmons.
Live Travis. Review of new Rounder Records CD issue of the Merle Travis live recording In Boston 1959. By Duck Baker.

Hit List
Gillian Welch, Soul Journey. By Kenny Berkowitz.
John McCusker, Goodnight Ginger. By Sue Thompson.
Rodney Crowell, Fate's Right Hand. By Mike Thomas.
Samson Schmitt Quintet featuring Dorado Schmitt, Djieske. By David McCarty.
Tim O'Brien, 'Traveler'. By Celine Keating.
Yo-Yo Ma, 'Obrigado Brazil'. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Eric Hofbauer, 'American Vanity'. By Gary Lee Joyner.
Natalie Merchant, 'The House Carpenter's Daughter'. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Eden-Stell Guitar Duo with Helen Sanderson, 'Follow the Star: the Music of Stephen Dodgson'. By Patrick Francis.
William Lee Ellis, 'Conqueroo'. By Ian Zack.

HERE'S HOW
Six-String Security. Keeping your guitars safe at home and on the road. Advice on protecting your guitar from theft and damage. By Steven Stone.

SONG CRAFT
Simply Grand. Profile of singer-songwriter Erin McKeown on the release of her latest CD 'Grand'. By Simone Solondz.

GEARBOX
Behringer ACX1000 and Roland AC-60. Review of two new amplifiers for acoustic guitars. By Teja Gerken.

SHOPTALK
Strings of Steel. A steel string primer. What steel guitar strings are made of and how they are made. By Steven Stone.

Q&A
Brace Yourself. Advice about using the pinky finger as a brace on the top of the guitar. By Teja Gerken.
Spruce or Cedar? Explaining the difference between spruce and cedar as tone woods used for guitar tops. By William R. Cumpiano.
Out, Out, Green Spot. Advice about removing corrosion spots that show up along the fretboard on a guitar neck. By Frank Ford.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Open-String Leads. Tips on enhancing your guitar lead parts by incorporating addititional notes on open strings. By Andrew DuBrock.
Fingerstyle Techniques. How to make and play a jazz arrangement of the traditional Celtic folk tune "Danny Boy". By Jamie Findlay.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1978 Yamaha L-53. By Teja Gerken.