August 2004 (Issue No. 140)

AG 140 August 2004 Cover

Issue Highlights

Master inlay artists' work. Custom instruments from manufacturer shops. Interviews with Sam Phillips, Sarah Harmer, Lichi Fuentes, and the Eden-Stell Guitar Duo. Lessons on combining rhythm, bass, and lead lines in fingerstyle and jazz chord-melody arranging. Epiphone Recording E.

Featured Songs

All Night - Sam Phillips

Tumbalalaika - Traditional, arranged by Nina Gerber

Rambler, Gambler - Traditional, arranged by Carol McComb

Sho' Nuff Liz - Ken Hatfield

In This Issue

STILL LIFE ON A FRETBOARD
Master inlay artists discuss the tools and process of their art. By Simone Solondz.

MADE TO ORDER
Unique, personalized instruments from manufacturer custom shops. By Teja Gerken.

WAIT TILL NIGHT
Sam Phillips sings her heart out on the graceful, poetic A Boot and a Shoe. By Dan Ouellette.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Sarah Harmer. Profile of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, who talks about her album All of Our Names. By Drew Pearce.

Eden-Stell Guitar Duo. Interview with Mark Eden and Christoper Small of England's classical guitar duo Eden-Stell. By Mark Small.

Lichi Fuentes. Interview with Chilean-born, Bay Area-based singer-songwriter/activist Lichi Fuentes. By Derk Richardson.

HAPPENINGS
Barney Kessel, 1923-2004; Bluegrass Journey released on DVD; Dolly Parton awarded Library of Congress' Living Legend Award; singer-songwriter Laura Love publishes autobiography; instrumental and songwriting winners at 2004 MerleFest.

OPEN MIC
East Meets West. A Japanese luthier's thoughts on guitars from both sides of the Pacific. By Michihiro Matsuda.

REVIEWS
Reviews of albums by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, Ron Sexsmith, Tom Russell, and more.

GEARBOX
Takamine's acoustic-electric TAN77 with Cool Tube onboard preamp. By Teja Gerken.

G7th's chrome-plated, cast-zinc Performance Capo with wrap-spring clutchBy Teja Gerken.

New Gear. Acoustic Image Clarus SL, a new head-only version of the Clarus amplifier; Dean Espana CSCM acoustic-electric nylon-string; Crafter TB-Rose grand auditorium-size cutaway acoustic with T-brace design and L.R. Baggs Element electronics; AKG's large-diaphragm AKG C 414 B-XLS mic. 

SHOPTALK
The Art of Tuning. Discussion of upgrading tuning machines on classical guitars with specific mention of Fustero, Reischl, Grover, Gotoh, Gilbert, Rodgers, Schaller, and Sloane tuners. By Charles Vega.

Q&A
Warning about the big job involved in removing a pickguard and refinishing the top of an acoustic guitar; an explanation of swing notation; discussion of the effects on tone of fingerpicking without long fingernails. 

PRIVATE LESSONS
Fingerstyle Basics. A lesson in integrating rhythm, bass, and lead parts in contemporary urban folk and traditional fingerstyle arrangements. By Carol McComb.

Jazz Techniques. A lesson in chord-melody arranging and playing for jazz guitar. By Ken Hatfield.

OFF THE RECORD
Tumbalalaika. Traditional, arranged by Nina Gerber. 

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Epiphone Recording E. By Dakota Dave Hull.

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