December 2008 (Issue No. 192)

AG 192 December 2008 Cover

Issue Highlights

Robin Nolan Gypsy jazz lesson. Great guitar towns. Guitar construction basics. Music for "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash, "Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne, and "Nuages" by Django Reinhardt. Reviews of the Alvarez-Yairi WY1TWR, Crafter TMC035/N, and AAD Cub AG-100. Thumb-fretting, bossa nova, and Orkney tuning lessons. 2005 Benedetto "Vinodetto" archtop.

Robin Nolan

Robin Nolan

Great Guitar Towns Nashville

Great Guitar Towns Nashville

Guitar Constructions Basics

Guitar Constructions Basics

Featured Songs

Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

Trouble - Ray LaMontagne

E Tudo Etude - Brian Moran

Nuages - Django Reinhardt

The Almost Whisky Waltz - Steve Baughman

Blue Christmas - Alex de Grassi

In This Issue

ROBIN NOLAN GYPSY JAZZ LESSON
Learn gypsy jazz with this master player. By Scott Nygaard.

GREAT GUITAR TOWNS
Acoustic Guitar examines eight US cities where the guitar is king. By David Hamburger.

GUITAR CONSTRUCTION BASICS
Explore the acoustic-guitar anatomy to discover how it works and which ax is right for you. By Teja Gerken.

DEPARTMENTS

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Ring of Fire. Words and Music by Merle Kilgore and June Carter. 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Trouble. Words and Music by Ray LaMontagne. 

PRIVATE LESSON
The Italian fingerstyle guitarist Franco Morone combines traditional styles with contemporary alternate tunings. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR

Alvarez-Yairi WY1TWR. Fishman Aura-equipped thinline acoustic makes a daring style statement in a performance-ready package. By Charles Saufley.

Crafter TMCO35. Prewar style and up-to-date electronics come together in an OM packed with practical performing features. By Adam Perlmutter.

AAD Cub AG 100 amplifier. Bass amplifier specialist offers an uncommonly portable acoustic-guitar amp that packs a punch. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Ryan Bingham. On Mescalito, the former rodeo rider evokes the mystery and heartbreak of his desert upbringing. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Computer Recording Basics. How to start recording on your computer. By Jon Chappell.

30-MINUTE LESSON

Thumb-Fretting Lesson. Learn to use your thumb to fret hard-to-grab chords and licks. By Andrew DuBrock.

THE BASICS
Bossa Nova Lesson. Learn the basic elements of Brazilian bossa nova guitar playing. By Brian Moran.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Matthew Mustapick Guitars. The California-based luthier specializes in a wide range of custom options. By Doug Young.

GUITAR PRO: GIG
How to Create Band Contracts. Steer clear of conflicts about money and management by putting band agreements in writing. By Scott Nygaard.

WOODSHED
Orkney Tuning Lesson. Learn the ropes of this flexible and popular alternate tuning. By Steve Baughman.

SONGBOOK
Blue Christmas. Alex de Grassi's fingerstyle guitar arrangement of a holiday classic. By Alex de Grassi.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2005 Benedetto Vinodetto. By Teja Gerken.

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