February 2009 (Issue No. 194)

AG 194 February 2009 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Jack Johnson interview. Player's Choice Awards. Six mid-size guitars reviewed. Lessons on dropped-D tuning and adding bass lines to arrangements. Eastman dreadnought and Fishman SoloAmp reviewed. Profiles of Cherryholmes and Steve Kaufman. Tim Sparks lesson. All about recycled wood.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Player's Choice Awards

Player's Choice Awards

Mid-Size Guitars

Mid-Size Guitars

Featured Songs

(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Moondance - Van Morrison

I'm the Man Who Loves You - Wilco

Adrift - Jack Johnson

Dropping D Blues - Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Bass-Line Blues - Andrew DuBrock

In This Issue

JACK JOHNSON INTERVIEW
The laid-back musician talks about the origin of his songs and his groove-rich guitar style. By Drew Pearce.

PLAYER'S CHOICE AWARDS
Acoustic Guitar readers voted for their favorite guitars, accessories, recording and performing gear, and guitarists. By Teja Gerken.

MID-SIZE GUITAR REVIEW
We test six medium-size guitars ranging from $250 to $5,000. By Teja Gerken, Scott Nygaard, and Charles Saufley.

 ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay. Words and music by Steve Cropper and Otis Redding. 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
I'm the Man Who Loves You. Words and music by Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett.

PRIVATE LESSON
Tim Sparks. The fingerstyle guitarist outlines several impressive, exotic-sounding scales. With audio. By Gary Lee Joyner.

NEW GEAR
Eastman AC320 Review. Mid-price dreadnought  shines with a versatile voice and precision craftsmanship. By Adam Perlmutter.

Fishman SoloAmp Review. All-in-one system bridges the gap between amp and PA. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Cherryholmes. Formed in grief, the family band plays an aggressive, vibrant brand of bluegrass. By Scott Nygaard.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Learn the Fretboard. Use this method to gain a working knowledge of where each note falls on the fretboard. By Adam Perlmutter.

THE BASICS
Dropped-D Tuning Lesson. Learn the art of dropped-D tuning to extend your bass range while preserving your hard-earned knowledge of standard tuning. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

SHOPTALK
Recycled Tonewoods. Why luthiers are turning to alternatively sourced materials. By Rick Micheletti.

GUITAR PRO: TEACH
Steve Kaufman Profile. How the Winfield flatpicking champ has built a solid career in guitar education. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

PLAYLIST
California Guitar Trio, Echoes. By Julia Crowe.
Laurence Juber, Pop Goes Guitar and Understanding D A D G A D and Building Repertoire. By Doug Young.
Tony Rice, Night Flyer. By David McCarty.

WOODSHED
Working Bass Lines Into Guitar Arrangements. How to build interesting bass lines into your songs and arrangements. By Andrew DuBrock.

SONGBOOK
Moondance. Words and music by Van Morrison, arranged by Andrew DuBrock.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1986 Dobro Zephyr Deluxe. By Derek See.

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