August 2009 (Issue No. 200)
Elvis Costello interview. Designing fingerstyle guitars. Six 12-string guitars reviewed. Lessons on playing harmonics, pentatonic scales and alternating-thumb fingerstyle. Profile of Justin Townes Earle and Doerr Guitars. RainSong and Daisy Rock guitars reviewed. Lesson with Muriel Anderson.
Who'll Stop the Rain
- John Fogerty
- Elvis Costello
The Drunken Sailor
- Traditional, arranged by Edward Flower/Sharon Isbin
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
- Ben Gibbard/Death Cab for Cutie
Thumbin' the Blues
- Craig Dobbins
All Pent Up
- Adam Perlmutter
In This Issue
On Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane, the mercurial songwriter is armed with his Gibson J-50 and a state-of-the-art string band. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
DESIGNING THE PERFECT FINGERSTYLE GUITAR
Five renowned guitarists and guitar makers talk about the process of designing and building a great fingerstyle guitar. By Doug Young.
SIX 12-STRINGS REVIEWED
Six great 12-strings ranging in price from $330 to $3,900. By Teja Gerken and Pete Madsen.
Who'll Stop the Rain. Words and music by John Fogerty.
I Will Follow You Into the Dark. Words and music by Benjamin Gibbard.
Muriel Anderson. The award-winning guitarist talks about developing speed and playing in odd time signatures. By Doug Young.
RainSong CO-WS1000N2 Review. A rich, resonant carbon-fiber grand concert. By Charles Saufley.
Daisy Rock Bubinga Butterfly Review. Affordable easy-to-play acoustic-electric jumbo delivers strong bass and wide dynamic range. By Nicole Solis.
DPA 4099 Guitar Microphone Review. New clip-on microphone from Danish audio experts provides natural studio-quality guitar sound onstage. By Doug Young.
Justin Townes Earle. The son of Steve Earle comes into his own on Midnight at the Movies. By Scott Nygaard.
How to Choose a Flatpick. The shape, thickness, and materials of your pick have a big effect on your tone. By Scott Nygaard.
Harmonics. Learn to command the bell-like tones of natural and artificial harmonics. By Lance Allen.
Pentatonic Scales. Learn to express yourself with easy five-note major- and minor-pentatonic scale patterns. By Adam Perlmutter
Fixing Loose Braces. Loose braces can affect a guitar's tone and structural integrity. Here's how they're repaired. By Dan Erlewine.
Doerr Guitars Profile. Michigan-based luthier specializes in fingerstyle guitars with innovative double bevels. By Andy Volk.
GUITAR PRO: CREATE
Guitar-Making School. How aspiring luthiers learn their trade at the Galloup School of Guitar Building and Repair. By Dan Erlewine.
Alison Burns and Martin Taylor, 1:AM. By David McCarty.
Bill Callahan, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle. By Charles Saufley.
Bob Dylan, Together Through Life. By Mark Smith.
Michelle Shocked, Soul of My Soul. By Celine Keating.
Will Dailey, Torrent, Volumes 1 & 2: Fashion of Distraction / By the Blue Hills. By Drew Pearce.
Alternating-Thumb Guitar Lesson. Learn (or revisit) the basics of alternating-thumb guitar playing. By Craig Dobbins.
The Drunken Sailor. Traditional, composed/arranged by Edward Flower. By Sharon Isbin.
Bruce Petros "Tunnel 13" Guitar. By Charles Saufley.