August 2009 (Issue No. 200)

AG 200 August 2009 Cover

Issue Highlights

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.

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

12-String Guitars

12-String Guitars

Fingerstyle Designs

Fingerstyle Designs

Featured Songs

Who'll Stop the Rain - John Fogerty

Complicated Shadows - 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

ELVIS COSTELLO

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.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Who'll Stop the Rain. Words and music by John Fogerty. 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
I Will Follow You Into the Dark. Words and music by Benjamin Gibbard. 

PRIVATE LESSON
Muriel Anderson. The award-winning guitarist talks about developing speed and playing in odd time signatures. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR
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.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Justin Townes Earle. The son of Steve Earle comes into his own on Midnight at the Movies. By Scott Nygaard.

HERE'S HOW
How to Choose a Flatpick. The shape, thickness, and materials of your pick have a big effect on your tone. By Scott Nygaard.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Harmonics. Learn to command the bell-like tones of natural and artificial harmonics. By Lance Allen.

THE BASICS
Pentatonic Scales. Learn to express yourself with easy five-note major- and minor-pentatonic scale patterns. By Adam Perlmutter

SHOPTALK
Fixing Loose Braces. Loose braces can affect a guitar's tone and structural integrity. Here's how they're repaired. By Dan Erlewine.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
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.

PLAYLIST
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.

WOODSHED
Alternating-Thumb Guitar Lesson. Learn (or revisit) the basics of alternating-thumb guitar playing. By Craig Dobbins.

SONGBOOK
The Drunken Sailor. Traditional, composed/arranged by Edward Flower. By Sharon Isbin.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Bruce Petros "Tunnel 13" Guitar. By Charles Saufley.