March 1997 (Issue No. 51)

AG 051 March 1997 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Michael Hedges returns to his instrumental roots. A group review of nine amplifiers and mini PA systems under $600. Robyn Hitchcock on songwriting. Irving Sloane profile. Accompanying yourself. Building a swing solo.

Featured Songs

The 2nd Law - Michael Hedges

The Devil's Radio - Robyn Hitchcock

Wildwood Flower - Traditional

In This Issue

THE NEW ORACLE
Michael Hedges, high priest of the steel-string guitar, returns to his instrumental roots. By James Jensen.

BUDGET ACOUSTIC AMPS
A review of nine amplifiers and mini PA systems for under $600. By Dylan Schorer.

STOP MAKING SENSE
Robyn Hitchcock takes a sideways glance at a full-on world. By Mike Brenner.

LETTERS
Reader letters. 

JUMP STREET
Farewell to Tiny Tim. Obituary. By Michael John Simmons.
Sound Spirals Upwards. By Bryan Reesman.
Lavin's Laugh Tracks. By Steve Boisson.

Happenings
News.
From the Heart of Texas. Profile of Don Walser. By John Herndon.
Events.
New Releases.
E-mail and the Troubadours. Performers' Web sites. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Meet AG. 

REVIEWS

Hit List
Bela Fleck, V.M. Bhatt, and Jie-Bing Chen, Tabula Rasa. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Don Edwards, West of Yesterday. By Ben Elder.

EKO, Celtica. By James Jensen.
Guy Davis, Call down the Thunder. By Dale Miller.
Jose Angel Navarro, Miel. By Diane Gordon.
Kate McKenzie, Age of Innocence. By David McCarty.
Psychograss, Like Minds. By David McCarty.
Dakota Dave Hull, New Shirt. By Russell Letson.
Jesse Cook, Gravity. By James Jensen.
Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Double Vision. By Russell Letson.
Beatles Anthology 3. By Michael John Simmons.
Fingerstyle Jazz Videos. Review of fingerstyle jazz videos by Charlie Byrd and Martin Taylor. By Jim Ohlschmidt.

AG LETTER
Letter from Madrid. Letter from the Ramirez factory. By Stephen Dick.

SHOPTALK
Helping Hands. Meet Irving Sloane, whose how-to books on guitar making inspired a generation of luthiers. By Ellen Gerl.

GEARBOX
Equipment picks from Don Walser. By John Herndon.

Equipment picks from Ryan Lum. By Bryan Reesman.
Equipment picks from Christine Lavin. By Steve Boisson.
Equipment picks from Michael Hedges. By James Jensen.
Equipment picks from Robyn Hitchcock. By Mike Brenner.
Review. RainSong Dreadnought. By Michael Ross.

New Gear
Brann Pedal Bass.
Dean Markley Sweet Spot. 
Tacoma Papoose.

WOOD CHOPS
Building a Swing Solo. By David Hamburger.

DEAR AG
Guild Builders. By Bronwen Morgan.
Intonating Your Selmer. By Paul Hostetter.
Tip Sheet. String-changing tip. By Hiro Satoh.
In Search of Fred Neil. By Dale Miller.
Recording with Pickups. By Rick Turner.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1680s Stradivari. By Francois Charle.