May 1997 (Issue No. 53)

AG 053 May 1997 Cover
 

Issue Highlights

Group review of six solid-wood dreadnoughts from North America for under $1,000. Eliot Fisk crafts a tribute to Segovia. The songwriting and too-short career of Steve Goodman. Reasons for refretting a guitar, and how it's done. The musical legacy of Townes Van Zandt. Understanding what you play. Practicing secrets.

Featured Songs

Waltz, Op. 39, No. 8 - Music by Johannes Brahms, transcribed by Andrews S├ęgovia

Vegematic - Steve Goodman and Michael P. Smith

Tecumseh Valley - Townes Van Zandt

Chasing the Dragon - Tim Sparks

In This Issue

REAL DEALS
Six high-quality, solid-wood dreadnoughts from North America for under $1,000. By Scott Nygaard.

SPIRIT OF THE MAESTRO
Eliot Fisk crafts a brilliant tribute to Segovia while forging into the future of classical guitar. By John Lehmann-Haupt.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
The brilliant songwriting and too-short career of Steve Goodman. By Ben Elder.

LETTERS
Reader letters. 

JUMP STREET
The Razor's Edge. Profile of Hamell on Trial. By Mike Brenner.
Too Slim, Conspiracy Theorist. Too Slim and Paul is Dead rumor. By Michael John Simmons.

Happenings
News. 
Bluegrass U. East Tennessee State U.'s bluegrass music program. By Tom McGhee.
Events.  
New Releases.
In Search of a Better Guitar. Richard Schneider obituary. By Rick Turner.
In Memory of Wally Whyton. 
Meet A.G..

REVIEWS

Hit List
Craig Dobbins, Hymns for Fingerstyle Guitar. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Ed Gerhard, Counting the Ways. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Ken Perlman, Traditional Dance Tunes for Acoustic Guitar. By Russell Letson.
Leo Kottke, Standing in My Shoes. By Simone Solondz.
Quintet of the Hot Club of San Francisco, Live MCMVC. By David McCarty.
Steve Phillips, Just Pickin'. By Kermit Pattison.
Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz, Picture in a Tear. By David McCarty.
A Musical Journey: The Films of Pete, Toshi, and Dan Seeger, 1957-64. By Roger Deitz.
Cecilia Tichi, High Lonesome: The American Culture of Country Music. By Michael John Simmons.
Tony Rice, The Video Collection. By Kermit Pattison.
The Chinery Collection. By Michael John Simmons.
Ian Tyson Cowboy CDs. By Ben Elder.

SHOPTALK
Refretting. Why a guitar might need new frets, and how the job is done. By Rick Turner.

SONG CRAFT
For the Sake of the Song. The musical legacy of Townes Van Zandt. By John Herndon.

GEARBOX
Equipment Picks from Eliot Fisk. By John Lehmann-Haupt.
Equipment picks from Steve Goodman. By Ben Elder.
Equipment Picks from Tim Sparks. By Russell Letson.
Equipment Picks from Townes Van Zandt. By John Herndon.

New Gear
Guild Custom Shop Guitars. 
Morley Acoustic Preamp Pedal. 
SWR California Blonde. 

BEGINNERS
Understanding What You Play. By Dale Miller.

WOOD CHOPS
Practicing Secrets. By Dan Crary.

SOLO
Chasing the Dragon. Tim Sparks, "Chasing the Dragon" with performance notes by Dylan Schorer. By Russell Letson.

DEAR AG
Building Your Own. By Rick Turner.
Classical Scores. By Michael John Simmons.
Dylan's Lucas. By Michael John Simmons.
Tip Sheet. String-Changing Tip. By Dan Drewry.
Wound Strings. By Harry Fleishman.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1936 Gibson L-10. By Michael John Simmons.

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