December 1998 (Issue No. 72)

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The life and legacy of Merle Travis. Nylon-string guitarist Scott Tennant. 100 essential books about the acoustic guitar. Interviews with Chris Stills, Tony McManus, and Stephen Fearing. The story of Gibson's Nick Lucas Special. Lessons on using a capo, playing without pain, and building a fingerstyle blues. Guild Merle Travis Model.

Featured Songs

Guitar Rag - Merle Travis

Mysterious Habits - Dusan Bogdanovic

Coryanna - Stephen Fearing and Willie Bennett

Fill 'Em Up - Kenny Sultan

We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Traditional, arranged by Mark Hanson

In This Issue

TRAVIS STYLE
The life and legacy of thumbpicking king Merle Travis. By Jim Ohlschmidt.

RAISING THE BAR
An intrepid teacher, soloist, and L.A. Guitar Quartet member, Scott Tennant keeps pumping that nylon. By Kenny Hill.

THE ESSENTIAL ACOUSTIC GUITAR LIBRARY
100 great books about playing, buying, building, repairing, researching, and listening to your favorite instrument. By Michael John Simmons.

DEPARTMENTS

JUMP STREET
Acoustic Guitar Festival '98; Tony McManus; Chris Stills; in Memory of Eldon Shamblin. 

REVIEWS
Albums by Alex de Grassi, El McMeen, Kate Campbell, Ralph Stanley and Friends, and more.

AG LETTER
From Morocco. By Matt Glaser.

SONG CRAFT
Tough Love. Irish-Canadian songwriter and fingerstyle master Stephen Fearing sings an Industrial Lullaby. Profile of Stephen Fearing. By Steve Givens.

SHOPTALK
The story of Gibson's influential little flattop with the big sound: the Gibson Nick Lucas Special. By Marshall Newman.

GEARBOX
Goodall Guitars. By Julie Bergman.

NEW GEAR
DiMarzio Virtual Acoustic pickup; MIT Ripcord; Neck-Up guitar support; High Cliff soundboard amp. 

PRIVATE LESSONS
Using a capo; playing without pain; building a fingerstyle blues. 

SOLO
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Traditional, arranged by Mark Hanson. 

DEAR AG
Inexpensive wide-neck guitars; identifying banjo mandolins; tuner lubrication; where to find music for "Under the Double Eagle."

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Guild Merle Travis model. By Jim Ohlschmidt.

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