December 1998 (Issue No. 72)
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.
- Merle Travis
- Dusan Bogdanovic
- Stephen Fearing and Willie Bennett
Fill 'Em Up
- Kenny Sultan
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- Traditional, arranged by Mark Hanson
In This Issue
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.
Acoustic Guitar Festival '98; Tony McManus; Chris Stills; in Memory of Eldon Shamblin.
Albums by Alex de Grassi, El McMeen, Kate Campbell, Ralph Stanley and Friends, and more.
From Morocco. By Matt Glaser.
Tough Love. Irish-Canadian songwriter and fingerstyle master Stephen Fearing sings an Industrial Lullaby. Profile of Stephen Fearing. By Steve Givens.
The story of Gibson's influential little flattop with the big sound: the Gibson Nick Lucas Special. By Marshall Newman.
Goodall Guitars. By Julie Bergman.
DiMarzio Virtual Acoustic pickup; MIT Ripcord; Neck-Up guitar support; High Cliff soundboard amp.
Using a capo; playing without pain; building a fingerstyle blues.
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Traditional, arranged by Mark Hanson.
Inexpensive wide-neck guitars; identifying banjo mandolins; tuner lubrication; where to find music for "Under the Double Eagle."
Guild Merle Travis model. By Jim Ohlschmidt.