No. 288, December 2016
Dylan Unplugged: Learn the Secrets of Bob’s Acoustic Technique. The Nobel-Prize-winning singer songwriter is also an underrated guitarist. This year marks the 40th anniversary of a seven-album stretch that found the pop star turning back to his acoustic roots on such classic albums as John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline. Learn to play songs from that era. Also, read a roundup of the year’s top gear, including reviews of more than 40 guitars, amps, and accessories. Spend 5 minutes with Sara Watkins as the former Nickel Creek fiddler discusses her newfound love of acoustic guitar. Read an interview with Dawes head honcho Taylor Goldsmith. AG profiles British fingerstyle champion Martin Carthy and offers his arrangement of the traditional English ballad “Scarborough Fair.” The Weekly Workout shows you how to explore thirds. And Woodshed focuses on enlisting your guitar as a songwriting partner. You’ll also find review of the Martin Cowboy 2016 limited edition, the Yamaha TransAcoustic, a pair of mahogany Bristols (priced under $200), the iSolo wireless pickup, the AER Tommy Emmanuel Signature Edition Amp, and the TC Electronics PolyTune Clip.