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No. 200, August 2009

Elvis Costello Interview
On Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane, the mercurial songwriter is armed with his Gibson J-50 and a state-of-the-art string band. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Equipment Picks: Elvis Costello's Guitars and Gear.

Designing the Perfect Fingerstyle Guitar
Five renowned guitarists and guitar makers talk about the process of designing and building a great fingerstyle guitar. By Doug Young.

Six 12-Strings Reviewed
Acoustic Guitar checks out six great 12-strings ranging in price from $330 to $3,900. By Teja Gerken and Pete Madsen.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Who'll Stop the Rain. Words and music by John Fogerty. By Dan Apczynski.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
I Will Follow You Into the Dark. Words and music by Benjamin Gibbard. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSON
Muriel Anderson. The award-winning guitarist talks about developing speed and playing in odd time signatures. By Doug Young.
Equipment Picks: Muriel Anderson's Guitars and Gear.

NEW GEAR 1
RainSong CO-WS1000N2 Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a rich, resonant carbon-fiber grand concert. By Charles Saufley.

NEW GEAR 2
Daisy Rock Bubinga Butterfly Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an affordable easy-to-play acoustic-electric jumbo that delivers strong bass and wide dynamic range. By Nicole Solis.

NEW GEAR 3
DPA 4099 Guitar Microphone Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a new clip-on microphone from Danish audio experts that provides natural studio-quality guitar sound onstage. By Doug Young.

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

Roots
Justin Townes Earle. Named after Townes Van Zandt and the son of Steve Earle, the country singer comes into his own on Midnight at the Movies. By Scott Nygaard.
Equipment Picks: Justin Townes Earle's Guitars and Gear.

HERE'S HOW
How to Choose a Flatpick. The shape, thickness, and materials of your pick have a big effect on your tone. By Scott Nygaard.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Harmonics Lesson. Learn to command the bell-like tones of natural and artificial harmonics. By Lance Allen.

THE BASICS
Pentatonic Scales Lesson. Learn to express yourself with easy five-note major- and minor-pentatonic scale patterns. By Adam Perlmutter.

SHOPTALK
Fixing Loose Braces. Loose braces can affect a guitar's tone and structural integrity. Here's how they're repaired. By Dan Erlewine.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Doerr Guitars Profile. Michigan-based luthier specializes in fingerstyle guitars with innovative double bevels. By Andy Volk.

GUITAR PRO: CREATE
Report from Bryan Galloup's School of Lutherie. How aspiring luthiers learn their trade at the Galloup School of Guitar Building and Repair. By Dan Erlewine.

PLAYLIST
Alison Burns and Martin Taylor 1:AM. By David McCarty.
Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle. By Charles Saufley.
Bob Dylan Together Through Life. By Mark Smith.
Michelle Shocked Soul of My Soul. By Celine Keating.
Will Dailey Torrent, Volumes 1 & 2: Fashion of Distraction / By the Blue Hills. By Drew Pearce.

WOODSHED
Alternating-Thumb Guitar Lesson. Learn (or revisit) the basics of alternating-thumb guitar playing. By Craig Dobbins.

SONGBOOK
The Drunken Sailor. Traditional, composed/arranged by Edward Flower. By Sharon Isbin.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Bruce Petros "Tunnel 13" Guitar. By Charles Saufley.

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