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No. 212, August 2010

John Jorgenson Lesson
Learn the essentials of Gypsy-jazz guitar with the US's foremost exponent of Django Reinhardt's music. By Andy Ellis.

Equipment Picks: The Guitars and Gear of John Jorgenson.

Jakob Dylan
The Wallflowers front man talks about his new solo album, the Clash, and how some acoustic guitars seem to have songs waiting in them. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Equipment Picks: The Guitars and Gear of Jakob Dylan.

Why Do Guitars Sound Better as They Age?
Most guitarists and luthiers agree that guitars "open up" and change as they're played. Here are some of the things that happen to a guitar as it ages. By Richard Johnston.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
California Stars.
House Carpenter. Traditional, arranged by Travis John Andrews.By Travis John Andrews.

PRIVATE LESSON
Dennis Cahill. A lesson in subtle chord voicings from a master of the contemporary Celtic groove. By Danny Carnahan.

NEW GEAR 1
McPherson MG-5.0 XP 12 Review. Acoustic Guitar checks out a futuristic 12-string with powerful tone. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR 2
LÂG Tramontane 300DCE Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a French-designed acoustic-electric dreadnought with warm acoustic tones and flexible proprietary electronics. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR 3
Roland AC-33 Acoustic Guitar Amplifier Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a feature-laden amplifier with a clean, acoustic sound that is very lightweight and portable. By Ruth Parry.

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
The Silent Treatment. During this past winter's New York Guitar Festival, master guitarists gave classic silent films new acoustic guitar scores. By Adam Perlmutter.

THE BASICS
Soloing with Pentatonic Scales. Give your scales a bluesy sound by using the minor pentatonic scale, or a southern-rock sound by using the major pentatonic scale.

Excerpted from the full Acoustic Rock Basics instructional guide "Soloing with Pentatonic Scales."By Andrew DuBrock.

SHOPTALK
Upgrading Older Electronics. How to improve an older acoustic-electric by upgrading or replacing stock electronics. By Brian Michael

PLAYLIST
Andy McKee, Joyland. By Doug Young.
Carrie Rodriguez, Love and Circumstance. By Celine Keating.
Crooked Still, Some Strange Country. By Michael Lohr.
David Russell, Sonidos Latinos. By Mark Small.
Jack Johnson, To the Sea. By Drew Pearce.
Otis Taylor, Clovis People, Vol. 3. By Ian Zack.

WOODSHED
Cross-Picking Lesson. Learn the traditional cross-picking pattern and several variations useful for bringing melodies to life. By Scott Nygaard.

SONGBOOK
New Speedway Boogie. Dropped-D Tuning rendition of Grateful Dead song. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1974 Gibson SJ Deluxe. With video.By Teja Gerken.