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No. 224, August 2011

Steve Earle
On the heels of a new album and book, the renegade songwriter ruminates on tenor guitars, rosewood necks, and why a sense of his own mortality has informed his latest work.  By Adam Levy.

Guitar Inlay
How master craftsmen turn guitars into visual art.  By Adam Perlmutter.

All About Brazilian Rosewood
A look at Brazilian rosewood’s history in guitar making and the difficulties of traveling and building with it today.  By Richard Johnston.


ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Pale Blue Eyes. Words and music by Lou Reed. By Andrew DuBrock.
Frog Went A Courtin'. Play Peter Penhallow's arrangement of this children's classic. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Blues in Dropped D Lesson. Tim Sparks demonstrates his approach to fingerstyle improvising and a variety of blues grooves. By Teja Gerken.

NEW GEAR 1
Gibson Jackson Browne Signature Review. Based on the historic Roy Smeck design, this 12-fret dreadnought plays with ease and includes Trance Audio electronics. By Teja Gerken.

NEW GEAR 2
Wechter TO-8418 Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an affordable all-solid-wood 12-fret 000 with a wide fingerboard and sweet, balanced tones. By Stevie Coyle.

NEW GEAR 3
Shadow Nanoflex 6/SH 4020 Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a hexaphonic UST pickup with individual string controls and a stereo output option that provides a wealth of amplification possibilities. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
The Low Anthem. The Rhode Island quartet creates subtle acoustic music that mines folk, blues, and country. By Mike Thomas.

HERE'S HOW
Digital Royalties. How to get paid when your music is played online. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Practicing with a Metronome. Learn to tap, clap, strum, and pluck in time. By Richard Gilewitz.

SHOPTALK
Sound Enhancers. How devices such as the tornavoz, Virzi Tone Producer, and O-Port are used to enrich an instrument’s acoustic tone. By Alan Perlman.

PLAYLIST
Bob Dylan, In Concert: Brandeis University 1963. By Phil Catalfo.
Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin, Return. By David McCarty.
Jon Mendle, L’Infidele. By Julia Crowe.
Mark Small, Works for Solo Guitar. By Julia Crowe.
Steve Dawson, Nightshade. By Celine Keating.
The Wooden Birds, Two Matchsticks. By Mark Smith.

WOODSHED
Five-String Partial Capo Lesson. Experiment with the possibilities of playing with just one uncapoed string. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

SONGBOOK
St. Anne’s Reel. Learn a dropped-D flatpicking arrangement of this classic fiddle tune. By Scott Nygaard.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Leo Fender Modified 1940 Martin 000-18. By Teja Gerken.