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No. 144, December 2004

Standing Ovation
Kaki King's urban fingerstyle. By Teja Gerken.

Equipment Picks: Kaki King's guitars and gear.

Kings of Quiet
Nick Drake's legacy inspires acoustic indie-pop artists Kings of Convenience, Devendra Banhart, and Iron and Wine. By Derk Richardson.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Devendra Banhart, Iron and Wine, and Kings of Convenience.

Devendra Banhart, Iron and Wine, and Kings of Convenience's Equipment Picks
What They Play. By Derk Richardson.

Learn from Home
Self-instruction goes digital. By Michael John Simmons.

LETTERS
Mail. Reader mail about the October issue, Great Acoustics, lute intonation, Asleep at the Wheel, refretting inlaid fingerboards, and more.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

On the Edge
Ernesto Martinez. The Mexican avant-garde composer designs his own "composed guitar" to realize his music. The classical guitarist discusses his micro-ritmia music and his keyboard-appended acoustic guitar. By Derk Richardson.
Equipment Picks: Ernesto Martinez's "composed guitar" and strings

Wide World
Rosa Passos. Brazil's new queen of the bossa. An interview with the rising star of Brazilian jazz/pop. By Dan Ouellette.
Equipment Picks: Rosa Passos's guitars and gear

Blues Barn
Robert Pete Williams. Profile of the late bluesman upon the release of a new double-CD, Poor Bob's Blues. By Steve Boisson.
Equipment Picks: Robert Pete Williams's guitars

Happenings
Bevy of Bluegrass. Columbia/Legacy releases blockbuster four-CD box set surveying the history of bluegrass.
DVD Dividends. Four new rock, bluegrass, and world music DVDs.
Keen Classics. Koch reissues three early Robert Earl Keen titles.
Rocky Mountain Highlights. BMG releases definitive John Denver single-CD anthology.
In Memory. Short obituaries for Charlie Waller, Ernie Ball, and Tom McFarland.

REVIEWS
Red Allen, Keep On Going: The Rebel and Melodeon Recordings; Lonesome and Blue: the Complete County Recordings. By Duck Baker.
Steve Earle, The Revolution Starts . . . Now. By Mike Thomas.
The Wailin' Jennys, 40 Days. By Michael John Simmons.
Dave Alvin, Ashgrove. By Celine Keating.
Shawn Camp, Live at the Station Inn. By Celine Keating.
Tinariwen, Amassakoul. By Gary Joyner.
Tommy Emmanuel, Endless Road. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Debashish Bhattacharya, Trinity of Guitars. By Andy Volk.
Kasey Chambers, Wayward Angel. By Mike Thomas.
Marah, 20,000 Streets Under the Sky. By Drew Pearce.
Eric Bibb, Friends. By Ian Zack.
Manuel Barrueco, Concierto Barroco. By Julia Crowe.
Setanta, Early Rising. By Sue Thompson.

OPEN MIC
Farewell to Feedback. The joy of in-ear monitors. The benefits of using in-ear monitors onstage. By Stevie Coyle.

GEARBOX
Review. Larrivee 000-50. A review of the 12-fret 000-size acoustic flattop from Larrivee. By Teja Gerken.
Profile. Bourgeois Guitars. The story of Maine-based luthier Dana Bourgeois. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
Davis Luthiers Model 1. A new banjo-like-bodied six-string from South Africa.
eMedia Learn to Play Guitar Pack. All-in-one guitar, gear, and CD-ROM learning package.
Fishman Loudbox Pro. A new 600-watt amplifier.
GHS Handmaster Plus. Rubber finger exercise unit.
Lace California Acoustic. A new passive single-coil soundhole pickup. By Teja Gerken.

SHOPTALK
Back to the Future. The return of adjustable neck joints. The Stauffer/Scherzer/Howe-Orme legacy is updated by Ned Steinberger, Rick Turner, Jeff Babicz, Gary Southwell, and others. By Teja Gerken.

Q&A
Strapped for Advice. Where to install strap buttons. By Frank Ford.
Firm Footing. Whether or not to use a footstool. By Scott Nygaard.
Mahogany Versus Koa. The relative sound properties of two tonewoods. By Charlie Hoffman.
Reader Tip. DIY Temporary Pickguard. Using store-bought vinyl to make a pickguard.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Blues Lead Phrasing. Building licks from a few essential notes. By David Hamburger.
Alternate Tunings. Various ways to incorporate playing octaves in D A D G A D tuning. By Doug Young.

SONGBOOK
Christmas Time's A-Comin'. Words and Music by Tex Logan. Music to and tips on playing the country holiday classic. By Eric Thompson.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1920 Martin 1-21. A classic from the Greenwich Village folk scene, owned by Bruce "Mr. Tambourine Man" Langhorne. By Julie Bergman.