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No. 180, December 2007

The Story of Guild's Greatest Flattops
As one of America's greatest acoustic guitar brands, GUILD is a favorite among superstars and working musicians alike. Armed with innovative designs and a host of legacy-inspired flattops, the company is poised for another half-century of glory. By Ben Elder.

Russ Barenberg's Return
His melodic playing helped define contemporary flatpicking. In this exclusive lesson, RUSS BARENBERG explains his approach to fiddle tunes, composing, and creating his adventurous new recording, When at Last. By Scott Nygaard.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Russ Barenberg.

Brett Dennen: Rhyme and Reason
Brett Dennen's socially conscious songs are infused with African rhythms, captivating melodies, and intricate fingerstyle syncopation. By Drew Pearce.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Brett Dennen.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Scratch Rhythms Lesson. Use scratch rhythms to propel your rhythm and funkify your riffs. By Andrew DuBrock.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
On the Road Again. Willie Nelson's upbeat paean to the joys of touring. By Dan Apczynski.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Early 1930s National Style 4. By George Gruhn.

GUITAR PRO: CREATE
Public Domain Music. How to tell if a song is public domain. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

GUITAR PRO: GIG
Cover Your Assets. Make sure your gear is properly insured for professional use. By Andy Ellis.

GUITAR PRO: RECORD
Home Studio Distinction. How Nashville-based fingerstyle guitarist Pete Huttlinger makes great-sounding albums in his home studio. By Andy Ellis.

IN THE STORES
In The Stores. Fender Electroacoustic series, Bourgeois Short Scale Slope D, and more new products. By Teja Gerken.

NEW GEAR 1
Baden D-Style Mahogany Review. Modern style, effective electronics, and a versatile voice come together in a contemporary dreadnought. By Scott Nygaard.

NEW GEAR 2
Sierra SS112 Review. Affordable 12-string helps budget-minded players expand their tonal palette. By Charles Saufley.

NEW GEAR 3
Tascam MP-GT1 MP3 Guitar Trainer Review. A compact, easy-to-use guitar trainer/MP3 player. By Douglas Baldwin.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Nathan. This Canadian band weaves songs with rich visual imagery and compelling dashes of instrumentation. By Scott Nygaard.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Nathan.

PLAYLIST
Keola Beamer Ka Hikina O Ka Hau (The Coming of the Snow). By Danny Carnahan.
King Wilkie Low Country Suite. By Celine Keating.
Vieux Farka Toure Vieux Farka Toure. By Danny Carnahan.
What the AG Editors Are Spinning. By various writers.

PRACTICING
Build Your Strum. Create rhythmic strumming patterns for any song with this simple process. By Tom Serb.

PRIVATE LESSON
A Private Lesson With Chris Proctor. The fingerstyle master shows how to break away from the routine. By Andrew DuBrock.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Chris Proctor.

SHOPTALK
Go Nuts! A guitar's nut is an important element in determining playability. Here's how to make sure it fits and functions correctly. By John LeVan.

SONGBOOK
Hallelujah. Jeff Buckley's ethereal version of the Leonard Cohen classic. By Jon Chappell.

THE BASICS
Harness the Power of Your Pick. Does flatpicking have you flummoxed? Learn to pick with confidence. With music to "String Chimes." By Andy Ellis.

WOODSHED
Clawhammer Guitar Lesson. Explore a banjo technique adapted for the guitar to turn your fingerpicking around…literally! By Michael Stadler.

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