No. 192, December 2008

Robin Nolan Gypsy Jazz Lesson
Learn gypsy jazz with this master player. By Scott Nygaard.

Equipment Picks: Robin Nolan's Guitars and Gear.

Great Guitar Towns
Acoustic Guitar examines eight US cities where the guitar is king. By David Hamburger.

Guitar Construction Basics
Explore the acoustic-guitar anatomy to discover how it works and which ax is right for you. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Ring of Fire. Words and Music by Merle Kilgore and June Carter. By Andrew DuBrock.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC
Trouble. Words and Music by Ray LaMontagne. By Dan Apczynski.

PRIVATE LESSON
Franco Morone Private Lesson. The Italian fingerstyle guitarist combines traditional styles with contemporary alternate tunings. By Doug Young.
Equipment Picks: Franco Morone's Guitars and Gear.

NEW GEAR 1
Alvarez-Yairi WY1TWR Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a Fishman Aura-equipped and performance-ready flattop. By Charles Saufley.

NEW GEAR 2
Crafter TMCO35 Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an OM built around prewar styling cues. By Adam Perlmutter.

NEW GEAR 3
AAD Cub AG 100 Amplifier. We review a compact, lightweight amplifier with impressive punch and clarity. By Doug Young.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Ryan Bingham. On Mescalito, former rodeo rider Ryan Bingham evokes the mystery and heartbreak of his desert upbringing. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Equipment Picks: Ryan Bingham's Guitars and Gear.

HERE'S HOW
Computer Recording Basics. How to start recording on your computer. By Jon Chappell.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Thumb Fretting Lesson. Learn to use your thumb to fret hard-to-grab chords and licks. By Andrew DuBrock.

THE BASICS
Bossa Nova Lesson. Learn the basic elements of Brazilian bossa nova guitar playing. By Brian Moran.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Mustapick Guitars Profile. The California-based luthier specializes in a wide range of custom options. By Doug Young.

GUITAR PRO: GIG
How to Create Band Contracts. Steer clear of conflicts about money and management by putting band agreements in writing. By Scott Nygaard.

WOODSHED
Orkney Tuning Lesson. Learn the ropes of this flexible and popular alternate tuning. By Steve Baughman.

SONGBOOK
Blue Christmas. Alex de Grassi's fingerstyle guitar arrangement of a holiday classic. By Alex De Grassi.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2005 Benedetto Vinodetto. By Teja Gerken.

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