No. 134, February 2004

In His Own Mind
Lyle Lovett returns to basics with My Baby Don't Tolerate, his first album of new songs in seven years. By Melanie Haiken.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of county singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett.

Plug and Play
Eleven midpriced acoustic-electric guitars reviewed. By Teja Gerken.

Jazz Poet
John McLaughlin's classical/jazz masterpiece Thieves and Poets is the latest stop on a lifelong musical journey. By Derk Richardson.

Equipment Picks: John McLaughlin's guitars, including the Abe Wechter Our Lady, and gear.

LETTERS
Mail. Reader letters about Roy Noble, air travel with guitars, online lessons.

JUMP STREET
Top CDs of 2003. AG editors and contributors pick their favorite CDs of the year.
Bouncing Back. Profile of Ed Hamell, the one-man acoustic punk band known as Hamell on Trial. By Nick A. Zaino III.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Ed Hamell of Hamell on Trial.

Elliott Smith, 1969-2003. Obituary and appreciation of post-punk singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Happenings
Contests. University of Texas at Brownsville/Southmost College Guitar Ensemble Festival competition and JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.
New Releases. A new book and CD on flamenco: Song of the Outcasts.
News. Music news about Little Kids Rock and Memphis' celebration of the 50th anniversary of rock 'n' roll.

REVIEWS
Dark Beauty. Review of pop singer-songwriter Dave Matthews' CD 'Some Devil'. By Paul Zollo.
La Guitarra Flamenca. New flamenco instruction from the source. Review of new flamenco instructional books, CDs, and videos. By Stephen Dick.

Hit List
Caroline Herring, Wellspring. By Mike Thomas.
Doug Cox and Todd Butler, Dobro and Guitar. By Celine Keating.
John Williams, El Diablo Suelto. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Kerry Getz, Little Victory. By Derk Richardson.
Mark Nelson, The Water Is Wide. By Danny Carnahan.
Various Artists, Clawhammer Guitar: The Collection. By Ian Zack.
Andy Leftwich, Ride. By Dave McCarty.
Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez, The Trouble with Humans. By Mike Thomas.
Thad Cockrell, Warmth and Beauty. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Various Artists, Down in the Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s 1926-1937.  By Michael John Simmons.
John McGann, Developing Melodic Variations on Fiddle Tunes: Guitar Edition. J By Dave McCarty.
Stefan Lindenbauer, It's Probably Me.  By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Various Artists, Livin', Lovin', Losin: Songs of the Louvin Brothers. By Kenny Berkowitz.

HERE'S HOW
Up the Neck. The basics of using a capo. An introductory primer to the use of capo, with a key chart. By David Hamburger.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Vintage Records. Tried-and-true tips for making the most of your acoustic guitar in the studio. Tips on mic placement, processing, overdubbing, and mixing your acoustic guitar recording. By Dave Simons.

GEARBOX
Profile. The story of Shubb Capos and founder Rick Shubb. By Michael John Simmons.
Review. A cornucopia of slide options from nine major manufacturers. Review of brass, bronze, aluminum, steel, ceramic, and glass slides from Big Heart, Dunlop, John Pearse, Planet Waves, Redwood Music, Rock Slide, Rocky Mountain Slide, Shubb, and Moonshine. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
Drums on Demand. Prerecorded drum tracks on a CD from Hobby Horse Productions.
Ernie Ball VP Jr.. Ernie Ball's new compact volume pedal.
Incase Tour Bag. New soft, foam-padded travel guitar case from Incase Designs.
Lexicon Omega Studio. New computer recording gear and software from Lexicon.
Montalvo Seven-String. New seven-string acoustic guitar from Casa Montalvo.

Q&A
Miguel 12-strings. The story of Cuban luthier Miguel Company who made 12-string guitars in south Florida. By Marvin Langsam.
Bolt-on vs. Dovetail. The relative merits of bolt-on and dovetail neck joints in guitar construction. By Frank Ford.
Two Parts in One. Explaining how David Hamburger plays rhythm and lead guitar parts on the same recorded track. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Blues Chords. Introduction to playing blues chords. By Dylan Schorer.
Fingerstyle Techniques. New Orleans Piano Licks. Incorporating the syncopated rhythms and single-note riffing of New Orleans piano styles into your fingerstyle playing. By David Hamburger.

OFF THE RECORD
Serenado por Gitaro. Music by Lou Harrison. Music to "Serenado por Gitaro". By David Tanenbaum.
Equipment Picks: David Tanenbaum's guitars.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
William "Grit" Laskin Ten Hands. William "Grit" Laskin Ten Hands guitar with custom inlay fingerboard, rosette, and headstock. By Teja Gerken.

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