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No. 146, February 2005

Solo Flight
Nickel Creek mandolinist Chris Thile takes control on his latest record. By Scott Nygaard.

Equipment Picks: Chris Thile's guitars, mandolins, and gear.

Orchestral Maneuvers
Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin achieves a new milestone with the New York Philharmonic. By Mark Small.

Equipment Picks: Sharon Isbin's guitar and microphones.

Pick and Choose
The 2004 Players' Choice Award Winners. By Teja Gerken.

ON THE WEB
Vote for your favorite acoustic guitarists here. Let your voice be heard. Take Acoustic Guitar's 15th Anniversary Reader Survey and vote for your favorite acoustic guitarists, songs, and albums.

LETTERS
Mail. Reader mail about Kaki King, American blues history, in-ear monitors, and Eric Clapton.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Best CDs of 2004. From AG's editors and reviewers. Annotated lists of top five acoustic guitar-related CDs released in 2004.

Debut
King Wilkie. Young bluegrass traditionalists make their mark. Profile of the up-and-coming bluegrass sextet upon the release of its debut Broke. By Jon Weisberger.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of King Wilkie's Ted Pitney and John McDonald.

Songcraft
Chris Whitley. A profile based on the new CDs War Crime Blues and Weed and the forthcoming album, tentatively titled Soft Dangerous Shores. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
Equipment Picks: Chris Whitley's National and Les Paul guitars, strings, and slides.

Happenings
Duo Concerto. Ingram Marshall's new guitar concert to be performed by Andy Summers and Ben Verdery. By Julia Crowe.
Frith at Other Minds. Avant-garde guitarist Fred Frith scheduled to premiere new works at the Other Minds festival in San Francisco, California.
In Memory: John Peel, 1939-2004. Short obituary of the BBC deejay.
Magic Wanda. Bloodshot Records releases a tribute CD to Wanda Jackson.

AG LETTER
From the World Guitar Congress. A first-hand account of the first World Guitar Congress in Baltimore, Maryland. By Julia Crowe.

REVIEWS
David Jacobs-Strain, Ocean or a Teardrop. By Ian Zack.
Dervish, Spirit. By Sue Thompson.
Dolly Parton, Live and Well. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Gina Villalobos, Rock 'n' Roll Pony. By Bill Meyer.
Jill Sobule, Underdog Victorious. By Drew Pearce.
Samuel Paul Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club, Sammo; Reynold D. Philipsek, Grey Chalet. By Russell Letson.
Tom McCrae, Just Like Blood. By Judith Edelman.
Jonathan Kinkead, Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar. By Richard Johns.
Joyce Andersen and Harvey Reid, Kindling the Fire. By Celine Keating.

GEARBOX
Review. Line 6 Variax Acoustic 700. A review of perhaps the most radical acoustic-electric guitar ever made. By Teja Gerken.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Cheap Thrills. How to make good, inexpensive home recordings. Using consumer gear to record your guitar playing at home. By Teja Gerken.

Q&A
Baritone Chords. Understanding chord shapes and positions on a baritone guitar. By Doug Young.
Clawhammer and Nail. Explaining clawhammer guitar technique and its origins. By Steve Baughman.
Incredible String Band. A brief update on the eccentric folk band's history. By Derk Richardson.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Creating Chord Progressions. Coming up with your own chord progressions with basic chords. By David Hamburger.
Rhythm Techniques. Learning how jazz chords and chord shapes relate to each other. By Tony Marcus.

SONGBOOK
Morley's Pavan. Music by Thomas Morley. Music and brief introduction to the 17th-century lute piece. By Tom Ball.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
2004 Allan Beardsell 4G. The story behind the modern Canadian-made steel-string flattop owned by Henry Kaiser. By Teja Gerken.