No. 121, January 2003

Full Circle
Rock star Jorma Kaukonen revisits his youth with a rootsy collection of early country classics. By Kenny Berkowitz.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Jorma Kaukonen.

Inside Tracks
Jerry Douglas, Gurf Morlix, and Malcolm Burn share secrets of the producer's trade. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Opening the Magic Box
Classical giant John Williams explores the music of Africa. By Michael John Simmons.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of classical guitarist John Williams.

LETTERS
Mail. Reader letters.

JUMP STREET
Top CDs of 2002. AG editors and contributors pick their top five CDs released in 2002.
Independence Day. Australian folk-pop group the Waifs use an independent, personal approach to build their sizable fan base. By Melanie Haiken.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Australian folk-pop trio the Waifs.

Happenings
Events.
New Releases.
News. News.
Contemporary Classic. Classical guitarist Dale Kavanagh has emerged as an insightful interpreter of contemporary classical guitar music. By Stephen Dick.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of classical guitarist Dale Kavanagh.

REVIEWS
Family Circle.  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band releases the third volume of their 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken' pop-country-bluegrass collaboration. By Ben Elder.
Portrait of the Blues. Music Makers: Portraits and Songs from the Roots of America is a book/CD that introduces the music and lives of rural blues musicians. By Ian Zack.

Hit List
Craig Dobbins, Christmas Time. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
Dolly Parton, Halos and Horns. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Elaine Summers, Sparkler. By Nicole Solis.
Mary Gauthier, Filth and Fire. By Karen Iris Tucker.
Steve Tibbetts, A Man about a Horse. By Gary Joyner.
Tin Hat Trio, The Rodeo Eroded. By Teja Gerken.
Cliff Eberhardt, School for Love. By Kathryn Rutz.
LAGQ, Latin. By Mark Small.
Steve Green Trio, Live in Your Living Room. By David McCarty.
Various artists, Gipsy Jazz School: Django's Legacy. By Michael John Simmons.
Various artists, The Canvas Remembers September 11. By Drew Pearce.

HERE'S HOW
Fingerstyle Nail Care. Tips on protecting and strengthening your nails for fingerstyle guitar playing. By Thomas Beardslee.

AG LETTER
From Holland. Letter from the European World of Bluegrass festival in Voorthuizen, Holland. By Sue Thompson.

SONG CRAFT
New England Son. Singer-songwriter Mark Erelli devotes his third album, 'The Memorial Hall Recordings,' to his New England home. By Simone Solondz.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of singer-songwriter Mark Erelli.

GEARBOX
Profile. Profile of luthier Charles Hoffman. By Dave Hull.
Review. Review of the Eastman Strings AG16, Accord Flight Case, SKB ATA Dreadnought, Gator Cases Lightweight Guitar Case, Godin Fort, and Accord Ultralight. By Teja Gerken.

New Gear
Blueridge BR-180. Saga Musical Instruments introduces a new top end for its line of Blueridge vintage-sounding guitars.
Lace Acela. Lace Music Products introduces the acoustic-electric Acela guitar.
Soundtrek Jr.. Walker Labs' Soundtrek Jr. amp, powered by rechargeable batteries.

SHOPTALK
The Quick Fix. The bolt-on neck allows luthiers to reset neck angle in a snap. How luthiers can adjust the neck angle on guitars with bolt-on necks. By Frank Ford.

Q&A
Partial Capos. How to create alternate tunings using more than one capo. By Teja Gerken.
Schmidt and Maul. A brief history of Schmidt and Maul guitars. By Michael Wright.
X Marks the Spot. Xs in guitar tablature explained. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Travis Picking Embellishments. Incorporating a song's melody into your Travis picking. By David Hamburger.
Alternate Tunings. An introduction to minor-key alternate tunings. By Chris Proctor.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Gibson CF-100E. The first flattop acoustic-electric cutaway. By George Gruhn.