No. 198, June 2009

Reverend Gary Davis Lesson
Ernie Hawkins delves into Davis's fingerpicking approach to blues, gospel, and 1920s jazz. By Ernie Hawkins.

Equipment Picks: Reverend Gary Davis's Guitars and Gear.
New Gear 2009
The latest guitars, gear, and accessories. By Teja Gerken.

Neko Case
The singer-songwriter talks tenor guitars, the power of language, and writing from the point of a tornado. By Dan Apczynski.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard. Words and Music by Paul Simon. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSON
Tyler Grant. The 2008 Winfield flatpicking champion traces part of his winning style to classical training. By Craig Havighurst.
Equipment Picks: Tyler Grant's Guitars and Gear.

NEW GEAR 1
Paul Reed Smith Tonare Grand Review. A look at the famed electric guitar maker's first acoustic offering. By Doug Young.

NEW GEAR 2
Composite Acoustics Cargo Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews a compact carbon-fiber guitar that can stand up to the rigors of the road. By Charles Saufley.

NEW GEAR 3
Acoustic Image Corus Combo Amp Review. Acoustic Guitar reviews an inventive, American-made acoustic guitar amp with smart controls, rich detail, and efficient bass response. By Shawn Hammond.

THE BASICS
4/4 Rhythm Patterns Lesson. Learn to wield the shuffle, boom-chuck, Bo Diddley beat, and other classic rhythm figures in 4/4 time. By Adam Perlmutter.

SHOPTALK
Make a New Nut. A guitar's nut may occasionally require replacement. Here's how to do the job yourself. By Erick Coleman.

PLAYLIST
Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm. By Mark Smith.
Ben Kweller, Changing Horses. By Celine Keating.
Gurf Morlix, Last Exit to Happyland. By Mark Smith.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, A Stranger Here. By Kenny Berkowitz.

WOODSHED
Guide Tones Lesson. Boil chord sounds down to their most important notes for minimalist rhythm and lyrical leads. By Jane Miller.

SONGBOOK
Naked As We Came. Words and music by Sam Beam. By Jon Chappell.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Lance McCollum Guitar. By Chris Herrod.