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No. 247, July 2013

 STEVE MARTIN AND EDIE BRICKELL

How an unlikely songwriting duo created a roots-music gem. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

ARRANGING GOSPEL SONGS
Three fingerstyle arrangements of classic songs. By Orville Johnson, Sean McGowan, and Steve Baughman.

DIY MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS
Simple things you can do to make sure your guitar is in great shape. By Brian Michael.

PRIVATE LESSON
Creative Accompaniment: Sean Watkins on how he crafts guitar parts as a sideman with his sister Sara, Jackson Browne, and others. By Adam Levy.

NEW GEAR 
Veillette Flyer 14: Small-body with a radiused top delivers acoustic and electric tones reminiscent of storied Selmer-Maccaferris and Stellas but with a unique contemporary sound. By Adam Levy.
Takamine P3FCN: An acoustic-electric hybrid nylon-string that’s perfect for steel-string and jazz guitarists. By Adam Perlmutter.

Fender Passport Mini: Ultraportable amp with battery power has sonic flexibility with more than 100 easily accessed sounds. By Andrew DuBrock.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Kim Richey: The singer-songwriter returns to Nashville for her seventh album, Thorn in My Heart. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

THE BASICS
Carter-Style Bass Melodies: Play non-root chord tones on the bass strings to create simple melodies. By David Surette.

SHOPTALK
Allison Guitars: Texas guitar maker offers a wide range of individually crafted acoustics and electrics. By Teja Gerken.

PLAYLIST

WEEKLY WORKOUT
Flat Keys and Open Strings: How to use open strings in melodies, chords, and arpeggios when playing in the keys of F, Bb, Eb, and even Ab. By Scott Nygaard.

SONGBOOK
Bron-Yr-Aur: Led Zeppelin 

82 GREAT ACOUSTICS
Gibson HG-24. By Derek See.