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No. 083, November 1999

Your Next Guitar
How to shop for your first good instrument. By Richard Johnston.

Shopping on the Internet
By Teja Gerken.

A Guide to Nylon-String Guitars
Understanding classical, flamenco, jazz, and acoustic-electric models. By Stephen Dick and Dan Zeff.

Factory Tour
Behind the scenes at Martin, Taylor, Ovation, and other top companies. By Teja Gerken.

Coming Attractions
Hot new gear introduced at the summer NAMM show. By Teja Gerken.

Mail. Reader letters.

Parsons Project. Various artists pay tribute to the late country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons on Return of the Grievous Angel. By Roger Len Smith.
Wistful Thinking. Profile of pop singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith. By Karen Iris Tucker.

New Releases.
Double Play. Profile of fingerstyle and bluegrass guitarist Jim Hurst and bassist Missy Raines. By Chris Lewis.

Cyber Notes.
In Memory. In memory of Anita Carter.
In Memory. In memory of Porfirio Delgado.
Reef Rebel. Profile of Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Dennis Kamakahi. By Russell Letson.

From Lilith. Letter from on stage at the Lilith Fair. By Deborah Pardes.


Hit List
Catie Curtis, A Crash Course in Roses. By Scott Nygaard.
Darrell Scott, Family Tree. By Rani Arbo.
Perla Batalla, Mestiza. By Steve Givens.
Sean Whelan, End of Autumn. By Julie Bergman.
Todd Hallawell, Before My Time. By Jim Ohlschmidt.
Various artists, Every Road I Take: The Best of Contemporary Acoustic Blues. By David Gold.
Apostolos Paraskevas, Visions of Azure.By Stephen Dick.
Dave Moore, Breaking Down to 3. By Steve Givens.
Janet Klein, Come into My Parlor. By Michael John Simmons.
Joseph Sobol, Citternalia. By Art Edelstein.
Sources. Record company addresses.
Chasing the Blues. New books and a CD-ROM examine factual and fictional aspects of blues legend Robert Johnson's life and music. By Michael John Simmons.
New Classics. Review of three great classical guitar recordings by the Amadeus Duo, Paul Galbraith, and the Schmidt Verdery Duo. By Mark L. Small.

Up from the Underground. From folk to funk to fingerstyle, Peter Mulvey finds his own groove. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

Your First Session. How to get started as a studio guitarist. By David Hamburger.

Action Hero. How to improve a guitar's setup, tone, and action by adjusting the truss rod, nut, and saddle. By Harry Fleishman.

Travis-Style Arranging. Developing simple alternating-bass fingerstyle arrangements in the style of Merle Travis. By Ken Perlman.
Accompaniment Ideas. Accompaniment ideas using root-fifth and suspended modal chord voicings. By Dylan Schorer.

Crawdad Song. Music to Doc Watson's arrangement of the "Crawdad Song." By Dix Bruce.

Thumb Rolls. Blind Blake's fingerstyle thumb roll technique. By Steve James.
Nylon-String Pickups. Choosing and installing pickups in a nylon-string guitar. By Teja Gerken.
Smelly Guitar Case. Getting rid of musty smells in an old guitar case. By Rick Turner.
Tip Sheet. Homemade strap lock. Plastic bread bag closer makes ideal strap lock.

Pogreba Resophonic. Larry Pogreba's resophonic guitar incorporates a vintage hubcap. By Ben Elder

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