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No. 143, November 2004

Big, Bad Beauties
Nine jumbo flattops reviewed. By Teja Gerken.

Gear Hunter
The coolest new guitars, amplification gear, and accessories. By Teja Gerken.

Second Home
Guitar stores with a personal touch. By David Hamburger.

LETTERS
Mail. Reader letters about Roger McGuinn, Eric Claption, inlay artists, illustrator Michelle White, and more.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Old Friends
The Subdudes. The swamp rockers regroup eight years on. Profile of Tommy Malone and the reunited New Orleans band. By Melanie Haiken.
Equipment Picks: The Subdudes' guitars and gear.

On the Edge
The Mountain Goats. John Darnielle's postpunk acoustic passion. Interview with the trashing guitarist/songwriter. By Kimberly Chun.
Equipment Picks: John Darnielle's guitars and gear.

Songcraft
James Talley. Tales of the underdog. Profile of the populist Nashville country singer-songwriter. By David McGee.
Equipment Picks: James Talley's guitars and gear.

Happenings
Contests, Concerts, and Competitions. News about the Newport Folk Festival Talent Search winner, the Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts concert series, and the 12th International Guitar Competition in Mottola, Italy.
Fostering Familiarity. Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster features varied folk, blues, and country artists.
In Harms' Way. Joni Harms wins Western Music Album of the Year award.
Scots Folk Online. The Medicine Show webcasts folk music from Scotland.
The Big Hurt. Mississippi John Hurt gets a commemorative roadside marker.

HERE'S HOW
Work and Play. Find the right balance in your practice routine. Tips on establshing good practice habits in your daily life. By Scott Nygaard.

REVIEWS
Dayna Kurtz, Beautiful Yesterday. By Judith Edelman.
Gurf Morlix, Cut 'N' Shoot. By Kenny Berkowitz.
Paul Bourdeau and Shane Simpson, Wild Rice. By Celine Keating.
Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso. By Gary Joyner.
Alec Finn, Innisfree. By Danny Carnahan.
David Ross MacDonald, Far from Here. By Ron Forbes-Roberts.
An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess. By Christa Titus.
Manuel Rodriguez, The Art and Craft of Making Classical Guitars. By Teja Gerken.
Hayden, Elk-Lake Serenade. By Judith Edelman.
Mike Dowling, Uptown Blues; American Roots Guitar; Laurence Juber, The Guitarist. By Ian Zack.

STAGE AND STUDIO
Multitracking Guitar Parts. Tips on recording multiple guitar parts at home. By Carol McComb.

Q&A
Unfinished Business. Interior guitar polishes and lacquers. By Rick Turner.
Wooden Pickguards. How might they affect tone? By Paul Hostetter.
Tips on Licks. Advice on memorizing guitar riffs. By Andrew DuBrock.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Fingerstyle for Flatpickers. An introductory fingerpicking lesson using blues progressions and walking bass lines. By Jim Wood.
Exploring New Sounds. Expanding your palette of chord voicings with right-hand fretting. By Sean McGowan.

SONGBOOK
The Bottom of the Punchbowl. Traditional, arranged by Robin Bullock. Music for and tips on how to play this lively traditional Scottish reel. By Robin Bullock.

OFF THE RECORD
Blue Guitars. Music by Eddie Lang, as recorded by Eddie lang and Lonnie Johnson. Music to and the story behind this jazz classic. By Michael John Simmons.
Equipment Picks: Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang's guitars.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
1951 Edgar Monch. The story behind a 1951 classical guitar by German luthier Edgar Monch. By Michael John Simmons.