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No. 179, November 2007

Guitar City Limits: An inside look at some of the coolest new guitars, amplification products, and accessories from the Summer NAMM show.

David Bromberg: At Home With the Blues
Fresh on the heels of a stellar album of acoustic fingerstyle blues, David Bromberg discusses his long musical journey. By Carol McComb.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of David Bromberg.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: On Her Own Terms
From her early country hits to her pensive new album, The Calling, Mary Chapin Carpenter cultivates her independent streak. By Kenny Berkowitz.

Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of Mary Chapin Carpenter.

30-MINUTE LESSON
Single-String Scales. Play scales on one string to visualize the intervals. By Jason Garoian.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
Redemption Song. Bob Marley's moving call for social justice. By Dan Apczynski.

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Clifford Essex Paragon. A charming archtop modeled after a Gibson L-4. By Tony Marcus.

GUITAR PRO: CREATE
Software for Songwriters. We review three lyric-writing and composing software programs. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

GUITAR PRO: GIG
Real-World Portable PAs. Nine hardworking musicians offer advice for choosing a gig-worthy rig. By Andy Ellis.

GUITAR PRO: RECORD
Make Excellent Budget Recordings. Use budget gear wisely to get professional sound from home. By Mitch Gallagher.

GUITAR PRO: TEACH
Roots Teacher. Teacher and author Fred Sokolow shares his love and knowledge of American traditions. By Sean McGowan.

HERE'S HOW
Tips for Playing With a Group. Follow these six tips to prepare to easily move from solo to group playing. By Eric Rawlins.

LUTHIER'S WORKBENCH
Comins Guitars: Archtop Art. Bill Comins offers six-strings of all stripes, but he specializes in archtops. By Simone Solondz.

NEW GEAR 1
Takamine Flatpicker TF360SBG Review. Crisp tones and solid electronics make this guitar a versatile flatpicking and songwriting tool. By Andrew DuBrock.

NEW GEAR 2
Ibanez SGT520VS Sage Review. A great-looking budget guitar that combines playability and quality construction. By Douglas Baldwin.

NEW GEAR 3
Veillette Acoustic Gryphon High 12 Review. A striking, high-tuned 12-string that stakes out new tone territory. By Paul Kotapish.

PRIVATE LESSON
A Private Lesson With El McMeen. The Celtic interpreter reveals his methods for creating variations within traditional arrangements. By Doug Young.
Equipment Picks: The guitars and gear of El McMeen.

SONGBOOK
Water Is Wide. A reharmonized arrangement of the traditional song, "Water Is Wide." By Ron Forbes-Roberts.

THE BASICS
All About Jazz Chords. Add swing to your rhythm playing with jazz chords. With music to "Avalon." By Scott Nygaard.

WOODSHED
Economy Picking Demystified. Use a special picking technique to maximize efficiency. With music to "Slippery Strings." By Andy Ellis.

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