No. 289, January 2017

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On the Cover: The late singer-songwriter Guy Clark, whose contributions to music go far beyond his own songs. Read an excerpt from the new biography Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark and an interview with author Tamara SavianoTips on Tone — 15 players share their strategies in the relentless pursuit of an ideal sound.


  • Ed Sheeran - “Thinking Out Loud”
  • Donovan - Colours”
  • John Zorn, arranged by Tim Sparks - “Sippur”

Features: David Crosby tells his story—from the Byrds to CSNY to his latest solo album—through the prism of his guitars; guitarist Tim Sparks lends an acoustic flourish to John Zorn’s ongoing avant-jazz project.


  • Rock out with arpeggios
  • Play guitar like a yogi
  • Try bass on you six-string flat top

Gear Reviews:

  • Bourgeois L-DBO
  • Martin GPC-15ME
  • Ovation 50th Anniversary LTD
  • G7 Performance 2

Plus: Donovan reveals how he learned the clawhammer; Johnny Winter’s guitars sold at auction; Bob Dylan wins the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature; UK luthier Roger Bucknall of Fylde Guitars finds his muse.

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