No. 300, December 2017


On the cover: Top Gear of the Year 2017! Readers share the gear buys that they loved, plus rosewood challenges, small guitars are big, detailed replicas and more dominate the year in gear.



Robert Johnson - "Hell Hound on My Trail" (Reader’s Pick)

Pearl Jam - "Jeremy"

Fingerstyle Arrangement of "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" 



David Rawlings talks about his traditional, but unique guitar work. A roundtable with acoustic music masters Chris Thile, Sarah Jarosz, Chris Eldrige, Aoife O’Donovan, and Julian Lage.  A visit with restorer and builder David Eichelbaum. Picking a boutique pick. 


Lessons: Learn the basics of Travis picking with Jamie Stillway.


Gear Reviews:

RainSong’s Concert Hybrid Orchestra and Parlor guitars

Guild D-55 dreadnought


Plus: In Great Acoustics we look at a luxurious Galiano 12-string that was likely built by John D’Angelico while he worked in his great uncle’s shop.

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