No. 303, March 2018

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On the Cover: Chet Atkins’ Certified Guitar Players, with a roundtable discussion between all of the remaining CGP’s—Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Warnier, and John Knowles—and a visit with the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, and a transcription of one of Chet’s all-time classics. 


  • Chet Atkins - “Windy & Warm”
  • Tommy Emmanuel - “Guitar Boogie” 
  • Steve Winwood and Blind Faith - “Can’t Find My Way Home” 

Features: Sean McGowan shows how to use the 12-bar form for improvisation, Michael Wright on the history of the humble, hardy cowboy guitar, and a look at cowboy guitars in a post-cowboy world. James Elkington talks guitars. 


  • Build speed, for single-note lines and chords
  • Learn to play the blues like Son House
  • Soloing: Build solos around chord shapes
  • Mamie Minch’s final installment of “How to shop for a used guitar

Gear Reviews: 

  • Breedlove Concertina E Sitka Myrtle 
  • Hughes & Kettner Era 1 Amp
  • 1961 D’Angelico New Yorker Special

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