No. 314, February 2019

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On the Cover: Beyond Rosewood—12 Mid-Priced Alt-Wood Guitars. Regulations and conservation issues have led many builders and buyers to turn to guitars made from non-restricted woods. We round up a dozen rosewood-free instruments in the popular $500-$1,500 price range.


  • Joni Mitchell – “Both Sides Now”
  • Jody Stecher arrangement – “The Wreck of the Old 97” 
  • A jazz-meets-punk arrangement – “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”

FeaturesEric Bibb discusses his latest wide-ranging release, Global Griot; Inside Joni Mitchell’s unconventional tunings and techniques; Free Spirits: Three improvising guitarists discuss their craft and inspirations; Veteran rock journalist Ben Fong-Torres on the challenges of learning guitar as an adult of a certain age;  an interview with Adam Buchwald, maker of Circle and Iris Guitars. Great Acoustics: An identical pair of Steve Klein L-45.7s; and more.


  • The Basics – An introduction to the 12-bar blues form and its related scales
  • Repair Not Recommended – How to know when it’s time to hang 'er on the wall
  • Weekly Workout – A guide to the seven modes of the major scale

Gear Reviews:

  • Genzler Acoustic Array Mini amp
  • Izotope Spire Studio wireless recording interface

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