No. 283, July 2016

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On the Cover: It’s a Nylon World—10 tips on how steel-string players can make the jump to nylon; 10 essential non-classical nylon-string guitar albums; 5 new nylon-string guitars for any budget.


  • The Beatles - “Here, There and Everywhere”
  • Randy Newman - “Rider in the Rain”
  • Traditional, arranged in the style of Blind Willie Johnson - “John the Revelator” 

Features: Mary Chapin Carpenter’s poetic new album; paying tribute to underground blues legend Blind Willie Johnson, with tips on how to get his sound.


  • Practice cowboy chords
  • Master Gypsy-guitar rhythms
  • Perfect essential fingerboard techniques


Gear Reviews:

  • Breedlove Journey Concert in Brazilian rosewood;
  • Washburn Woodline 10 Series;
  • RMI Acouswitch IQ DI. 

Plus: Vince Gill on the importance of experimentation; open-mic etiquette; comparing 3 new guitars in Fender’s Paramount Deluxe Series.

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