Slide Masters: 6 Guitarists Who Play Bottleneck Style in Fresh and Unexpected Ways

Slide Masters: 6 Guitarists Who Play Bottleneck Style in Fresh and Unexpected Ways

From the July/August 2019 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY ADAM PERLMUTTER It’s not possible to know the exact specifics, but at some point near the beginning of the 20th century, a random musician in the Mississippi Delta must have rubbed a guitar’s strings with a knife, glass bottle, or other hard object, and in doing so discovered that the…

Woody Guthrie’s Songwriting Wisdom

Woody Guthrie’s Songwriting Wisdom

BY JEFFREY PEPPER RODGERS, (c) 2013 For a guy just past his 100th birthday, who in fact died 45 years ago, Woody Guthrie has been remarkably active in the songwriting business lately. In the past year or so, we’ve seen no fewer than four albums of new Guthrie songs, on which his previously unpublished words…

Guitar Guru: Should I Reset the Neck on My Vintage Guitar?

Guitar Guru: Should I Reset the Neck on My Vintage Guitar?

BY DANA BOURGEOIS Q: I recently purchased a 50-year-old Martin D-21. When it arrived, I instantly noticed that the action was really high. Unfortunately, there’s almost no saddle left, and the bridge may also have been lowered. The seller disclosed its condition, though remarked that he was almost always against neck resets because the guitar…

Gear Review: Oasis OH-2C Digital Thermometer and Hygrometer

Gear Review: Oasis OH-2C Digital Thermometer and Hygrometer

By Adam Perlmutter Like all too many guitar owners, I paid no mind to humidity control—that is, until my near-mint 1930s Gibson L-4 developed a crack in its back during a particularly brutal New York City winter some years ago. Since then, I’ve kept obsessive tabs on the relative humidity level in the room where…

Design Your Own Santa Cruz Guitar Online

Design Your Own Santa Cruz Guitar Online

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Guitar: SCGC welcomes you to design a custom guitar via their new website feature. Start with your desired base model, and select your choice of various tonewoods, bracing, neck specs, finish, inlays, appointments and more, many of which are included in the cost of any Santa Cruz Guitar. Reference their extensive catalog…

How to Go from Standard to Open-G Tuning

How to Go from Standard to Open-G Tuning

This lesson is excerpted from Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics, available at the Acoustic Guitar Store. Let’s start by getting into open G (D G D G B D) from standard tuning. Lower both E strings a step to D and lower your fifth string from A to G. Strings two, three, and four stay the…

Album Review: Sunset Avenue Sessions

Album Review: Sunset Avenue Sessions

From the July/August 2019 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY LEE ZIMMERMAN Charming set of country-flavored covers and originals They’re hardly a supergroup of the Crosby, Stills & Nash variety, but this trio, made up of three clearly capable country-oriented singer-songwriters, creates a sound that aspires to the same standard in similarly soft and serene settings. It’s telling that…

Video Lesson: A Jazzy Arrangement of ‘America the Beautiful’

Video Lesson: A Jazzy Arrangement of ‘America the Beautiful’

From the July/August 2019 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY MIMI FOX The simple yet evocative melody of “America the Beautiful” has always moved me. When I was preparing to record my most recent album, This Bird Still Flies (Origin Records), I wanted to come up with an arrangement of “America” that would be fresh and personal while retaining…

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