***This issue will receive bonus distribution at Folk Alliance and SXSW!***

On the Cover:

Chet Atkins: We celebrate the legacy of “Mr. Guitar”

Special Focus: Chet Atkins

  • The Certified Guitar Players of Nashville: Three protégés of Chet Atkins—Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, and Steve Wariner—discuss the guitarist’s lasting impact and influence
  • We check in at the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society meeting
  • Learn to play the Atkins classic “Windy and Warm”

Features and Departments

  • A brief history of cowboy guitars and a guide to exploring cowboy guitars in a post-cowboy world
  • The Beat: An inside look at Fred Oster’s vintage Martin collection
  • Guitar Talk: James Elkington on his switch to fingerstyle guitar and his instruments of choice
  • Woodshed: How to play the blues like Son House
  • Ask the Expert: How to smartly shop for a used or vintage guitar, part 3
  • Weekly Workout: Building solos around chord shapes
  • Lesson: How to use the 12-bar blues form to access a world of jazz
  • Gear Reviews: Breedlove Oregon Concertina Sitka-Myrtle, with a Sitka spruce top and myrtle back and sides; Hughes & Kettner Era 1 combo amp
  • And more!

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by December 8, 2017
  • Advertising materials due by December 15, 2017
  • Issue on sale February 6, 2018

*subject to change