**Features Holiday Shopping Guide!**

Special Focus: Hawaii and the Guitar

We zero in on the history and impact of Hawaiian guitar and how it changed popular music of the 20th century while paving the way for the guitar explosion that swept the United States in the 1920s. Plus, learn how to play a Hawaiian slack-key classic.


Features and Departments

  • Guitar Talk: We check in with 12-string fingerstyle ragtime and blues powerhouse Todd Albright
  • Top Gear 2018: AG experts, readers, and music dealers weigh in on their favorite gear of the year
  • The Guitar in Worship: A brief history of the evolution of the guitar’s role in religious culture
  • Roots & Blues Fingerstyle Guitar Explorations: A sneak-preview excerpt from Steve James’ forthcoming book
  • Weekly Workout: Berklee guitar professor Jane Miller breaks down the ii-V progression and shows ways to apply it in a variety of musical settings
  • The Basics: Understand major and minor pentatonic scales, rather than just relying on common fingerings
  • Here’s How: How to properly package a guitar for shipping
  • Ask the Expert: Mamie Minch on how to care for your instrument over the long haul
  • Makers & Shakers: Bedell/Breedlove/Two Old Hippies founder Tom Bedell talks shop
  • Songs: George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” a fingerstyle arrangement of “Joy to the World,” and a Hawaiian slack-key classic
  • New Gear: Recording King Rattlesnake RR-41-VS resonator, Orange Acoustic Pre, Henriksen’s The Blu amp, Sunnaudio Stage DI, Kyser Low-Tension Capo
  • Mixed Media: Reviews of new releases from The Promise Is Hope, Duck Baker, Nathan Salsburg, Zak Trojano, and more!


Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by September 14, 2018
  • Advertising materials due by September 21, 2018
  • Issue on sale November 6, 2018

*subject to change