Special Focus: Mid-Priced Alt-Tonewood Guitar Roundup

Regulations and sustainability issues have encouraged more players and makers to seek alternatives to guitars featuring rosewood components. With this in mind, AG editors and contributors weigh in on a variety of rosewood-free options in the $500–$1,500 (street) price range.


Features and Departments

  • Eric Bibb discusses the instruments and inspiration behind his latest wide-ranging release, Global Griot, which was recorded in France, Sweden, England, USA, Jamaica, Canada, and Ghana
  • Joni Mitchell: AG editor at large Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers breaks down the unconventional tunings and techniques used in some of Mitchell’s most popular songs
  • Improvisational Guitar: We check in with experimental guitarists Wendy Eisenberg, Arian Shafiee, Tashi Dorji, Ross Hammond, Tetuzi Akiyama, and Charlie Rauh—plus a lesson component on delving into free improv
  • Learning Guitar as an Adult: Rock journalist Ben Fong Torres’ humorous take on taking up the guitar when the bloom of youth has faded but the dream is still alive
  • Woodshed: Jazz master Ron Jackson details a colorful arrangement of the Civil War-era song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”
  • Weekly Workout: All about the seven modes of the major scale—Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian—how they’re constructed, and how to use them
  • The Basics: Gretchen Menn teaches the fundamentals of the blues scale
  • Makers & Shakers: Adam Buchwald of Circle Guitars & Iris Guitars
  • Songs: Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” and “The Wreck of the Old ‘97”
  • New Gear: A deep look inside Taylor’s newest body shape; Genzler Acoustic Array Mini; and iZotope Spire mobile recording studio reviewed
  • Reviews: New releases from Laurence Juber, Martha Spencer, and a look at the acoustic side of the Beatles’ White Album deluxe reissue

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by November 9, 2018
  • Advertising materials due by November 16, 2018
  • Issue on sale January 1, 2019

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