Special Focus: The 1970s Lutherie Revival

Dick Boak, the longtime C. F. Martin & Company employee, gives an overview of the era that saw a rise in independent guitar makers, and the beginnings of companies like Taylor, Collings, and Santa Cruz.

On the Cover: Alex de Grassi

Having released his first solo album in many years, acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Alex de Grassi offers an exclusive lesson on his sophisticated approach to the steel-string guitar.

Features, Lessons & Departments

  • Self-Care: Tips and techniques for the aging guitarist of a certain age
  • Guitar Talk: Italian fingerstylist Alberto Lombardi
  • Woodshed: Gwenifer Raymond brings light to John Fahey’s “Uncloudy Day”
  • Weekly Workout: Learn how to create dynamic arrangements
  • Here’s How: Dealing with resistances to practicing
  • Makers & Shakers: A visit with Luis Enrique Uyaguari, one of Ecuador’s premier guitar makers


  • “Georgia on My Mind” – an arrangement of Ray Charles’ classic interpretation
  • “I Will” – a new Beatles arrangement by Laurence Juber
  • “Wabash Blues” – a Delmore Brothers classic
  • “Oh Shenandoah” – a classic North American folk song, with fingerstyle accompaniment
  • “Chapdelaine” – a brand new piece for classical guitar (and playable on steel-string)

Gear Reviews

  • Martin SC-13E
  • Collings 001 14-Fret
  • Orange Crush Acoustic 30 amplifier
  • Curtis Novak Gold foil soundhole pickup
  • D’Addario Casein pick

And more!

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by April 10, 2020
  • Advertising materials due by April 17, 2020
  • Issue on sale June 2, 2020