Special Focus: The Year in Gear

AG’s annual survey of the best new guitars and accessories introduced in 2020 

On the Cover: Ben Harper 

Catching up with the singer-songwriter, who recorded his latest album, Winter Is for Lovers, using a one-of-a-kind Monteleone lap steel

Features, Lessons & Departments

  • Guitar Talk: British singer-songwriter Lianne Le Havas on the role of the acoustic guitar in her music
  • Gene Bertoncini: A chat with the legendary nylon-string jazz guitarist
  • Andrew York: The classical-guitar great talks about his new video series and his love for mathematics, among other things
  • Robbie Basho: Glenn Jones and Richard Osborn discuss the enigmatic guitarist-composer’s exploratory style
  • Pickin’: Adapting Earl Scruggs’ banjo arrangement of “Home Sweet Home” for guitar
  • Woodshed: Mary Flower teaches an approachable guitar rag in G
  • Weekly Workout: Jontavious Willis teaches some acoustic blues exercises
  • Here’s How: Tips on basic maintenance and string changing
  • The Basics: An intro to chord-melody playing by jazz guitarist Greg Ruby
  • Makers & Shakers: A profile of Josiah de Jonge, a Canadian classical luthier
  • Mixed Media: Reviews of albums by Pierre Bensusan, Bobby Rush, Danny O’Keefe, Toby Hay, the 10-String Orchestra, Teja Gerken and Doug Young


  • “Better Way” – A classic by Ben Harper
  • “John Henry” – A campfire arrangement of the traditional favorite
  • “Fils de la Rose” – A new selection by fingerstyle great Pierre Bensusan
  • Robbie Basho – A world premiere from the new Tompkins Square boxed set
And More!

Gear Reviews

  • BOSS Acoustic Singer Live LT Combo Amp
  • Gibson 50s LG-2
  • Goldtone F-6 Mando-Guitar
  • PRS Tonare Parlor
And More!

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by October 9, 2020
  • Advertising materials due by October 16, 2020
  • Issue on sale December 8, 2020

*subject to change