Special Focus: Beyond Flattops

An exploration of resonator, baritone, and archtop guitars: what they are, who makes them, who plays them, and why

On the Cover: How I Learned to Make Guitars

Eight modern luthiers—steel- and nylon-string and archtop makers—talk about their origins and more

Features and Departments

  • Guitar Talk with Antoine Boyer, the young jazz and classical virtuoso
  • Online Learning Resources: Tools for the classical guitarist
  • The Basics: Michael Chapdelaine continues a new series in which he gives insights into the technique, repertoire, and mindfulness of playing classical guitar and how it can improve your steel-string playing
  • Here’s How: Dealing with resistances to practicing
  • Ask the Expert: Martin Keith discusses celluloid rot on vintage guitars and how it is repaired.
  • Makers & Shakers: A visit with Raymond Morin, the luthier behind Pleinview Guitars
  • Weekly Workout: Turning triads into melodic ideas
  • Songs
    • “I Feel for You” – an acoustic Prince demo
    • “Rocky Mountain High” – a John Denver hit
    • “Picking the Guitar” – a Nick Lucas classic 
    • “Fanø/Black Sea Dress” – a pair of instrumentals by Charlie Rauh 
    • “Wabash Blues” – a Delmore Brothers classic
    • “Stealin’” – a strum-along on a classic American song

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by December 6, 2019
  • Advertising materials due by December 13, 2019
  • Issue on sale February 4, 2020

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