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Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis

Senior Editor Andy Ellis learned to play classical and rock guitar in France and Germany, and then went on to study jazz at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After playing in bands for several years, Andy discovered he had an affinity for music journalism. During the last two-and-a-half decades, he has written hundreds of features, interviews, and lessons. His work has appeared in virtually every guitar magazine and many websites in the U.S., and dozens of his lessons are collected in popular instructional books. Now based in Nashville, Andy backs singer-songwriters on the baritone guitar.

ARTICLES

DIY: Lap It Up

April 14, 2016
Convert an acoustic or electric 6-string into a soulful tone machine for just a few bucks.
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GALLERY: Holy Grail of Gretsch

February 4, 2016
View highlights from Randy Bachman’s extraordinary collection of Gretsch guitars on display at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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Fingerstyle Wizard Pete Huttlinger: 1961-2016

January 18, 2016
We remember the great acoustic guitarist and PG contributor whose dazzling solo guitar arrangements inspired players around the world.
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Soldering 101: A Step-by-Step Guide

October 26, 2015
Learn to solder like a pro in this easy-to-follow demonstration.
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B.B. King: 1925-2015

May 15, 2015
Senior Editor Andy Ellis pays homage to the blues legend and shares audio from a never-before-heard interview where King discussed Hendrix, Clapton, and SRV, as well as what he listened for from other guitarists.
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DIY: Amp Safety 101

July 16, 2014
Nashville amp tech and builder Kye Kennedy describes the steps you need to take to protect yourself from potentially lethal voltages before working on a tube amp.
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DIY: How to Mic Your Acoustic Like a Pro

May 12, 2014
Nashville producer Bryan Clark and guitarist Adam Fluhrer explain and demonstrate four essential mic techniques for capturing the sound of your shimmering acoustic.
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Rodrigo y Gabriela's "9 Dead Alive" Album Review

April 14, 2014
By blending Spanish, classical, blues, metal—even Celtic—sounds, the amazing duo celebrates the 6-string’s history with their spirited music.
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Harvey Reid's "The Liberty Guitar Album" Album Review

March 9, 2014
Very young kids, pros looking for fresh voicings, and guitarists who’ve sustained fretting-hand injuries will all find something powerful here to explore.
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Flamenco Master Paco de Lucia: 1947-2014

February 27, 2014
PG salutes the trailblazing nylon-string virtuoso who wowed flamenco traditionalists while pushing the genre forward.
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DIY: How to Mic Your Amp for Stellar Tone

February 25, 2014
See and hear various configurations of dynamic, large diaphragm, and ribbon mics recorded through a studio console, and compare the tones between different mic types and positions.
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Badi Assad's "Between Love and Luck" Album Review

December 24, 2013
After disappearing for nearly a decade, the Brazilian force-of-nature that is Badi Assad is back with a magical blend of supple grooves, virtuosic nylon-string fingerpicking, and sensual vocals.
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Michael Bloomfield's "From His Head to His Heart to His Hands" CD/DVD Box Set Review

December 8, 2013
Essential for Bloomfield freaks, Head, Heart, Hands will also move anyone fascinated with the collision of rock, blues, and folk music in the turbulent 1960s.
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Pete Anderson's "Birds Above Guitarland" Album Review

November 3, 2013
Armed with a thinline, Bigsby-equipped archtop, Anderson lays down slapback-drenched phrase that reference T-Bone Walker, Lonnie Johnson, and Wayne Bennett.
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DIY: How to Set Up a 5-String Bass

October 11, 2013
In this two-part video tutorial, Nashville guitar tech and luthier Tony Nagy shows you how to set up a 5-string bass.
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Album Review: Pete Huttlinger's "McGuire's Landing"

September 17, 2013
Fans of virtuosic fingerpicking will be over the moon with Huttlinger's latest, plus bonus material to boot.
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Album Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band - "Made Up Mind"

July 27, 2013
There’s plenty of burning guitar throughout Made Up Mind, but first and foremost this is a band record with a heavy nod toward classic Memphis soul.
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Album Review: John Scofield - "Überjam Deux"

June 29, 2013
With its mix of wicked dual-guitar interplay and smoldering beats—boogaloo, JB funk, ’60s soul-jazz, Memphis R&B, and more—Überjam Deux has what it takes to satisfy both your brain and booty.
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Album Review: Bart Walker - "Waiting on Daylight"

May 11, 2013
Bart Walker Waiting on Daylight Ruf Records If fat slide tones are your thing—like the sounds Duane Allman gave us in At Fillmore East—you’ll dig Bart Walker’s sophomore solo album.
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Remembering Richie Havens: 1941-2013

April 22, 2013
His spirited renditions of “Handsome Johnny” and “Freedom” united the sounds of folk and soul music in a way no one had heard before and literally brought the Woodstock crowd to its feet.
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