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Acoustic

ARTICLES

Elliott Sharp

Tapping Into Chaos

April 18, 2020
Investigate the intricacies of Elliott Sharp—a modern, boundary-pushing, percussive acoustic master.
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Subversive

Mutant Folk Fingerpicking

February 22, 2020
A funky fingerstyle challenge that starts with Travis picking and then warps it beyond recognition.
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Bentonia

How to Play Bentonia Blues

September 14, 2019
Toss aside the rules and tune down your guitar.
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Lindsay Ell

How to Write a Song

September 7, 2019
Nashville recording artist Lindsay Ell shares tips on how she beats writer’s block ... and how you can, too.
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Gypsy Chords

Decoding Django’s Gypsy Chords

April 20, 2019
Investigate one of the most under-appreciated elements of Gypsy jazz by grabbing a fistful of new chord shapes and ideas.
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Trash or Treasure: Epiphone PR7E

July 15, 2018
A reader’s curious preschooler finds an old guitar in a spare room. The reader smartly inquiries about its value before handing it over to a 4-year-old.
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Luke Brindley

Free Your Mind: A New Way to Approach Open Strings

December 10, 2016
Find new horizons with a few basic scales, some adventurous tunings, and a healthy dose of unfretted notes.
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Acoustic Adventures

Acoustic Adventures: Harmonic Visions

March 12, 2016
There are sparkling, harp-like notes lurking just above your fretboard that can add a magical touch to any composition. We’ll show you where they are and how to coax them out.
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Bluegrass Guitar

10 Commandments of Bluegrass Guitar

November 21, 2015
Essential tips for nailing that “high, lonesome” sound.
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Acoustic Soundboard

Acoustic Soundboard: (Scale) Length Matters

October 14, 2015
String scale length certainly affects playability, but it also has a huge role in a guitar’s sound.
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Acoustic Adventures

Acoustic Adventures: A Twist on the Traditional

September 12, 2015
A quick look at how to work vintage blues/rock and psychedelia into acoustic riffs.
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Pluck ’Em! A Crash Course in Country Guitar

September 20, 2014
Grab a Tele and dig into this comprehensive look at the art of twang.
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Acoustic Adventures

Acoustic Adventures: Leo Kottke's Invisible Thumb

March 15, 2014
Discover the secrets of fingerstyle master Leo Kottke.
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Rhythm Rules: Syncopated 16th-Note Rhythms

August 17, 2013

Stay in the pocket! Learn how 16th-note rhythms work in funk, rock, and acoustic music.


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Peavey Vypyr VIP 2

Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 Amp Review

July 10, 2013
This latest iteration of the Vypyr line of amps is designed and built to handle electric 6-string, acoustic, and bass guitars.
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Martin Guitars Unveils Ed Sheeran Signature LX1E Guitar

Martin Guitars Unveils Ed Sheeran Signature LX1E Guitar

July 9, 2013
Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran teams up with Martin for a new signature model.
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The DuncanAfrica Society

The DuncanAfrica Society

July 7, 2013
Canadian luthier Jay Duncan makes the world a better place by helping others build sustainable communities, one guitar at a time.
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A Very Golden Anniversary

A Very Golden Anniversary

June 29, 2013
We welcome Rick Turner to our Acoustic Soundboard column in his 50th year as a luther—what would you like to know about building acoustics?
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Cole Clark Angel AN2A3BB Acoustic Guitar Review

Cole Clark Angel AN2A3BB Acoustic Guitar Review

June 22, 2013
A smart, modern acoustic-electric grand auditorium that’s beautifully built and supremely playable.
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