Cover Story: The Ultimate String Test – all you need to know! Frets analyzes Gauges, pitches and tensions for 100 popular string sets!; Amazing things about strings; How to select the right strings for you, your playing style and your instrument; The O’Kanes secrets of success; Custom Builder William Cumpiano; Harmonics Workshop; Reviews: Guitar Reviews: Yamaha LA-28; Taylor Dan Crary Model; more
Features: Otis Rush; Jeff Beck; James Burton; Ry Cooder; Richard Thompson; Ritchie Blackmore; Acoustic Shootout – in search of the best solid-top for under a grand – 16 guitars rated – Alvarez Timber Ridge Silver Anniversary, Alvarez-Yairi DY70, Charvel 125S-NAT, Fender 1100-SX, Gibson Gospel, Guild D6-S NT, Martin D-1, Ovation Standard Balladeer, Saga Blue Ridge BR-OS, Seagull S6, Sigma SDR-41, Takamine N-10 Natural Series, Taylor 410, Vantage VS-50S, Washburn WD-40S, Yamaha LD-10; Bern Nix; Link Wray -the true godfather of grunge; more
Each day in El Cajon, California, a group of uniquely skilled guitar makers works with a common goal in mind: To create the highest quality acoustic guitars in the world. In 2000, these craftsmen, guided by Bob Taylor, will produce instruments in 13 different styles and over 60 models. The guitars featured on the following pages reflect our commitment to continually improving the look, the feel, and the sound of our instruments.