Joey Lusterman

Scott Fore Acoustic Guitar Session NAMM 2016

Scott Fore: Winter NAMM 2016

Scott Fore stopped by the Acoustic Guitar booth at NAMM 2016 to perform a tune on his Bourgeois Fully Torrefied Aged Tone™ Mahogony Dreadnought.Watch the fl... Read More...

Martin CEO-7 Review

For the seven limited-edition models of the CEO series, which debuted in 1997, Martin’s chief executive officer, C.F. Martin IV, has designed new guitars that m... Read More...
guitarmaitenance

How to Fix Rattles

How to track down and fix common rattles in acoustic guitars by Frank FordYour entire guitar vibrates when you play it: the top most of all, but even the ne... Read More...

Jason Mraz Talks About Playing Nylon-String Guitar, Songwriting Games, and the Importance of Wordplay

Jason Mraz is a certified international pop star these days, with multiplatinum sales and a string of hit singles, but his heart is in the coffeehouse. For proof, just spin his 2001 album Live at Java Joe’s, which captures Mraz with percussionist Toca Rivera at the storied Southern California venue that also helped launch the career of Jewel. On that small stage, Mraz is in his element—singing and scatting through jazzy pop songs, nimbly grooving on acoustic guitar, delivering rapid-fire lyrics full of verbal mischief, and riffing off the crowd like a stand-up comic. In the years since, his instrumental palette and his audience has grown immensely thanks to songs like “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” the reggae-tinged “I’m Yours,” and “Lucky” with Colbie Caillat (for a transcription, see page 54), but the basic elements are the same. Strip away the production, and you have a guy with an acoustic guitar who thrives on the no-frills live experience.