Beyond Flattops: The Magic of Archtop Guitars
Though long favored by jazz and swing guitarists, the archtop is currently enjoying a revival among roots and Americana musicians, flatpickers, and singer-songwriters.
Based in Denver, Colorado, Sean McGowan is a guitarist and educator whose work focuses on jazz, fingerstyle, composition, and injury prevention for musicians. He is a professor of music and department chair at the University of Colorado Denver. Sean has contributed articles for Acoustic Guitar since 2004, and has authored the Stringletter Media books Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Essentials, The Acoustic Jazz Guitarist, and Holiday Songs for Fingerstyle Guitar.
Favorite Album: Solo Guitar by Earl Klugh
Favorite Song to Play: “All Blues” by Miles Davis
Favorite Guitars: Bourgeois OMC; Nickerson FC3; various archtops by Tad Brown and Brad Nickerson
Dream Guitars: vintage Stromberg or Gibson L-5 from the 1920s