As we creep up on our 50th issue of the Journal, we continue to push the boundaries of guitar media. Found in Fretboard Journal 49: We invite Martin Guitars legend Dick Boak to interview (and illustrate!) his close friend, John Sebastian, of the Lovin' Spoonful fame. The resulting interview covers everything from Woodstock to the modern lutherie movement.
Also inside: Tristan Scroggins talks bluegrass with John Reischman and traces how "Salt Spring," a composition Reischman wrote in the wilds of Canada on a borrowed Martin 00-18, became a bluegrass standard. We also follow the unlikely evolution of Al Valenti's D'Angelico guitar, an archtop that underwent quite a transformation, from steel-string to nylon. Liam Cochran interviews Wandering Boy Guitars' Jack Tarlinton, an Aussie determined to the capture the magic of those 1920s and 1930s budget acoustic blues boxes... today. And Jason Verlinde sits down with one of his favorite young artists, Tré Burt, one of the most powerful singer-songwriters he's heard in years.
This issue also has no shortage of guitar virtuoso interviews, including Dr. Molly Miller, Jimmy Vivino and Paul Pigat (who is also now knee-deep in building his own guitar creations). Brian K. Saunders interviews Mike Baggetta and Mike Watt about their ongoing collaboration and Aaron Gilbreath pens a loving tribute to the many sides of "Walk, Don't Run." And more! Our reader-supported format means over 100 pages of ad-free editorial in every issue.