Acoustic Guitar (magazine)

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Acoustic Guitar
Editor Mark Kemp
Categories Guitar magazines
Frequency monthly
Circulation 68,000
First issue July/August 1990
Company String Letter Publishing
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 1049-9261

Acoustic Guitar is a monthly magazine published in the United States since July/August 1990 by String Letter Publishing.[1] The magazine offers information related to acoustic guitars for players of all levels from beginners to teachers. Each issue includes a half dozen or so songs with notation and tablature, lessons, product reviews and interviews of prominent acoustic musicians. The magazine boasts a readership of approximately 64,000 and is widely available throughout North America.[2]


Acoustic Guitar was founded in the summer of 1990 under the editorial direction of Jeffery Pepper Rodgers as a publication of String Letter Publishing of Richmond, California.[3] String Letter had previously been established in 1985 as the publisher of Strings, a magazine oriented towards players of bowed string instruments.[4]

The first issue featured the first in a series of columns written by Sharon Isbin, a biography on Robert Johnson, a profile of Bruce Cockburn's song craft, and commentary on the "new" MTV Unplugged series. The issue also included musical works for guitar in various styles including folk, classical, and jazz.[5] In its first year of publication, Acoustic Guitar won the Western Publishing Association's "Maggie Award" for Best New Consumer Magazine of the year.[6]

The magazine has seen a number of staff changes over the years. Rodgers remained with the magazine through its tenth anniversary collector's edition in 2000.[7] In the summer of 2005, Dan Gabel was named associate publisher of the magazine.[8] And In 2006, Phil Catalfo became the editor of the magazine. The magazine's current editor is Mark Kemp,.[9] Stringletter's editorial director is Strings magazine editor Greg Cahill.

Event sponsorship[edit]

The magazine is sponsor or co-sponsor of a number of music festivals, workshops, and trade related events.[10]


  1. ^ String Letter Publishing web site
  2. ^ Acoustic Guitar advertising information (includes estimated readership)
  3. ^ Jeffery Pepper Rodgers bio from his web site
  4. ^ Strings magazine web site
  5. ^ Contents (first issue), Acoustic Guitar, 1, July/August, 1990.
  6. ^ "About us", Acoustic Guitar web site
  7. ^ Contents (tenth anniversary collectors edition), Acoustic Guitar, 91, July 2000 (see also this excerpt from Rodgers web site)
  8. ^ "Dan Gabel named associate publisher (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), The Music Trades, July 1, 2005
  9. ^ Acoustic Guitar Names Mark Segal Kemp as Editor
  10. ^ "A Guide to events where you'll find Acoustic Guitar magazine, Acoustic Guitar web site

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