“I belong to the ‘fretboard journal’ generation, I am fascinated by the intersection between ‘Fender electric guitar sound’ and this typical sonic experience … it’s about nothing more than that good feeling good that you can feel when you hear something and how it supports the communicative properties of the music. “ -Julian location, FJ # 48
Issue 48 of the fretboard diary is here! Our latest edition is another deep dive into the wild and wonderful world of fret instruments, featuring some of the best players, innovative makers, and fascinating instruments we have ever seen. Dave Olson takes a look at the whims of the Tonewoods while Rachel Rosencrantz plunges into her imagination to find replacements. The familiar and the unusual intersect in profiles and conversations with Chris Thile, Julian Lage and Andrew York; Michael John Simmons returns to our site with the story of a fascinating Martin and of course there is more of what you can always expect …
As always, issue 48 features 128 pages of the stunning photography and clean layouts there is the fretboard diary‘s trademark. You can subscribe to our reader-supported magazine as a souvenir in print form or as a new digital subscription.
“One of my favorite hobbies is helping A + guitarists find A + instruments, so I’m really glad Bob has Frankie.” – Dave Drake
Bob Minner shares the “good guitar story” behind his 1936 Martin D-18.
“Now, for the first time, we can precisely quantify the relevant acoustic properties of the soundboard and bracing and thus classify tonewood according to the criteria that enable optimal sound quality. ”
Dave Olson tells the story of the science behind the cutting edge technology at Pacific Rim Tonewoods.
“Every time he makes a suggestion, you know that it will be good, worthwhile and musical.” – Dan Auerbach on the great Billy Sanford
The resignation of legendary Nashville session guitarist Billy Sanford is the fodder for our first story by writer / guitarist Nick Millevoi.
“I have this obsession, and this obsession is about the guitar as the lead vocalist and the difference between being expressive as a guitarist and communicative as a guitarist. ” – Julian location
Our cover story is an in-depth discussion with FJ friend and darling Julian Lage that spans everything from Jerry Garcia to pandemic projects like his new signature model from Collings and his new album, Squint.