Check out some of great articles, interviews and reports in our library - guitarists profiles, interviews and reviews of jazz guitarists; playing jazz guitar: theory, notes on performance, playing and composition; guitars articles on guitars, amplifiers and other gadgetry.

Why Choose a Gibson Jazz Guitar?

Why Choose a Gibson Jazz Guitar?
There's no denying Gibson make great archtop guitars, but in such a competitive guitar market, are they really worth the price?

Barney Kessel's legendary Gibson ES-350 for sale

Barney Kessel's legendary Gibson ES-350 for sale
Currently offered by Heritage auctions (Nov 2018). A closer look at the modified 1946 ES-350 that characterised his playing.

Sonny Sharrock

Sonny Sharrock: On Improvisation
Free jazz legend Sonny Sharrock talks to Dannette Hill: on improvisation, about different types of improvisers, and the starting points for his improvisations

On Soloing

On Soloing
Wonderful piece; Randell Young talks about soloing, and suggests seven rules to maximise your guitar solo's impact

Saying Goodbye to Tal Farlow

Saying Goodbye to Tal
Jazz legend Tal Farlow dies of cancer at the age of 77. This edition of JGO will be dedicated to Tal and his music

Martin Taylor interview

Martin Taylor interview
Guitarist Martin Taylor talks to Afdhel Aziz on his career, starting out, and the influence of Indian music on his playing

A Short Guide to Group Improvisation

A Short Guide to Group Improvisation
Jim Slansky explains jazz improvisation within a group; how it expands from, and contracts back to the main theme

The Developing Jazz Guitarist: Part One

The Developing Jazz Guitarist: Part One
First in a series of Lesson/articles by Gerry Garcia: Gerry Garcia's jazz guitar arrangement of a tune we all know, Happy Birthday

The Developing Jazz Guitarist: Part Two

The Developing Jazz Guitarist: Part Two
Second in the series, Gerry Garcia continues his series of arrangements for jazz guitar, Auld Lang Syne

Pat Metheny on Kenny G

Pat Metheny on Kenny G: Secret Story no longer
Pat Metheny talks about Kenny G and his music.
See also part 2

The Jazz Guitar Ensemble

The Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Bob Russell discusses the advantages to students of the college guitar ensemble

7 String Guitar Part 1

7 String Guitar Part 1
Introduction to 7 string guitars

7 String Guitar Part 2

7 String Guitar Part 2
Playing the thing

7 String Guitar Part 3

7 String Guitar Part 3
A complete 7 string guitar piece

Life on the Love Boat

Life on the Love Boat
JGO Editor/Publisher Bob Patterson gives a firsthand account of working and living on a cruise ship. All aboard!

Editorial: Thoughts on Tablature Part 1

Editorial: Thoughts on Tablature Part 1
Logical method or crutch? The role tablature should play in jazz guitar instruction

In the Navy

In the Navy
Michael Durig is the guitarist for the US Navy's CINCLANTFLT band. He has some advice for those wishing to try out for a service band

Picking Speed

Picking Speed
Some tips on playing faster by Tom Brown

School and the Street Part 1

School and the Street Part 1
Learning strategies for college bound guitarists

School and the Street Part 2

School and the Street Part 2
The qualities of a successful pro guitarist

Anatomy of a Gig

Anatomy of a Gig
War stories from the life of a working guitarist

School and the Street Part 2

Q&A: Carved vs. Laminated A question of tops... Which should yours be? Find out here!

Anatomy of a Gig

The Pizzar A true 'slice' of guitar history

IAJE

Riff Machines - The Showdown Akai's Riff-O-Matic goes head to head with Rifftech's Riff Master

Questions and Answers Bob Patterson answers your questions

  • Q&A1: Simplify, Simplify. Why use modal names? are they necessary?
  • Q&A2: Think of 'Scale Position' / Sing it! Fret coverage, and improving sight reading
  • Q&A3: Sightreading / Altered Dominant 7th / Practice Routines
  • Q&A4: Chord soloing
  • Q&A5: Wes Montgomery / Transcribing / Archtops / Soundposts
  • Q&A6: Playing Octaves / Tendonitis
  • Q&A7: Summer Jazz Camps - Where to go for an intensive learning experience this summer?
  • Q&A8: Bob takes on a variety of questions on theory, gear, and playing jazz guitar


Beautiful Flame & Birdseye Maple 1969 Framus Studio 5 / 51 Archtop Guitar!

GRANITE FALLS, WASHINGTON, 98252, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$315

Beautiful old small archtop guitar,  made by Framus in March 1969 in West Germany. Framus at that time was, besides Höfner, the biggest manufacturer of guitars in West Germany. This is the small model 5 / 51 Studio, which was a small bodied, parlor sized archtop, very popular. It`s ideal for couch playing and travelling. This one plays fantastically! Sound and Playability: As all archtops of that era, the guitar has a mid range, cutting tone. Really suited well for cutting through the mix of ... more

D'Angelico Premier DC Semi-Hollow ArchTop, NEW in BOX, NO F-HOLES, Trans Wine

BOULDER, COLORADO, 80301, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$319

Yes, Brand New. Never out of manufacturer's packaging. These are great values for the price range. Obviously, the pictures are manufacturer's marketing pics. I don't have a box-penetrating camera. They arrive with in a very high quality gig-bag custom fit to this 335-ish body style. I've set up several of these and find them to be of consistently high quality (within expectations for this price range). No stock component screams out for replacement. As with most any other stock mass-produced ... more

Vintage Harnony Monterey Archtop Guitar Sunburst W / HSC (USED)

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 03101, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$328

Up for sale is a vintage Harnony Monterey Archtop finished in a beautiful sunburst - what a killer deal! This is a quintessential Harmony guitar packed with all the classic designs. If you're looking for a great vintage piece without breaking the bank this is the one! This guitar comes with a chunky "V" neck which is really cool, also features a birch body and an ebonized maple fingerboard, a trapeze tailpiece and white button tuners   This guitar is used but in better shape than many of ... more

Archtop Hollowbody Mystic Electric Guitar - New - Free Shipping

RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN, 54022, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$329

Brand new Mystic AFH-49 Archtop Full Hollowbody Electric Guitar. Basswood Body with Flamed Maple Cap, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, Set Neck Construction, 24 75" Scale, 22 Frets, Double adjustable Truss Rod, 2 Humbucker Pickups, 2 volume and 2 tone Controls, 3 position Toggle Switch, Tune-0-Matic Bridge System with Rock Solid Bullet Proof Stop Tailpiece Mounting System - No Bushings to come loose Ever, Chrome Hardware. This guitar is fully set up with new Curt Mangan 10-46 Nickelwound strings.... more

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Jazz Books


Hal Leonard Guitar Method - Jazz Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method Stylistic Supplement Bk/online audio. Featuring in-depth lessons and 40 great jazz classics, the Hal Leonard Jazz Guitar Method is your complete guide to learning jazz guitar. Songs include: 'Satin Doll', 'Take the A Train', 'Billie's Bounce', 'Impressions', 'Bluesette' and more.

Jazz Guitar Lessons


Jazz Bebop Blues Guitar helps you to create the authentic sound of jazz guitar, without having to learn numerous scales and modes. Based around the familiar blues progression, this book uses simple chord / scale substitution ideas to create beautiful jazz-blues lines in the style of the great jazz guitarists