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The following is a distinguished and diverse panel of experts who have generously volunteered to participate in the SGS Guitar Talk question and answer forum.

Tom Paxton
Tom Paxton
Legendary folk singer and songwriter, author of "The Last Thing on My Mind", "Rambling Boy" and many other classics. Tom has a wealth of experience he has volunteered to share with us from his home in CT.

Jorma Kaukonen
Jorma Kaukonen
One of the founders of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Jorma has shifted his musical focus to roots-based acoustic music. He has been touring and recording since the 1960's, and has become very involved recently in teaching, and running his "Fur Peace Ranch" guitar camp in southern Ohio. www.furpeaceranch.com
Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
Owner, namesake and founder of Taylor Guitars of El Cajon, California, Bob is one of the most important figures in the field of modern guitar-making. He has generously agreed to chip in his expertise on guitar building, care and feeding. (Bob does a pretty wicked good Maine accent when he wants to.) www.taylorguitars.com
Muriel Anderson
Muriel Anderson
Former National Fingerpicking guitar champion, and internationally-renowned teacher, concert artist, and promoter of the famous All-Star Guitar Night concert series. Muriel lives in Nashville. www.murielanderson.com
Chris Proctor
Chris Proctor
Former National Fingerpicking guitar champion, a pillar of modern fingerstyle guitar, and one of Taylor Guitar's most experienced clinicians. Chris has been on the road for 15 years, and knows all about guitar music, gear, recording, & business. He lives in Salt Lake City http://members.aol.com/proctorgtr
Cosy Sheridan
Cosy Sheridan
New Hampshire's own singer-songwriter, now living in Utah, Cosy has been making CD's and touring the US, playing her brand of modern folk music. She won the Kerrville Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival songwriting contests, and knows all about what New England songwriters face when they want to take their music to a wider audience. www.cosysheridan.com
Jeri Goldstein
Jeri Goldstein
Jeri was one of folk music's most respected agents and managers for many years, and is now the author of the highly succcessful book "How to be Your Own Booking Agent." She knows the acoustic music business inside out, and has agreed to give our members some advice on booking, management, graphics, publicity etc. from her home in Virginia. www.nmtinc.com
Steve Kaufman
Steve Kaufman
Steve has won the National Flatpicking Championship 4 times, and has made more flatpicking books, CD's and videos than everyone else put together. He's an astonishing guitar player, concert performer, and a tireless teacher who lives in East Tennessee. www2.aros.net/~tboy/kaufman/
David Grier
David Grier
Voted twice as the International Bluegrass Music Association's guitar player of the year, David has recorded several award-winning CD's of original and traditional flatpicking for Rounder Records, and has performed and recorded with a "who's who" roster of bluegrass artists. David does a lot of guitar clinics, and has recently started his own record label. He is based in Nashville. www.davidgrier.com
Dan Crary
Dan Crary
Dan is one of the founders of the modern flatpicking guitar movement, and performs solo and in collaborations with many other artists. Dan has earned international acclaim for his unparalleled guitar skills as well as his clinics, articles, numerous recordings, videos, and creative musical explorations. He lives in Southern California.
Alex Bevan
Alex Bevan
Northern Ohio's most beloved singer-songwriter, Alex has been a performer, writer, teacher and recording artist for 25 years. He also produces recordings and jingles, works in schools, and appears in the Seacoast occasionally. www.ncweb.com/ent/alex/
Al Petteway
Al Petteway
Washington DC's celebrated flatpicker, fingerpicker, bass player and singer, Al has been a professional acoustic musician for 20 years, and has made a name for himself lately for his stunning solo celtic fingerstyle work. He tours solo, with Amy White, and as part of the "Magic of Scotland" concert show. www.fairewood.com/al.html
Steve Gillette
Steve Gillette
Steve lives in Vermont, and is the author of the folk classics "Darcy Farrow" and "Number and a Name." He has continued to write and record for the last 30 years, and is one of the best-known performers on the folk circuit today. He most often tours with his partner Cindy Mangsen. www.sover.net/~gillette
Dr. Toby Mountain
Toby Mountain
Dr. Mountain is New England's top mastering and recording engineer for acoustic music. He has written numerous publications on digital recording, and has mastered thousands of CD's at his studios in Southboro , MA. He does all the mastering for Rounder, Angel, Rykodisc and Woodpecker Records. He is also a guitar fan, and has offered to help with questions about the recording process. www.CDNDR.com
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Fishman Transducers Tech Support
The folks in the tech support office at Fishman Transducers of Wilmington MA, the nation's leading manufacturer of pickups and amplification, have volunteered to help field some questions from our members on amplifying acoustic instruments. The Fishman company is also a sponsor of the SGS. www.fishman.com
El McMeen
El McMeen
One of the most important new fingerstyle guitarists to emerge in the last decade, El has pioneered new tunings, and made a number of highly-acclaimed CD's and instructional books. He lives in New Jersey, and performs across the country. www.elmcmeen.com
Scott Alarik
Scott Alarik
Former Minnesota folk singer and long-term folk veteran, Scott is best-known to New Englanders for his journalistic talents writing folk music articles for the Boston Globe. He is also a fine singer and performer of traditional folk music.
Catfish Keith
Catfish Keith
Incomparable acoustic Delta blues guitarist and singer from Iowa. Has recorded 6 acclaimed CD's and has been twice nominated for WC Handy blues award. www.catfishkeith.com

Shoenberg Guitars
Eric Schoenberg
One of the ragtime guitar pioneers, founder of Schoenberg Guitars, former manager of Music Emporium of Cambridge MA. Eric is a master fingertsyle guitarist, and very knowledgeable about vintage guitars, guitar making and retailing. He now lives in California. www.wenet.net/~guitar
Anne Dodson
Anne Dodson
From Camden, Maine, Anne was a member of several folk groups, including"Different Shoes." She has become one of Northern New England's most respected solo performers, as well as touring and producing recordings with Gordon Bok and with her partner Matt Szostak. Anne's specialties are arranging and performing traditional music and performing in schools. www.midcoast.com/~beechhil
Mary Flower
Mary Flower
Mary is a Denver-based blues guitarist and singer-songwriter who tours nationally, and is a mainstay of the teaching staff at the Swallow Hill School of Folk Music. She also teaches at many of the summer guitar camps around the nation, and performs occasionally in the Seacoast. www.maryflower.com
Mike Dowling
Mike Dowling
A musician's musician, he is one of America's most respected jazz and blues guitarists who is building a name for himself as a performer and teacher and student of classic American guitar syles. Mike has volunteered to e-mail us from Wyoming to help us out. www.mikedowling.com
Moondi Klein
Moondi Klein
Guitarist and lead singer with the DC-based progressive bluegrass band Chesapeake, and formerly in the legendary Seldom Scene. Moondi is a classically trained musician who has deep knowledge of blugrass and traditional music, and is willing to share a wide range of musical and music business knowledge . He lives in Maryland.
Ken Perlman
Ken Perlman
Ever since his first fingerstyle guitar books published in the 1970's Ken has established himself as one of the leading scholars, players and teachers of folk styles of guitar and banjo. He has arranged, published and recorded a huge body of music since then. His current specialty is researching and arranging fiddle music of the Canadian Maritime provinces for guitar and clawhammer banjo. He lives in Arlington, MA. http://hometown.aol.com/kenperlman/homepage.htm
Jeff Hickey
Jeff Hickey
Jeff has worked in some aspect of the guitar business for 25 years, ranging from working in a music store, repairing guitars, teaching guitar, playing gigs, songwriting, transcribing guitar music, writing for guitar magazines, founding the Third Hand Capo Co., and being the U.S distributor of Larrivee Guitars. He will share his wealth of guitar knowledge from his home in Madison, Wisconsin. www.thirdhandcapo.com
Preston Reed
Preston Reed
Preston has been making instrumental acoustic guitar records since the early 1980's, and his recent explorations of 2-handed tapping have blazed a new path in solo acoustic guitar playing and won him world-wide acclaim. He is also very involved in clinics and teaching his style of playing, and will chat with us from his home in Minnesota. www.prestonreed.com
Pat Kirtley
Pat Kirtley
Pat has attracted a lot of attention in the acoustic guitar world lately, as a recent winner of the National Fingerpicking contest, and for his brilliant steel-string playing, composing and arranging. He writes from his home in Kentucky. www.win.net/mainstring

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