Sept/Oct 2010 On My Deathbed Contest

Videos by American Songwriter

The Sept/Oct contest winner is Michael Lovett of Nashville, Tennessee. See his list and read a short Q&A about the records he picked here.


Handcrafted in a traditional workshop in a Japanese mountain village under the personal guidance of master luthier Kazuo Yairi, Alvarez Yairi guitars are made with seasoned hand-selected tone woods. The woods are naturally air-dried and crafted into instruments with individually hand-shaped bracing and dovetail neck joints. This WY1K model is constructed from premium Hawaiian Koa for a completely unique look and warm, powerful tone.

The Alvarez WY1K, based on Bob Weir’s Signature Series WY1, offers everything you would expect from a handmade guitar built from quality materials. This Orchestra/Folk-sized cutaway has Hawaiian Koa back, sides and top, an ebony bridge and fretboard and a mahogany neck.

The WY1k was designed with amplification in mind and to deliver a great, well-balanced and true acoustic sound. It is fitted with System 600T MK II Electronics that feature a built-in chromatic tuner, multiband EQ with sweepable mid frequency adjustment, special notch filter to control feedback, auxillary input mix adjustment and a phase switch.

Other notable enhancements include an abalone rosette, multiple body binding, bound ebony headstock veneer, and gold die-cast tuners with amber buttons.

Quite simply an exquisite, performer’s guitar.


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  1. Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
    John Prine – Souvenirs
    The Band – Music From Big Pink
    Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
    The Cure – Disintegration
    Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham – Moments From This Theatre
    Warren Zevon – Genius
    Tom Waits – Real Gone
    Pixies – Doolittle
    Thelonius Monk – Thelonius Alone in San Francisco

  2. minor threat – self titled all inclusive wotsit
    corrosion of conformity – wiseblood
    fugazi – furniture
    redman & methodman – blackout
    down – nola
    suicidal tendencies – self-titled
    otimus rhyme – self titled
    mc frontalot – nerdcore rising
    life of agony – soul searching son
    lawnmower deth – billy

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