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The Playlist
“I Love You” On Her Lips Bon Jovi’s resident guitar-slinger returns to his solo project with this dirty, driving proto-punk release, which melds 2000s-era drive with brash falsetto vocals and typically obscene guitar solos. The Last Man On Earth The
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Taylor gt K21e
Has it really been a decade since Andy Powers arrived at Taylor? Throughout the past 10 years, the master guitar designer has given the brand’s builds and sonics a gentle but firm evolutionary push and introduced a range of new models with future-fac
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Win An Earthquaker Devices Astral Destiny
With its dedicated modulation section and eight reverb modes for shimmering pitch-based experimentation, EarthQuaker Devices’ Astral Destiny is a stompbox that’s all about the strange stuff. From adjustable automatic note-bending to its effect-stretc
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Tech Talk How To Fix Grounding Issues With Anodised Hardware
Betcha can’t guess what I’m doing here. Probes on the bridge? What’s that all about? If you haven’t figured it out by now, fear not, I will explain. But first: a little background. This is my Darth Vader-inspired baritone Jazzmaster-style instrument
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Ones To Watch the Snuts
West Lothian four-piece The Snuts have been shaking up the UK indie scene for more than five years now, blending singalong festival anthems with dissonant guitars and even a hint of Laurel Canyon-esque emotion. Their sophomore EP Mixtape was well rec
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Amplifier Faq
Have a burning question about your amp or, worse still, a burning amp? Email us at editors@guitar.com With this 1966 Bassman now on the bench and in a much safer condition than when I first found it, I’m happy to apply mains voltage and see how it so
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DIY Workshop t-style Bridge Upgrade
By the early 1980s, Japan’s top guitar manufacturers were doing a fine job of replicating vintage US instruments of the golden era. This T-style Tokai Breezysound is a case in point – if you can ignore its six-saddle bridge. The owner can’t, so we’re
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Smith/kotzen Smith/kotzen
The new collaborative record between Richie Kotzen and Adrian Smith is as fun to listen to as it must have been to write and record. “It was meant to be,” says Kotzen. “I’ve been a fan of Iron Maiden my whole life. The nature of what we wrote dictate
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Talkbox mrs Smith
The moment it all started… “In the 1990s, I was kidnapped and held for ransom by a Norwegian death metal band, and I suffered Stockholm syndrome. I spent three months in a closet with nothing but a guitar and mastered the instrument to save my own li
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CHIEF EDITOR Chris Vinnicombe MANAGING EDITOR Josh Gardner ART EDITOR Philip Millard PRODUCTION EDITOR Sean McGeady ASSOCIATE EDITOR Sam Roberts INSTRUMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Eleanor Jane CONTRIBUTORS Michael James Adams, Chris Fantana, Rod Fogg, Leigh Fuge
Guitar Magazine2 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
Browne Amplification protein Dual Overdrive
Packing two overdrives into one box has become the de rigueur format for boutique dirt units. Here, instead of opting for variations on the Klon and Tube Screamer themes, Browne Amplification has taken inspiration from the 1990s Marshall Bluesbreaker
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State Of The Nation
For many of us, the past 12 months have meant adapting to a life without gigs and in-person rehearsals, finding ways to collaborate with bandmates remotely and reworking our rigs for direct recording and low-volume settings. I, for one, cannot wait t
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Jam Pedals harmonious Monk
Following a successful collaboration with Robert Keeley that spawned the mega-selling D&M Drive, That Pedal Show’s Mick Taylor and Dan Steinhardt have hooked up with Athens-based JAM Pedals to create a tremolo unit with two modes: harmonic and amplit
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Five Minutes To… St Vincent
HEAD TO BANDLAB.COM/GUITAR FOR AUDIO EXAMPLES It’s all too tempting to take the safe option when writing riffs and solos. Just stick a pentatonic run here, slap a powerchord there and it’s job done. Annie Clark has never cared for the safe option, an
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Contributors
FIXER-UPPER Former guitar teacher Chris launched British boutique outfit Rift Amplification in 2013 and now spends his time building and fixing amps. Flip to p118 for his latest project. “I get much gratification from fixing other people’s shoddy wor
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Invention Has A Sound
In our first dive into the long and fascinating relationship between electricity and the guitar, we caught up with Benjamin Franklin to explore the impact that George Beauchamp had on the history of our instrument. This time out, I’d like to introduc
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Industry Insider empress Effects
How did you get into guitar? “My dad is a professional musician. He plays steel guitar and keyboards. We had an acoustic guitar in the house but he always kept it hidden from me. At some point, when I was in grade seven, I found it. That was the same
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Fender American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster
People have been trying to bridge the chasm between acoustic and electric guitar for decades, generally with results that might politely be described as ‘limited’. But the commercial success of Fender’s latest Acoustasonic models suggests that the te
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Chord Clinic How To Play Chords Like George Harrison Part II
Up against the massive personalities (and egos) of Messrs Lennon and McCartney, it’s not surprising that during the Beatle years, George Harrison rarely contributed more than one or two songs to each long player. After The Beatles’ breakup, however,
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Arcade Machines
“We’ve been buying guitars and amps for years,” says Teenage Fanclub’s Raymond McGinley, relaxing in his Glasgow home on the eve of the release of the band’s 10th studio album Endless Arcade. “But we always end up coming back to those first things we
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Heritage Custom Core H-150
Even set against the bizarre backdrop of the tail-end of Henry Juszkiewicz’s reign at Gibson, there was widespread astonishment in the guitar world when in 2017 the Nashville company parted ways with the internationally respected Edwin Wilson after 2
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Guild Starfire I Jet90
Despite space-age model names such as Starfire and Jetstar, Guild’s Newark St Collection has long been a destination for those with vintage predilections and down-to-earth budgets. From hard-rockin’ solidbodies to hollowbody archtops, the range accou
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Any Colour You Like
CF Martin & Company’s history of symbiotic artist relations has led to multiple iconic signature guitars, including collaborations with such legends as Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills and John Mayer. Ahead of January’s virtual NAMM show, the Nazareth br
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Tame Impala
“It was really moving. I didn’t expect it to be.” Kevin Parker is reflecting on his recent return to Tame Impala’s 2010 debut LP, InnerSpeaker, for its new 10th-anniversary reissue boxset, and the emotions that come to the fore when you crack the amb
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1952 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop
Even by the lofty standards of 1950s Les Pauls, this is a rare bird indeed. Recently acquired by our friends at ATB Guitars, this all-original 1952 Goldtop was one of the first 100 Les Pauls ever made – and we were lucky enough to spend a few days wi
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Mr 225
How does your role as head of guitar R&D at Heritage differ from what you’ve done in the past? “With Gibson, my focus was making guitars that were as close to a historical reference as possible. But with Heritage, it’s more about what the idea of Her
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Eastman T486 Goldburst
Though Eastman’s elegantly distressed Antique Varnish instruments typically dominate the conversation, over at the brand’s Beijing facility you’ll also find guitars dressed in pristine nitrocellulose being made by hand on the same old-school producti
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Ebo Customs e-verb Studio
Following a 20-year career as a Nashville-based session guitarist, Eric Borash decided to indulge his passions for design and electrical engineering by setting up Ebo Customs in 2017. His goal? To create hand-built valve amplifiers using all-original
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How To Be A Modern Guitarist
Back in 2019, we proclaimed in these very pages that, despite what some voices in the media were telling us at the time, the guitar was not over. The two years since have proved this beyond a shadow of doubt. In the past year alone, the guitar indust
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Shop Talk Froggy Bottom Guitars
There’s no shortage of manufacturers working in the realm of guitars and related equipment that purport to produce ‘custommade’ goods, to work ‘by hand’, and to craft their wares the way it was done back in the good old days. Take a tour of Froggy Bo
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