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Guitar Magazine December 2019

The Guitar Magazine provides in-depth and essential reading for the serious guitarist, with dozens of guitar tests, playing techniques, an exclusive bass section and in-depth features on guitar heroes past, present and future. Each issue is packed full of reviews of the latest guitars, amps, effects and basses. The Guitar Magazine also delivers the informed verdict on home recording equipment and regularly offers tips on buying second hand and vintage gear. When you occasionally put down that guitar, it is also packed full of interviews with the great and good of guitardom!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bandlab UK Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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It won’t have escaped your notice that this issue is dedicated to the players and gear that are the building blocks for the future of the guitar. Although reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated, it’s true enough that our beloved instrument’s role in pop culture has shifted in recent years. And with so much processing power devoted to recreating old tech, it’s no wonder that outsiders sometimes look at aspects of our industry with incredulity–after all, who wants to drive a new car manufactured exactly like a death trap from the 1950s, or equip their kitchen with a NOS refrigerator containing lethal quantities of sulphur dioxide and methyl formate? From a design perspective, the most popular tools of our trade hit their high-water marks many decades ago, but that…

3 min.
fretbuzz

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com SG DOES IT Hey guys, great SG feature in Issue 374! I have owned a 1974 SG Standard since the 90s and for years, it was my only guitar. However, as I got more guitars and the SG got older, I played it less and less. Recently, I fancied reacquainting myself with the SG and so for the first time in a long time, I took the guitar out of its case, plugged it in and gave it a blast–but came away sadly uninspired. What I remembered being an awesome rock machine was instead sounding pretty dull and lifeless! Despite my disappointment, I got it out a few more times and noticed something strange. Each time I played it, I noticed that the longer I played…

1 min.
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3 min.
sŒur

The Bristol music scene is nurturing great guitar bands at a rapid rate, and Sœur are right at the forefront of that development. The dual-fronted three-piece fuse traditional pop sensibilities with the aggression of Steve Albini’s back catalogue and the odd injection of math-rock and metalcore. Their new EP, No Show, offers an insight into Sœur’s ever-expanding arsenal of rousing rock songs, with growling, combative guitars from Tina Maynard and Anya Pulver and, intriguingly, no bass guitar. The EP was recorded between Silk Mill Studios in Stoke and Seamus Wong Studios in Leicester in the space of just four days, following hot on the heels of their previous release, Fight, which received consistent radio airplay. The band also recorded a Maida Vale live session, only adding to the buzz around this collective…

3 min.
henry’s funeral shoe smartphone rabbit hole

Formed by brothers Aled and Brennig Clifford in the South Wales valleys, Henry’s Funeral Shoe have become one of the torchbearers for boot-stomping, Delta-infused rock. The duo’s new album sees them take a slight left turn, introducing brass sections and more nuanced lyrical content, proving that they’re not like other prefab bands in their respective wheelhouse. Their third LP, Smartphone Rabbit Hole, was predominantly recorded with a Vintage V6 and a modified Fender Stratocaster into a Matamp head and cab, by way of a DigiTech Whammy. Prior to their latest release, the band have also found themselves sharing stages with the likes of Kiss and Lynyrd Skynyrd in Miami, while their singles have been utilised by Fiat, Marshall Headphones and others. Here, Aled Clifford talks us through his favourite guitar parts on…

2 min.
the playlist

R.E.M. Let Me In (Remix) A eulogy for Kurt Cobain, Let Me In has been remixed for the 25th anniversary of Monster. Mike Mills played Kurt’s own Jag-Stang on the raw backing track. BIG THIEF Two Hands The title track from the band’s second LP of 2019, Two Hands opens with summery guitars before Adrianne Lenker’s ethereal vocal enters, along with breezy percussion. SLEATER-KINNEY ANIMAL Released ahead of their 2020 European tour, ANIMAL is a rousing, rage-filled song with aggressive, distorted guitars. The vocals were recorded at St. Vincent’s home studio. EOB Santa Teresa The Radiohead guitar player’s first release from his solo venture, Santa Teresa, is more akin to Brian Eno than his day job and is full of ambient guitars and dissonance. JOE SATRIANI Surfing With The Alien Satch’s landmark album will be re-released for Record Store Day 2019, but with a…