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June 2019

Total Guitar is Europe’s best-selling guitar magazine, crammed full of songs to learn plus backing tracks. From the latest metal and indie hits to classic rock from the likes of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, TG has more songs than ANY other guitar magazine!. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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A band rehearsal last week was a painful reminder of what happens when I don’t take my own advice. I knew that dialling in what I thought were ideal overdrive tones at home with a pair of headphones and a loaned Line 6 Helix Stomp (see Gear Diary next issue for more on that) is a very different scenario to playing at rehearsal levels in a band mix. I knew that leaving my usual amp at home and going straight to a PA for the first time with an electric would impact on that sound too. I also knew I shouldn’t still be learning how to play a song at a time that’s meant for rehearsing as a band. But I was guilty on all charges that night. And…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD TG’s tuition editor recruited longtime contributor and prog genius Charlie Griffiths to assist with the music and technique lessons in this month’s frankly massive cover feature. It’s fair to say the pair have covered a fair bit of ground, looking at rhythm and lead skills, essential scale shapes, timing, feel, changes… And that’s only about half of the feature! MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN Mike was in Rig Tour heaven this month as he sat down with Death Cab For Cutie’s triple-headed guitar force to get the lowdown on the lustrous gear that makes their sound tick. Then he only went and fell in love with this issue’s cover star, D’Angelico’s delectable Premier Brighton – what is he like? PHIL CAPONE “That’s my favourite Elton…

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total guitar

EDITORIAL Editor: Rob Laing Group Art Director: Graham Dalzell Senior Music Editor: Jason Sidwell Guitars Feature & Tuition Editor: Chris Bird Content Editor, Musicradar.com: Michael Astley-Brown Music Co-ordinators: Zoe Maughan, Natalie Beilby CONTRIBUTORS Steve Allsworth, Richard Barrett, Jon Bishop, Simon Bradley, Jack Ellis, Charlie Griffiths, Nick Guppy, Catherine Hood, Georgine Hodston Jonathan Horsley, Stephen Kelly, Alex Lynham, Matthew Parker, AmitSharma, Henry Yates, Phil Capone, James Uings Music Engraver: Simon Troup Photography: Phil Barker, Olly Curtis, Will Ireland ADVERTISING Director of Agency Sales: Matt Downs, matt.downs@futurenet.com Commercial Sales Director: Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com Advertising Sales Director: LaraJaggon lara.jaggon@futurenet.com Account Sales Directors:Alison Watson alison.watson@futurenet.com; Steven Pyatt steve.pyatt@futurenet.com; Guy Meredith guy.meredith@futurenet.com MARKETING Head Of Marketing: Sharon Todd Subscriptions Marketing Manager: Tom Cooper PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION…

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triple threat

Early last year, we got hands-on with what was effectively Fender’s first official foray into the effects pedal market, and for 2019 the company’s line-up has expanded with a sextet of new stompboxes. Now, the first three have landed in TG Towers: the Tre-Verb (£199), which combines classic amp-style tremolo and reverb; Lost Highway Phaser (£119), an analogue four/eight-stage phase shifter; and the MTG Tube Distortion (£159), a valve-equipped distortion pedal co-developed with Bruce Egnater. All have been designed in Southern California by in-house expert Stan Cotey and his team, and include the features we loved the first time around, including sleek anodised aluminium enclosures and switchable LED-backlit knobs, plus a whole lot of bonus features besides……

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GEAR The Age Of Ultra Although leading British string maker RotoSound is known for its range of mid-priced sets, it’s making a step into the high-end sector with its new Ultramag electric strings. Made with Type 52 Alloy - a composition of 52% nickel and 48% iron – the highly magnetic steel is claimed to accentuate mids and low end more than steel strings, and should help maintain tuning stability in wide ranging environments.The new Ultramag sets are initially available in three gauges: .009, .010 and .011. WHENNow RIP (Andrew Benge/Getty Olly Curtis) Paul Raymond TG is sad to hear of the passing of UFO guitarist and keyboardist Paul Raymond, who died from a heart attack on 13 April, aged 73. UFO…

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six of the best

1. Deutschland Rammstein Exactly the kind of comeback we’d expect – with added hammer-ons and pull-offs. 2. Lo/Hi The Black Keys A catchy ZZ Top-shaped fuzzy blues return for Auerbach and Carney. 3. Stairway To Heaven Mastodon This surprise and faithful rendition with Brann Dailor on vocals is a tribute to late manager Nick John. 4. 2 Late The Cure The 30th anniversary of Disintegration is not just a reminder of the album’s greatness, but also their excellent b-sides. 5. Fear Of Flying Feeder A promising first cut from the band’s tenth album Tallulah (released 9 August) recalling Grant Nicholas’ band’s earlier days. 6. Here Comes Your Man Pixies It’s Doolittle’s 30th anniversary too – and the TG team’s covers…