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Total Guitar

April 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

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome!

One of my favourite things about the world of guitar is that its past and future are always entwined. It’s something we try to reflect in TG because every great innovation in guitar music and gear will often come about as reaction to something that has gone before. Whether it’s being inspired by the groundbreaking guitar work of the 60s and 70s or an invention, guitar’s evolution is indebted to its past. Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who and – more than anyone – The Beatles changed guitar music in fundamental ways that we could fill a year’s worth of TG issues with. But to mark a brace of golden anniversaries we’ve taken a snapshot of each band with their landmark records from 1969.We salute a different but equally…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD TG’s tuition editor donned his gear testing hat to put Victory Amps’ V4 The Kraken preamp through its paces in our new Gear Diary regular (p108). Clearly impressed, Chris is in crisis. “I was in the market for some digital modelling gear,” he explained, “but now I’m thinking I need to stay analogue.” Sounds like a typical case of GAS to us! MIKE ASTLEY-BROWN We already spend half our lives stroking and caressing touchscreens, so Mike was right at home with the reassuringly intuitive signal chain management of HeadRush’s Gigboard multi-effects – just as soon as he managed to tear himself away from the reams of cat videos that make up his Instagram feed, natch. JON BISHOP …

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hybrid theory

When we heard Fender was planning to build acoustic guitars in America, we certainly didn’t expect a launch model like this, but the American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster is the first to land. A hybrid acoustic/electric guitar, the Acoustasonic Telecaster promises diverse tones while eliminating feedback and retaining classic Telecaster playability. Those sounds come courtesy of Fender’s patent-pending Stringed Instrument Resonance System, which aims to deliver “a naturally loud voice with lively harmonics”. That’s paired with the Fender and Fishman-designed Acoustic Engine, which offers a blend of analogue and digital technologies. What’s sure to raise eyebrows is the price tag, which clocks in at £1,799. Given the American build and newfangled tech, that’s not unreasonable, but it does mark this out as a serious purchase... …

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scene

GEAR Adam Jones onstage during Tool’s performance at the Governors Ball Festival, NYC, June 4, 2017 (Steven Ferdman/ Kevin Winter/Getty / Gloria Ruth Finney) Smashing News Twenty seven years after it was stolen at a 1992 gig in Detroit, Billy Corgan has been reunited with the 70s Strat he used to track Smashing Pumpkins’ debut album Gish. The yellow model, with a hand-painted design by Corgan, is believed to be from 1974. For years it hung on the wall in the Michigan home of Beth James (pictured) after she bought the guitar in a yard sale for $200 before researching its roots. Corgan told journalist Gloria Ruth Finney: “I wrote a lot of great songs on that guitar and hopefully there’s more in…

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five minutes alone andy powers

Powered up! Andy’s love for acoustic was fired at an early age (Words: Rob Laing Photo: Daniel Knighton/Getty) I got my first real six-string… “My parents both really loved bluegrass and country music so they took my older brother, younger sister and I to go hear Doc Watson play. I went into this theatre as this wide-eyed kid and I listen to him. He’s playing guitar, telling stories, cracking jokes and singing these songs and it’s just incredible. After the show he’s standing up in front of the stage shaking hands and saying hello to folks. So I go up to him and ask for his autograph on the programme. He starts laughing and says, ‘Well I never learned to read or write because I can’t…

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on the up

EX HEX Fall under the spell of the next great American guitar band Mary Timony should probably be knighted by now. The US guitarist has been a punk and indie mainstay since the 90s, pulling shifts of varying lengths in Helium, Wild Flag and numerous solo endeavours, yet Ex Hex, her band since 2013, might be the one to secure said sword-dubbing. The trio’s debut Rips certainly did exactly that - garnering a heap of critical nods in the process – but second album It’s Real is something special, bringing Timony’s guitar to the fore in a layered love letter to the scuzzier end of 70s radio rock. “My general rule is that I try to only play things on the guitar that I have heard in my…

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