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Total Guitar March 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

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
CHF 33.44
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Do you remember your first pedal? Mine was bought from a college friend, a plasticky distortion by an obscure brand I can’t even remember the name of. And it lasted about two weeks before it stopped working. But I can still remember how it felt to kick that thing in with my red Marlin Slammer on Smells Like Teen Spirit. It probably didn’t sound very good, but to my teenage ears back then it sounded huge. And it opened a door to possibilities. Pedals are like catnip for guitarists, and they allow us to trade up and tinker with our tone, and there’s always something we have to buy right around the corner. My recent journey to the Winter Namm show (more on p36) proved just how healthy the pedal market…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD TG’s tuition editor has been jamming along with Richard Barrett’s backing audio for this month’s Classic Track (p66). “Still Got The Blues? Still got the blisters more like!” wails Mr B, “Gary’s solo is immense.” Time to let those fingers cool off and engage your feet with this month’s stompbox cover feature! MIKE ASTLEY-BROWN Mike is recovering from a heady bout of NAMMitis – an overindulgence of tasty gear, free buffets and too much coffee from the press area. Still, it fuelled his coverage for MusicRadar.com where he nabbed an interview with new Gibson CEO James ‘JC’ Curleigh, and Ed Sheeran for a cheeky press conference grilling. ALEX LYNHAM Our pedal guru has proved invaluable for this issue’s cover feature. But what’s his favourite pedal? “I’m currently obsessed with the DigiTech Whammy Ricochet…

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a ’star is born

We all love the roar of a valve amp running at full tilt, but you’ll need a lower-wattage design to really hit the sweet spot. Fortunately, Blackstar has unveiled three new Studio 10 amps, inspired by classic UK and USA amps and promising “beautiful tone”. The three Class A, single-ended, 10-watt combos are available with EL34, 6L6 and KT88 power stages, and each features a 12" Celestion Seventy-80 speaker. The amps all emphasise simplicity, with gain, tone, reverb and master controls, plus a drive channel (or boost on the EL34 version). Each combo also packs an emulated output, series effects loop and one-button footswitch to activate the drive (again, that’s boost on the EL34). They’re available now for £575 each.…

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the dragon’s tale

1966 Fellow Yardbird Jeff Beck gives Page the ’59 Tele and he uses it with the band. 1967 Page decorates it with eight circular mirrors. 1968 The guitarist paints the dragon artwork and uses it on Led Zeppelin I. 1969 A friend of Page’s strips the guitar back in a move the guitarist later recounts as a “disaster”. 1971 Page tracks three improvised solos with the Tele during the recording of Stairway To Heaven. 2018 Page approaches Fender about recreating his now restored Dragon Tele. “It’s so absolutely as it is, as it should be and as it was,” he says.…

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GEAR New Classics Fender have revised the whole Squier Classic Vibe line with 13 retro guitar and bass models. All the instruments are fitted with new Fender-designed pickups and the slim C-neck profile. The range includes a 70s Custom and Deluxe Tele (the latter pictured with period correct oversized Strat headstock), 70s Jaguar, Bass VI and a 60s Mustang. Prices range from £359 to £439. GEAR The Axe Factory The guitar interface market is showing no signs in slowing down in its quest for your cash, and the latest from IK Multimedia has some interesting controls. The Axe I/O (£369) has a pickup selector to help deal with active pickups to remove the extra gain stages you don’t need for tracking. The JFET switch offers added saturation and warmth and the Z-Tone control varies the…

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five minutes alone gus g

Got my first real six-string… “THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION IS THAT I’M THIS MECHANICAL SHRED MACHINE THAT HAS NO FEEL...” “I still have my first guitar – it was this cheap classical that my dad got me, made by Valencia. I was stuck with it for a few years before I got an electric. I don’t know if it’s the same in England, but in Greece parents would always start their kids on classical before moving on. So I got lessons in this small neighbourhood music school and my teacher Maria was an absolute sweetheart. She could play piano, guitar and accordion and was able to teach the kids pretty much anything.” There goes my hero… “My dad used to play Frampton Comes Alive! on vinyl a lot, so that ended up being the reason…