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Total Guitar May 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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If you’d been asked to draw an electric guitar back in your school days, what would it have looked like? Chances are, something that resembles a Fender Strat. But Leo Fender’s 1954 design isn’t just burned into our consciousness because of its iconic form alone; it’s the players that used it to make history. That’s been our starting point with this issue – four masters whose music is as timeless as the guitar they used, each offering their own expressive voice and lessons to be learned to benefit all us players, whatever guitar we play. But aside from the towering figures of Hendrix, Gilmour, SRV and Clapton, we needed to go further to make this the ultimate experience. The Strat’s versatility beyond the blues can take you on a journey…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD This month, TG’s tuition editor hotfooted it to The Fleece in Bristol for a chat and a pre-gig bite to eat with Strat-toting US funk sensation Cory Wong. Opting for Vietnamese, Messrs Wong and Bird chewed the fat, discussing practice plans and the benefits of that unsung pedalboard hero, the compressor. Turn to p56 for the interview. MIKE ASTLEY-BROWN Another month, another superlative sub-£500 guitar as Mike got down with the latest incarnation of Gretsch’s game-changing Streamliners. “It’s impossible to emphasise just how much you can get for your money these days,” he muses. “But that makes it all the more tempting to expand your collection…” AMIT SHARMA As well as talking to Jason Becker and Marty Friedman this issue (p38), our writer’s been reflecting on his own love of the Strat: “I’ve…

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total guitar

EDITORIAL Editor: Rob Laing ProductionEditor: Katie Nicholls 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 Richard Barrett, Jon Bishop, Neil Godwin, Nick Guppy, Catherine Hood, Jonathan Horsley, Will Ireland, Stephen Kelly Catherine Kirkpatrick, Alex Lynham, Ed Mitchell, Matthew Parker, Adam Rees, Amit Sharma, Stuart Williams Music Engraver: Simon Troup Photography: Olly Curtis, James Sharrock 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 Production Controller: Frances Twentyman Head of Production UK & US:Mark Constance Printed in the UK by: William Gibbons & Sons Ltd on behalf of Future Distributed by: Marketforce, 2nd Floor, 5 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf…

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delay magnet

Strymon has further cemented its reputation as the go-to brand for lust-worthy new pedals with its first new stompbox for quite some time, the Volante delay. Based on vintage tape delays, the Volante boasts magnetic drum, tape and reel-to-reel studio echo sounds, plus a looper and vintage spring reverb. It aims to provide replication of every last magnetic delay system attribute, packing four onboard delay playback heads, with individual feedback, panning and level controls. There are a host of nifty touches onboard, such as the ability to dial in mechanically related speed fluctuations and playback head wear, and adjust the spacing between heads. Other features include MIDI integration, up to eight onboard presets, stereo panning, footswitchable infinite repeats and expression input. It’s available now for £399, which is a damn…

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GIG The Fab Five Though the Beatles retired from the live stage in 1966 before recording some of their greatest works, a number of elite Fab Four tribute acts make a serious trade delivering authentic takes on the likes of Sgt. Peppers to fans who appreciate the dedication to sonic detail. Dutch five-piece The Analogues don’t do the outfits, but are painstaking in their delivery of latter period Beatles sounds. They’re finally returning to the UK for a London Palladium show on a European run where they’ll play The White Album in full. WHEN4 May RIP Bernie Tormé TG is sad to report the passing of Bernie Tormé, who died in London on 17 March, aged 66, following treatment for double pneumonia. Between 1979 and 1981 the Dublin-born guitarist toured and recorded with Ian Gillan’s post…

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five of the best

1. Havin’ It Paul Gilbert Following its Pledge Music release last year, Behold Electric Guitar gets a full release in May – some surprising Jeff Beck and Robben Ford-esque blues moves going on here. 2. Misirlou Dick Dale & The Del Tones Its inclusion in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction brought a new wave of interest in DD, but this 1963 take on the Greek folk tune was always a masterclass in Dale’s tremolo picking power. 3. Genesis Devin Townsend Now existing in his own genre, Empath could be the most Townsendian thing he’s ever done. Orchestral chunk metal prog operatic? 4. Borderlines Baroness A welcome return, this time with guitarist Gina Gleason adding an interesting new dimension vocally on her recording debut with the band. 5. Death Church Machine Head The reunion of 3/4 of the Burn My Eyes line-up has us revisiting MH’s heaviest…