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Total Guitar May 2020

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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When we first considered putting Jimi Hendrix on the cover, our thoughts turned immediately to his influence. Of course, Jimi’s a guitar hero, perhaps the ultimate guitar hero, so he’s earned his place! But in 2020, a full 50 years since his tragic and untimely death, we wondered if we could truly say Jimi is an influential guitarist. Well, here at TG Towers, we’d say the answer is a definitive ‘yes’! Before I even mention Jimi’s musicianship, there’s his tone to consider. Own a multi-fx pedal? Or a software amp/fx sim? Chances are there’s a Jimi Hendrix patch. Scratch that! The chances are there are several. Marshall amps, Uni-Vibe pedals, wah wah, fuzz and octave-fuzz effects were key to Jimi’s tone, and manufacturers have been modelling them for years. Jimi used…

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making this month’s mag

JONATHAN HORSLEY TG always keeps Jonathan pretty busy and this issue has been no exception. As well as interviewing Frank Turner and Amy Love of the Nova Twins, the man generally referred to as ‘The Horse’ got up close and personal with four of Gibson’s 2020 range of solidbody electrics. Find out what he thinks on p98. STAN BULL “I got into Hendrix through my dad’s CD collection,” says Stan. “But Jimi always stood out as being several degrees cooler than the his contemporaries. To this day, I find myself inspired by his otherworldly tones and unusual mixing style of having the guitar front and centre. To me, Jimi still sounds like the future.” AMIT SHARMA As ever, the sheer number of guitarists and bands Amit speaks to for a typical issue of TG never…

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the meanest of times

Amid the coronavirus crisis, with the postponement of gigs all over the world, many artists reached out to their fans with live streaming performances. One such act was American Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys. Following the cancellation of their annual St. Patrick’s Day concert in Boston on March 17th, they performed instead at the place where they rehearsed – on a soundstage in Derry, New Hampshire, with just a film crew for company. The real-time viewing audience exceeded 300,000, but within 24 hours almost ten million people had watched the video of the show across multiple platforms. In troubled times, a connection was made.…

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the broadcaster is back

There are only believed to be about 250 examples of the original Fender Broadcaster – Fender’s first solid body electric guitar with a truss rod and two pickups. A few months after its release in 1950, Gretsch, which owned the BroadKaster trademark, took legal action and ended Fender’s use of the name. This led to the “Nocaster” period in early 1951, when Fender snipped the Broadcaster decal from the headstock of the guitars, and then to the model being renamed the Telecaster that summer. Now, Fender has revived the original two-pickup guitar with the 70th Anniversary Broadcaster. Features on the new model include an ash body with a Blackguard Blonde lacquer finish, ‘U’-shaped one-piece maple neck with a 7.25” radius fingerboard and 21 vintage-tall frets and Custom Shop-designed ‘50-’51 Blackguard pickups. Aesthetic…

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zeppelin finally win stairway to heaven copyright lawsuit

The protracted copyright battle over Stairway to Heaven appears to have come to an end, with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruling in a 9-2 decision on March 9th that Led Zeppelin did not steal the song’s iconic opening acoustic guitar intro. The ruling affirmed a decision by a Los Angeles jury in 2016. That case saw a trustee representing the estate of late Spirit guitarist and songwriter Randy Wolfe (a k a Randy California) accuse Led Zeppelin of lifting a piece of the 1968 Spirit instrumental, Taurus, for the intro to their own 1971 song. The 2016 case was decided in Zeppelin’s favor, but in 2019, a ninth circuit panel ordered a new trial after finding errors in the jury instruction process at the first trial.…

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RIP Rainey Sacred Reich guitarist and founding member Jason Rainey dead at 53 Jason Rainey, who founded and played guitar for Phoenix, Arizona thrash metal act Sacred Reich, died of a heart attack on March 16th, aged 53. The news was confirmed by his former band, who said in a statement posted to the official Sacred Reich Facebook page: “It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we must announce that our friend, guitarist and founding member of Sacred Reich, Jason Rainey has passed away. “Jason started the band after only playing guitar for six months. With sheer determination and will, he lead us through the early years of the band. He worked tirelessly. Sacred Reich was his life. In recent years, he faced some serious medical issues. He ultimately succumbed to…