Total Guitar October 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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2020 may just be a new golden age for Fender. Despite the effects of Covid-19 on the world economy, company CEO Andy Mooney recently reported that this year will represent the “biggest year of sales volume in Fender history”. Maybe guitarists are seeking six-string retail therapy during the pandemic; or perhaps new players have found new musical pastimes. Whatever the reason, Fender’s guitars and amps seems to be connecting with vintage purists and newcomers alike. Is there a Fender for every guitarist? Well, perhaps not quite, but add Fender-owned Jackson, EVH and Gretsch into the equation and the company is covering most bases. Of course, countless icons have played Fenders over the years and they need no introduction, but the company has an eye on the future with its Fender Next…

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edged in blue

25 years since he death of Irish blues-rock legend Rory Gallagher, the great man’s work is showcased in a collection released this month. The Best of Rory Gallagher features classic tracks recorded with power trio Taste and as a solo artist, plus a previously unreleased 1973 cover of The Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, on which Rory played alongside one of his heroes, rock’n’roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis. In this photo from 1979, shot for his album Top Priority, Rory is playing the guitar for which he was synonymous – a battered 1961 Fender Stratocaster, his most prized instrument, but he didn’t treat it with kid gloves. As his nephew Daniel Gallagher told Guitarist editor Jamie Dickson: “There is footage of him in 1979 in Montreux, and he drags…

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end of an era?

“THE ALL-ROSEWOOD-NECKED STRAT COULD BE SEEN AS SOMETHING OF A LAST HURRAH FOR THE AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL SERIES” Fender has unveiled the 2020 Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster, which comes equipped with a solid rosewood neck. The neck itself features a deep C profile, with narrow-tall frets, and a laser-etched Fender logo on the headstock. Also, new to the model are a trio of Pure Vintage ’65 Stratocaster single coils – as opposed to the original’s V-Mods – as well as two vintage-inspired finishes: Desert Sand (with gold pickguard) and Fiesta Red. Otherwise, the guitar is spec’d as per the regular American Pro Strat, with an alder body, treble bleed circuit, and 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with pop-in arm. If recent reports are anything to go by, this model could be seen as something of…

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made in japan

Marty Friedman has announced a new solo record, Tokyo Jukebox 3, and if you think you know what to expect from the former Megadeth guitarist by this point in time, guess again. In a post on his official Facebook page announcing the record, he revealed some changes to his sound, including ditching effects like reverb and delay. “Just like everyone, I’ve had a real tough time dealing with 2020,” Friedman said. “We all suffered from a massive lack of fun this year, so I made it my mission to make feel-good, serotonin level raising music of the highest order, stuff that will hopefully kick you all in the feels, and hard. “Making the album during a pandemic had its hellish challenges, but everyone is facing hardships now, so I was just thankful…

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back to basics

Adrianne Lenker, vocalist and guitarist for Brooklyn indie folk band Big Thief, has announced the release of two solo albums for 4AD. Both songs and instrumentals will be released on 23rd October, coming in the form of an 11-track and a two-track cassette, respectively. Both albums were composed earlier this year following the cancellation of Big Thief’s March tour due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Decamping to a one-room cabin in western Massachusetts, Lenker captured every track using fully-analog recording (AAA). As such, no digital technology was used in the recording, mixing or mastering process whatsoever. The albums’ lush watercolour artwork was painted by Lenker’s grandmother, Diane Lee.…

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fm fatale

As proved by our Rig Tour features, Fractal’s Axe FX family has become not only a fixture of professional setups, but in many cases it’s the cornerstone of the rig for tonehounds aplenty. For us regular folk there’s always been one drawback, and that’s the cost. But now, after its much-anticipated wait, Fractal has started shipping the FM3: a more affordable amp/cab/FX modeller that shares its tonal DNA with Fractal’s flagship AXE FX III. The FM3 makes use of Fractal’s latest ARES amp modelling - as found in the AXE FX III - and inside this shrunk-down stomper (the same footprint as Fractal’s FC-6 controllers) live over 260 amp models derived from its bigger brother. In addition to this, Fractal has included all of the AXE FX III’s cab impulse responses…