Total Guitar

Total Guitar January 2021

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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Perhaps the greatest thing about the guitar is the ease with which new players can get started. Violin? It’s about 300 times harder to play. The piano? It’s quite a commitment and those scales and arpeggios can be tough to grasp at first. And as for drums, well, you’ll need to be on good terms with your neighbours! Yep, our instrument of choice is easy to accommodate – especially if you start out playing an acoustic – and, with the right materials, it’s easy to start to learn, too. Which brings me on to the very issue you’re holding in your hands right now, and our monster-sized cover feature. With 50 easy bite-sized lessons to try out, covering everything from guitar maintenance and pedalboard setup to blues riffs and basic lead…

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everything louder than everything else!

There were many classic albums reissued this year: Lou Reed’s New York, full of brilliant guitar interplay from Lou and Mike Rathke; The Rolling Stones’ Goats Head Soup, with the previously unreleased track Scarlet featuring Jimmy Page; and a Dire Straits box set including all of the band’s studio albums, with Mark Knopfler at his early peak. But for Total Guitar, the best of the bunch, and certainly the rowdiest, was Motörhead’s Ace Of Spades. The three members of Motörhead’s classic line-up are no longer with us – bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister, drummer ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor and guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke. But the 40th anniversary edition of Ace Of Spades stands as a monument to the band’s awesome power, and to the talents of one of rock’s most underrated guitarists. Fast Eddie’s uniquely…

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blast from the past

Gibson has announced a pair of Jimi Hendrix signature models, the 1969 Flying V in Aged Ebony and the 1967 SG Custom in Aged Polaris White. The guitars, which have been aged by Gibson Custom Shop’s Murphy Lab, recreate instruments used by Hendrix at two iconic shows. Back in 1969, Hendrix custom-ordered a left-handed Flying V direct from Gibson, which he used during the Band of Gypsys era, including his 1970 performance at the Isle of Wight Festival. It’s this model that Gibson’s latest effort recreates. Just 125 right-handed and 25 left-handed Flying Vs will be made, featuring an Aged Ebony finish, gold hardware and painstakingly replicated specs, including custom-wound humbuckers, a Maestro Short Vibrola tailpiece, and custom neck profile. The guitar’s Certificate of Authenticity includes an image of Hendrix performing at the…

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louder than bombs

Simon Neil, best known as the heavily-tattooed singer and guitarist of Scottish power trio Biffy Clyro, has released a signature distortion pedal, created by guitar tech Richard ‘Churd’ Pratt. The Booooom/Blast pedal (named after Biffy’s 2009 song Booooom, Blast And Ruin) was designed from scratch by Churd, with the band choosing to produce it for general release. Each model is individually painted and signed by Neil and comes with a handwritten thank-you note. “The aim was to capture Simon’s sound in a box,” explains Churd, “so anyone can play guitar and sound like him. It was much easier said than done! It’s one of the most transparent, loud overdrive pedals on the market. With so many distortion pedals you get loads of fuzz and saturation, but with this the guitar still…

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one thing they got right for the grammys

When the nominees for the 2021 Grammys were announced in November, there was an immediate backlash from artists who felt snubbed – including The Weeknd and Halsey – and fans outraged on their behalf. But if the Grammys committee got one thing right, it was in recognition of female guitarists – as illustrated by the nominees for Best Rock Performance. For the first time in history, the shortlist for this category is comprised entirely of female or female-fronted acts. And although the favourite to win is singer and pianist Fiona Apple, there are some serious guitar players among the other nominees. KYOTO – PHOEBE BRIDGERS Bridgers plays non-standard shapes high on the neck mixed with capo’d open strings for the jangly, propulsive chords. THE STEPS – HAIM Alana’s clean, chorusy Tele and Danielle’s fuzzed-out…

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“the guitar is a mystical being, man!”

“For the last seven years, I’ve been using the Line 6 Helix, on records and live,” Chris Robertson says. “But this time round there was a sound I kept hearing in my head and the only way I could get it was by setting an amp up and putting some microphones on it. So I used a ’66 Bassman through a 2x12 cabinet with a set of Eminence Screamin’ Eagle speakers in it. And then I used a Splawn Supersport 22 head on the standard overdrive channel... That’s pretty much all you hear as far the amps go. For effects, I used an original Uni-Vibe from the late 70s, as well as my signature Dos Fuzz by Analog Pedals, for more of a Scrambler and octave fuzz kinda sound. The…