Total Guitar July 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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Yep, it’s the debate that will divide families, break friendships and pit bandmate against bandmate. This month, Total Guitar tackles the thorny subject of the greatest riff of all time – but we’re not going it alone! We’ve recruited the readers of guitarworld.com to assist us, asking the online community to vote for their favourite riffs in what’s turned out to be TG’s biggest ever poll. In our 30+ page cover feature we take you through 50 of the finest riffs ever recorded. We’ll relate some backstories and we hear from some of the guitarists who played on those iconic records. Hopefully you’ll learn a few tricks of the riffing trade along the way, too. Finally, readers of our print editions will have noticed the absence of a CD this month,…

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new york groove

Those who learned their first chords playing along to Last Nite might wince a little, but The Strokes’ debut album, Is This It, is now 20 years old. In the following years, there has been such an unstoppable tide of popular culture that it’s easy to forget the record’s impact. Is This It was typical of The Strokes’ Janus-faced sound. At once they were referencing the treble-forward jangle of classic American indie and garage rock, and yet they sounded so fresh – proving that it is hard to sound stale when you put so much treble in your guitar sound. Musically, the biggest lesson to take from Is This It is that our jobs as guitar players is to get out of the way of the vocals. Nick Valensi favoured hollowbody…

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“we cut this record in a day”

For The Black Keys’ 10th studio release, Delta Kream, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney went to the source of Mississippi Hill Country blues, recording songs by late cult heroes R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough with help from musicians who performed with them on classic albums and throughout their heyday. It’s fair to say The Black Keys wouldn’t exist without the songs on Delta Kream. The music of Burnside, Kimbrough and Fred McDowell was the inspiration for the grimy Rust Belt blues the duo recorded on early albums The Big Come Up [2002] and Thickfreakness [2003]. But whereas they paid homage to Burnside and Kimbrough with a handful of covers on those records, as well as on the 2006 EP Chulahoma, there is an added depth to Delta Kream, on…

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“i’m pounding and thrashing to get this rhythmic sound!”

The new album shows off your knack for putting different genres together – how did that approach come about? I grew up in the 80s and 90s, and if you grew up in that era, I think your musical taste isn’t just one thing. There were so many things going on - from hip hop to grunge to R&B. I think my sound kind of embodies what was going on in that time, but it’s also always been a conscious thing to want to mix these things together - to make a style of rock music that wasn’t just for one person. Your sound also channels some of the Seattle greats, from Hendrix to Cobain... Like I say, I’m a product of my environment! I grew up in the same neighbourhood as Jimi…

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i like vintage. the guitars feel like they have a story”

You have quite the guitar collection. Are there some that you just can’t put down? I’ve had a real affinity for Les Paul Juniors since I was a young man. I bought a 1956 Junior back in 1993 and fell madly in love with it. It was the first 50s Gibson I ever owned and I was hooked. So I’ve scoured the earth looking for good ones. I’ve had a TV Yellow ’58 for a couple of years which is the most recent. I have a new acquisition as well and it’s not a Junior. It’s a 1964 335 that belonged to an old man in Kentucky and the original case still has his receipt in it. He bought it from a music store there and paid $350 for it. I…

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universally tweaking

You most likely know Universal Audio from its OX Amp top box, or perhaps you use UA’s excellent DSP-powered interfaces and meticulously modelled plugins. Well, now, Universal Audio has applied its sonic sorcery to a trio of studio-level effects pedals. The line-up consists of three pedals: the Golden Reverberator, Starlight Echo Station and Astra Modulation Machine, each with three different on-board effects types or modes. With the Golden Reverberator you get tube-drive Spring 65, Plate 140 from The Plant studio and Hall 244 (based on the classic algorithms of a revered studio digital reverb). The Starlight Echo station delivers the Tape EP-III tape echo, Analog DMM (inspired by bucket brigade analogue delays) and Precision, based on studio digital delays with modulation. Both pedals include three variations on each category, while there…