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Total Guitar February 2018

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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By the time you read this, we’ll be a couple of weeks into 2018: all of the usual resolutions have either taken hold, or been cast aside, but there’s one that we think never changes, and that’s getting better at playing. This month, we’ve put together a series of lessons to help you with that, no matter what level your playing is at right now. With our guide, you’ll be able to focus on various areas of your guitar playing and see results quickly. Elsewhere, we’ve lined up the usual mix of tab, artist interviews and gear reviews. Talking of which, in the spirit of the new year, we’ve reviewed the new Trace Elliot Elf: a pocket-size bass amp. This is the first bass product review we’ve featured in TG in…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD This month, Chris tasked TG’s very own prog guru Charlie Griffiths with transcribing and recording backing audio for Queen’s epic Bohemian Rhapsody – opera sections included! Well, Charlie is a huge Queen fan; he even owns a Brian May guitar. Check out his frankly incredible efforts on your Guitar Skills CD. MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN Mike limbered up his fingers, adopted his patented ‘speed-picking grimace’ and set about tickling his shred bone this issue. First, he got his hands on one of the most affordable fan-fret guitars on the market before moving on to appraise a batch o’ Satch for this month’s new release reviews. ROB LAING Rob is feeling extra positive about guitar music in 2018, and it’s not just because Tool might release a new album. He talks gear with Marmozets (p32) who…

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kicking up a fuzz

Fuzzrocious has been around for several years now, but the company’s crazy takes on classic designs and all-original circuits have now officially arrived in the UK, courtesy of High Tech Distribution. The New Jersey, USA operation is run by husband-and-wife duo Ryan and Shannon Ratajski – Ryan designs and solders the circuits, while Shannon paints the enclosures – and as word of their endeavours spread like wildfire across the pedal community, the stompboxes have found their way onto the ’boards of the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, Foals and The Gaslight Anthem. Here, we’ve rounded up a trio of Fuzzrocious designs: the Anomalies lo-fi delay (£199), Cat Tail overdrive/distortion (£229) and Lunareclipse fuzz (£199). Each pedal offers a host of bonus features to boot… UP CLOSE 1 Lunareclipse The Lunareclipse delivers…

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GEAR ESP(ECIAL) EDITIONS One brand who never fails to deliver a feast of new models at the start of each year is ESP, and amongst the delights catching our ever-roving eye for 2018 is a new Pelham Blue finish for Bill Kelliher’s signature Sparrowhawk model. We were lucky enough to catch up with Bill as he hosted a special masterclass with his new pride and joy when his band Mastodon were over on tour last month (look out for a TG feature soon with a review of the original finish Sparrowhawk on page 96), but he’s not the only signature endorsee getting an update. Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter celebrates the 20th anniversary of his first ever signature Series model and the LTD SC-20 is a green machine that harks back to that first incarnation.…

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five minutes alone mark sheehan

“I SPLIT MY EYE OPEN AS THE GUITAR CRACKED ME IN THE FACE... BUT I DIDN’T STOP PLAYING” I got my first real six string “My very first guitar was a Taylor 514 acoustic when I was 15. I was very into acoustic playing and I liked acoustic bands. I was also into r’n’b and at the time it was about very simple licks. I suppose when you hear the likes of Breakeven you can hear those r’n’b influences. “Even though I’ve grown up in Ireland and I’m used to rock, I liked the R&B licks in the music of Stevie Wonder and Motown. I started to take the guitar more seriously when I was 17 or 18 and it was really to support my songwriting. I never liked riffs and runs, I…

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10 players to hear in 2018

MARCUS KING “Guitar has always been an extension of my thoughts without having to put it into words,” Marcus tells TG. Players often say this sort of thing but before you scoff, listen to the live medley on 2017’s Due North EP and hear the sound of blues truth. The latest in a grand lineage of guitar-based Kings, Marcus has – without exaggeration – the chops to bear that weighty association. GEAR Gibson ES-345, Fender Super Reverb, AmpRX BrownBox HEAR Slip Back TASH SULTANA The one-man band has been elevated to new heights lately, but Australian songwriter Sultana brings a widescreen pizzazz to the format. Her sprawling, expertly-weighted amalgamations of hip hop beats and shimmering tones, give way to surprising bursts of scuzzy, shred-y solos, creating an exhilarating contrast to her breathy vocals. A…