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June 2021
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Guitarist is the longest established UK guitar magazine. You'll find authoritative gear reviews, artist interviews, technique lessons and advice. Plus, Guitarist's digital edition now includes all of the same audio and video content as the print edition; available to download from a special area of the Guitarist website!

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

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1 min.
live forever

By the time this issue of Guitarist hits the shops, Britain will be emerging cautiously from lockdown with the hope, still fragile, that the worst of Covid-19 is behind us. The pandemic has caused untold heartbreak to those who have lost loved ones or their own health to the virus. And it has also blighted livelihoods, not least among musicians who depended on gigs for their income. Now, as the prospect of live music returns, Guitarist is proud to support the return of music as it should be played, live and in the moment, in front of a real audience. Of course, things won’t return to normal overnight and there will continue to be health restrictions for public gatherings for some time to come, even supposing we don’t have any further…

7 min.
stage struck

When it comes to guitar design, one of the hardest nuts to crack is making an acoustic guitar sound natural when plugged in. This is particularly important for touring pros. They don’t necessarily need their stage guitars to be the lushest-sounding instruments when unplugged – but they do need guitars that are strong yet responsive platforms for performing on the amplified stage. Such guitars need to be able to cross continents and climates without losing their stability and playability. They must sound good, of course, but above all they must be reliable night after night, from stage to stage, with a pickup system that translates every nuance of the player’s touch into rich, gremlin-free sound. This is the tough challenge that luthier Ciaran McNally took on when he designed this Signature…

1 min.
mcnally shane hennessy om signature

PRICE: £3,999 (inc Mono gigbag) ORIGIN: Northern Ireland TYPE: Cutaway electro-acoustic Orchestra Model TOP: Sitka spruce BACK/SIDES: Walnut MAX RIM DEPTH: 102mm MAX BODY WIDTH: 380mm NECK: Single-piece mahogany SCALE LENGTH: 645mm (25.4”) TUNERS: Gotoh open-back tuners NUT/WIDTH: Bone/44mm FINGERBOARD: Santos Rosewood FRETS: 20 BRIDGE/SPACING: Santos rosewood w/bone saddle/55mm WEIGHT (kg/lb): 1.9/4.2 OPTIONS: An Adirondack spruce/ Honduras rosewood OM Cutaway ‘Studio’ version of the Shane Hennessy OM Signature with lighter bracing, optimised for pure acoustic performance, is available for custom order (£5,115) LEFT-HANDERS: Yes, no extra charge FINISH: Thin matt natural cellulose (as reviewed) McNally Guitars +44 (0) 2838349811 https://mcnallyguitars.com PROS Superb stage tones from a beautifully executed, specialist design; superb intonation; great pickup system CONS It’s a bit niche and not cheap; needs better battery housing – but we’re told that’s now sorted for standard production guitars…

7 min.
go pro

With arguably the world’s richest guitar amplification legacy, Fender can hardly be blamed for occasionally looking to its own back catalogue for a little inspiration. Fender’s classic early 60s black-panel amplifiers are universal benchmarks for American guitar tone, responsible for countless hit records and the industry-standard backline on the world’s stages for decades. We all know the star turns from this era such as the mighty Twin Reverb with its quartet of 6L6 valves, and the Deluxe Reverb, powered by a pair of 6V6s driving a single 12-inch speaker – ideal for studios and smaller venues. Sat in between these two legends were the 4x10 Super Reverb and, from 1965 onwards, the less well known and slightly less powerful Pro Reverb, featuring a pair of 12-inch speakers and a dual 6L6…

1 min.
fender ’68 custom pro reverb 1x12” combo

PRICE: £1,349 ORIGIN: Mexico TYPE: All valve preamp and power amp OUTPUT: 40W RMS VALVES: 3x 12AX7, 2x 12AT7, 2x 6L6-S DIMENSIONS: 435 (h) x 570 (w) x 238mm (d) WEIGHT (kg/lb): 16/35 CABINET: Birch ply LOUDSPEAKERS: 1x12” Celestion G12 Neo Creamback CHANNELS: 1 CONTROLS: Bright switch, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, Reverb level, vibrato Speed and Intensity FOOTSWITCH: Supplied vintage 2-button switch, toggles reverb and vibrato effects (needs to be plugged in for vibrato to work) ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Valve-powered spring reverb, valve tremolo ‘vibrato’ effect, external speaker jack OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: The other new addition to the ’68 Custom range is the 5W ’68 Custom Vibro Champ (£799). Other ’68 Custom amps include the Princeton Reverb (£1,049), Deluxe Reverb (£1,299) and Twin Reverb (£1,599) Fender Musical Instruments EMEA 01342 331700 www.fender.com PROS Authentic American clean and mild overdrive tone; superlative reverb and tremolo effects CONS…

7 min.
golden hynde

As leader of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde has been behind more hits than La Cosa Nostra. I Go To Sleep, Don’t Get Me Wrong, Back On The Chain Gang, 2000 Miles, I’ll Stand By You… The list goes on and on. As a guitarist, Chrissie has been utterly faithful to the Telecaster since she founded The Pretenders in 1978. It’s fitting, then, that Fender has taken the opportunity to reward that loyalty with a new Telecaster release. It’s not a signature model as such. It hasn’t been spec’d from the ground up. No, this is far more interesting. The Chrissie Hynde Telecaster is a replica of her cherished ’65 original. Aside from a few tweaks, which we’ll go into shortly, this Mexico-sourced model is all classic 60s. Things kicks off with…