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Guitarist April 2018

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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i can’t be satisfied

This month, the subject of the quest for the ‘perfect’ guitar has come up a few times. For many of us, getting closer to that Holy Grail means tinkering about with guitars that are ‘just about’ right to try to make them an ideal fit. For example, I bought a Gibson ES-335 recently – partly because myself, Nev Marten of Guitar Techniquesand Mick Taylor of That Pedal Show are playing a Cream tribute soon. The Gibbo is just over a decade old, sounds great and plays pretty well. As a teenager, I would have probably left it at that and just got happy playing it. But the flip side of increased experience is that it’s also harder to be satisfied. Though it makes no major functional difference, I found myself…

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editor’s highlights

American Originals Okay, on the face of it not much has changed. But Fender have got it so, so right with these subtly updated reissues. Read the full review on p82 Josh Smith He plays like the devil but makes his guitar sound like a choir of angels – if you haven’t checked out the work of Mr Smith yet, we urge you toward p64 Michael Landau A guitarist’s guitarist who plays with consummate taste but is anything but predictable. We join him to talk Strats, his stunning new album and more on p58…

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new york dolls

D’ANGELICO PREMIER BOB WEIR SS £960 What Is It? Single-cut semi-acoustic signature model from the founder of the Grateful Dead... D’ANGELICO PREMIER DC £659 What Is It? A classic ES-335-style semi dressed up in Art Deco togs… basically Say you had to come up with a good-looking retro guitar design, then you could do worse than bolt on some Art Deco-inspired bits and pieces. It’s an approach that has worked well for the likes of Reverend, Italia and, of course, Duesenberg and D’Angelico. The difference between D’Angelico and the rest of those guys is that the brand was actually born in New York City in 1932, a place and time where Art Deco was a living, breathing thing. In fact, the ultimate expressions of Deco decadence, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, were only a…

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full metal jackets

ORANGE TERROR ROCKER 15 HEAD £549 WHAT IS IT? Terror ‘lunchbox’ format of of Orange’s very versatile Rocker 15 combo ORANGE BRENT HINDS TERROR HEAD £569 WHAT IS IT? Signature version with slightly different graphics and re-voiced channels An unveiling of tempting new Orange gear has become an eagerly-anticipated regular event at the winter Los Angeles NAMM show and this year is no exception with the arrival of a pair of new Terror lunchbox heads that are going to appeal to all kinds of players. Orange’s original Tiny Terror is one of the world’s most popular guitar amps, having sold over 30,000 units since its introduction. Unsurprisingly, it’s spawned a whole range of equally desirable Terror products, not to mention countless imitators. With the all-steel lunchbox format’s appeal as strong as ever, Orange has expanded…

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special effects

YAMAHA FG-TA £676 WHAT IS IT? More affordable FG size electro acoustic featuring Yamaha’s other-worldly TransAcoustic technology YAMAHA FS-TA £676 WHAT IS IT? Smaller concert-size version of the FG-TA with shared technology, onboard reverb and chorus effects without outboard gear or plugging in The acoustic world is maybe not the first place you would look for technological innovation. Software and circuits may be constantly evolving but it’s sometimes tempting to regard old-fashioned wood and steel as materials that have reached their peak of evolution. Not the case; there is plenty happening in acoustic guitar design that has the potential to change the way we play for good. Taylor’s recent V-Class bracing, which we looked at in the last issue, is a revolution in structural design and the steel-string voice. But in its own way…

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robson edna-may & nellie-may £25,000 & £30,000

IF YOU’RE INTO high-end acoustics, you’ll probably know of Keith Robson who makes the ultra high-end Robson tuners in the UK, which are usually engraved by Greg Goodwillie. They’re the kind of guitar part you don’t know whether you should put on a guitar or mantelpiece and just admire. Superb craft. A few years ago Keith mentioned that the intrepid duo (who formed Robson Tuners Ltd in 2014) were considering making even more limited electric guitars engraved by Greg. “The brief was to build some of the finest engraved guitars ever seen, each constructed of the highest possible quality,” says Keith. Well, ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce Edna-May and Nellie-May, a celebration of the luthier and the engraver. Greg spent 13 years as a master engraver at James Purdey Shotguns. His…