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Guitarist February 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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never say die

This month’s mother lode of tips on how to sound and play better (see page 58) got me thinking about which ideas have been the most valuable to me over the years, when it comes to guitar. Perhaps the best, as simple as it sounds, is don’t give up. I was talking with someone recently who revealed they’d got to a very high standard on classical guitar in their teens and eventually won a place at a prestigious music college. What happened, I asked? Well, they explained, once they got there they met other students who could play not just the guitar but piano, flute, what have you, as well. Dispirited and feeling less talented than the others, they’d left the course – and regretted the decision to this day. We…

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editor’s highlights

Phil X Bon Jovi’s irrepressible guitarist explains why you should never let a difficult lick get the best of you – and why modded Marshall tone is the way to go p52 A Heavy Session Award-Session’s current amps make transistors seem like a very serious rival to valves for tone. Yes, really. Check out Nick Guppy’s review on p20 Alright, Esquire? Don’t dismiss the Esquire as a ‘Tele with only one pickup’. These ballsy vintage beauties have a growl and grit that is absolutely unique, like the ’56 on p140…

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to infinity and beyond

FENDER EOB SUSTAINER STRATOCASTER £979 What Is It? A low-key signature model from Radiohead’s modest Ed O’Brien It’s entirely possible that you could encounter and fall in love with the new Fender EOB Sustainer Stratocaster without realising it is, in fact, an artist signature model. The face behind the initials is Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien and his new guitar is the best Fender signature project since Johnny Marr set about redesigning the Jaguar. Made at Fender’s Ensenada plant in Mexico, the EOB features an alder body playing host to a flawless Olympic White polyurethane finish, three-ply white/black/white scratchplate and that classic ‘synchronized’ vibrato. The bolt-on 10/56V maple neck features a flatter-than-vintage 241mm (9.5") radius maple ’board, 21 ‘narrow tall’ frets and a, mostly, satin urethane finish. Only the headstock face is glossy. One of…

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british boutique

FIDELITY DOUBLE STANDARD £1,999 WHAT IS IT? British-made chambered double-cut bolt-on with Mastery vibrato and Mojo pickups FIDELITY JB £1,799 WHAT IS IT? British-made symmetrical double-cutaway chambered-body electric with proprietary bridge and Mojo pickups Let’s face it, whether you’re a musician or a guitar-maker you have a choice between imitation or trying to make your own way. The former could mean you’re in a comfort zone and (more than likely) means you’ll get paid, while the latter original path can be a harder road to travel. It’s that second road that Cambridge-based maker Matt Oram has chosen to plough with his stylishly unique and hugely characterful retro-styled Fidelity guitars. It’s been a little over a year since Matt unveiled his original Double Standard design followed by the JB (named after his brother-in-law, John Barlow). Both…

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baby boomer

BLUESBABY BB45 £490 WHAT IS IT? New solid-state design from cult British amp builders that claims to respond and sound like an old-school small-valve amp The Award Session name holds fond memories for many British guitarists who were around in the 1980s. Founded in 1979 by electronics wizard Stewart Ward, Award Session’s first amp was the valve 15:30 combo, which plugged a gap for a quality handmade British combo in the nascent ‘boutique’ market before the term properly existed. The 15:30 was used by many top pro players, including session ace Geoff Whitehorn. But the design Award Session is best known for was the famous Sessionette 75, which turned into a runaway success with more than 50,000 units shipped between 1981 and 1988. The Sessionette’s clever all-solid-state design combined great tone with valve-like…

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swope geronimo £3,550

LET’S face it, if you want a copy or clone of a Strat, Tele or Les Paul, today’s choice seems endless. But, there are some makers out there who haven’t given up on creating new designs that give an original spin on those classics, as this Swope Geronimo illustrates. Chris Swope formed his eponymous venture in 2013 after stints with Sadowsky, the Gibson Custom Shop and as an advisor to Private Reserve Guitars. It’s little surprise then that the Geronimo, his first design, feels like a throwback to the 60s – a vintage Fender guitar that never was. Swope’s other models include the more Tele-inspired MG and GTO, as favoured by Ronnie Wood. But as you can see, this Geronimo is no clone. Its offset centre-joined alder body isn’t going to pass…