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Guitarist November 2017

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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no contest

I heard a story about a well-known jazz guitarist this week. The jazzer in question had dropped by his local blues night, where he was invited to take the stage. Without any intention of showing off, he accepted the invite and got up and played a couple of blues numbers with one of the bands on the bill. He and the band’s guitarist took a solo or two each, knocking the ball back and forth in fair trade. The audience loved it. Afterwards, however, he heard that the guitarist who had traded licks with him on stage had left in a foul mood shortly after that well-received set. Apparently he didn’t appreciate sharing ‘his’ big number with another player. When I heard the story I compared it to more positive experiences…

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back to black

SHERGOLD MASQUERADER 4 £799 Latest twin humbucking solidbody from Shergold with mahogany neck, as opposed to rosewood, and rock-aimed vibe Talk about timing. British distributor Barnes and Mullins, the company behind Faith guitars, re-launched Shergold at the start of this year. The result of a lengthy project headed up by Brit luthier Patrick James Eggle, the three new Masqueraders all boasted solid rosewood necks and fingerboards – a very boutique-y, high-end feature on guitars that retailed comfortably under £1,000. Little did they know that the guitar making industry would be turned on its head by the CITES restrictions on importing and exporting rosewood. Though it hasn’t banned the use of the classic fingerboard wood it has led to many companies offering alternatives. When we spoke to Patrick at the NAMM show earlier this…

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classic lines

TAYLOR ACADEMY 12E-N £799 WHAT IS IT? 12-fret non-cutaway nylon string electro from Taylor’s entry-level Academy range LA PATRIE ARENA CW Q1T £469 12-fret cutaway thinline nylon string electro from the Godin brand La Patrie’s new stage-aimed Arena series Taylor Academy’s proposition is proper guitars for – in Taylor terms – not a lot of money: making the “acoustic guitar accessible to more players”. This nylon string is also, by design, aimed at the younger starter player. It might be entry level in terms of Taylor’s range but, not least in this nylon electro form, it’s hardly low-end with serious competition from the likes of Yamaha and Cordoba, who have ‘posher’ spec’d nylon electros at the same, or lower, price-points. Another example would be La Patrie – made by Godin in Canada, who have taken…

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history lessons

VOX AC15HW60 £2,849 WHAT IS IT? Special repro of the 1957 AC15/4 with Celestion speaker and EZ81 valve rectifier VOX AC30HW60 £3,749 WHAT IS IT? Scarily expensive repro of the Queen- and Beatles-approved AC30 The adjective ‘iconic’ is often over-used in our industry but few would disagree the gold Vox badge on the front of a diamond grille cloth is one of the great icons of electric guitar and rock music. As you may have read last issue, Vox is arguably the genesis of British rock guitar, and for over 60 years AC15 and AC30 amplifiers have been responsible for creating some of the most inspirational music ever recorded. Designed by a brilliant team headed up by Dick Denney and Tom Jennings, the 1957 AC15 was Vox’s first proper guitar amplifier and proved to be…

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fibonacci martintaylorjoya £3,999

THERE have been a number of Martin Taylor signature models in the past, from the Yamaha AEX 1500 through to handmade exotica from Mike Vanden, who produced the Artistry and Caprice models. Sitting in the middle range there are the Peerless Maestro and Virtuoso guitars and now the Joya from the relatively new Fibonacci brand. As with all of the above, visually the Joya is a stunner – and really quite petite, too. “I like smaller bodied guitars,” Martin told us. “A lot of my guitars have only a 381mm (15”) lower bout and what I wanted with this was to have a narrower upper bout, too. That’s one of the biggest differences in the body size. And, of course, having the neck just that little bit wider [44.6mm at the…

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gary moore – blues and beyond 24 november

November will see not just the release of a new Gary Moore collection called Blues And Beyond (see review, page 50), but also the long-awaited official biography, I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow. In addition, there will be a special boxset that includes both together. It’s set to be the definitive book on the late guitar legend, and author Harry Shapiro has already written the authorised biography of Jack Bruce, as well as works on other icons including Hendrix. Guitarist talked to Harry to find out more about telling Gary’s incredible story. In the preface of the book you use the phrase ‘hidden in plain sight’ to describe Gary. What did you especially want to address with this book? “Without sounding too pompous, my main aim in all the music biographies I have…