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Total Guitar July 2019

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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“My guitar has saved my life many times” Ginger Wildheart’s candidness about his ongoing struggles with manic depression in our feature on page 32 is a stark reminder of not just how important it is to be open about mental health, but also music’s power to help us through the toughest times. Ginger sees his guitar and songwriting as a vital outlet, and his honesty reaches out to those who are fighting their own battles. The Wildhearts’ new album Renaissance Men is another testament to the value of that. So when The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach says he owes the electric guitar ‘everything’ in our cover feature, it takes on a whole new meaning in that kind of context. For escape and expression, the story of the blues is still an…

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making this month’s mag

CHRIS BIRD With blues at the forefront of all of our minds this month, TG’s tuition editor has spent some practice time reassessing his own playing. “It’s easy to get bogged down trying to make technical improvements,” opines Mr B, “but blues serves as a reminder that expression and emotion are just as important when you play.” Wise words, we feel! MICHAEL ASTLEY-BROWN This month saw the return of Ratbush, aka The Seattle Revival, as TG’s grunge covers band rode again, bringing the house down (emotionally) with a smorgasbord of 90s alt-rock classics. Mike bore witness to the unbridled fury of Rob’s Line 6 HX Stomp patches, which you can read about in our fearless Ed’s Gear Diary on p106. STEPHEN KELLY TG contributor Stephen has been writing about the influence of blues on British…

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mirror mirror

Jimmy Page’s Telecaster is the stuff of legend: 50 years ago, it changed the sound of rock forever as the main guitar on Led Zeppelin’s debut, but it also saw a makeover or two over the years. Originally given to him by Jeff Beck, the ’59 Telecaster first saw use by Page in The Yardbirds and, in 1967, the future guitar hero sought to dazzle audiences by fitting eight round mirrors to the body – it’s this look that’s recreated in the Mirror Telecaster (£2,349). By mid-1967, Page had stripped the guitar of its finish and repainted it with the iconic ‘dragon’ design, which appears on Fender’s Dragon Telecaster replica, landing this summer. The production-line Mirror Telecaster you see here features a custom ‘Oval C’- shaped maple neck, ’50s Tele…

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GEAR Ball On Parade The signature Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay artist series that Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue showed us on the band’s last UK visit is finally available as a production model… but it won’t come cheap. The Dark Satin Tobacco Burst’s design streamlines the controls with stacked volume and tone. The body is African mahogany, with a maple neck and ’board and there’s a novel, if niche, control bypass switch that offers stereo out. But we’re hoping for a Sterling version next as the $2,499 price tag rules many fans out. www.music-man.com WHEN Now GEAR Keen For Kemper You know digital profiling has truly arrived when the tonehounds come calling for it. Dustin Kensrue (see story above) has switched to Line 6’s Helix on stage and in the studio, but even Mark Knopfler has now adopted…

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five of the best

1. Balance, Not Symmetry Biffy Clyro From the first of two 2019 albums (this one is a soundtrack), a great mix of off-kilter Infinity Land era meters and a huge chorus. 2. Unsainted Slipknot New masks, new album and a cracking lead single… with added choir! 3. Descending (live) Tool One of two new songs Tool are playing live ahead of their as-yet-untitled new album’s release on 30 August. You’ll have to make do with YouTube videos of this 11-minute + epic for now. 4. Future Love Ride This dreamy slice of indie-pop for summer suggests Ride’s comeback was a very good idea indeed. Andy Bell is making all the right Marr moves here. 5. Go The Black Keys We don’t get to say this much but we honestly like the video for this as much as the song – finding a warring Auerbach…

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five minutes alone reb beach

I got my first real six-string. . . “THE BEE GEES SANG FOR ME ACAPELLA. IT WAS INCREDIBLE… THEY ALL HAD PERFECT PITCH” “My Aria Strat [copy] that had two pickups, but I wanted three so I got a sticker that looked like a pickup and I put it in the middle. I loved my Aria. I wish I still had it. I’d probably hate it now but I loved it then. I got a G&L after that, and that had a whammy bar, which changed my life. I got that because of Brad Gillis in Night Ranger. One of the first videos on MTV was a Night Ranger song, Don’t Tell Me You Love Me, and he played the whammy on it, so I ran out and bought one.” Restless heart “Well, if…