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Guitar Magazine July 2018

The Guitar Magazine provides in-depth and essential reading for the serious guitarist, with dozens of guitar tests, playing techniques, an exclusive bass section and in-depth features on guitar heroes past, present and future. Each issue is packed full of reviews of the latest guitars, amps, effects and basses. The Guitar Magazine also delivers the informed verdict on home recording equipment and regularly offers tips on buying second hand and vintage gear. When you occasionally put down that guitar, it is also packed full of interviews with the great and good of guitardom!

United Kingdom
Bandlab UK Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
get your fix

Here at The Guitar Magazine, we’ve always got your best interests at heart. Okay, so every month we present you with a tantalising array of the finest new and vintage guitar gear on the planet, and that inevitably leads us all into temptation. But a mainstay of the magazine throughout its history has been the idea of doing things yourself. Guitar DIY – whether a simple repair, a tone-improving mod or a full-on build project – is something we know you love. It’s fun, rewarding and can save you money. If your old faithful electric or acoustic is a little under the weather and in need of some TLC, before you pick up the phone to a local guitar tech, read this month’s 12-page guitar survival guide from p10 onwards. With…

1 min
this month’s experts…

DAVE HUNTER Dave Hunter is a writer and musician who has worked in the US and the UK. A former editor of this title, he is the author of The Guitar Amp Handbook, Guitar Effects Pedals, Amped and The Fender Telecaster. Check out his column on p24 HUW PRICE Huw spent 16 years as a pro audio engineer, working with the likes of David Bowie, Primal Scream and Nick Cave. His book, Recording Guitar & Bass, was published in 2002, leading into his career in guitar journalism. He also builds and maintains guitars, amps & pedals RICHARD PURVIS A reformed drummer, Richard has been gigging for over 20 years as a guitarist and bassist, and working as a music journalist for almost as long. He also composes music for television, and is legally married to…

1 min
the money shot novo serus j

Our first experience of Dennis Fano’s Novo Guitars saw the Serus score a perfect 10 in the brand’s first UK review back in 2016. Subsequent encounters with a Mastery vibrato-equipped Serus J in 2017 and a visit to the Novo workshop in Nashville that summer only cemented our belief that Dennis and his team are building some of the very finest bolt-on electrics in the world. Resplendent in a gloriously distressed Antigua finish, this J model is further proof that sweating the small stuff pays off. The lightweight body of reclaimed, tempered pine still bears a few nail holes as evidence of its former life, and in combination with the clever Schroeder wrapover bridge – milled from lightweight aluminium and loaded with brass saddles – it’s a recipe for an addictive…

2 min
fix your guitar

The common thread running through all our DIY and workshop features is our desire to encourage self-sufficiency in guitar owners, and save you money. If you understand the principles and get hands-on with basic maintenance, then you’ll make informed decisions about when a trip to the luthier is really necessary, or whether a minor tweak at home can solve a problem. That’s what this feature is all about. There are obvious parallels between car and guitar maintenance, and a guitar owner’s relationship with the luthier can often follow a similar dynamic to that of the car owner and their mechanic. For example, if you’ve ever owned an old Alfa Romeo, you may be aware of something called the ‘Italian tune-up’. The scenario goes something like this: the owner takes great care…

5 min
truss rod basics

If any aspect of routine guitar maintenance comes closest to the Italian tune-up analogy, it’s truss rod adjustment. Research the subject and you’ll encounter dire warnings on the dangers of amateurs wielding truss rod wrenches and how this delicate operation must be left to ‘qualified luthiers’. What constitutes a ‘qualified luthier’ remains a mystery; but on your next visit, try asking to see your luthier’s qualifications. I know exactly what the response would be if I asked my favourite luthier, but we wouldn’t be able to print it. Suffice to say, every ‘qualified luthier’ had to start somewhere – most likely by getting stuck in to the very tasks we’ll show you how to do in this feature. Getting back to truss rods, many techs get busier twice a year, when…

3 min
issues with electronics

IF YOU HAVE PERSISTENT SCRATCHY NOISES, THERE MAY BE DIRT OR OXIDISATION IN THE POTS, SO THEY’LL NEED CLEANING We’ve all suffered from ‘pot scratch fever’ from time to time, and unwanted electrical noises periodically crop up with any electric guitar. The all-too-familiar symptoms include crackly pots, sticky switches, intermittent jacks and hum. When these things happen, it’s all too tempting to rip all the guts out and change everything, but repairs are often an easier and cheaper alternative to replacement. Let’s start with noisy pots, because they’re the most common electronic problem. Before going any further, we need to determine if that scratchy sound really is coming from the volume pot or somewhere else. Try swapping to another guitar to see if that sounds scratchy, too. If every guitar sounds…