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Guitar Magazine August 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

2 min
like buses…

I recently received one or two letters from readers asking for more coverage of affordable guitars in the magazine and the cogs began to whir in my brain. How do we define value for money when it comes to musical instruments? Is it simply all about depreciation when the time comes to flip it and move on? If it is then a high-end guitar that holds its value – or a vintage piece that appreciates while you own it – might offer better value for money than a more affordable £899 guitar that’s worth £400 two years later. Or what about that guitar you coughed up a grand for 10 years ago that’s done a few hundred gigs? That’s paid for itself many times over by now, surely? However you slice…

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…

14 min
player power

Walk into any pub in the Western world and – assuming that it hasn’t recently been turned into an artisanal gin bar staffed by Victorian strongman lookalikes with a strict cassette-only music policy – if there’s a band playing on stage then it’s more likely than not that someone will be playing a Mexican-made Fender electric guitar. Or a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. Or both. To say these are products that are part of the staple diet for the grassroots gigging musician is an understatement. We all know the story: our first guitar was a borderline-unplayable nylon-string acoustic, then we graduated to a Squier Strat while making a teenage racket in the garage. It was perfectly functional but the allure of the ‘real thing’ was strong. We just had to have…

1 min
the money shot lowden gl-10 koa

Four decades since he first built an electric guitar, a request from an artist saw George Lowden’s interest in solidbody six-strings revived. After heading off on a retreat to consider design options, George began the prototyping phase and immediately struck gold. “The first prototype exceeded my expectations in terms of visual appeal, balance and, in the guitar’s inherent design features, a natural ability to sustain without trying!” claims George. He’s not wrong. We first encountered the GL-10 at Winter NAMM in January and it was one of those rare, show-stopping moments during which the noise and the crowds melt away as you experience the sheer joy of spending time with a beautifully crafted instrument that’s as impressive to play as it is to admire from afar. It’s hard to imagine a…

2 min
win! audio-technica ath-m50xbb headphones

Whether you’re listening back to your latest home recording project, practising at home in blissful isolation, or relaxing with your favourite tunes, a great set of cans is an essential part of any musician’s arsenal. To make sure that you’re enjoying your music in all its forms, we’re giving one lucky The Guitar Magazine reader the chance to win some pro-quality Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBB headphones in a limited edition metallic blue finish. Audio-Technica has more than 50 years of experience in the high-end audio game, and as such the firm’s cans are relied upon by professional recording studios and star musicians the world over – including the likes of Metallica, James Bay, Royal Blood and many more. The ATH-M50xBB professional monitor headphones were released at Winter NAMM 2018, as a limited edition version…

2 min
tattoo you

Tattoos and rock ’n’ roll go together like apple pie and ice cream, and this is especially true for tattoo artist Paul Talbot. Based in a studio about 10 miles south west of Birmingham in the Worcestershire village of Catshill, Talbot describes his style as “karma punk collages on human skin,” and he agrees enthusiastically when we remark that his work looks like pop art dragged through a dirty rehearsal room. After a four-day stint in an art college that he hated, the affable Talbot found himself in a band with a record deal, but the need to pay the bills resulted in a job as a gardener in a recording studio. “I was the worst gardener in the world ’cause I suffered from hayfever, but I was good at making…