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Guitar Magazine September 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
it might get loud…

This month's coverstar - the Marshall Origin 20C combo - is in many respects the amplifier that guitar fans have been clamouring for the Bletchley company to make for a number of years. Compact, sensibly priced, packed with the company's signature tones and resplendent in classic I black and gold… it seems like a no-brainer, but there are some clever features under the hood, too. Turn to pi 8 to read the review and find out how Richard Purvis 1 rated it. Origins and originators seem to have become something of an accidental theme this month as elsewhere in the mag, we celebrate the game-changing innovations of Seth Lover and take an in-depth look at a 1950 Fender Broadcaster. Where would music be with the PAF and the Telecaster? Sure, there…

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…

11 min
icons of loud

The first major amplifier brand to have come of age when rock ’n’ roll turned to rock proper, Marshall has been synonymous with ‘classic rock tone’ since the mid 1960s. Yet because Marshalls have likely been behind more major rock recordings and landmark live performances than amps from any other single maker, any sample of the full range of these legendary creations reveals a surprisingly broad sonic palette. In order to get to the bottom of what ‘Marshall tone’ really is, we’ve picked out 10 classic tones that will give you an appreciation of the variety of sounds contained within this moniker. Many of these sounds are well-established sonic archetypes, while a few others might come at you from an alternative tonisphere to prove that Marshall is far from a one-trick…

1 min
eric clapton’s ‘beano’ tone

Sure, a mere glance at this header might lead many readers to declare, ‘Yeah, that old chestnut.’ But Eric Clapton coined the first hugely successful, and monstrously influential, recorded example of a Marshall amplifier being used the way the gods of tone intended when he cranked up a Model 1962 Lead & Bass 2x12 combo, advised the engineer to put the microphone on the other side of the studio “because I’m going to play loud,” and plugged in a sunburst Les Paul to track his legendary blues-rock explorations for John Mayall & The Blues Breakers’ 1966 album, Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton. If you haven’t listened to this stuff in a while, a fresh spin of cuts such as Hideaway and Steppin’ Out might come as something of a surprise to…

1 min
edward van halen’s ‘brown’ sound

Wrought through with rumour and innuendo, and no end of misinformation, Eddie Van Halen’s guitar tone from the late 70s is nevertheless one of the most seminal of what could then have been called the new era, and a thing of searing, scorched-earth, high-gain beauty by any standards. And whatever other odd and convoluted rigs and mods and recording techniques helped to bring it about, it is undeniably cranked-Marshall at its core. From the opener Runnin’ With The Devil, to the unbridled virtuoso shredfest Eruption and its partner You Really Got Me, all the way to Jamie’s Cryin’ and the rest of it, Van Halen’s self-titled debut album sounded absolutely massive in 1978 – and that guitar still sounds huge today. The amp is pretty well-documented as a later-mid-60s JMP100 Super…

2 min
five boutique marshall alternatives to try

When is a great Marshall not a Marshall? When it’s an accurate hand-wired re-creation or a re-imagined modified marvel manufactured by one of today’s great makers, that’s when. These all happen to come from the US, where the confluence of a booming boutique amp business and rampant Marshall-worship – seasoned by the major impact ‘that sound’ had on the LA rock scene of the 80s and 90s where so many great amp techs honed their chops – has launched several makers of high-end modern Marshall alternatives. All are worth hearing. GERMINO Greg Germino has developed a stellar reputation for his detail-oriented recreations of several original 60s-era Marshall models, all built one-by-one by hand by Germino himself, using components selected out of a compulsion for accuracy. His Lead 55 aims for the archetypal…