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Guitar Magazine October 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
in with the old…

Regular readers of this magazine will be used to getting close enough to legendary instruments to see the paint peeling and the patina of age, but this month, we’re really spoiling you with a smorgasbord of vintage gear. Aside from the extremely cool ’63 Gibson SG/Les Paul Standard that’s gracing our cover, we’re also checking out a southern-fried electric guitar collection to die for in Mississippi, reveal the top 10 must-have vintage stompboxes with the help of Reverb.com and play the Maton Mastersound George Harrison used onstage with The Beatles. For a lifelong Beatles fan such as myself it was a serious buzz to get my hands on that instrument and yes, those are George’s Ray-Bans I’m wearing in the picture, and you’ll be hearing no apologies! Turn to p8 to…

1 min
george harrison’s maton

Beatle guitars have been no strangers to auction houses in recent years, but this might be one of the most interesting and unique of them all. Back in the summer of ’63 when the band were basking in the recent success of number one single From Me To You – and about to blow their career into the stratosphere with the record-breaking She Loves You – George’s Gretsch Country Gentleman went in for repair on 3 July at Barratts music store in Manchester. Though both of its faulty tuners were replaced on the same day, the guitar that road manager Neil Aspinall was given as a backup for George – an Australian-made Maton MS500 Mastersound – ended up being hung onto by the Beatle until mid-August. Photographic evidence proves that George…

6 min
horns of plenty

You never really know what you’re going to get with vintage Gibsons. The hollowbodies and semis are frequently pristine, possibly because the players that owned them were often jazzers who tend to be quite careful with their gear and more restrained in performance. In contrast, Juniors and Specials are rock ’n’ roll workhorses and so often the survivors bear the scars to prove it. Old SGs can be much the same, but even those that have been cherished have often fallen foul of the designs’ structural weak spots. We can only wonder where this guitar has spent the last 55 years, but if pushed, wed’ suggest that much of the time, it was inside its original case. The colour is a vibrant dark cherry and although there is all-over lacquer checking, there…

9 min
southern fried

If you’ve ever whiled away the hours gazing at fine guitars on the internet – and if you haven’t, it’s entirely possible that you are reading the wrong magazine – you may well be familiar with Kris Blakely, especially if your lust for gear has led you to The Les Paul Forum or Instagram, where Blakely goes by the name ‘Fried Okra’. A popular Southern dish made by frying battered okra in a cast-iron skillet until it’s crispy, Fried Okra became Kris’s nickname over 30 years ago. As a somewhat worse-for-wear 17-year-old at a house party, he caused a small fire while trying to satiate a case of the munchies by throwing a frozen box of breaded okra into a very hot pan… and promptly falling asleep. Happily, there were no…

2 min
win a marshall dsl20 combo amp!

If you’ve played in a band at any point in the last quarter of a century, the chances are you’ve been on stage with one of Marshall’s Dual Super Lead amplifiers. Since they launched in the 1990s, the DSL range has become a gigging staple for Marshall fans who want versatility, power and gig-ready reliability. And now, thanks to our friends in Bletchley, we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win the do-it-all new DSL20C model for themselves. The DSL range differs from most classic Marshall amps in one important way, and the clue is in the name. The Dual Super Lead is a valve-powered beast that offers two distinct but hugely usable lead channels from which you can deal out classic Marshall rock tones thanks to the combination of…

10 min
saul koll koll guitar co

I first encountered Saul Koll’s guitars several years ago after tiring of ‘the same old thing,’ and deliberately seeking out something different, fresh and original, yet familiar enough to feel ‘classic’. That’s exactly what I found, as it also happens to be a concise description of what Koll guitars deliver. That and, of course, plenty more by way of quality, style, and a certain elusive magic that so many of us seek in a unique electric guitar. Since that first exploration I have owned a few different examples of his workmanship, and currently include one in my thinned-down arsenal – a Super Glide Almighty done out in triple-bucker Les Paul Custom style, which I love dearly. Saul is perfectly capable of making ‘just another guitar’ – something functional, good-sounding, reliable, playable…