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Guitar Magazine November 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
stepping stones

We may be living in uncertain times, ladies and gentlemen, but one sure-fire way to revitalise your guitar sound without reducing your piggy bank to smithereens is to invest in a new stompbox or two. Whether it’s a subtle boost or compressor that’s a constant in your signal chain, or a mind-melting box of tone-crunching psychedelia, the likelihood is that you can find inspiration for less than a couple of hundred notes. It’s true that the number of new pedal releases can be somewhat belwildering these days, so let us be your guide through the latest and greatest offerings from boutique upstarts and household names alike – the smorgasbord begins in our reviews section on p75. Elsewhere this month we present Slide School: a beginner’s guide to all things slide that…

1 min
the money shot fender custom shop jazzmaster

Our encounter with this month’s subject of The Money Shot was one of those heart-stopping moments that makes you consider selling two or three guitars to finance the kind of sublime and endlessly inspiring musical instrument that only those at the very pinnacle of their craft can offer. Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilder Paul Waller is one such luthier and this Journeyman Relic in Gold Paisley is a virtuoso rendition of a guitar that, as even its biggest admirers will admit, can often be something of a rollercoaster ride when it comes to stability and playability. Not so here – with an exquisite ’65 C neck profile that’s been artfully aged to feel like an old friend, even the Jazzmaster’s much-maligned vintage-style bridge behaves itself, while the hand-wound pickups offer a delicious…

12 min
tone mountain

Growing up in Herefordshire with a Wurlitzer jukebox in his living room meant that Neil Ivison’s relationship with music was cemented at an early age. Although he distinctly remembers Little Richard’s scream kickstarting an obsession with the crackle of old vinyl records, his “lightning bolt” moment came on 16 December 1991 – “I still remember the date!” he admits – when his mother and DJ father took him to see the mighty Status Quo at Birmingham NEC. “I went to school for the next 18 months, wearing the Status Quo t-shirt my dad had bought me from the gig, it was my prized possession,” Neil remembers. “Coincidentally, at the same time, the music teacher started a guitar club, teaching guitar after school. I was straight there, first in line, with a…

7 min
two’s company

The ES-225 is one of relatively few 50s Gibson models that flies under the radar. Maybe it’s because it was a short-lived stopgap between the deeper bodied ES-175 and the later ES-330 and ES-125T models. It could also be that no big name players are closely associated with the model. When introduced in 1955, the ES-225T was Gibson’s first thinline. Although it shares the same laminated body construction and outline as an ES-175, Gibson opted for a single P-90 pickup placed centrally and a longer version of the trapeze tailpiece used on the earliest Les Pauls. Two-pickup ES-225TD models were introduced the following year. The ES-225 was available in Sunburst and in this rather handsome Natural finish option. The latter guitars – known as the ES-225TN and ES-225TDN depending on pickup…

2 min
win a walrus audio emissary parallel boost

It’s easy to take the humble boost pedal for granted, but in the right hands – and with the right pedal – boost can be a hugely versatile and musical addition to your pedalboard, no matter what style of music you’re playing. And now, thanks to the good folks at stateside boutique pedal maker Walrus Audio, we’re offering you the chance to win the fantastic new Emissary Parallel Boost, as reviewed last month. The Emissary is a two-in-one boost pedal in a compact, high quality enclosure that’s designed to make leads stand out, slides sing, fingerpicking come to life and to push tube amps into great natural breakup. The Emissary has two independent boost circuits that run in parallel, working together to help make your tone a ‘sinus-clearing experience’, as Walrus…

8 min
mark baier victoria amplifier company

The boutique amp boom was fuelled by the desires of guitarists who couldn’t find what they were looking to play — whether in satisfactory renditions of vintage amps or modified modern designs – and decided to get their hands dirty and build the things themselves. Such was the birth of Victoria Amplifier Company. Working as a stockbroker by day and playing blues around Chicago’s ever-fertile music scene by night, founder Mark Baier had discovered the magic of Fender’s tweed amps of the 50s, but sought the same tone in a more reliable and more affordable modern reissue… only to discover they just didn’t build’em like they used to. “I had bought a reissue Fender Bassman and I’d had a real one,” Baier tells us. “I bought the new one thinking it…