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Guitar Magazine October 2019

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
a certain vintage

Although I don’t currently own any vintage gear aside from a couple of old pedals, that doesn’t stop me spending an unhealthy amount of time gazing longingly at pictures and videos of golden era Gibsons and Fenders, planning hypothetical purchases and zeroing in on the years in which my favourite guitars had the best pickups and neck shapes. Familiar story? It’s certainly not just me – and the relentless allure of vintage gear shows no sign of waning any time soon. Sure, there are plenty of decidedly average and downright bad vintage guitars out there and the year of an instrument’s manufacture is not a stone-cold guarantee of quality. But having been lucky enough to spend a fair chunk of time in recording studios with vintage gear over the years, there’s…

3 min

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE Dear Guitar Magazine, I’m writing to congratulate you on how diverse your artist coverage has been of late. All too often, the mainstream guitar press seems obsessed with the ‘boutique blues’ brigade and honestly, it’s all a bit yawninducing. It’s good to see artists of various genders who are under 40 years of age and not playing an endless stream of pentatonic licks without pausing for breath. BILL WILSON, VIA EMAIL IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT, LET IT GO Dear Guitar Magazine, I was reading your article on Guitar.com about Hank Marvin selling his beloved 1957 Stratocaster, simply because he wasn’t playing it much any more and it struck me as such a positive and good way to think about gear. So…

3 min
ones to watch alfie templeman @alfietempleman

“MY DAD COLLECTED GUITARS FOR YEARS AND THERE WAS NO WAY I WASN’T GONNA PICK UP ONE OF THEM, BEING A CURIOUS SIX-YEAR-OLD! I JUST STARTED TO LOVE THEM MORE AND MORE” Bedfordshire-born Alfie Templeman recently released his anticipated sophomore EP, Sunday Morning Cereal. Whereas his previous offering, Like An Animal, drew inspiration from the American West Coast and channelled Mac DeMarco and Weezer, this new release pulls inspiration from R&B music that he was introduced to by close friends, stating that Sunday Morning Cereal “was made for my mates, really”. At just 16 years old, the standard of Templeman’s musicianship belies his age – he played every instrument on the EP, with guitar chops even the most accomplished players would be envious of. Here, he tells us how the lyrics of…

3 min
album spotlight tyler bryant & the shakedown truth and lies

Tyler Bryant is one of the hottest young players in blues-rock. His third album with The Shakedown sees the 28-year-old Texan flex his muscles as a lead player while developing his songwriting chops. Here, he dissects his top guitar tracks from Truth And Lies… RIDE “I wanted the guitar tone to sound like you shook up some Texan and Mississippi dirt in a jar together… I used a Dallas Arbiter fuzz with my D’Angelico Deluxe DC to cover the TX tones on this one. I overdubbed the chorus with an old Danelectro to add a touch of that Mississippi juke joint magic.” SHAPE I’M IN “I chose to use my Custom Shop ’59 Telecaster (Mary Dow) for the bones of this one. There’s nowhere to hide when you’re playing a Tele. In my opinion,…

1 min
this month’s essential tracks for guitar lovers…

ALFIE TEMPLEMAN Stop Thinking (About Me) 16-year-old indie prodigy Alfie Templeman recently released his EP Sunday Morning Cereal and played every instrument. Guitar grooves and singable melodies abound. THE SHEEPDOGS I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be Canadian blues-rockers The Sheepdogs are powered by the fretwork of Jimmy Bowskill. New LP Changing Colours proves Southern rock will never go out of style. FRANKIE COSMOS Windows The first single from the New York band’s fourth album, Windows has a spontaneous and laid-back mood, with guitar parts that were written and recorded on the spot. SLIPKNOT Unsainted With its sweet choir sawn in half by Corey Taylor’s opening vocal, Duality-esque drums lead into brutal riffery that could pierce straight through a bulletproof vest. PIXIES Catfish Kate Pixies are back with a new album, Beneath The Eyrie – and this single features cool raked and…

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win a keeley electronics fuzz bender worth £149

BROUGHT TO YOU BY Over the last decade or so, the fuzz pedal has undergone a resurgence in the guitar world, thanks in part to the angular, memorable and often monolithic riffs of stars such as Jack White, Dan Auerbach and St. Vincent. This upturn in interest has reignited the fuzz-pedal market, with offerings ranging from zippy, velcro-like lo-fi scuzz to boutique stompboxes with wristwatch precision and fully featured fuzz machines pushing the possibilities of the effect. Keeley’s new Fuzz Bender – which is a germaniumand-silicon hybrid – aims to sit neatly between both ends of the spectrum, offering boutique build quality alongside a vast range of fuzz voices, from vintagestyle sounds to spitty, voltage-starved tones and sharp sawtooth disarray. Described as a ‘five-knob, three-transistor modern fuzz for the masses’, the Fuzz Bender sports…