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Guitar Magazine April 2020

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
cheap at twice the price

How much guitar can you get for £349/$399? In 2020, the answer is a lot. The Epiphone Les Paul Special that graces this month’s cover – and is reviewed alongside two other Inspired By Gibson models from p20 onwards – is one of those rare instruments that offers a supernova-sized bang for your buck. It’s also very difficult to talk yourself out of buying, even if you have other Les Pauls. Even if one or more of them is a vintage Les Paul Special. How much? Three-hundred and what?! Oh please, shut up and take my money… Elsewhere in this month’s mag, we visit one of Nashville’s hottest young gunslingers, Tyler Bryant, to check out the tools of his trade and find out what it’s like to open for the likes of…

2 min

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com CLICK TRACK In response to Mike Barnham’s letter on the ‘click’ bass on Bert Kaempfert’s recordings [GM378], although you can get an approximation on, say, a Jazz Bass, I am fairly sure that it was a Fender Bass VI on the recordings, usually played by the German guitarist Ladi Geisler. His best-known track was The Bass Walks – I did a version of it recently and fiddled with the tone controls on the Bass VI to get a sound that resembled the clicky bass sound. Hope that helps. GEORGE GEDDES, VIA EMAIL VOX POPULI I noticed lately that there is no readers ‘have your say’ page, so I wanted to email you directly. I must say that wasting six pages on how to hang your guitar was a…

1 min
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5 min
dream nails

The past five years have been anything but a nightmare for Dream Nails. Singer Janey Starling and guitarist Anya Pearson founded the band in 2015 based on their mutual commitment to feminist activism – ideals that are palpable in their unapologetically millennial-friendly music and their joyous, inclusive stage shows. Self-described as “punk witches”, their infectious energy and modernisation of the riot grrrl movement have garnered them much attention. Within two years of their formation they were picked to perform at Glastonbury’s Sisterhood stage – the only all-female stage at the festival – and this year they toured with Anti-Flag. Now on the cusp of releasing their debut album, we speak to Pearson, who tells us how it all began, from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, to ketchup and card-loading with…

3 min
jonathan wilson dixie blur

How do you follow an album that swiped several album-of-the-year accolades and was regarded as a triumph of complex and inspired songcraft and guitar work? That’s the question Jonathan Wilson was forced to ask himself when working on the follow-up to his sensational 2018 record Rare Birds. The album’s success brought him his first batch of national TV appearances in the US, where he rocked up on Conan and CBS This Morning Saturday, and saw him step away from his producer guise and gain recognition as an accomplished songwriter in his own right. For Dixie Blur, Wilson returned to Nashville with a live studio band, rather than recording each part individually back in LA. Pat Sansone of Wilco produced the album, with sessions taking place at Studio A at the Sound Emporium,…

2 min
new music

TWO DAY COMA Happy For Now The Bristol-based foursome’s first single since 2019 LP A Certain Shade Of Blue. Expect characterful vocals by Tom Harris underpinned by jangly, offset tones. This is indie at its finest. TAME IMPALA Breathe Deeper Kevin Parker’s fourth LP is one of the most anticipated of the year – and this track doesn’t disappoint. Killer basslines and muted guitar make up the vibe. The outro features fuzzy guitars and slick synths. THE MAGIC GANG Think Now on Warner Records, The Magic Gang’s comeback single explores uncharted territory with soul-infused horns and a homage to Northern Soul. Expect effervescent songwriting and nostalgic energy. THE STROKES Bad Decisions Casablancas and co are back with the second single from their long-awaited LP The New Abnormal, produced by Rick Rubin. It’s heavily reminiscent of Dancing With Myself, for which Billy…