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Guitar Magazine July 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

2 min
sound of perseverance

It’s been heartwarming over these past few weeks to receive letters and emails from those of you who have used the lockdown in positive and productive ways. Somehow, while juggling myriad challenges such as home-schooling, you’ve found the time to tackle partscaster builds, complete recording projects, master tricky guitar parts that have long proved elusive, and much more. I’ve also witnessed remarkable dedication from the members of the Guitar.com team, all of whom have kept the wheels turning despite working entirely from home for months on end and in far-flung corners of the globe. Why? Because we all love guitar – and when energy, ingenuity and an obsession with the subject matter collide, the resulting force is pretty much unstoppable. Just ask Ray Butts, whose inventions in the 1950s changed the sound…

4 min

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com STANDBY, ME? Dear Guitar Magazine, your letter in the February issue about amp standby switches reminded me of an incident some years ago, when I was a guitar teacher. I went to the home of a teenager for his lesson. He was late coming home, so his mum showed me into the room where his amp and guitars were so I could wait for him. He’d bought a 100-watt Laney all-valve head and cab several months before, and I noticed that even though he hadn’t been home all day, it was on standby. “Oh, he leaves it on standby all the time – our electricity bills are horrendous,” said his mum. “What, 24/7?” I replied. She responded in the affirmative. Baffled, when said student got home,…

4 min

With the likes of BTS and Exo taking the world by storm, South Korea has made its mark on the global music industry in recent years. But as bands such as Bursters illustrate, there’s more to Korean music than K-pop. The Seoul-based five-piece have flown the tattered flag for hardcore in their country since gaining national exposure in 2014, when they finished in the top six of hugely popular television talent show Superstar K. It was the first time that a metal band had done so well among the scores of K-pop acts usually featured on the programme. With the release of their sophomore LP Once And For All, guitarists Junyong Ahn and Gyejin Lee say the band is on a mission to push their genre to its breaking point. Fusing elements…

3 min
pigs pigs pigs pigs pigs pigs pigs viscerals

Viscerals, the third LP from Newcastle outfit Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, demonstrates the band’s newfound fervour and provides even more porcine intensity than their 2018 breakthrough King Of Cowards. Opener Reducer, for instance, is vicious in its presentation, powered by roaring krautrock drums and Sabbathian guitars. The northern porkers may not be the metal band that many people expected to be at the vanguard of the genre in 2020, but they are absolutely the band we need right now. Here, guitarist Adam Ian Sykes dissects his five favourite guitar moments on Viscerals. REDUCER “It’s easily the scrappiest song we’ve written to date. It was birthed more or less fully formed from just the drums and bass, and gave us an excuse for a healthy bit of self-indulgence. It makes…

2 min
new music

FONTAINES DC A Hero’s Death The Dublin quintet’s first single from the sophomore album of the same name boasts roaring guitars that shift between major and minor, as well as quintessential Beach Boys-style backing vocals. FENNE LILY To Be A Woman Pt.2 Following the wonderful Hypochondriac, Dead Oceans’ latest signing Fenne Lily has released her second single for the label, which is raw and furious, with ground-shaking guitars and inventive dynamics. POTTERY Hot Heater Pottery released Hot Heater alongside the announcement of their debut album, due in June. Reminiscent of Talking Heads and Freaky Styley-era Red Hot Chili Peppers, it’s laced with raw and choppy guitars. KATY J PEARSON Take Back The Radio Bristol’s Katy J Pearson returns with this belter, whose crisp reverberated guitar is set against her enticing vocal. It also features labelmate Davey Newington of Boy Azooga on…

1 min
win beetronics fatbee

Sporting a new form factor somewhere between Beetronics’ traditional oversized pedals and miniature stompboxes, the Fatbee overdrive is part of the boutique company’s new Babee range, whose units are designed to sit snugly on your ’board without hogging real estate. The Fatbee is a JFET overdrive. With the Honey (gain) control at about 10 o’clock, it’s capable of a sweet low-gain overdrive that has just enough bite to stop humbuckers getting mushy. Push it towards maximum gain, however, and it gets warm and sticky, and the Flavor (tone) knob responds almost like an amp’s presence control, ranging from extra spiky at the top of its range to smooth near the bottom. Throw Beetronics’ typically eccentric design and top-mounted controls into the mix, and you have yourself a high-flying pedal with a…