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Guitar Magazine August 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
red light fever

This lockdown malarkey is getting pretty boring now, right? Apparently not. Since last month, we’ve been bombarded with yet more stellar examples of homebrew luthiery that prove that many of you have taken the proverbial bovine by the horns and embarked on some ambitious guitar-making projects. My favourite of your builds so far is featured in Fretbuzz on page eight but we’ll hopefully have room to publish more examples next month. And, if your DIY six-string needs a sunburst paint job, don’t rattle that can until you’ve checked out our guide to spraying a 1950s-style ’burst on p124. Once the lacquer has cured and you’ve wired it up, you’ll want to capture your new creation’s dulcet tones in order to show it off online. Don’t know where to start when it…

3 min

CORONAMASTERY Dear Chris, like so many people in recent weeks and months, I have been furloughed by my employer. After well over 35 years working without a break, save for the odd holiday and a handful of days of sick-leave, adapting to time at home in lockdown, as I’m sure many people will empathise with, has been a challenge, especially as it has also put a stop to gigs and rehearsals. Domestic repairs, decorating touch-ups, a bit of gardening and reading, only go so far in enabling a sense of fulfilment from the daily efforts. And for me (others may disagree!) there is a limit to how many times you can re-arrange the order of one’s effects pedals. Initially, in search of a sense of acheivement, I tried to learn Spanish –…

1 min
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4 min
kings daughters

With legendary Queen guitarist Brian May taking the reins as producer on their debut single, Get Up, it’s easy to see why the upper echelons of the guitar industry are talking excitedly about Kings Daughters. Formed in London, the all-female trio are pushing the boundaries of what’s expected of modern rock acts. Lead vocalist and lyricist Talia Dean has dealt with anxiety for years. She takes solace in her writing process, and was inspired to pen Get Up following advice from her peers. The band are donating 10 per cent of the proceeds from each purchase of the song to British mental health charity Mind. Here, guitar player Isabell Lysell details how it all began, from the band’s 12-bar blues beginnings to working with legendary artists and dealing with the impact…

1 min
win a gordon smith gs deluxe semi solid

Since purchasing Gordon Smith – and dropping the hyphen – back in 2015, Auden owner Doug Sparkes has set about reviving the British electric guitar brand and equipping it to compete in an increasingly competitive market, all the while maintaining the UK manufacturing ethos that GS is known and loved for. Gordon Smith guitars are hand-built to order in the sleepy market town of Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire, and numerous aspects are up for customisation. The GS Deluxe Semi Solid competition prize has three non-standard options: metallic paint, Gotoh 21:1 ratio tuners and X Chrome hardware. It also sports a chambered mahogany body with a bound maple cap, plus a mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. With its compact form and 24.6-inch scale- length, you’re in Gibson teritory in terms of feel and…

3 min
braids shadow offering

Canadian band Braids have always sought to manipulate guitars to the point of being unrecognisable, and with former Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla in the producer’s chair for their fourth LP Shadow Offering, they entered into a new world of sonic experimentation. Here, guitarist and bassist Taylor Smith picks out the band’s five favourite guitar tracks on the album, from chorus pedal employment to an unorthodox a rotary speaker. ECLIPSE “This was our first taste of the front-and-centre role the guitar would come to play on this record. While tracking, we were uneasy over what elements would lead the mixes, and how the myriad instruments would fit together. We’d never recorded this way – producer at the console, amps and live tracking sessions, capture over construct. “It required a leap of…