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Guitar Magazine January 2021

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!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bandlab UK Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
$7.39
$44.74
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
awards season

As this very strange year speeds towards its end, it’s time for our annual celebration of the past 12 months in guitar gear. You voted in your thousands for the best products of 2020 and the results of the second most talked-about election of the year can be found from p68 onwards. If you’re planning on splashing out on a new toy in the coming weeks, be sure to read this essential buyer’s guide first. The various lockdown restrictions most of us have endured this year have only served to accelerate a move towards direct recording, home-friendly amps and online collaboration. We’ve had to adapt to different ways of making music and, even when live shows return in earnest, some of the new habits we’ve picked up are likely to stick. Personally,…

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3 min
guitar contributors

DAVE HUNTER STATESIDE CORRESPONDENT A founding member of the band Drugstore in the early 1990s, US writer and guitarist Dave later left the musician’s life for a day job in journalism. In 2020, he added a used 2014 Fender Custom Shop 40th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster to his collection, ending his Strat search – “hopefully for good”. For this issue, Dave spoke to John Woodland of Mastery Bridge and was stunned by his devotion to the instrument. “Totally next-level stuff in the realm of respecting design traditions while pushing the art forward.” We’ll say. Head to p118 to read all about it. RICHARD PURVIS STOMPBOX ADDICT Alongside his ‘proper’ jobs in journalism, Richard has gigged as a guitarist, bassist and drummer (not all at the same time), and has produced music for TV. His most essential…

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3 min
fretbuzz

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com GARAGE ROCK Hi, Guitar team. I have a pretty cool story to share that I thought might be of interest to you and your readers. I recently came across an honest-to-goodness, all-original 1971 Marshall 100-watt Super Bass that had been sitting untouched in a garage for more than two decades. The amp’s original owner had passed away and I learnt that the amp had been stored in his attic for many years before being moved into the garage about 25 years ago, where it remained until eventually I bought it. The owner’s son had decided to sell his dad’s house having rented it out for many years and, in the process of cleaning out the garage, came across the Super Bass, where it had remained untouched…

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1 min
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4 min
ones to watch nova twins

“WE SEE YOUNG WOMEN OF COLOUR AT OUR SHOWS, SOMETIMES THEY’RE LIKE 10 YEARS OLD AND THEIR PARENTS BRING THEM. THOSE SHOWS WE PLAY EVEN HARDER” Guitar music has not always been the most welcoming space for women of colour, and that’s equally true for the heavy scene. All that makes London-based two-piece Nova Twins an overdue dose of something different, both demographically and sonically. Vocalist and guitarist Amy Love and bassist Georgia South deliver a fresh, genre-bending sound that fuses punk, nu-metal, hip-hop and electronica, all forged without the use of synths. We catch up with Amy and Georgia to discuss their musical upbringings, their top-secret pedalboards and the importance of working with brands that reflect their values. Your music features a lot of electronic sounds but they’re not created using…

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3 min
album spotlight marty friedman tokyo jukebox 3

Marty Friedman is one of the most revered metal guitarists of his generation but on his 17th solo LP Tokyo Jukebox 3, the Maryland native felt he had to redefine his sound, believing that he’d “completely exhausted” his playing resources and abilities. Here, he details his favourite guitar parts on the new record and tells us how they were formed, from stumbling upon “hidden spices” to deliberately holding back on the delay and reverb. MAKENAIDE “At 1:41 on this track, I do something that I’ve only recently begun doing on my albums, which is coming up with a long line, a barrage of notes following several chords and connecting many phrases, and then having a piano double my guitar line in unison. It’s a pretty effective weapon. It adds a sharp point…

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