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Guitar Magazine February 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
new year’s revolution

When it comes to guitar heroes, Jimi Hendrix is never far from the conversation. From the moment he stepped off the plane at London Airport in September 1966 – the same year it was rechristened ‘Heathrow’ – Jimi crammed more experimentation and innovation into his short career than almost any other artist. This month, as we take a look back at the occasions on which he put his Stratocaster to one side and picked up a Flying V or an SG Custom, Hendrix once again provides timely inspiration. It’s a new year, after all – so what are you going to do to get out of those comfortable boxes and breathe new life into your playing in 2021? One of the most effective ways I’ve found is to experiment with open tunings.…

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3 min
guitar contributors

MICHAEL JAMES ADAMS MAN WITH A VAN One half of Seattle shop Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar, a contributor to numerous guitar publications, and a fierce Fender offset advocate, Mike owns about 20 guitars but is still on the hunt for a good 1960s Trini Lopez. In this issue, the tech talker tells us how to shift your gear long distance. “If I had a word of advice for those moving gear across the US, it’d be: don’t.” If you have to, though, his tips on p134 should set you straight. What would he like to have seen Jimi playing in 2021? “I can see elderly Hendrix with a Gibson Johnny Smith.” CHRIS FANTANA AMP ARCHITECT A former session musician and guitar teacher, Chris launched Brackley-based British boutique outfit Rift Amplification in 2013, having spent…

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4 min
fretbuzz

BUCKING THE TREND Dear Guitar Magazine, I must confess that the lethargy instilled in me by having to work from home since March has left we with a backlog of magazines to read. That being the case, I’ve only just caught up on the November 2020 issue, in which I was really intrigued to read about Chris Buck’s 1962 Stratocaster find, as I’m also the owner of a player-grade example. I acquired mine in 1987 from none other than one-time Guitar Magazine contributor Phil Harris, who at the time was clearing his stock of refinished Strats. I spent a very pleasant afternoon at Phil’s house in South London, playing five early 1960s Strats that he’d laid out for me before picking #82207, a creamy white refinish, for the princely sum of £1,000.…

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1 min
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5 min
rosie frater-taylor

What inspired you to pick up a guitar? “My mum had this massive book of chords and a couple of guitars around the house, including an old nylon that was way too big for me, as well as a Fender copy electric and a beautiful green acoustic with marble bird inlays. She showed me how to play a few open chords and read the diagrams and, soon enough, I was learning as many chords as I could. I have always been surrounded by guitar-led music, such as folk, jazz and fusion. I remember the unique sound of the guitar really resonating with me when I was a kid. I was probably drawn to the very visual element of the instrument at first too.” Tell us about your guitar and pedal setup. “When playing…

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4 min
lonely the brave the hope list

Last year was a tumultuous time for everyone. Lonely The Brave felt it more keenly than most bands, as drummer Gavin Edgely and bassist Andrew Bushen are frontline NHS workers by day. Since their last album Diamond Days, the band has also parted ways with original signer David Jakes, drafted in new frontman Jack Bennett, and found a new record label. Through it all, guitarist Mark Trotter focused on songwriting, and the band have The Hope List to show for it. Completed despite the band being locked down in different parts of the country, it sees them exploring the light and dark side of their oeuvre, vintage guitars in hand. Here, Trotter picks out his favourite guitar parts. KEEPER “This was the first song we wrote for the new record. It was…

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