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Guitar Magazine April 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
come as you are

It’s no exaggeration to say that, were it not for Nirvana, I wouldn’t be typing this. I can’t claim to have been in the moshpit for their set at Reading ’91 – it was probably a little too dangerous for an 11-year-old – but when I formed a band with my friends a few years later, it was Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl who provided the blueprint for pretty much everything. I’d picked up the guitar prior to the grunge explosion and, thanks to the dubious influence of older friends and family members, I was the only kid at my primary school disco asking the DJ to play Guns N’ Roses instead of New Kids On The Block. GN’R were exciting and dangerous, they sang about things I didn’t…

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3 min
guitar contributors

DARRAN CHARLES HANDY MAN Though it was Richie Sambora that made Darran pick up the guitar, it was Steve Vai’s exotic style that ensured he’d keep at it. For this issue, Darran got to grips with a pair of Corts. “In principle, active pickups are a tonal anathema,” he says. “In practice, they continue to neutralise my prejudices. That was the case with the EMG Super 77s in the KX300.” Read more on p86. When it comes to grunge guitar, Darran has a clear favourite too. “I struggle to equate Soundgarden with grunge but the moment I heard Hands All Over in the early 1990s I was hooked.” PHIL MILLARD DESIGN GURU Art editor Phil learnt classical guitar at a young age but never had the discipline to play like the metal guitarists he listened…

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3 min
fretbuzz

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com WATT’S GOING ON? Dear Guitar.com, I have a question regarding the article you published on building your own L-pad attenuator [head to Guitar.com to read it for yourself]. In the guide, you selected a eight-ohm 50-watt resistor. I was wondering if there was any reason why you couldn’t use a 100-watt resistor instead? While I’m by no means an electronics expert, I would think that using a 100-watt would allow you to absorb more power than the 50-watt would? I was planning to use a 100-watt resistor for my attenuator build – and also using a slightly larger enclosure to include a small 12-volt fan for cooling – but I want to make sure that I’m not missing anything before I take the plunge! GARY WOBIG,…

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1 min
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4 min
ones to watch sophie burrell

Tell us about growing up as a guitar fan. “Guitar has been a really big part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was five, I watched the movie School Of Rock, and since that age I knew what I wanted to be. You know when you’re in primary school and they have those dress-as-what-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up days? I have a distinct memory of going as ‘rock chick’ and my mum putting in colourful hair extensions and stuff like that. So I knew from a super-young age that I wanted to be in the music industry.” You’ve really built an audience via social media… “The social stuff didn’t come into play until later on. I started making videos for fun when I was maybe 14. I didn’t take it very…

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4 min
album spotlight ariel posen headway

Though he’s perhaps best known for his searing slide licks, Ariel Posen prioritises songcraft above all else on his sophomore album Headway. Composed between tour dates in support of his debut album How Long, each of the 12 songs on Headway were trialled, tested and moulded into shape on the road during shows across the UK, Europe, the US and in his native Canada. Switching between his beloved signature Mule guitar and a Josh Williams Mockingbird, he finds new dynamics and spaces within each song, working against his intuition to pull out off-kilter melodies and soaring lead lines. Here, he outlines his Headway highlights. WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE “The main guitar-comping part and solo really jump out at me. I tried experimenting a lot on this album with new sounds and…

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