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Guitar Magazine August 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
brave new world

I recently played my first gig for many months and to say it felt great to be back onstage would be a planet-sized understatement. However, the enforced break from live performance did have a few interesting side effects. For one, some of my gear that hadn’t seen much use since early 2020 had developed a few gremlins, and my guitars, amp and pedalboard all needed some love. And though I’ve probably played more guitar in the past 15 months than ever before, when was the last time I played standing up? Which strap do I even use? And how long do I like it set? These issues successfully navigated, I began to think about how this period of inactivity has given those of us who play live an opportunity to rethink…

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3 min
guitar contributors

LEE CALVERT BLUE COLLAR When Lee first picked up the guitar, he wanted to play like Pete Townshend. After recalibrating his targets and tastes, these days he’s settled for trying to play 30 per cent as well as Steve Cropper on his Baja Telecaster. He speaks to Jason Isbell about his own new Tele on p20. But when was the last time Lee cranked a valve amp? “My at-home amp is a Blues Junior,” he says, “and it’s played most days I’m there. But I’ve not had the master volume above about four for some time. Then again, rehearsal rooms are opening again soon…” KELLY LAMANO UNPLUGGED PERFORMER Florida native Kelly counts an Epiphone PR-150 in Vintage Sunburst as her principal squeeze over her Fender Strat, which means that tube power is more or less…

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3 min
fretbuzz

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com PRODUCT PLACEMENT Am I the only one who thinks the current marketing you see online from guitar brands is boring, predictable and lazy? Don’t get me wrong, I’m jealous of every YouTuber, podcaster and influencer’s success. I’d love to be treated like royalty by brands. But do we need another signature ‘thing’, from another boutique brand, for another online personality? It’s such a common thing now but does it really make people want to buy that brand’s products? It’s not just the smaller brands whose marketing of new products is uncreative and increasingly shallow either. Even the big blue-chip brands seem to think that all you need to do for a product launch is to send a bunch of guitars to every YouTuber, Instagram influencer and…

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1 min
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7 min
ones to watch cardinal black

You’ve recently resurfaced after a decade away. Why? “The timing just felt right. The first iteration of the band fell apart pretty quickly, which left a lot unresolved, not only personally but also in terms of the amount of material that was left unused. With the pandemic having upended everyone’s schedules, it gave us time to not only revisit that old material but put pen to paper on new music, and I think we were all surprised at just how quickly we fell back into a groove; it did not feel like a fortnight had elapsed, let alone the better part of a decade.” Given what you achieved early in your career, does that influence how you position yourselves today? “Looking back, the first time around was a classic case of too much…

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4 min
album spotlight yngwie malmsteen parabellum

Now with 21 studio albums to his name, there’s not much that Yngwie Malmsteen hasn’t covered throughout his illustrious catalogue. With Parabellum, however, he was free from touring commitments that might impede on his studio plans, giving him unprecedented time to compose an album that simply made him happy. “I wanted this album to have a joyous, spontaneous atmosphere,” he says. Following the blues-inspired 2019 album Blue Lightning, Yngwie has returned classical music, paying homage to Paganini while also reminding listeners that even Bach, Mozart and their ilk were keen improvisers. Indeed, his love of improvisation saw him sidestep routine in favour of an album meant to feel unrehearsed. His ability to compose outside rigid song structures was aided by his use of Pro Tools. But he’s quick to assure us…

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