Guitar Magazine December 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!

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United Kingdom
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English
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NME Networks
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in this issue

1 min
top brass

Welcome to issue 399 of Guitar Magazine. This month’s cover guitar is part of Gibson’s Generation Collection – a soundport-equipped set of relatively affordable new acoustics hailing from the firm’s Bozeman, Montana acoustic facility and inspired by a trailblazing blueprint from way back in 1964. You can read all about them on p78 onwards and hear them for yourself at youtube.com/theguitarmagazine but here’s the thing: if such radical ideas as acoustic guitar soundports were left on the cutting room floor during the McCarty era, what else is in the Gibson company archive? It’s certainly fun to imagine the kinds of ideas that the likes of Ted McCarty, Leo Fender and Paul Bigsby might have explored that never saw the light of day. Did Ted and his team in Kalamazoo sketch out drawings…

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3 min
contributors

JUSTIN BECKNER ROLLING STONE Not only has Justin written guitar content for more than 20 years, he’s also worked as a tech and luthier, and has amassed more than 40 guitars, from vintage gems to wild custom builds. Recently he’s been working on a series of articles dispelling common internet myths surrounding iconic artists and the gear they use. Go to Guitar.com to read them. But what would he play around the campfire? “You might hear me playing Like A Rolling Stone by Dylan,” he says, “as I grew up a few miles from his childhood home in Minnesota.” Some pedigree, eh? ROD FOGG HIGH-FLIER London-born Rod owns about 30 guitars, including a Maccaferri, which might be the perfect weapon with which to demonstrate his chops around the crackling campfire. “Octave intro to show off…

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3 min
fretbuzz

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com PLAY YOUR PART Hi, Guitar Magazine. I enclose a few photos of my first partscaster build, which I have recently completed. For other readers who may be considering building a partscaster, I would recommend it without hesitation. I managed to design and assemble a very serviceable guitar which is subtly different from anything available off the shelf from the big companies, and all with fairly basic skills and tools. It’s off to a pro guitar tech now for the final setup and tweaks, so it is ready for my band’s biggest-ever gig (potentially thousands of spectators rather than our usual tens!). So here’s to guitar building and gigging again! SIMON BRIMS, EDINBURGH, UK TRAPEZE ARTIST Hello, team Guitar! Great review on the Gibson Nashville ES guitars in the…

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4 min
melin melyn

One of the most refreshing acts on the UK indie scene right now, psychedelic sextet Melin Melyn are quickly acquiring a loyal and engaged fanbase through their cross-genre approach to soft rock. Having recently signed to Sheffield-based Bingo Records, the band should soon reap the kind of support that has helped labelmates John Myrtle and Mr Ben & The Bens to become so admired by the likes of Radio 6 Music. With their atypical bilingual approach to lyricism – through which they reimagine centuries-old Welsh folklore for the modern era – the band leave no stone unturned on their forward-thinking new EP Blomonj. Here, we chat to Burns-wielding guitarist Will Barratt about ditching violin in favour of the guitar, his sprawling pedalboard (and buying the same pedal twice), and ensuring that…

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4 min
album spotlight davy knowles what happens next

An esteemed player whose blues pedigree belies his age, Davy Knowles rose to prominence as part of the Isle of Man power trio Back Door Slam, earning widespread acclaim and performing on numerous US TV shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Good Morning America. He followed these early successes by sharing stages with the likes of Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa and Sonny Landreth – and it’s not just his heroes that he’s played for. In 2010, he became the first musician in history to play live directly to the International Space Station from Mission Control Center in Houston. On What Happens Next, his first for Mascot Records, produced by Eric Corne (John Mayall, Joe Walsh, Bonamassa), Knowles reimagines his playing, showcasing more aggressive tones and focusing on both melody and…

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