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December 2020

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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Bandlab UK Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
blazing a trail

There’s no question that Eddie Van Halen was one of the Mount Rushmore figures of the electric guitar. Like Jimi Hendrix before him, EVH reimagined what it was possible to achieve with six strings, a whammy bar and magnetic pickups. And he didn’t just change the way people played the instrument or the tones they chased – Eddie Van Halen changed the way people designed and built guitars and amplifiers too. In this issue, we celebrate the life, the legacy and the career highlights of one of the greatest of all time from p18 onwards. Elsewhere, we sit down with Joe Bonamassa and Bernie Marsden to lift the lid on Bernie’s contribution to Joe’s new album, recorded within the hallowed walls of Abbey Road Studios. We also find out how Les…

3 min.
fretbuzz

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com FIRE BRAND Just loved everything about the November issue, particularly the wonderful Gibson Custom Firebirds. I have a 1990 Polaristurned-custard Firebird V and a 1966 Firebird 1 with a dodgy white refin. It all started with seeing Johnny Winter on The Old Grey Whistle Test – and here we are! People always ask me which shape is my fave and, while I love the look of the reverse, the P-90s on the non-reverse are just amazing. Even if they’re not quite as good as my Telecasters! CAMERON MACKENZIE, VIA EMAIL TOO HOT TO HANDLE There was an interesting letter in the November magazine about seeing Sieve Marriott in a Denmark Street store trying a few Les Paul guitars. This reminded me of when I was a working at…

1 min.
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5 min.
panic shack

What inspired you to pick up the guitar? “We’re pretty new to guitar playing. Emily has played bass in another band for a few years so she’s our ‘real’ musician. As for myself and Meg, we’re new to it. We’ve basically been teaching ourselves to play since we decided we were going to properly form this band – so little more than a year. I guess it came down to being fed up of complaining that there aren’t enough female guitarists and putting our money where our mouth is.” Tell us about your main guitar and pedal setup. “I play a Squier Tele through a distortion pedal and a Blues Driver, and an old amp that used to belong to Dave [Bassey, drums]. Meg [Fretwell] uses a Squier Strat, a distortion pedal, a…

3 min.
black stone cherry the human condition

Recorded and produced at bassist Jon Lawhon’s Monocle Studios in Kentucky, The Human Condition is Black Stone Cherry’s seventh full-length album, with the tracking finished merely days before lockdown measures were imposed. On their new LP, the band detail the struggles and their adaptations made to life in 2020, revealing that “there was a real urgency and fear of the unknown during those sessions”. Here, Ben Wells discusses his five favourite guitar parts on the record, plus his love of octave pedals and a Martin that seems to appear on every LP they compose. AGAIN “This shows off the ‘Enforcer’ guitar, as we call it. It’s an extra guitar that we put up the middle in most songs on the album. Usually, there are two rhythm tracks on each song: one side…

2 min.
the playlist

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Straws In The Wind Single number three of this calendar year from the Aussie psych-rock band is another acoustic number that uses microtonal guitars and sits neatly alongside their work on 2015’s Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. KURT VILE & JOHN PRINE How Lucky One of the late, great John Prine’s final recordings, this duet is a poignant take on Prine’s 1979 song. Vile described the recording process as “probably the single most special musical moment in my life”. LITTLE BARRIE & MALCOLM CATTO After After Little Barrie’s collaboration with Malcolm Catto is an atmospheric thrill ride with dark undertones. Find out more next month as we visit Barrie Cadogan and Malcolm Catto in the London studio where this record was made. EMMY THE GREAT A Window/O’Keeffe Written in 2018, new album April/月音 marks Emmy The…