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Guitar Magazine February 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bandlab UK Limited
Frequency:
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2 min.
highly evolved

We guitarists often stand accused of being obsessed with the past, but this month’s magazine devotes a healthy chunk of real estate to the future. As well as taking a deep dive into Fender’s new top-of-the-line American Ultra series and the company’s ongoing search for the next great guitar to stand side-by-side with Leo’s most iconic designs, we’ve also assembled a panel of industry luminaries and quizzed them about where they see the guitar heading in 2020 and beyond. Paul Reed Smith, Taylor Master Guitar Designer and partner Andy Powers, Executive Vice President of Fender Products Justin Norvell… these are all names most of you will be familiar with, but what do you think is the one aspect of guitar manufacture that Paul Smith says will never be carried out by…

2 min.
fretbuzz

Join the conversation Email us at editors@guitar.com HIT RECORD I really enjoyed your Gear Of The Decade feature issue 376, and agreed with pretty much all your choices. The Strymon BigSky was perhaps not the choice I’d have made, but it’s a good example of the wider trend of big, powerful (and expensive) stompboxes that contain more and better sounds than we could have ever dreamed of even 15 years ago. One thing I did think you missed, however, was increasing affordability of quality compact recording interfaces. While these aren’t necessarily ‘guitar’ devices by intent, there’s little doubt that desktop recording interfaces like the UA Apollo have made it easier than ever for guitarists to sound great at home – at the end of the day if we’re not making music, what’s all…

1 min.
free hercules guitar stand

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5 min.
oscar jerome

From playing with the collective Kokoroko to touring Australia, Oscar Jerome’s penchant for melody is drawing people in swathes. The Norfolk-born guitarist has found his spiritual home in London’s kaleidoscopic jazz scene alongside peers such as Sons Of Kemet and Ezra Collective. Despite releasing his debut EP as recently as 2016, Jerome has already had the privilege of sharing the stage with Lianne La Havas and none other than Kamasi Washington. A product of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, which includes Fela Kuti and Tom Misch in its alumni, his continued support has come from Annie Mac, BBC Radio 6 Music and a tour consisting of sold-out shows from the US to Rotterdam. With his debut album still in the works, he’s chosen to first release a concert album, Live In Amsterdam, believing…

3 min.
bring me the head of jerry garcia

Formed in 2002 as The Keys, following a poll asking fans to name the band, Matthew Evans has developed KEYS into one of Wales’s most formidable bands. Their new album, Bring Me The Head Of Jerry Garcia, offers a fresh perspective for the band, not least due to the addition of the mastermind behind Boy Azooga, Davey Newington, who’s been recruited on drums and percussion. Recorded over just two days in Resolven Miner’s Welfare Institute in South Wales, the process allowed the band to capture the vitality their live shows are renowned for, while also giving them the freedom to develop new musical vocabularies. It’s apt; including their early incarnation as Murray The Hump, KEYS have been a project for over 20 years now. Frontman Matthew Evans said the initial idea…

2 min.
the playlist

PHOEBE BRIDGERS 7 O’Clock News/Silent Night Continuing a tradition of festive releases that began back in 2017, Bridgers enlists Matt Berninger and Fiona Apple for this Simon & Garfunkel cover. Baritone guitar and impeccable harmonies abound. THE FAMILY RAIN Radiator The Bath-based trio have returned following a hiatus which saw them reform temporarily as Voyages. Radiator is a romping, bluesy track with Will Walter’s signature vocals and tension throughout. THE SHINS When I Goose-Step Available again for the first time in 20 years as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club, this rare cut is streaming now and also out as a limited 7-inch. It’s classic Shins, with lo-fi drums and chimey, 60s-inspired guitar. DEAP LIPS Hope Hell High This supergroup of sorts – formed by The Flaming Lips and Deap Vally – sound as good as you’d expect. Replete with…