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Guitar Magazine June 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!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bandlab UK Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
remote control

Although the world has changed beyond all recognition in recent months, this period of lockdown has perhaps provided many of us with an opportunity to finally get around to things we’d been putting off for a very long time. Personally, I’ve been ploughing through several Christmases worth of hitherto unread books and, of course, playing a lot of guitar. As soon as everyone in the band was geared up for it – and the free trial of Logic has certainly helped, thanks Apple! – we started collaborating remotely on new material in a way that simply wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago. If this sounds like something you’d love to get into but you don’t know where to start, check out our rundown of lockdown essentials for guitarists…

3 min.
fretbuzz

RIDING OUT THE STORM Dear Chris, your latest editor’s letter asked for ideas to help us get through the coming months of lockdown. One thing I am going to be doing is all the guitar mods I’ve been saving up, starting with rewiring a Jazzmaster using ideas from the May 2019 issue. But once it’s done, I’d like to get back to making music, so I’d like to suggest advice on setting up a modest digital recording system. Like a lot of people, I tried digital home recording some years ago but the software was complex, the sound quality was very ‘digi’ and I quickly lost interest in the time-consuming setup required. So, with a modest three-year-old Windows laptop or an iPad Mini as a starting point, what do I need to…

1 min.
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4 min.
goan dogs

When your band is earning riotously good reviews from your local scene and seems poised for big things, surely the last thing you should do is down tools and go on a two-year hiatus? But that’s what Goan Dogs did – and the results speak for themselves. The Bristol-based five-piece has stormed back to the scene with bangers Anxiety and God Loves A Trier, both of which have seized the attention of BBC Radio 6 Music and ensured fervorous crowds at their recent comeback gigs. It’s as if they’ve never been away at all. The band are also fierce champions of DIY guitar culture, producing themselves, making their own videos and even building their own instruments. Guitar player Theo Mackie details how the Dogs’ life began, from his love of Jimi Hendrix…

4 min.
the orielles disco volador

One of the country’s most colourful guitar bands, The Orielles’ second album sees them expanding their sonic palette with commendable levels of courage and intent. Despite the critical acclaim of their debut LP Silver Dollar Moment, guitarist Henry Carlyle-Wade received a few minor criticisms, which he’s used to help develop his burgeoning chops. Drawing influence from bossa nova, and jazz greats such as Lenny Breau, he found renewed inspiration in seventh chords and pedal tones. Here, Carlyle-Wade dissects his favourite guitar parts on new album Disco Volador, taking in discontinued French rack delays and the genius of ABBA along the way. RAPID I “This is quite an interesting one because it starts off on F major seventh. I intended it to be F# minor with the A and the E as the…

2 min.
this month’s essential listening for guitar lovers

BLOSSOMS Paperback Writer Proving that isolation doesn’t have to limit creativity, this Beatles cover showcases the Stockport quintet’s impeccably stacked harmonies and authentic vintage tones, despite being recorded remotely. BOY AZOOGA UFO Following live slots with Liam Gallagher and Neil Young, Davey Newington’s Boy Azooga have returned to the studio for a cover of Jim Sullivan’s 1969 gem, replete with sleigh bells and spaghetti western-inspired guitars. LAURA MARLING Held Down Rather than pushing her record back due to COVID-19, Laura Marling instead chose to release Songs For Our Daughter early. With wonderful acoustic guitars and searing lead lines under the vocals, it’s a welcome return. SORRY Snakes After several EPs, Sorry finally released their debut album in March, showcasing a wide variety of influences. Here, eerie vocals and arpeggiated guitars twist and turn with tension throughout. THE 1975 Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless…