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The polls are closed, the votes have been counted and in the new issue of The Guitar Magazine we reveal the winners of 2017’s Gear Of The Year awards, as chosen by you! But we’re not going to spoil the surprise just yet – to find out which products have won you’ll have to pick up a copy of this special collector’s edition and rip open the bag! Inside you’ll also find a stellar set of artist interviews as we catch up with Queen legend Brian May, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and indie darlings The National. We also put an incredible Eric Clapton-spec ES-335 under the microscope in Vintage Bench Test, bust a few myths about guitar cables, review new gear from the likes of Marshall, Fender and Lowden and whole lot more besides. Get your special collector’s edition of the January 2017 issue of The Guitar Magazine now!

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Guitar & Bass
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As electric guitar amplifiers became more powerful
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VINTAGE & BOUTIQUE
What could be more iconic than a mid 1960s Gibson ES-335, and especially one in such outstanding condition? HUW PRICE picks a cherry…
New York State luthier Chihoe Hahn does more than just great T-types. DAVE HUNTER gets to grips with one of his more individual solidbody guitars
From Jack Bruce to Rod Stewart via diversion to heavy metal and punk rock, Bill Liesegang has enjoyed a varied and exciting career in music. LARS MULLEN finds out about the equally eclectic guitars he’s used along the way…
Gretsch’s most famous endorsee had a variety of different signature instruments over his decades with the company – this Super Chet is one of the more unusual examples…
Late October saw guitar enthusiasts descend on the Lone Star State in their droves for Guitarlington 2017 in Arlington, Texas. The Guitar Magazine’s roving reporter David Plues was there…
We had trouble Copen’ with all the guitars at Denmark’s premier guitar show. CHARLIE HOLLEY gives us the highlights from the show floor…
Have you ever picked up an electric guitar, glanced down at the various controls seated on the body and thought, ‘I have no idea what you actually do’? TONY BACON has, and in the case of some guitars that’s totally understandable…
Darrel Higham, Jon Gomm and Guthrie Govan announced as star guests for the Guitar Masterclass series 2018, brought to you by Allianz
These Aussie ex-pats aim to bring some light and shade back to the heavy rock sphere – and they won’t be short of numbers to help achieve it…
Your letters. This month: getting out of the house for a change, unconventional bridges and loud Fenders…
We round up and rate a selection of this month’s guitar-driven new releases
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FEATURES
The polls are closed, the votes have been counted and
We’re living in a golden age of effects pedals, and
Modern multi-effects processors come in all shapes
When it comes to taking things down low, sometimes
With rock legends Queen in the midst of yet another sold-out world tour, guitarist Brian May recalls life on the road down the ages, tells SIMON BRADLEY how the experience has changed and reveals that modern technology has improved his tone……
They’re the Firebirdwielding twins at the heart of one of the world’s biggest indie-rock bands, and on album seven they’ve embraced guitar solos. GARY WALKER meets The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner to talk about Sleep Well Beast…
For over three decades, Ed O’Brien has been the guitar glue in Radiohead. His knack for unusual sounds has remained a constant as the band have pushed boundaries, but now he’s turned his attention to inspiring the next generation with a new Fender guitar – and it’s definitely not a signature model…
The Guitar Magazine team pays a visit to the Guitar & Bass Build workshop…
GEAR REVIEWS
Radiohead star Ed O’Brien’s collaboration with Fender is an intriguing mix of old and new. CHRIS VINNICOMBE finds out if playing it makes you fitter, happier, more productive…
When a bad injury left skateboarder Nick Pourfard immobile for six months, he started making guitars. CHRIS VINNICOMBE gets on board…
To celebrate three decades in business, Coda Music commissioned a limited run of 30 Lowden acoustics. HUW PRICE tests one of the Downpatrick company’s finest…
Digital modelling, USB output, an LCD screen and Bluetooth… nope, this is definitely not your standard 100- watt Marshall combo. RICHARD PURVIS gets CODE-cracking
Straight outta Guernsey, this head combines two preamp valves with a pentode-emulating solid-state output stage. RICHARD PURVIS puts the hybrid theory to the test
Echopark’s Gabriel Currie and Arcane Inc’s Rob Timmons developed these PAF replicas based on the pickups in Joe Bonamassa’s Flying V. HUW PRICE finds out how they stack up…
Having successfully applied his engineering chops to the Strat bridge, Andy Preston turns his attention to the PRS vibrato. HUW PRICE tests the wham of the Wudtone man…
THE WORKSHOP
After a few months on the back burner, HUW PRICE cracks on with his Greco conversion project, and with a little help from his friends, he takes some big steps towards his dream mid-50s Goldtop replica…
Guitar cables, speaker cables and interconnects are often overlooked in our quest for great tone so what’s on the wire? HUW PRICE lays out how to pick the right leads for you…
In the 1930s and 40s, rhythm guitar meant a big jazzbox and a whole lot of three-note chord voicings. ROD FOGG hits the downbeats…
The Primal Scream and Little Barrie guitarist on old red Gibsons, falling on your arse, and part-time millinery…