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Gear Reviews

We’ve got a fantastic selection of new gear for you to pore over this month, and where better to start than Fender’s new American Professional Jaguar and Jazzmaster – are these really offsets for everyone? Elsewhere, we’re riding the retro train with the return of Supro guitars and an aged acoustic from Eastman, while Maxon’s overdrives are a blast from the past of a different kind. It’s not all old-school though – Seymour Duncan’s Andromeda is as cutting edge as it gets, while the GS Mini Bass is a clever new idea from Taylor – there’s something for everyone!

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About Guitar Magazine

The August 2017 edition of the UK’s most affordable and most in-depth guitar magazine is on sale now! You might notice a slightly different name on the cover this month, but inside you’ll find your regular monthly fix of the best gear reviews in the business, DIY tutorials, tone and playing tips, artist interviews, breathtaking photography of vintage instruments and whole lot more besides. This month there’s a feast for Fender offset fans as we offer pro set-up tips, show you how to upgrade your Jaguar or Jazzmaster and find out if Fender’s new American Professional series has finally delivered offsets for the masses. Elsewhere, we interview Joe Bonamassa, Darrel Higham, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Paul Gilbert, pay a visit to Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, delve into the snake-oil surrounding tonewoods and give you the chance to win a Shergold electric worth a whopping £835.

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Guitar & Bass
Regular readers may have noticed that there’s a slightly
REGULARS
GRETSCH CUSTOM SHOP ‘56 G6128 DUO JET RELIC
WORTH £835!
A young British four-piece who embrace arena band comparisons and diverse musical influences. JOSH GARDNER joins the hunt…
US boutique mainstay 65Amps offers US cleans and British raunch in one package. DAVE HUNTER gets to grips with an amp that promises player-friendly refinements that you won’t find on the vintage originals…
What sort of person gets excited about power supplies? Well this one’s made by Strymon, so we know just the man. GARY WALKER tries out the h high-horsepower Zuma…
The 2017 Ramblin’ Man Fair aims to be a festival by rock fans, for rock fans
When Norwegian guitarist TOM WAHL found himself stuck with a rat’s nest of cables that was just stressing him out, he decided to chuck it all in and went back to basics…
The Little Barrie and Primal Scream guitarist on the records that shaped him as a musician
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FEATURES
The Fender Custom Shop is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a limited run of guitars designed by the Master Builders who helped establish it. Chris Vinnicombe plays the first, and meets its maker…
As Darrel Higham returns with a brand new album, Hell’s Hotel, SIMON BRADLEY catches up with the UK rockabilly maestro to chat recording techniques, his myriad influences, and a sumptuous new Gretsch guitar…
With her trusty, if minimal, guitar collection at her side and the seal of approval from Joe Bonamassa and Glenn Hughes, Joanne Shaw Taylor tells THEA DE GALLIER how she’s forging ahead on her own terms. Just don’t call her Joss Stone…
Paul Gilbert is one of the most respected and exciting guitar virtuosos around, but even the greats need to have their gear set-up just right to really wail. Here he tells JOE BOSSO about the kit that he simply has to have to perform at his best…
WORKSHOPS
Most Jazzmaster lovers will concede that the classic Fender offset’s stock bridge is something of a bête noire when used with modern strings. HUW PRICE tackles the installation of a Mastery unit and shows you how to wire up your controls and keep hum to a minimum…
Andrew Pih spent years on the road as guitar tech for Jazzmaster-toting high priest of shoegaze, Kevin Shields. Here, he shares some words of advice that’ll help you keep your Jaguar or Jazzmaster in the finest of fettle…
’Tone’ is a contentious and elusive concept. Few agree on what it is or indeed where comes from. Some say it’s in the fingers, others that it’s in the pickups or the amp and some say it’s all in the wood. HUW PRICE has a timber tantrum…
High position chords can create some intriguing textures when mixed with open strings. ROD FOGG aims high…
Your letters. This month: DIY attenuation, bespoke Brit luthiery and a man who loves beer…
We round up and rate a selection of this month’s guitar-driven releases and reissues
The blues-rock hero on kicking down doors, hating acoustic guitars, and always watching your money…
GEAR REVIEWS
We’ve got a fantastic selection of new gear for you
Fender has another stab at fixing the some of the nototious eccentricities of its classic offset designs. RICHARD PURVIS finds out what’s changed…
The reborn 60s brand follows up its range of killer amps with the original plastic fantastic punk and blues machines. ED MITCHELL finds out what gets Jack and Dan so excited…
Eastman’s Antique Varnish electrics have caused a stir in these parts of late. HUW PRICE finds out if the company’s acoustics offer a similar blend of great tone, vibe and value…
With designer Bill Krinard back on board at Two-Rock, this latest offering promises vintage and modern tweed voicings in one amp. HUW PRICE feels the burn…
These green machines are not called ‘Tube Screamers’, but they are built by the company behind the Ibanez originals. HUW PRICE compares two new Maxons to a vintage TS9…
A compact reverb pedal with the audio quality and versatility to take on the £400-plus pedalboard-hoggers? RICHARD PURVIS immerses himself…
The Andromeda claims to offer just about every type of delay imaginable in one box, with deep editing on the fly – this may take a while. SYD EDWARDS gets ambient…
The British winder joins the offset renaissance. RICHARD PURVIS tries out some Jazz and Jag pickups with pedigree…
Taylor’s successful GS Mini range gets a four-string bass. GARETH MORGAN finds out if small is beautiful…
VINTAGE
Steve Vai’s famous signature model is 30 years old. TONY BACON charts the birth of this most individual of instruments…
The ES-175D added an extra pickup to Gibson’s most affordable hollowbody jazz box, adding versatility to this stage-ready semi-acoustic…
Back in the 1960s, catalogue guitars were the backbone of the US guitar industry, and this Silvertone 1457 offered ultimate convenience with a guitar and amp combo. HUW PRICE finds out if two-in-one offers bang for buck…
With 50 years in the business and one of the world’s leading guitar collections, Norman Harris is the proprietor of a destination guitar store in Tarzana, California, which is frequented by A-list musicians and vintage obsessives alike. Here, the man who supplied the guitars for Spinal Tap holds court and introduces us to some choice pieces…