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The August 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now and this month it’s all about Player power as we run the rule over four new models from the Player series: Fender’s replacement for the Mexican Standard line. As well as more traditional configurations, the Player series contains several guitars and basses that are far from standard, such as the nifty HH Jazzmaster that readers of the print mag can find behind the barn doors of our special edition cover. Elsewhere in this month’s issue we fly to Iceland to find a man dipping guitars in volcanic hot springs, investigate the issue of gender politics in the guitar industry, meet band-of-the-moment Boy Azooga, get to grips with an incredible staple-pickup ‘56 Les Paul Custom and put hot new gear from Collings, ThorpyFX, Fractal, Keeley, EarthQuaker Devices and more to test. On top of all that we have not one but two fantastic competitions with pro Audio-Technica monitor headphones and a one-off custom-painted Strat up for grabs. It’s a hot one, alright – download your copy of the August 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now.

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The Guitar Magazine
WELCOME
GEAR REVIEWS
The past two years have seen Fender reinvent its American Standard series as American Professional and American Vintage as American Original. Now the company’s attention turns to its entry-level models as we say adios to the popular Mexican Standards and hola to the Player series…
Four decades since he first built an electric guitar
The closing date is 12.00AM GMT 20 AUGUST 2018. The
Paul Talbot is often cited as one of the world’s leading exponents of a graphic tattoo style that inspired a whole scene. He also loves guitars…
The Texan company reinvented the ES-335 with its much-admired I-35 model. Now it’s the turn of the ES-330. Chris Vinnicombe takes a look under the hood…
Having forged a fine reputation building replicas of the classics, Rift is moving into the boutique market with an original design based on the best of British. Huw Price takes the Hawker for a test flight…
Keeley’s latest reverb may be low on knobs to play with, but that doesn’t mean it’s predictable… Richard Purvis dwells on the heavenly simplicity of the Omni ‘verb
Adrian Thorpe’s new compressor marks the start of an ongoing collaboration with a stompbox legend. Richard Purvis stands to attention…
The high-end digital modelling phenomenon returns with a third iteration that promises significant upgrades both inside and out. Darran Charles plugs in…
A digital flanger with some distinctly non-flangey tricks and a dual-function footswitch? Richard Purvis unlocks the mystery of the Pyramids…
A double-barrelled helping of +15db plus an effects loop to hammer both ends of your pedalboard simultaneously. Michael Watts does his best Dickensian orphan impression and asks for More!
Legend has it that, for a short while in the mid-50s, Fender changed the recipe of its Telecaster pickups – and House Of Tone has recreated one of those mysterious sets. Huw Price studies the formvar…
This rapidly growing UK brand promises boutique handmade guitar straps engineered with guitars players’ needs at the forefront. Josh Gardner straps on…
VINTAGE & BOUTIQUE
Owning a vintage Gibson – let alone a collection of them – may seem like an impossibility. Yet Rob Sampson disagrees, because he’s actually done it. Huw Price finds out more…
In a new direction for his Stateside column, Dave Hunter heads out to meet some of America’s finest luthiers and amp-builders. For this first instalment, he sits down with the aff able Steve Carr, the mind behind Carr Amplifiers…
The black-lacquered, jazz club sophistication of the earliest LP Custom takes more of its styling cues from Steinway than Stromberg. Huw Price steps out with a grand ‘56 model…
FEATURES
It’s been a studio staple since the 70s, but the chorus eff ect is seriously back in vogue. Dan Orkin looks at a 10-strong choir of the most popular chorus pedals on Reverb.com…
Boy Azooga’s Davey Newington is a man with much musical pedigree. Here he tells Sam Roberts how it all started, from orchestral upbringings to Phoebe from Friends…
The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist sadly passed away in June at the age of 68. Little Barrie, Primal Scream and The The guitarist Barrie Cadogan reflects on the influence of a prodigious talent…
Your letters. This month: A plea from the southpaws, budget SGs and boxing clever…
We round up and rate a selection of this month’s guitar-driven new releases
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”What’s wrong with being sexy?” asked Nigel Tufnel in 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap. It was a satirical acknowledgement of the fact that, even though most male rock artists of the era were plastered in more makeup and hairspray than the females in their audiences, the music business was far from a level playing field for women. Fast-forward to 2018 and while it feels like we’re at a crossroads in gender politics in the wider world, has anything really changed for the better in the guitar industry, or is it as sexist as it ever was?
Gunnar Örn Sigurðsson has been making Orn Custom Guitars by hand in Reykjavík, Iceland for over 20 years, and his ‘dipping process’ is a concept he claims is a first in the art of guitar building. Lars Mullen flies north to see Gunnar’s The Ice Man creations up close…
He’s worked with the great and good of the country scene and is celebrating 25 years of backing up Bonnie Raitt with a world tour. Bob Hewitt talks to Nashville-based guitarist, producer and solo artist George Marinelli about sanding down a ‘62 Strat and how he developed his inimitable ‘scuffle’ style over a fascinating career
THE WORKSHOP
The neck of our self-assembled Martin Guitar Kit is ready to be finished and glued onto the body. Huw Price rocks the joint…
Much of the iconography of vintage Gretsch guitars came from the company’s greatest ‘travelling ambassador’. Huw Price taps into the Jimmie Webster story…
Using extended chords from the last few months we come up with some funky four-note voicings. Rod Fogg gets on up…
The former Oceansize frontman, Biff y Clyro touring guitarist and solo artist on Squier Strats and tripping drummers…