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The December 2017 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside, you’ll find a massive 24-page feature devoted to The Secrets Of Studio Guitar. Following exclusive insights into the golden era of session guitar from Wrecking Crew luminary Carol Kaye and Tommy Tedesco’s son Denny, we move into the modern age (albeit via a raft of vintage tube amps) with recording tips courtesy of Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, first-call LA guitarist Josh Smith’s guide to the perfect session and a tale of how digital modelling can be the answer to your sonic prayers. Elsewhere in the mag, we pay tribute to Tom Petty, review a raft of hot new gear from the likes of Fender, Maybach, Satellite Amps, G&L and Keeley and show you how to build your own acoustic guitar in the latest instalment of DIY Workshop. For all that and a FREE 2018 calendar packed full of beautifully photographed vintage and star guitars, pick up your copy of the December issue of The Guitar Magazine now!

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The King King guitarist tells us why his trusty Les Paul has been by his side since he was a teenager…
A young Australian guitarist who’s bringing density and depth to the acoustic scene thanks to some clever technology, and a whole lot of coordination…
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The slide maestro on tweaked Strats, playing ‘sinful music and enjoying it’ and the importance of the wine list…
For nearly three decades, Steve Walwyn has held down the groove as guitarist in Dr Feelgood. LARS MULLEN visited his home to get up close with his guitar collection, and hear him eulogise on his love of Leo Fender’s plank…
It may appear old and tired but this Gibson is fighting fit and ready for action. HUW PRICE gets to grips with a late- 1940s workhorse that’s still punching its weight nearly 70 years after it came out of Kalamazoo…
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From Keef to BB, the 330 has charmed guitarists of all kinds – we take a look at a well-loved 60s original…
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It’s been 20 years since the world lost the most recorded guitar player in history, Tommy Tedesco. BOB HEWITT looks back at his remarkable contribution to pop music and sits down with the Wrecking Crew guitarist’s filmmaker son, Denny, to discover what Tommy was like in and out of the studio…
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Carol Kaye is one of the greatest session players of all time. From The Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel to Frank Zappa and Phil Spector, the one-time Wrecking Crew member has contributed bass and guitar to an estimated 10,000 recording sessions. She spoke to DAVID GALLANT to explode some myths and give an insider’s view of some of the most seminal sessions of all time…
You might not have heard of Dave Cobb, but over the last decade, he’s established himself as Nashville’s hottest producer, with Jason Isbell, Rival Sons, Chris Stapleton, Chris Shiflett and Zac Brown all beating a path to his door. JOE BOSSO spoke to the producer/guitarist to pick his Grammy-winning brain about guitars, recording and going to tape…
15 years on the LA studio scene turned a former child prodigy from Florida into a seasoned session pro and one of the most respected guitarists in the business. Read on as Josh Smith shares the hard-earned wisdom that’ll help you get called back time and time again…
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Leaving his corporate life behind him, Andy Smith has forged ahead with his dream of hand-crafting boutique valve amps peppered with personality. MARK ALEXANDER went to his hideaway in Scotland to find out how Honeyboy amps took flight
A hand-built Lester with relic’d nitro, period-correct hardware, boutique pickups and vintage wiring for well under £2K is guaranteed to grab our attention. HUW PRICE picks a cherry…
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A hand-wired Deluxe Reverb with blackface AB763 innards and a solid pine cabinet is the reissue many players have been dreaming of. HUW PRICE discovers if it’s worth the wait…
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The Binson Echorec is one of the most revered vintage echo units and the Boonar promises to capture its magic in a stompbox format. HUW PRICE finds out if DSP beats the drum…
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