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VINTAGE MOJO

From left to right, Mark’s Telecaster collection includes a ‘64, a ‘63 Dakota Red reinish and a ‘67 ‘Smugglers’
Mark bought his ‘61 ash-bodied Strat at ATB Guitars – once he picked it up, he didn’t even bother trying any of the other guitars that were on sale
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The Guitar Magazine
As we reach the end of 2018, the thoughts of all guitar
VINTAGE & BOUTIQUE
We regularly share vintage instruments with you from
It’s often said that vintage guitars are beyond the reach of hard-working musicians, but South Wales-based blues-rock guitarist Mark Pontin has assembled a fine collection of player-grade gear. We head to Llangennech’s Sonic One Studio for a tour of Mark’s vintage guitars and amps…
Boutique mainstay TopHat Amplification is the brainchild of North Carolina native Brian Gerhard, whose pioneering engineering and choice use of materials has kept him ahead of the game for 24 years and counting. Dave Hunter meets a designer who proves form is temporary, but class is permanent…
Like the V and Explorer before it, Gibson’s 60s Firebird range was a radical rethink of the possibilities of guitar design. Of the many Firebirds over the years, the VII is regarded as the pinnacle. Huw Price lights one up…
In our latest rundown of the most popular pedals on Reverb.com, Dan Orkin picks out the best-selling modulation units on the online marketplace. Head this way for flangers, phasers, choruses and more…
GEAR REVIEWS
Even in these uncertain times, you can still rely on
IF MONEY IS NO OBJECT, YOUR SHOPPING LIST STARTS HERE, WITH OUR MUST-TRY ELECTRICS FROM £2,000 UPWARDS
THE FINEST ACOUSTIC GUITARS THAT MONEY CAN BUY FROM THE LAST 12 MONTHS
£1,500 OR MORE TO SPEND? HERE ARE THE SUPERCARS OF THE GUITAR-AMP WORLD…
MODERN BOUTIQUE PEDAL MAKERS HAVE KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK IN 2018, HERE ARE EIGHT OF THE BEST…
FROM STUDIO TOOLS TO ACTUAL TOOLS, YOU MIGHT NOT ‘PLAY’ THESE, BUT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, THEY’LL ALL MAKE YOU PLAY GUITAR MORE…
YOU CAN GET A LOT OF GUITAR FOR £1,000-£2,000 THESE DAYS, AND 2018 BROUGHT YOU MORE INSPIRATIONAL CHOICES THAN EVER BEFORE
WHETHER YOU’RE IN THE MARKET FOR YOUR FIRST SERIOUS GUITAR, OR A DEPENDABLE BACKUP, HERE ARE THE BEST SUB-£1,000 ELECTRICS FROM 2018…
HAVING A GOOD-QUALITY AFFORDABLE ACOUSTIC IN THE HOUSE IS ESSENTIAL. HERE’S OUR PICK OF 2018’S BEST BOXES…
WHETHER YOU NEED A GIGGING SIDEKICK OR A STUDIO STALWART, IF YOU NEED A PROPER AMP IN YOUR LIFE, THIS QUINTET WILL SEE YOU RIGHT…
THE STOMPBOX IS ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO TAKE YOUR TONE TO NEW PLACES – AND A LOT OF FUN DOESN’T HAVE TO COST A LOT OF CASH…
FROM PORTABLE HEADS AND POWERFUL COMBOS, TO CLASSICS REBORN AND NEW BRANDS EXPLORED, IT’S BEEN ANOTHER GREAT YEAR FOR FOUR-STRING FUN…
Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine’s signature model is now even more versatile, thanks to the addition of a vibrato bridge. Chris Vinnicombe heads in the direction of the bar…
Many players will remember their vintage Höfner Verithins fondly, but the new Verythin models offer classic looks together with concessions to modern player needs. Huw Price slims down…
This pair of new Indonesian-built Faiths from the company’s mid-price Nexus Series boast exotic solid woods and plugged-in performance. Michael Watts enjoys the music of the spheres…
Lenny Kravitz is not known as an amp designer, but he helped Supro with this reverbed-up recreation of Jimmy Page’s legendary studio favourite. Huw Price finds out how the magick happens…
Could a 50-watt valve head with switchable preamps from boutique makers be the cure for ‘too many amps’ syndrome? Richard Purvis opens all the little boxes and gets hot-swapping…
The digital upstarts at Meris want to make your guitar sound like… well, pretty much anything but a guitar. Richard Purvis goes exploring with a scarily versatile synth pedal
A recreation of a vintage classic released in celebration of Electro-Harmonix’s 50th Anniversary. Michael Watts triangulates his position…
An amp-inspired hand-made box of heavy from Winnipeg, Canada that’s aimed squarely at the rock brethren. Michael Watts reaches for his eyeliner and calls down the lords of metal…
PEOPLE & PLAYING
Over the last five years, Kurt Vile has risen to the status of slacker-messiah to the US indie-rock scene: but he’s also a phenomenal guitar player, a pin-sharp songwriter, and a Jaguar evangelist. Josh Gardner meets a laid-back Philadelphian with a competitive streak…
Documenting the remarkable collection of Whitesnake legend Bernie Marsden and featuring 1,000 images across nearly 400 pages, Tales Of Tone And Volume is not your average guitar book. Here, Bernie gives us the inside track on a project that has been over two years in the making…
As a sideman, versatile guitarist Val McCallum has the dream gig – he tours the world playing the Jackson Browne songbook. As a sessioneer, he’s laid down tracks for a roll call of A-list stars, and as a solo artist, he’s written critically acclaimed love songs. But as Bob Hewitt finds out, being raised by stars of the screen could’ve led him on a very different path…
Leo Fender’s decision to get into the guitar-manufacturing business was perhaps surpising given that he didn’t play the instrument himself… but he knew a man who did. Without Doc Kauffmann, Fender guitars and amps might never have existed. Huw Price investigates…
The Australian guitarist and soundtracker of adverts talks Danos, shack-building, and open-air mic mishaps…
REGULARS
2018 was another fantastic year for guitar music, with hot new acts and returning veterans all bringing their A game. Here are our favourites of the last 12 months…
An Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo, Overdrive And Ambient Delay
Modern design and high-quality materials combine to
Your letters. This month: that special Kaye, putting some Sparkle in your life, and in defence of Mick Abrahams…
DO IT YOURSELF
Find out how to simulate lacquer checking and to convincingly age metal and plastic Les Paul parts, as Huw Price’s Greco Goldtop conversion project reaches its conclusion…
One note up and one note down can be a great way to ornament a chord sequence. Rod Fogg breaks out the decorations…