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The March 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now, featuring Fender’s brand new 2018 flagships and a with free Taylor Guitars supplement for every reader! This month inside the UK’s best-loved and most affordable guitar magazine, we get to grips with Fender’s brand new for 2018 American Originals guitars in a UK exclusive first review. Find out if Fender’s reimagined golden era electrics will need to be on your must try list inside, and chose from our two special collector’s edition covers - will you pick Strat or Tele, or get the set? As if that wasn’t enough of a big deal, the March issue also comes with a free 24-page magazine dedicated to Taylor Guitar’s brand new V-Class bracing system – a hugely innovative way of making acoustic guitars that made serious waves when it was launched at last month’s NAMM show. Inside, we sat down with Taylor design guru Andy Powers to find out just what makes the new bracing system so remarkable, and got our hands on one of the first V-Class guitars Powers has built for an in-depth review. But we’re not all about shiny new gear here at The Guitar Magazine, and we’ve got plenty in store for vintage fanatics inside, too. For starters, we had the rare privilege of getting up close with a £230,000 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard in Vintage Bench Test, while we also spent some time with a gorgeous 1963 ES-335 made famous in the hands of Sweet guitarist Andy Scott. If vintage guitar speculation is more your game, however, then take a trip with Huw Price to Paris as he wanders through the incredible vintage guitar shops of the City of Love’s ‘Music Village’ area - you might want to book a trip yourself. For all that and much more - including new gear from the likes of Vigier, Rivolta, Swart, Danelectro, Joe Satriani’s essential gear and the latest in our DIY Martin acoustic build project – pick up your print or digital copy of the March 2018 edition of The Guitar Magazine today.

Other Articles in this Issue


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GEAR REVIEWS
Launched ahead of NAMM 2018, Fender’s American Original Series breaks with recent tradition and offers best-of-thedecade features rather than replicating specific model years. There are also some nods to modernity thrown in for good measure. CHRIS VINNICOMBE gets his hands on the ‘50s Stratocaster and ‘60s Telecaster for a UK-exclusive first review…
The second model from the Dennis Fano-designed Rivolta brand cranks up the 60s quirkiness, but RICHARD PURVIS finds a modern player hiding beneath the kitschy pearloid…
A new model that combines classic 60s tones with up-to-date spec. SIMON BRADLEY makes sense of it all…
A new addition to the recently revitalised UK brand with an intentionally moody look and dark tones. SIMON BRADLEY grabs a torch…
Breedlove’s Concerto body shape was designed to match the tonal punch of a dreadnought, but be more comfortable to play. JAMES STEVENS explores an all-mahogany version
Fender Hot Rods have been around for over 20 years, and 2018 sees the fourth generation hit the streets. HUW PRICE tests the latest versions of two of the world’s most popular amps
The reborn Supro continues to push its ambitions beyond mere reissues of heritage amps – will these two all-new models convince RICHARD PURVIS that the past has a future?
This boutique maker claims its new amp combines the best of its other amps in a package that’s also totally unique. Confused? HUW PRICE finds out if Swart can keep it sweet…
Danelectro has a reputation for quality budget effects, but the new Billionaire range sees the company promising even more bang for your buck. MICHAEL WATTS feels flush…
REGULARS
The late, great Gary Moore might have been better known
The closing date is 12.00am GMT 20 April 2018. The
You’d be forgiven for thinking this neat little combo is a genuine relic of the golden era, but DAVE HUNTER finds out that the Texosound is equally authentic inside…
With a remarkable debut album under her belt, Josh Gardner talks baritones, Bright Eyes and the importance of details with LA’s most exciting young singer-songwriter…
The indie-rock guitarist tells us why he’s so attached to this eye-catching Hanson semi – provided that you know the right code word, at least…
We round up and rate a selection of this month’s guitar-driven new releases
Your letters. This month: Gibson’s ‘unusual’ designs, Jaguar switches and tight neck pockets…
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The UK rockabilly ace on Gretsches, cleaning windows and why you probably shouldn’t take your dog on tour…
VINTAGE & BOUTIQUE
There are times when an instrument is so wonderful and iconic that staying appropriately impartial and dispassionate can be a challenge. With that in mind, this gorgeous 1960 Les Paul Standard is going to be a test for more than just the guitar. HUW PRICE feels fit to burst…
Phil Armitage spent his working life as an examiner at the London College of Music. Now he’s retired, however, he’s had time to devote to a very organised kind of collection. LARS MULLEN takes a look in his cupboards…
Gene Baker was a Master Builder at the Fender Custom Shop between 1993 and 1999. Following a stint as Chief Engineer/ Master Builder for Premier Builders Guild, in recent years his focus has returned to his b3 Guitars brand. CHRIS VINNICOMBE finds out what Baker has brought to the Custom Shop’s 30th birthday party
If you can tear yourself away from the art museums, bistros and bars, Paris has more than enough music shops to justify a trip. HUW PRICE goes on vintage guitar safari in ‘Music Village’…
FEATURES
In the market for a new drive pedal? Dan Orkin of online musical instrument marketplace Reverb.com runs down the most popular dirtboxes that guitarists buy through the site…
As he returns with a brand new solo album, shred icon Joe Satriani sits down with JOE BOSSO to discuss the five pieces of guitar gear that he needs to get through the day…
Andy Scott’s red ES-335 starred on the Sweet’s remarkable string of glam hits in the early 1970s. Steve Clarke gets up-close with this storied Gibson and busts a few myths about it along the way…
THE WORKSHOP
Turning our attention back to our Martin kit build, it’s time to look at the all-important top and back bracing. HUW PRICE has some important decisions to make and takes inspiration from a pre-war design…
Lester Polsfuss was much more than the iconic guitar that came to bear his name. Les Paul was also a musical pioneer and a recording trailblazer. HUW PRICE examines the life of a true innovator…
Throwing a suspended chord into the mix is a great way to add movement to a major chord sequence. ROD FOGG sees if he can handle the suspense…
Waves of Sound
For 2018, Taylor Guitars has unveiled an innovative new bracing system designed by master luthier Andy Powers. V-Class bracing promises not just a more expressive acoustic guitar, but one that sounds remarkably in-tune all over the neck. Since his arrival at Taylor in 2011, Powers has rung the changes with a series of elegant refinements throughout the company’s product line. Yet V-Class has the potential not only to be his greatest achievement at the company to date, but also an innovation that causes a huge ripple effect throughout the industry. CHRIS VINNICOMBE heads to California to get the inside story…
Taylor’s V-Class bracing is a seismic shift in acoustic construction that promises more volume, great tone and improved intonation. HUW PRICE takes a deep dive…
As the company he founded continues to innovate, Bob Taylor’s work guarantees that acoustic guitars will have a future way beyond even his own lifetime…