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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > May 2019 > THE OFFSET SET


Offsets aren’t just for hip indie kids and surf-rock revivalists – Jazzmasters, Jaguars, Mustangs and Firebirds are go-to guitars for a wide range of artists across the whole musical spectrum. Here’s a selection of iconic offset players that you need to hear…
Kurt Cobain, the ultimate outsider guitar hero, used mongrelised ofsets throughout his career, both live and in the studio
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The My Bloody Valentine man didn’t just play offsets – he changed the way they could be played. When MBV abandoned the goth-rock of their 1985 debut release This Is Your Bloody Valentine, it was Shields’ unusual ‘glide guitar’ technique that powered the band’s evolution into noisy shoegaze.

The band took two albums and a handful of EPs to hone the genre they helped pioneer. Isn’t Anything, MBV’s irst full-length, and follow-up EPs Glider and Tremolo are like diaries of Shields’ experimentation with his favoured Fender Jazzmasters and Jaguars. He had set out to create an “ininite horizon” of near-cacophonous guitars through a combination of open tunings, unique use of the offsets’ loating vibrato and stacks of fuzz.

He would perfect these techniques on Loveless, and as a itting tribute to the instrument that deined the record, a washed-out photo of a Jazzmaster adorns the album art. Even as he revitalised his sound with jungle- and acid-fuelled beats on 2013’s m b v, it’s impossible to look past Shields’ most signiicant contribution to music: arguably the whole slackers-with-offsets trend sprang from his slouching shoulders.

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