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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Apr 2019 > THE ALL-STAR GUITAR LESSON


No matter where we are in our playing lives, every guitar player wants to get that little bit better. So here, we present some collected words of wisdom from the rockstars who are out there on stage every night in front of hundred, thousands or even tens of thousands of fans. Whether it’s cleaning up your technique, sharpening up your soloing, writing better songs or improving your feel, these insider tips from the great and good of the guitar world will help make you a better player – and who knows, may set you on the way to your own rock ‘n’ roll stardom…

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“You can get a great instrument cheap these days. You want to have something that will be able to stay in tune and have good intonation. The neck should be able to set the action as a low as possible without any buzzing, so it should have a decent and straight neck on it. Perhaps of greatest value is how the guitar makes you feel when you see it and hold it and put your fingers on it. It’s a personal thing.”



“The dynamics and technique and attack… things that were so important to me on acoustic were still important on electric. You can add all these other things – where I’m picking, how I’m picking… the amped strength makes it all so much more impactful.”

© Eleanor Jane



“I used to get really up my own ass and think about being subtle. But what I’ve found is, the people who come to my shows don’t want to see that. We’ve been doing this song Just ‘Cos You Can Don’t Mean You Should. I way overplay on this song live, but people love it. If people clap, I feel like I’ve done my job.”

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Are we a quarter of the way into 2019 already? It only seems like a few days ago that we were heading out to the NAMM Show in California to see what the guitar industry had in store for us during the year ahead. You can find a sparkling array of new gear from the show floor over at and in this month’s magazine, we put some of it through its paces. Resplendent on the cover, the headline act is Fender’s bold new hybrid, the American Acoustasonic Telecaster. With a broad palette of vivid acoustic and electric-guitar tones on offer, the Acoustasonic might open a few musical doors and allow you to get away with taking one less guitar to the gig. In this month’s reviews section you can read our in-depth review and check out even more hot new gear from the likes of Blackstar, Orange, EarthQuaker Devices, Electro-Harmonix and more. The show itself was the most positive we’ve attended in many years. Not only did Gibson return to Anaheim in force, but perhaps the biggest story of NAMM 2019 originated in Northern Ireland with the news that George Lowden has teamed up with the biggest pop star in the world right now to launch a new range of affordable acoustics. The Sheeran by Lowden instruments are set to be manufactured in Downpatrick (just like Lowden’s wonderful high-end guitars) and their development has been a real labour of love for Ed and George. Find out what they had to say about the process in this month’s mag, where they join Gibson CEO JC Curleigh and John Mayer in our round-up of conversations from the Anaheim show. While we’re in name-dropping mode, fans of Les Pauls are particularly well served this month. The Collection features jaw-dropping images of what might have been the very first Burst to arrive on UK shores back in the early 1960s, while elsewhere, Tony Bacon charts the history of Gibson’s finest solidbody with contributions from bona-fide rock legends Jimmy Page and Billy Gibbons. Enjoy the issue!