magazine ∣ Feb 01 2021 · Guitar Magazine
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Guitar & Bass magazine provides in-depth and essential reading for the serious guitarist, with dozens of guitar tests, playing techniques, an exclusive bass section and in-depth features on guitar heroes past, present and future. Each issue is packed full of reviews of the latest guitars, amps, effects and basses. Guitar & Bass magazine also delivers the informed verdict on home recording equipment and regularly offers tips on buying second hand and vintage gear. When you occasionally put down that guitar, it is also packed full of interviews with the great and good of guitardom!
NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION
Guitar CONTRIBUTORS • As we salute Gibson Custom’s new Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom and 1969 Flying V models, we ask our contributors and team members what guitar they would most like to have seen Jimi play had he lived beyond 1970
FRETBUZZ • Your letters and observations on the world of guitar
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ROSIE FRATER-TAYLOR • Blending her adventurous songcraft with an impressive jazz education, Rosie Frater-Taylor is quickly becoming one of the UK’s most exciting young guitar players. Here, she details her journey from discovering Cubase to her dreams of a Mercury Prize nod
LONELY THE BRAVE THE HOPE LIST • On their first LP since 2017, the Brit rockers dig into their early influences and find solace in their music’s melancholic optimism
NEW MUSIC • This month’s essential tracks for guitar lovers
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PEAK PERFORMANCE • Long before he was a professional guitarist, Jordi Mestre was in love with the mountains. In 2020, he combined his greatest passions to create Soul Mountain, a unique multimedia project that saw him strap his guitar and amp on his back, and scale the Tuc de Mulleres – a 3010 metre peak in the Catalan Pyrenees
GUITAR MAN • Country music superstar Brad Paisley has a new signature Fender guitar – an Esquire with a secret weapon. Here, we catch up with him to talk tone, _nding beauty in corners and why there’s something very special about a black sparkle finish
JULIEN BAKER • Julien Baker’s acclaimed 2017 album Turn Out The Lights was a masterclass in sparse instrumentation, brutally honest writing and delicate guitar arrangements. Her new album, Little Oblivions, is not that at all – it’s a bold, ambitious and dense record but with the same gut-punch songwriting at its core. We catch up with the Tennessean to talk self-doubt, pursuing guitar virtuosity to prove a point, chasing ‘ugly’ sounds, and why spending two hours trying to get your head around a new effects pedal is a valid form of self-care
NO MORE HEROES • It has been a dizzying three years for Fontaines DC, who released their second album A Hero’s Death in the midst of 2020’s fraught summer. The Irish band tell us about their love of 1960s Fenders, what it felt like to sell out Brixton Academy and why they want to write a new album that’s “weird as fuck”
THE OTHER SIDE OF HENDRIX • With new Gibson signature models honouring the legacy of the guitar’s most vivid imagineer, join us as we journey beyond the Stratosphere and discover the other electrics that Jimi Hendrix used during his all-too-brief career
BURNING THE MIDNIGHT LAMP • Mat Koehler is Gibson’s head of product development. Here, he lifts the lid on the painstaking work that went into faithfully recreating Jimi Hendrix’s SG Custom and Flying V
NUTHIN’ BUT A V THANG • Though it was used to electrifying effect in the second half of the 1960s by Jimi Hendrix and Dave Davies, and later became iconic, the Flying V’s take-off was a little delayed…
SUPERSONIC ROCKET SHIP • We spend a sunny afternoon having a close encounter with the original Gibson Flying V owned by Dave Davies between 1965-1992 and...