Mark Alexander

Kirk Fletcher is never getting rid of the blues: “The blues to me, it’s so natural – it’s like talking, it’s like air”

Kirk Fletcher’s latest album is a homage to the blues legends that shaped his career. Mark Alexander talks to him about playing clean, his love of Stratocasters and sticking with the blues.

“I can still play the guitar crudely”: Edwyn Collins on surviving two strokes

The Scottish songwriter is back with a new album, a replica of his notorious fuzz pedal and a purpose-built studio filled with vintage guitars.

Seven rare vintage guitars in Jay Edema and David McArthur’s collection

You've heard about their collection at large, now learn about the stories behind some of their favourite guitars.

Jay Edema and David McArthur’s guitar collection is as unusual as it is fascinating

Jay Edema and David McArthur have amassed a collection of guitars – numbering in the hundreds – that will make your eyes water. But their infatuation with all things strung goes way beyond simple hoarding or speculation.

Private Collection: Willie Logan, local guitar hero

Working musician Willie Logan has seen a lot in a career spanning four decades and taking in 4,500 gigs. We check out his guitar collection and find out about the instruments he’s loved, lost and modified along the way…

Interview: Rory Dowling of Taran Guitars on going electric

Bespoke acoustic luthier Rory Dowling of Taran Guitars tells us how his first foray into electric guitar building changed his mind about plugging in.

Private Collection: John Beattie, ruck ‘n’ roll star

John Beattie is a rugby union institution, but while the former Scotland and Lions back rower may be a celebrated player and broadcaster, his undoubted passion is guitars. We find out how the BBC presenter found the sound that he’d first started looking for 40 years ago…

Private Collection: Dennis Marshall

Over the years, Dennis Marshall has amassed a wealth of sonic knowledge with a few tasty guitars along the way. He tells Mark Alexander about his love of twang and realising his dream of bringing tube tones to the masses…

Private Collection: Duncan Findlay, a Master Of All

Duncan Findlay’s guitars reflect a varied musical career that has incorporated musicals, orchestras, and advertising jingles. We find out how a jack of all trades has amassed a guitar collection that has helped him succeed in a fickle industry…

Private Collection: David Plues

Not all guitar collections have to be sprawling exhibitions of the six-string art from. As the choice collection of instruments belonging to David Plues proves, small can be beautiful, too…
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