Michael Heatley

John Martyn: “Playing live is a very rewarding thing to do, the nicest way to make money I know”

John Martyn had battled through some serious health difficulties to create a fine album when we caught up with the folk maestro on the comeback trail to talk gear, effects and recently broken guitars in this interview from March 2004.

Danny Gatton was a tinkerer, genre-hopper and Tele master

Blues, jazz, country, rockabilly – Danny Gatton mixed all these together, sometimes in the space of a single bar. This is the story of one of the greatest electric guitarists of all time, and a man who redefined what a Telecaster could do.

A history of CF Martin & Co, an American institution

How did one company founded by a German immigrant become an American icon and the world's preeminent maker of acoustic guitars?

Fender American Original ’50s Precision Bass Review

The daddy of the electric bass returns in ‘greatest hits’ form as part of Fender’s new-for-2018 American Original series.

Auden Bowman Bass Review

Auden’s impressive range of retro-vibed, quality acoustic instruments gets a four-string addition to handle the low-end duties.

Interview: Dan Auerbach – The Arcs

When Black Keys mainman Dan Auerbach created his new musical project, he wound up playing “a lot of bass”, blending Mariachi with psychedelia and producing an unofficial East LA hit he has dubbed “kind of low rider music”.

Interview: Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Rd

AC/DC, The Who, Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi – all these greats have had the pleasure of Vintage Trouble opening for them. Now, after four hardworking years, ‘everybody’s favourite support band’ have finally cut their second album, 1 Hopeful Rd.

Chris Squire: 1948-2015

We look back on the life of trailblazing Yes bassist, Chris Squire.

Counting Crows land in the UK

Counting Crows are currently in the UK for a brief pit-stop on the world tour in support of their Somewhere Under Wonderland album. We speak to guitarist David Bryson.

Failure interview: Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards

Cult American alt-rock band Failure return and talk guitar and bass in an exclusive interview.
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