Interviews

TunaTone’s Leila Sidi on her unique journey to becoming an acclaimed luthier

Edmonton’s TunaTone is committed to pushing the boundaries of what short-scale instruments are capable of, but the creator of these exquisitely crafted instruments, Leila Sidi, isn’t even a guitar player.

Panic Shack on rejecting their punk label and waving the flag for female and working-class musicians

We meet Panic Shack guitar player Romi Lawrence to talk rejecting labels, borrowed gear, cat sanctuaries and synchronised swimming…

“We needed a little bit of acoustic trickery”: Taylor’s Andy Powers shares the secrets behind the new GT model

The new GT body shape offers a ‘best of both worlds’ option that blends the convenience of a travel acoustic with the broader sound of a full-sized instrument. Here’s how Taylor’s guitar master guitar designer Andy Powers pulled it off…

How Taylor Guitars’ search for the “silver lining” in the global pandemic led to the new American Dream series

Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers explains how the COVID-19 pandemic ground Taylor’s production line to a halt, but out of that adversity came a new series made using the limited resources to hand and the ingenuity of Powers and Bob Taylor.

“The world is in a dire spot now, there’s no time to be quiet”: Bob Mould rediscovers his vitriol on Blue Hearts

The Hüsker Dü legend on Strats, rediscovering old gear, and how his experience as a gay man in Reagan’s America meant he wasn’t going to “sit quietly this time” in the face of 2020’s “dire times”.

Embrace’s Richard McNamara on the best advice he’s ever been given: “Fake it ‘til you make it, baby”

McNamara discusses how it all began for Embrace, including having so many Spinal Tap moments it became a drinking game…

Graham Coxon on reinventing the classics with Jaded Hearts Club: “It’s like these songs have been abducted, put in a spaceship and taken round...

What do you get when a bunch of A-list friends, including Matt Bellamy and Graham Coxon, get together and make an album of scuzzed up Motown classics? You get The Jaded Hearts Club’s fun debut album, that’s what.

​“Just being a band, fighting all the obstacles. That’s already a win”: Hinds’ Ana Perrotte on being a woman in music

The Spanish garage rockers’ lead guitarist on Jazzmasters, bass distortion, the band’s enduring love of nylon-string guitar, and why they’re tackling the patriarchy one song at a time on new album The Prettiest Curse.

Introducing… Holly Humberstone: A different kind of guitar star whose impressive debut was borne of the pandemic

The British singer-songwriter’s lockdown-created debut EP Falling Asleep at the Wheel has marked her out for big things on both sides of the Atlantic. We chat to the 20-year-old about baritones, textural guitars and why she was “scarred” by an Epiphone Les Paul…

Jason Richardson on his new Cutlass signature and the joys of working with Ernie Ball Music Man

The EBMM artist’s signature model is now available in a 6-string variant with custom electronics, versatile ergonomics and an exquisite buckeye-burl top
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