Interviews

Meet Cuffed Up, the noisy LA quartet who want to call time on ‘skeezy guitar dudes’

Guitarist Sapphire Jewell on finding the right frequencies, offsets, and lying about Jimi Hendrix.

“I missed making ugly sounds!” Julien Baker tears up the formula on new album Little Oblivions

Julien Baker’s latest album is bold, ambitious and keeps gut-punch songwriting heart at its core. We caught up with her to talk self-doubt, chasing ‘ugly’ sounds and pursuing guitar virtuosity to prove a point.

“I don’t care who plays it; I just love the sound of the instrument” George Benson on his love for guitar

George Benson’s new live album captures an evocative performance from the jazz legend. We caught up with the 77-year-old one-time child prodigy to talk intimate gigs, signature guitars and the secrets of improvisation.

My Guitar Story: Lonely The Brave’s Mark Trotter on his Fender Stealth Esquire

Mark Trotter of British rock band Lonely The Brave tells about his beloved Fender Esquire made by master builder John English.

Tom Bartlett of Bartlett Guitars: “After I built my first guitar I never built another cabinet again”

Tom Bartlett’s Retrospec model is the result of an intense obsession with the Les Paul legend, and a penchant for doing things the old way.

“We’re never scared of doing anything”: Why You Me At Six refused to be bound by genre

Guitarists Max Helyer and Chris Miller explain the turmoil that inspired the Surrey rockers’ seventh album, SUCKAPUNCH, and how modern production has opened up a whole new world of tone.

Meet Chubby & The Gang, the most important new punk band in the UK today

Tom ‘Razor’ Hardwick and Ethan Stahl discuss the importance of playing as loud and as hard as you can and the influence of Motörhead.

“We wanted to pay attention to the details that only guitar geeks would appreciate”: Epiphone on the ’59 Les Paul

To get the backstory on Epiphone’s first collaboration with the Gibson Custom Shop, we catch up Epiphone’s product manager Aljon Go and director of R&D Richard Akers.

“I wanted to create an amp where if I was going to a blues gig, all I’d need is the amp”: Carmen Vandenberg

The Bones UK guitarist and one-time Jeff Beck collaborator tells us why the new limited-edition signature Blackstar CV30 is her perfect amp.

Why Texan brand BA Ferguson builds guitars inspired by their maker’s heritage

The man behind BA Ferguson Guitars, Ramon ‘Boot’ Arreola Jr, has developed a penchant for guitar building that evokes stories of his dual-heritage upbringing and his love of community.
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