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You Ask: What’s the best drive pedal to cut through loud mixes?

Tired of mushy sounding dirt boxes? It may be time for a new drive pedal.

Could Ed Sheeran’s new guitar brand usher in a new era for signature instruments?

The pop megastar’s Sheeran by Lowden collaboration is the biggest new development in artist endorsement deals, and it shows that the guitar world is learning lessons from the worlds of fashion and beauty…

The Great Divide: How the electric guitar changed acoustic guitar design

Taylor Guitars' master designer tells us how the electric guitar revolutionised the way acoustics are built.

NAMM: The greatest show on Earth?

The annual trade event is not only the hottest spot to witness what’s new in the world of guitars, effects and amplifiers. Its history is also a fascinating parallel to the development and fortunes of the instrument itself.

10 guitar things we’d like to see at Winter NAMM 2019

As the musical instrument industry gears up for the event of the year and the NAMM rumours start going into overdrive, we compile our wishlist.

Woman Tone: Is The Guitar Industry Sexist?

“What’s wrong with being sexy?” asked Nigel Tufnel in 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap. It was a satirical acknowledgement of the fact that, even though most male rockers of the era were plastered in more makeup and hairspray than the females in their audiences, the music business was far from a level playing field for women. Fast-forward to 2018, has anything changed for the better in the guitar industry?

The War Of The Rosewood

Some have speculated that recent CITES changes may spell the end for rosewood in the manufacture of affordable guitars. We help you see the wood for the trees.

Vintage Guitars – Walk on the Wild Side

Do we pay too much attention to the hallowed classics of the gear universe? Phil Harris loves them, but urges us to keep an open mind…

Weapons of Destruction – High Volume Gear

The Great Backline Wars of the 1970s led to many a rock band casualty, yet Phil Harris wouldn’t have missed the experience…

Vintage Guitars – Guitars Gibson Should Never Have Made

Any guitar maker with a 100-year history is going to drop clangers from time to time. Sid Bishop looks at the misses from Michigan…
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