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Meet Patricia Lalor, the guitarist and songwriter making waves before she’s even finished school

The prodigiously talented 14-year-old Irish singer-songwriter on Strats, scales, fitting songwriting around school and her DIY ethic.

Introducing… Declan McKenna, the viral guitar star with otherworldly ambitions

After scoring a global hit before he even left school, British guitarist Declan McKenna has long been earmarked for big things. Now, as he prepares to unleash his glam-focussed second LP Zeros on the world, we talk to the 21-year-old guitarist about Juniors, confidence and his love of esoteric effects pedals.

“There’s nothing wrong with finding an old church pew and making an instrument out of it”: Rick Kelly of Carmine Street Guitars

Rick Kelly’s guitars aren’t just made in New York – they’re built using the very fabric of the city.

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’m a rocker at heart but you have to have light with the shade”: session legend Michael Landau on his approach to guitar

s the superstar sideman releases his latest live album, Liquid Quartet Live, we caught up with him to talk feel, tone, Strats, and what it’s like being in the studio with Pink Floyd, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell.

How the Cranium Dual Gain Distortion put Zander Circuitry on the map

From building strip-board kits and flogging them via Facebook to developing a respected pedal company with some of the most striking graphics are=ound, it’s been a whirlwind four years for Alex Millar. Here he reveals the benefits of his graphic design degree and building a 6-in-1 RAT clone.

“It was about reminding ourselves that we’re a twisted rock band”: Simon Neil on Biffy Clyro’s visceral new record, A Celebration Of Endings

The Scottish guitar-slinger sits down with Guitar.com to talk second dates, waking up, scaling back his guitar set-up and why he will “never apologise for being a three-piece fuckin’ heavy rock band”.

Kidsmoke’s Sophie Ballamy on her love of TC Electronic pedals, Robert Smith, and supporting The Joy Formidable with a broken amplifier

With their songs appearing on Black Mirror and Made In Chelsea before their debut album was even released, Kidsmoke are proving that there’s plenty of life in guitar music yet.

Amplifier FAQ: What are tube amplifier classes?

A working class hero is something to be, but a working knowledge of amplifier classes is not be sniffed at either. Rift head honcho Chris Fantana gets technical.

“There are loads of mistakes everywhere”: Everything Everything embrace imperfection on new album Re-Animator

Alex Robertshaw on crazy deadlines, intense pressure and pushing the boundaries even further on their latest LP.
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