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The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’s virtual ensemble is a celebration of guitar playing

Octet, written by Woods and performed by eight Elixir endorsees, celebrates the instrument and showcases the adaptability of the brand’s strings.

The Collection: Martin Kelly and Phil Hylander

Two of the UK’s foremost collectors of vintage Fenders share their stories and buying advice as we enter a candy store bursting with custom colours.

​Meet Sun June: The Austin rockers reimagining pop’s classic vocabulary

We chat to frontwoman Laura Colwell and guitarists Stephen Salisbury and Michael Bain about their new album Somewhere, accidentally writing country songs, and esoteric guitar playing.

Maxïmo Park’s Duncan Lloyd on their new album and stealing guitars from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy

Written and recorded in isolation across two continents, the album utilises ‘borrowed’ guitars, multi-layered violins and some Japanese guitar curios.

“You can’t have huge, busy riffs all the time”: How Architects are confounding expectation on their new album

The metalcore titans on remote recording, making things, “heavy in a different way” and why they’re not bothered if their new record proves divisive.

James Kennedy on his love/hate relationship with life as an unsigned musician

The former Kyshera bandleader details the gruelling task of staying afloat on the road as an independent act in his debut book, Noise Damage – although it hasn’t deterred him yet.

Jay Leonard J on his love of The Last Waltz and his dreams of growing a pencil moustache

The Canadian guitar player is most notably known for his esteemed YouTube channel but, as he reveals below, he’s also an accomplished session musician and something of a Bigsby aficionado.

“It’s like your grandparents when they get too old to get divorced!” Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett on 25 years of Foo Fighters

As Foo Fighters celebrate their 10th LP, Medicine At Midnight, we caught up with Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett to look back at the guitarists’ journeys as part of the biggest band on earth.

“The electric guitar was my first love”: Chrissie Hynde on Telecasters, the magic of bands, and the power of telling people to stick it

The Pretenders’ legend on why she only ever wanted to play rhythm, how she’s “won by default” with her brand new signature Fender Telecaster, and why she very nearly talked herself out of the whole thing…

How SNL guitarist Jared Scharff became the man behind some of the biggest chart hits of the last two years

From DaBaby to Machine Gun Kelly some of the most streamed songs of the last 12 months were masterminded by a guitar nerd most know for being in the background of Saturday Night Live every week. We caught up with Scharff to look back, and forward.
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