Guides

Eric Clapton’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

Even for non-players, Eric Clapton has become synonymous with the electric guitar – here, we pick just 20 examples of Slowhand’s fretwork from his varied career to serve as reminders of his extraordinary talent.

DIY Workshop: How to relic a 1950s-style sunburst finish

After a break for lacquer curing, sun fading and tinted clear coats, it’s time to see how close we can get to the look of a vintage instrument.

Eddie Van Halen’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

He tapped, he tinkered, he thrilled and he turned the guitar world upside down. Here’s our pick of 20 awe-inspiring moments from the career of one of the instrument’s true legends.

10 new electric and acoustic guitars: September 2020

Our favourite new electric and acoustic guitar announcements, releases and rumours of the past month.

20 new pedals and effects units: September 2020

Our favourite new stompbox announcements, releases and rumours of the past month.

Seven new electric and acoustic amplifiers: September 2020

Our favourite new amp and speaker announcements, releases and rumours of the past month.

Tech Talk: Jazzmaster tuner trouble

Changes in temperature and humidity can play havoc with guitars, from the fretboard to the tuners.

​Guitar Legends: Mark Knopfler – the guitarist with inimitable touch

With his unmistakeable fingerstyle playing, Mark Knopfler is in the pantheon of British guitar greats. Here’s a guide to his gear and a playlist that goes beyond the huge hits.

The best guitar amplifiers to buy in 2020: 10 best acoustic amps

If your acoustic has a built-in preamp (as many do these days) and you want to amplify your sound, you can plug direct into...

100,000 guitarists can’t be wrong? Why Positive Grid’s Spark smart amp is proving a huge hit

Back at NAMM 2020 we encountered Positive Grid’s revolutionary Spark smart amp, and in the months since it has become a bona fide phenomenon...
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