Guides

​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...

Peter Green’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

The late Peter Green was unquestionably one of the blues-guitar greats. Yet as his prolific early career progressed from the Bluesbreakers and on to Fleetwood Mac, his prodigious talent revealed itself in many other ways, too.

DIY Workshop: Restoring Chris Buck’s house-clearance Stratocaster

Finding a bargain-priced 1962 Stratocaster at a local auction sounds like a fairytale, but this guitar needed a lot of work.

The best electric guitars to buy in 2020: 13 best T-style guitars

Our picks of the best T-style electric guitars that are available today, from Fender’s own range to top-of-the-line boutique models.

11 new pedals and effects units: August 2020

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

10 new electric and acoustic amplifiers: August 2020

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

11 new electric and acoustic guitars: August 2020

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

Tech Talk: which offset vibrato should you choose, Mastery or Descendant?

The backbone of Fender's beloved Jazzmaster, the offset vibrato delivers a range of pitch as impressive as its ability to snap right back in tune. We take the deep dive.
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