Guides

10 guitar albums that used orchestras to scale new heights

From Metallica to Sergio Vallín, sometimes when you want to elevate your music, you need to get the orchestra in.

The best guitar amplifiers to buy in 2021: 11 best pedal platform amps

Looking for a good partner-in-crime for your pedalboard?

Guitar Legends: Ritchie Blackmore – the outspoken and mysterious guitar hero that slayed in the 70s

A figure who wielded his Fender Strats like Excalibur? The forefather of neo-classical shred? A believer in the mystical, wearing tights and playing old madrigals? It can only be great Ritchie Blackmore.

How to buy a vintage Strat

Many of us dream of owning a vintage Fender Stratocaster but distinguishing Relics and fakes from the real deal requires an in-depth knowledge of timelines, manufacturing processes and arcane details. Here’s our guide to authenticating vintage Stratocasters.

Tech Talk: How to fix grounding issues with anodised hardware

The Force is strong with this baritone but it needs a little surgery to kill the buzz.

The best guitar pedals to buy in 2021: 17 best reverb pedals

We all need space – here’s how to get more

Mogwai’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

Post-rock pioneers Mogwai recently celebrated their 25th birthday by enjoying the first number one album of their career with As The Love Continues, we celebrate with a look at their standout guitar tracks.

DIY Workshop: How to upgrade the bridge on your Telecaster-style guitar

It’s no American classic, but this 1984 Tokai Breezysound is a couple of upgrades away from looking and sounding the part. We show you how to swap the bridge and sort out the controls.

The best electric guitars to buy in 2021: 10 best baritone guitars

Looking to tune to B or below? Better check out this list.

10 new pedals and effects units: February 2021

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