Essential 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.

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.

Guitar Legends: Stevie Ray Vaughan – a man of simple tastes and impeccable style

Although his top-flight career was cruelly cut short, Stevie Ray Vaughan remains one of the most influential players of modern times. From his gear choices to his playing style, here’s why SRV remains one of the guitar’s true icons.

Guitar Legends: Slash – the cat in the hat who saved hard rock guitar from itself

As he turns 55, it’s hats off to Guns N’ Roses’ Les Paul maestro Slash who’s been at the heart of hard rock for over 30 years. His guitar style is traditional but also unique, drawing on a wealth of soloing ideas and swaggering riffs. Here’s his essential gear and best tracks.

The Rolling Stones’ 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

From the elegantly wasted to the demonic and dangerous, are 20 standout moments from The Stones’ sprawling studio catalogue.

Why you should give Eric Clapton and BB King’s Riding With The King another spin for its 20th birthday

Ahead of its 20th Anniversary reissue, we take a track-by-track look back at an album that brought together two of the most iconic figures in blues guitar with Grammy winning results.

The ABCs of Fretwire: Choosing and caring for your frets

How well do you know your frets? Here we’ll explain the differences in material, brands and sizing, and help you keep your frets in the finest fettle.

The guitarist’s guide to home recording: 20 essential tips and tricks

From reamping to sample rates to settling on the perfect interface, read this before you start tracking your guitars.
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