Monday, August 19, 2019

Essential Guides

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Why BB King’s Lucille was more than just any old guitar

On the anniversary of the legendary bluesman’s passing, we remember one of the most iconic instruments of all time.
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The Left Field: Play in OOIOO’s technicolour psych-rock wonderland

Meet the quirky Japanese band that inspired the Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.
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The Left Field: Group Doueh play blues-rock from Western Sahara

This family band have pricked the ears of fans around the globe for their sweltering blend of African and Western sounds – just don’t call it “world music”.
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The Left Field: Meet Fennesz, modern-day answer to Kevin Shields

Austrian composer and guitarist Christian Fennesz weaves shoegaze and electronic music into ambient tapestries.
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15 of the most iconic offset guitarists

For decades, Jazzmasters, Jaguars, Firebirds and many other offsets have been the go-to instruments for pioneering outsider musicians. Here’s our pick of 15 offset-guitar heroes.
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10 essential stoner rock and metal songs

Roll up, plug in and zone out.
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From Les Paul to Rob Chapman: The history of signature guitars

What do Slash, Les Paul, Eric Clapton, Mary Kaye, Dave Grohl and St. Vincent have in common? The clue’s in the name… Here, we take a look at the history of signature guitars
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An oral history of the Gibson Les Paul

Gibson’s Les Paul signature model eventually came to define the sound of rock music – a role it still delights in to this day. Yet its design was a protracted process, with many twists and turns. Here, we present its story first-hand, both from its creators and its most famous players…
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An oral history of the Fender Telecaster

The Fender Telecaster was the first – and many still insist, is the definitive – mass-produced solidbody electric guitar. Here, the people who introduced it to the world and helped turn it into an enduring musical icon tell the remarkable story of its creation…
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All About… The Fender Jazzmaster rhythm circuit

The Jazzmaster’s rhythm circuit has been maligned and misunderstood over the years – they’re far more than just ‘mud’ switches if you know how to use them.
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