Essential Guides

Guitar Legends: Eric Clapton – the birth of a legend

From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. Here’s a Part 1 guide to the man jokingly dubbed Slowhand.

Guitar Legends: Johnny Marr – a unique guitar hero with a chameleonic talent

From teenage ‘indie’ beginnings, Johnny Marr has flourished into one of the finest guitar stylists in rock music. He’s famously driven and single-minded, constantly seeking out great instruments and unique sounds to build a unique catalogue of stellar guitar music.

BB King’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

Five years on from the King Of The Blues’ death in 2015, aged 89, a new movie featuring Wendell Pierce as BB is in the works. Time to remind ourselves of just 20 of his countless great guitar moments.

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.

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.

​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.
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