Friday, January 18, 2019

Essential Guides

40 Ways To Sound Better At Home

We all play at home, but most of us can’t do so with our amps cranked – here are 40 ways to keep it down and still sound great.

All about… Torrefaction

The controlled burning of tonewoods may seem like a crazy notion, but some guitar manufacturers are touting it as a major advancement in guitar tone. So is torrefaction for real or simply half-baked?

All About… Electric Strings

Following our look at the history of acoustic strings last issue, this time we turn the spotlight on the evolution of their electric siblings – from 1930s New York to the present day.

All about… Acoustic Strings

Picking the right acoustic strings is like picking the right pickups for your electric guitar – and there are many factors to consider.

All About… Speakers

An often under-appreciated element of every electric guitarist’s tone, the humble speaker is a vital component that colours and shapes the sound emerging from our amps.

Guitar DIY Tips: A guide to routine maintenance

A guide to all the jobs that’ll keep your guitar on the road and in fine fettle.

The 20 Effects Brands to Watch in 2017

From established big guns to basement start-ups, Gary Walker rounds up the pedal manufacturers to look out for on both sides of the Atlantic next year and finds out what new stompboxes they’re preparing to unleash…

All About… Rectification

We complete our series exploring the role of the valve in guitar amplification with a look at rectification. Huw Price explains the twin functions of this vital yet relatively unheralded amp component…

50 Low-Cost Ways To Improve Your Guitar Tone

We can all be guilty of spending more time obsessing about gear than learning how to get the best from what we’ve already got. Read on for 50 pro and expert tone tips to find out how you can sound better today without breaking the bank…

All about… Power Valves

Following last month’s focus on preamp valves, this issue the spotlight falls on the power valve – a major part of the sonic signature of any guitar amp.
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