Over seven decades, the Fender Twin has been one of the great guitar amplifiers. From the coveted tweeds of the 1950s to digital modellers, it has continued to evolve but always bears testament to the invention and dedication of one man: Leo Fender, amplifier genius.
All amps have sweet spots where they sound best, but it’s not always possible to crank them up to gig-level volume. That’s where attenuators come in.
A number of classic effects come under the umbrella of modulation. We explain how to tell your vibrato from your chorus and your phaser from your rotary speaker.
More than perhaps any other iconic guitar, Fender’s Telecaster has two very distinct pickups with different sounds.
Since British players began trying to replicate US amp sounds in the 60s, boosting volume or frequency without unduly colouring tone has been an ongoing quest.
Wah pedals helped shape the sound of psychedelia, defined the cop show soundtrack and formed the foundation of funk.
Tremolo is the daddy of guitar effects and we’ve used it since the 1940s. But there has always been confusion about what it really is.
Following on from our last tutorial on recording electric guitars, this time John Pickford turns his attention to the bass…
Whether it’s rockabilly slapback, psychedelic feedback or crystalline delays, echo effects are fundamental to the sound of electric guitar.
In part two of the British-built solidbody electric story, Paul Day documents the golden era enjoyed by UK companies during the early 1960s.