The Big Listen: Guided By Voices – Styles We Paid For

The prolific Dayton, Ohio rockers complete a second hat-trick of albums in two years. Robert Pollard shows no signs of slowing down.

Review: Cort GA5F-MD

Looking for a muscular, affordable strummer for stage use? This could be it

Review: Vintage 25th Anniversary Series V75, V6H & V100

The maker of affordable guitars comes of age with three commemorative limited editions in a distinctive Silverburst finish. Are they worth breaking out the bubbly for?

Review: Aston Microphones Element

The product of a research and development process in which 4,000 people participated in blind listening tests, could this stylish and affordable mic restore our faith in democracy?

The Genius Of… Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges

Unloved at the time, but a hugely influential proto-punk manifesto, The Stooges’ frighteningly loud, furiously uncompromising third album does exactly what it says on the tin

The Big Listen: Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

An emphatic return to live action, which raised £250,000 for War Child UK on the night, gets a timely release. Believe the hype and get your wallet out.

Vintage Bench Test: 1967 Marshall Super Bass

Despite its name, many guitarists regard the 100-watt Marshall Super Bass as the ultimate in vintage Plexi tone. We check out this very early example and find out why… 

The Big Review: Fender American Professional II Stratocaster & Telecaster

Do Fender’s American Professional II instruments set a new standard?

The Genius Of…Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan’s first great tearing of the script led to a bold and ambitious album that put the guitars up front and loud. Very loud.

Review: Cream T Pickups Billy F Gibbons WhiskerBuckers

Hirsute humbuckers modelled on the PAFs in Pearly Gates, the ZZ Top man’s legendary 1959 Les Paul