Essential Guides

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…

Aleks Sever’s 10 Top Tips for Composing Your Own Music

Croatian-born guitarist and composer Aleks Sever is a virtuoso rock, funk, jazz and hip-hop player who grew up in Germany. Her latest album, Extravagant, was released in November. Here, she shares 10 tips for composing better songs.

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… Preamp Valves

The thermionic valve was one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century and the vast majority of guitarists agree that valve amps are superior to their solid-state rivals. Huw Price charts the history of preamp valves…

All About… Nitrocellulose

When Edmund Flaherty invented nitrocellulose lacquer in 1921, he could’ve had no idea how big a role it would play in the guitar industry. G&B explains…

All About… Stratocaster Pickups

Despite their relatively simple design, Fender’s original Stratocaster pickups are still revered for their ‘vintage’ sonic properties. We explore their timeless magnetic attraction for guitar players.
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