Essential Guides

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.

All About… Playing with PAFs

When it comes to PAF tone, myths and hype abound. Huw Price examines the design and development of this revered pickup from guitar’s golden era, and tells us what it’s really like to play them…

All About… Telecaster 
Neck Pickups

Compared to hallowed Stratocaster units, Tele neck pickups are often maligned, but if yours doesn’t cut it there are plenty of mods and upgrade options on the market.

The History of the Fender Twin

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.
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