You’ve got your guitar. You’ve got your amp. You’ve got a handful of effects pedals. What’s next? The path to killer tone is beset on all sides and often, the great guitar sound in your head is out of reach for financial reasons, rather than any lack of enthusiasm or playing ability. But wait! Help is at hand.
Across 132 info-packed pages, we present The Tone Manual – essential reading for guitar players looking to sound better today. A mixture of practical advice and pro tips, whether your road-worn favourite has lost its lustre or you’re flummoxed by the mysteries of the Stratocaster vibrato system, The Tone Manual lifts the lid on how professional guitarists sound great, night after night. And the good news is, it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Armed with a screwdriver or Allen key, you can often save yourself an expensive trip to a luthier or avoid buying that costly new set of tuners or pickups. Think of the electric guitar as a system and you won’t go far wrong – each part needs to be working in harmony to get the best sound and optimal playability from your instrument. All the major six-string food groups are covered herein – Les Paul, Strat, Tele, semi, offset – and we even include an expert guide to buying vintage, for those of you whose journey is leading inexorably towards a golden-era guitar.
If all that doesn’t quench your thirst for guitar knowhow, there’s plenty more to peruse on Guitar.com and in the pages of Guitar Magazine. No gear malady is too nerdy for the team to diagnose and we love seeing the results of your DIY projects, so please write in and let us know how you get on!
Inside the issue
Whether you want to get more from a Gibson or you think hot-rodding your Epiphone will take it to the next level, check out our tone tips, easy mods, upgrades and buying advice to help you along the way.
We attempt to find out what makes golden-era Les Pauls tick and explain how you can achieve that coveted tone – without breaking the bank.