With record-breaking wildfires raging in California, climate change has never been so vivid, nor so personal for the guitar-making community. Although conversations about sustainability and the environment in the guitar industry tend to revolve around wood, there are many other materials used in the manufacture, packaging and shipping of guitars.
Hopefully one day soon we’ll see an end to single-use packing materials that are impossible to recycle. I’m delighted to announce that, as a brand, we’re taking the positive step of moving away from plastic to a paper wrap for subscription copies. If you’re reading this, you may already have noticed this fact as you gleefully tore through it to get to this month’s magazine – here’s hoping it has made its way to a recycling container rather than the dustbin.
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Inside the issue
Always wanted to dazzle your audience by throwing some scorching country licks into your repertoire but don’t know where to start? With the help of solo artist and Nashville gun for
hire David Henriksson, we’re here to show you the ropes and help you inject some Broadway mojo into your guitar playing.
As the former Sonic Youth guitarist reveals his new solo album, we catch up with 62-year-old noise pioneer to talk weird tunings, writing “straight-up pop songs”, how he’s learnt to be a band leader, and why he can’t separate his songs from the guitars he recorded them with.