The October 2021 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now!

Inside the issue: Joe Bonamassa is out of lockdown and back with a new album, the history of fuzz, and how one Boston trio is channelling Chicago blues through the prism of punk.

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Welcome to the October issue of Guitar Magazine. This month, we’re packed to the rafters with stars, from Fleetwood Mac icon Lindsey Buckingham to blues-boogie upstarts GA-20, rising garage-pop artist Indigo De Souza, British folk hero and actor Johnny Flynn and, of course, our coverstar Joe Bonamassa, with whom I caught up in Nashville during our trip across the pond for the Summer NAMM show.

In addition to all the best gear from Music City, which you can read about in our show report, this issue also features the long-awaited return of the USA-made Epiphone Casino (was it worth the wait?) and a quite breathtaking Bourgeois 000 that’ll bring your wallet out in a cold sweat.

If all that somehow isn’t sufficient to satisfy your craving for all things guitar, we also check out the 1962 Stratocaster that’s been British blues-rocker Scott McKeon’s number one instrument since he was 12 years old, and show you 10 different ways to play A minor. Learning a new shape or voicing is about the best songwriting springboard there is, so grab your guitar and give your chord vocabulary a shot in the arm.

As I type this, I’m about a week away from my first proper gig since February 2020. I’ve been involved in a couple of stripped-down performances but this set will be a full-band affair, taking place on a big outdoor stage at a local festival. With just one more rehearsal remaining, I’m still not entirely sure which guitar I’m using, what my pedalboard is going to look like, or how some of the parts go, so wish me luck! If you’ve played a gig recently, please write in and let us know how you got on – hopefully it was a joyous experience and you weren’t as rusty as I’m going to be. Enjoy this month’s mag and I’ll see you next time.

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Inside the issue

On Sale GM397 GA-20

Boston trio GA-20 bring twin-guitar fun to their hot-rodded brand of punk blues, channelling the spirit of the Chicago greats but with a 2021 twist. We meet guitarist Matt Stubbs to talk pawnshop guitars, playing loud and the band’s veneration of Hound Dog Taylor.

On Sale GM397 Fuzz

Continuing his mini-series on the birth of fuzz, JHS Pedals founder Josh Scott tells the story of how a happy accident changed the course of music history forever.

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