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The Genius Of… Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet

Nirvana’s Nevermind may have been the headline rock hit of 1991-1992, but a less-heralded release offered equal guitar thrills. If you haven’t already, get to know the power-pop masterstroke of Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend.

Learn to play guitar like Kurt Cobain in five minutes

In the first of a new series, in just five short minutes we’ll show you the technique secrets that helped make the world’s greatest and most influential guitarists stand out from the crowd. First up, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain.

The Genius Of… Pixies – Surfer Rosa

Pixies' ferocious debut album changed the face of alternative music, inspiring David Bowie, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins in the process. We salute the brutality and melodicism of Surfer Rosa.

Interview: Justin Abernethy’s guitars fuse offset soul with vintage magic

Californian luthier Justin Abernethy has built a reputation for creating boutique instruments that combine his love for offsets and vintage gear. The man himself tells us all about his journey to boutique guitar nirvana…