Read the September 2018 Issue

August 2018

Here Lies Man’s Marcos Garcia: Afro-Metal Riffmaster

July 5, 2018
Inspired by the hypnotic sound of Fela Kuti’s afrobeat and the grinding fuzz of Black Sabbath, the Antibalas guitarist pares his fretwork to the bone.
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Vintage Vault: 1955 Gibson L-5 CES

July 5, 2018
Marvel at this post-World War II hollowbody, worn by play but still intact and all original.
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Blackstar Unity 500 Review

July 4, 2018
After more than a decade serving the needs of guitarists, U.K.-based Blackstar opens their doors to bassists with a new series of amps.
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Stephen Malkmus: The Unknowing Guitarist

July 3, 2018
The ex-Pavement frontman preserves the element of surprise in the solos and sounds he explores with his band, the Jicks, on their new album, Sparkle Hard.
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State of the Stomp: Make Yourself Some Inspiration

July 3, 2018
Out-of-the-box techniques can put you in the right creative space.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Cover Bands and Clone Guitars

July 2, 2018
If imitation is the highest form of flattery but innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower, balancing the line is an art form.
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Jext Telez Jonathan Wilson’s Canyon Climber Review

July 2, 2018
The studio wizard and Roger Waters road guitarist teams with the pedal outfit to expand the horizons of a famously brutish fuzz circuit.
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Bass Bench: MIDI Sensing on Steroids

July 1, 2018
No doubt you’ve heard the saying “many hands make light work.” It turns out this also applies to MIDI bass.
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Clairvoyant Chemistry: The Damned’s Captain Sensible and Paul Gray

June 26, 2018
The punk-rock godfathers restart their guitar and bass partnership on the Damned’s first new album in a decade, Evil Spirits. And producer Tony Visconti takes their tones to the max.
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Dwarfcraft Grazer Sample Slice Repeater Review

June 26, 2018
Granular delay—now without a computer.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Squier Strat “63”

June 25, 2018
A reader teaches himself how to build his own version of his birth-year guitar.
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Last Call: Award Show Stuff You Don’t See

June 25, 2018
Double-pay, free guitars, bumps, vamps, and green-room gaggles behind the magic of the small screen.
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Quick Hit: Pigtronix Octava Micro

June 24, 2018
Amazing oomph and wonderfully weird ring-modulator tones somehow cram in next to classic octave sounds in this tiny treasure.
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Mod Garage: Fighting Fret Wear

June 22, 2018
What does a vintage barber shop have in common with advanced fret maintenance?
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Tal National’s Fleet-Fingered Almeida

June 14, 2018
The Tuareg guitarist braves electric shocks, faulty gear, sandstorms, and bootleggers to make groove-propelled music that crosses cultural and international boundaries.
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