A piece of metal art that pushes the possibilities for guitar into the sky.

Anthony Goulding has this to say on his website: “My main aim was not to make it look the result of an engineering project but as an instrument that possesses aesthetically pleasing qualities. I decided early on to only use the best materials, which means that the body and the neck are each made from a solid billet of aluminum.”

His guitars are completely custom made, but they all begin from the same foundations: solid aluminum. The body has been machined from the rear to make it hollow and to create the carved top. The neck is made from a separate billet of aluminum and attached to the body via four screws.

Customers can choose from any number of options – any part on the guitar can be made from aluminum, brass, gold-plated brass or stainless steel. This example features an ebony fretboard, Seymour Duncan humbuckers, a piezo bridge pickup and Grover minilocking tuners, although Goudling emphasizes that the sky is ultimately the limit. Prices begin at £2,900.

For more information, visit gouldingguitars.com

Goulding Guitars

Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on his solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.



• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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