Not sure what all those guitar tone buzz words mean? Get the lowdown with our jargon-buster

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GUITAR SHOWCASE 2023: Jargon is everywhere, and the world of guitar is no different. There are the words that are tossed around like confetti that make little sense to the uninitiated, and for the beginner guitar player this gets confusing.

With this in mind, join us as we explain some of the most commonly used buzz words in guitar tone.

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.