As the world continues to battle the pseudo-apocalyptic hellscape that is 2020, fretting hands have never had more time to work their magic. Now is the perfect time to pick up a guitar and get shredding – but what to do when your fingers ache from ripping out one too many wicked solos, or plucking away at every blues lick you've squirrelled off in the corners of your mind once reserved for sanity? How about reliving the glory days of the world pre-plague – like, say, the '90s, when magazines reigned supreme for music lovers everywhere?
What if I told you that magazines were not only still around, but better than ever? There has to be a reason Australian Guitar is still kicking on as the country's biggest and best bible for all things six-strings – right!? Right!
For #139, we're celebrating the art of the signature guitar with a deep-dive into the stories and specs behind some of the most iconic custom builds of all time: from Kurt Cobain's weird and wonderful Jag-Stang to Prince's one-of-a-kind Cloud. We also get an exclusive first-hand look at Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new signature Fender Strat, take a journey into the exciting world of guitars beyond the sixth string, and look back on all the best guitar moments from The Beatles' reign over rock 'n' roll.
And, like we did last issue, we're ditching the old ethos of "quality versus quantity", cutting back on the ads so we can deliver both in one of the most massive editions Australian Guitar has ever sent off to the printers. In addition to all the above – plus the regular technique columns, exclusive interviews, CD and gear reviews, DIY lesson, Fresh Frets and Spotlight features, Producer Profile and Studio Tips column – you'll find our definitive guide to fuzz pedals, a run through the best amps of all time, and the full tab for Oasis' '95 classic "Some Might Say".
Exclusive interviews in this issue:
- Mark Seymour
- Asking Alexandria
- Enter Shikari
- Neck Deep
- Jeff Rosenstock
- Make Them Suffer
- Dream Wife
- Megan Washington
- Phoebe Bridgers
- Hockey Dad
- Alex The Astronaut
All the hottest gear reviews:
- RØDE RØDECaster Pro Digital Production Studio
- Anasounds Spinner + Ages + Silver Pedals
- Jackson Adrian Smith SDXM + Pro Series Soloist SL2P MAH
- Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster
- Fender Smolder Acoustic Overdrive
- Blackstar Silverline Deluxe Head
- Vox Cambridge50
- Faith Neptune Blue Moon
- Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner
- Ernie Ball Music Man Sabre
- Sennheiser XSW-D Wireless Digital Pedalboard Set
- Boss RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station
- Gibson Les Paul Modern
- Orange Terror Stamp
- NU-X B-2 Wireless System
- Positive Grid Spark
- Taylor Builder’s Edition 324ce
- MXR M267 Octavio Fuzz
- Cort KX500MS
- Epifani DIST2 Bass Cabinet
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