Inside the new issue of Total Guitar: 99 Ways To Better Tone!

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Total Guitar takes a look at all things tone. Inside the mag, you'll find lessons on setting up your guitar to get the best sound, and creative ways to get more from your amp and effects. Read essential tone tips from funk-rock virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt and roots-rockers Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe and try TG's five-page tutorial on how to play like the greatest icons of guitar tone.


• Empire State Bastard

“It was always going to be extreme…” – Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil on his side project with Mike Vennart and Dave Lombardo

• Saint Agnes

“We love the intensity and the aggression…” – Kitty A. Austen and Jon James Tufnell on their unorthodox approach to tone

• Nothing But Thieves

On their first number one album, the Essex-based five-piece mix guitars with synths and prog-rock influences with danceable beats. It’s a sound they call “retro-futuristic”

• Also inside: Ultra Q, Grace Potter, James And The Cold Gun

Learn To Play:

Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

The Killers - Mr. Brightside

Greta Van Fleet - The Falling Sky


• Marshall Studio JTM ST20H Head

• Fender Tom DeLonge & Steve Lacy Stratocasters

• Gibson SG Standard ’61

• Gretsch G5420T-140 Electromatic

• J. Rockett Archer Select drive pedal


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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.