Inside the new issue of Total Guitar: The 50 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Songs Of All Time

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Cover Feature:

Total Guitar's rundown of the greatest acoustic songs of all time, as voted for by the guitar-playing readers of TG and Inside the magazine you'll find insight into how 50 iconic songs were written and recorded, along with tips on how to play the top 10 tracks. 


• Ben Howard

He feared the worst after suffering two mini-strokes. Now Ben Howard returns with his most adventurous album to date. “The guitars,” he says, “are doing weird things…

• Skindred

"Every rock band wants their own 'Seven Nation Army' riff! Mikey Demus on the power of simplicity – and his "weird" pedals

• Nat Myers

How he made a beautiful old-school blues album – with help from Dan Auerbach, and just one acoustic guitar

• mehro

For rising star mehro, every song begins with an acoustic. His method, “Being open, being in tune and channeling the inspiration”

• Also inside: bdrmm

Learn To Play:

• AC/DC - 'Shoot To Thrill'

• The Hives - 'Countdown To Shutdown'

• Billie Eilish - 'TV' (from 'Guitar Songs')


• Blackstar Debut 50R

• Dave Mustaine 2023 Flying Vs

• Danelectro Blackout '59M NOS

• Fender Gold Foil Telecaster

• EHX Lizard Queen


• Five ways to use the Mixolydian mode

• Play like the Red Hot Chili Peppers

• The FX Factor: Essential wah pedal basics


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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.