The Ultimate Guide To Pedals – Build Your 'Board From Scratch: inside the new issue of Total Guitar

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This month, we’ve made it our mission to help you choose the right pedals for you, guiding you through the best examples currently on sale and giving you expert advice to help you add to your pedalboard. We’re also taking a look at the 50 greatest effects songs of all time as voted for by the readers of We’ll run you through the gear used by the stars and give you tips on how to dial in some classic sounds.

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Iron Maiden:

The new album from heavy metal legends Iron Maiden is a mighty epic, but as guitarists Adrian Smith and Janick Gers admit: “It wasn’t easy to make.” In a track-by-track guide, they explain how to master complex songs and tricky time changes – and why you don’t need a £3000 guitar to sound like a pro...

The Killers:

The Killers’ guitarist Dave Keuning is a master of effects, but on the band’s new album he’s indulging his newfound love for mandolin and pedal steel, while on his solo album he’s shredding... 

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Foo Fighters – Everlong

Iron Maiden – The Trooper

Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats

Trivium – Feast Of Fire


Epiphone Slash Collection

Supro Delta King 12

Charvel DK24 HH HT E

Pigtronix Space Rip


Guitar Lessons: Pentatonic Power, Easy Fingerpicking

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Total Guitar is one of Europe's biggest guitar magazines. With lessons to suit players of all levels, TG's world-class tuition is friendly, accessible and jargon-free, whether you want to brush up on your technique or improve your music theory knowledge. We also talk to the biggest names in the world of guitar – from interviews with all-time greats like Brian May and Eddie Van Halen to our behind the scenes Rig Tour features, we get you up close with the guitarists that matter to you.