Interview: Billy Bragg – The Bard of Barking


Billy Bragg tells G&B about keeping it simple with his live rig, his Burns Steer, the infamous Portastack, dissent in England and being the Bard of Barking. Story & photography: Sam Atkins “I always end my set with, ‘My name is Billy Bragg, I’m from Barking, Essex’, even though I don’t live there anymore, I’m quite proud of being More...

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By On Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Vintage Bench Test: 1967 Fender Custom Telecaster

A special place in guitar history may be reserved for pre-CBS Fenders, but Huw Price finds that this 60s Custom has many of the features of that golden age. A very long time ago, describing a guitar as ‘vintage’ More...

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By On Friday, November 20th, 2015

Marshall Astoria Classic: AST1H head & AST1C combo review

Marshall’s new Astoria series sees the company combine vintage and modern features in an attempt to take a slice out of the boutique market. Huw Price gives the Classic model a spin… What actually constitutes More...

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By On Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Interview: Dan Auerbach – The Arcs

When Black Keys mainman Dan Auerbach created his new musical project, he wound up playing “a lot of bass”, blending Mariachi with psychedelia and producing an unofficial East LA hit he has dubbed “kind of More...

By On Friday, November 13th, 2015

Ones To Watch: Lanterns On The Lake

North-East post-rockers with DIY ethic A chance drunken encounter in a Newcastle pub ultimately led to the formation of Lanterns On The Lake in the mid-noughties. The fledgling band, then known as Greenspace, More...

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By On Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Paul McCartney – Six-String Original

As if being pop’s most famous bassist and one half of the most successful songwriting partnership of all time wasn’t enough, Paul McCartney also contributed memorable guitar parts to many Beatles recordings. More...

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By On Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Alexi Laiho – Soundtrack Of My Life

The Children Of Bodom guitarist talks us through the nine records closest to his heart… Finnish vocalist, composer and guitarist Alexi Laiho is the main man in melodic death-metal band Children Of Bodom, More...

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By On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Vintage Bench Test: 1954 & 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtops

Forget the flames and blingy ’Bursts, this month we check out two gold Les Pauls from the mid 1950s. Huw Price chooses the one that sets the Standard Welcome to the first in a new series in which we get up close More...

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By On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Interview: Jon Gomm – The Acoustic Asylum

Jon Gomm is one of the UK’s most talented acoustic guitar players, a fingerstyle virtuoso with devout independent ethics. Gary Walker spoke to the Blackpool-born player about his new album Live In The Acoustic More...

By On Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Letters from America: Port City Merino – 10-Watt 1×12” combo

In his latest look at the best gear across the pond, Dave Hunter runs the rule over a beautiful little hand-crafted combo Since they’re based in Asheville, North Carolina, on the edge of the Smoky Mountains, More...