Pendulum guitarist Peredur ap Gwynedd on the new Line 6 Helix


Pendulum guitarist Peredur ap Gwynedd debuted the new Line 6 Helix in front of a gigantic festival crowd of 165,000 fans – plus a staggering 30 million more online. No pressure, then… Interview Chris Vinnicombe | Photography Robert Williams The Ultra Music Festival took place in Miami in March and saw the triumphant return to the live stage of More...

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By On Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Vintage Time Machines: 1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom

In a new series, G&B goes guitar shopping on, and we might just have blown the whole budget already… Much as the mid-1960s were a ‘transitional era’ for Fender, the first years of that decade More...

By On Monday, July 18th, 2016

Interview: Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil on new album Ellipsis

How do you follow a widescreen double album full of stadium-sized choruses? Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil tells G&B how working with acclaimed producer Rich Costey shook things up during the sessions for the More...

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By On Friday, July 15th, 2016

Vintage Bench Test: 1950 5B4 Fender Super & 1956 5E4-A Fender Super

While the Twin and Deluxe grab the headlines, 1950s Fender Supers are among the best-sounding tweed amps of them all. Huw Price sets up an enviable head to head… Regular readers will be familiar with the 1956 More...

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By On Friday, July 15th, 2016

Ones To Watch: Bear’s Den

If you go down to the woods today… With a debut album that sold 50,000 copies and earned the band an Ivor Novello Award nomination for its poignant, considered songwriting under their belt, Bear’s Den weren’t More...

By On Friday, July 15th, 2016

Interview: Rick Nielsen – Collector’s Choice

Few guitarists can hold a candle to Rick Nielsen’s guitar collection – or his musical CV. G&B chats to Cheap Trick’s guitarist about his new album, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his prized possessions… Rick More...

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By On Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Vintage Bench Test: 1955-56 Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird

Some mystery surrounds the exact date that this stunning Oriental Red Jet Firebird was made. Huw Price investigates… Dating this guitar is tricky, because only a small shred of the original label remains More...

By On Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

All About… Playing with PAFs

When it comes to PAF tone, myths and hype abound. Huw Price examines the design and development of this revered pickup from guitar’s golden era, and tells us what it’s really like to play them… History Ted More...

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By On Thursday, July 7th, 2016

20 Gretsch upgrades, mods & tone tips

Fixin’ to ride the Gretsch rodeo? Huw Price presents 20 modifications, upgrades and tone tips that will help you stay in the saddle… 1. Pot swaps Higher-value volume potentiometers accentuate the resonance More...

By On Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Talkbox – Black Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson the frontman of Kentucky hard rockers Black Stone Cherry holds court… 1. I couldn’t live without my… “My PRS Original Sewell amp heads. I’ve got one here and one in the States. Paul More...