Single Coil Pickups – The Power of One

At the dawn of the electric age one pickup was all you got, but then came the ’50s and ’60s with switching choices aplenty. Is there still a place for a guitar with the bare minimum of electronics, reflecting everything back on the skills of the player? Michael Heatley thinks there is… To me, it was a tree with a microphone. It was very simple, More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Casting Call – The Great Stratocaster Round Up

It’s the curvy classic that can do it all, depending on the pickups of course. But will a budget model deliver the delicious sounds and slinky feel of a high-end job? Grabbing nine current Strats with prices ranging More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Monday, February 17th, 2014
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Future Proof – Vintage Amps and Basses

A great guitar needs a great amp, and a great band needs a great bottom end. This month Sid Bishop looks beyond the limelight to investigate collecting guitar amplifiers and bass guitars Why would anyone want to More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
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Spanish Armada – The Story Of Gibson’s ES-335

Gibson’s ‘Electric Spanish’ range eventually led to one of history’s greatest guitars ever: the ES-335. Michael Stephens discovers how Gibson’s ES-335 melded the best of archtop classicism with the new More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Thursday, January 16th, 2014
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Fender Stratocasters in the 1960s

By the mid-’60s the Strat was seen as a clean, polite guitar, far from the fire-breathing weapon craved by the new generation of blues fans. Before long, though, it would be brought back to the forefront by the More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Thursday, December 5th, 2013
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Fender Telecasters – Hip To Be Square

Though out-flashed by the curvy Strat and Jazzmaster, the plank-bodied Telecaster showed that a simple country boy could have a telling role in the 1960s, the Decade Of Love. Dave Hunter has the story The abiding More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
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Recording Your Guitar – Part 3: Loopers

In the third and final part of our recording series Marcus Leadley explores what looping can add to your guitar adventures. Strap yourselves in… Loopers are great for guitarists, because they’re hands-free More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
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Recording Your Guitar – Part 2: Dedicated Recording Devices

In the second part of our new recording series, Marcus Leadley continues his look at the quickest and easiest ways to get your songs and riffs safely archived. It’s time to put those phones and apps away and find More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
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Recording Your Guitar – Part 1: Home Recording

In the first part of this exclusive Guitar & Bass series, Marcus Leadley seeks out the quickest, easiest and most pocket-friendly ways to get ideas down A lot has changed since home recording went mainstream More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
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Rockabilly – The Complete History

Rockabilly remains rebel music, thrilling fans with stripped-down rock’n’roll hollerin’ and a bounty of twanging guitar thrills. From the ’50s to its ever-ongoing ‘revival’, Michael Stephens charts the More...