Never Left Behind – Vintage Left Hookers

As a lad Phil Harris saw the left-hand fork in the road and turned right instead, but vintage left-hookers are very much in demand… Although it might well be a lot better nowadays than it used to be, left-handed guitar players are still not catered for in anything like the same way as right-handed players. As someone who writes left-handed, I More...

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By On Monday, June 30th, 2014

Vintage: The Cut-Price Collection

In this feature Sid Bishop delves into the world of budget vintage guitars, beginning with Gibson’s changeable Melody Makers, followed by Fender Jaguars, Jazzmasters, and some fascinating though lesser-known Fender More...

By On Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Private Collection: Sonic Explorer

Marillion founder member Steve Rothery has gathered a well-honed selection of instruments to cover the many sounds of the band’s lengthy career and also to inspire his many collaborations and solo projects. Interview More...

By On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Private Collection: Golden Greats

Try as he might, Peter Holyman just can’t break his all-consuming addiction to the great, time-honoured big-name guitar models – and why on earth should he? Lars Mullen meets a man who knows what he likes… Notice More...

By On Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Private Collection: Reflex Action

From Duran Duran to the Sugababes and many projects besides, Dom Brown is a player who needs the right guitar for every occasion. Lars Mullen visits his studio Having toured and recorded with a host of household More...

By On Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Vintage – Goodbye Not Farewell

In this feature Phil Harris explains how he’s had to lock some old friends in the cupboard lest they tempt him to stray from the path. But they’ll be back… My desire to spend 2014 exploring blues guitar in More...

By On Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Private Collection – Western Stars

Quitting the capital and never looking back, Al Rideout carved a new musical life in the south-west. Lars Mullen pays him a visit to view the tools of the trade Alan Rideout arrived in Cornwall nearly 40 years More...

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By On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Vintage – Willing and Stable

Tone, weight, looks, comfort, neck feel… many and varied are the reasons that we adore a guitar, but one crucial quality often gets lost in the mix. Phil Harris reminds us of a factor that can often send a guitar More...

By On Monday, November 18th, 2013

Private Collection – Nick Ryan

If you’re going to devote your life to a tribute act, then wise up, follow Nick Ryan’s example, and pick a guy with great taste in guitars – and face furniture. Lars Mullen uncovers a little piece of Texas… Nick More...

By Richard Flynn On Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Private Guitar Collection: That’s Snow Business

Hauling 60 guitars out into the freezing cold is worth it when it’s Nigel Pickering’s fine collection. Fuelled by biscuits and hot chocolate, Lars Mullen sets to work Nigel Pickering has decades of playing More...