Private Collection: Martin Harley – Harley’s Street


Martin Harley is a highly-acclaimed lap steel slide player and collector of Weissenborn-style guitars. Lars Mullen pays him a visit… After years of touring the UK and abroad as a solo artist and fronting The Martin Harley Band, Cardiff-born Martin Harley has built himself a reputation as one of the UK’s finest lap steel slide players and singer-songwriters. More...

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By On Friday, September 11th, 2015

Absolute Beginners: The story of early British solidbody electric guitars, part two

In part two of the British-built solidbody electric story, Paul Day documents the golden era enjoyed by UK companies during the early 1960s. Last month’s article looked at the small selection of solidbody electrics More...

By On Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Absolute Beginners: The story of early British solidbody electric guitars, part one

The solid electric was a novel idea in late-50s Britain, but in five years it went from unknown to industry staple. Paul Day charts the evolution of UK guitars between 1958 and 1962. Much has been written about More...

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By On Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Paul Right Now: Paul Kossoff’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul up close

Though Paul Kossoff died in 1976, aged just 25, his blues-rock playing and distinctive vibrato continue to influence guitarists across the globe. Steve Clarke analyses his ’59 Gibson Les Paul Standard in unprecedented More...

By On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Vintage Guitars – Walk on the Wild Side

Do we pay too much attention to the hallowed classics of the gear universe? Phil Harris loves them, but urges us to keep an open mind… We all know that guitar collecting can be a very serious business, and More...

By On Monday, March 9th, 2015

Weapons of Destruction – High Volume Gear

The Great Backline Wars of the 1970s led to many a rock band casualty, yet Phil Harris wouldn’t have missed the experience… The inspiration for this feature came while I was trying to find a car parking More...

By On Monday, September 29th, 2014

Vintage Guitars – Guitars Gibson Should Never Have Made

Any guitar maker with a 100-year history is going to drop clangers from time to time. Sid Bishop looks at the misses from Michigan… Gibson have been in the guitar-making business for 120 years. They’ve More...

By On Friday, September 26th, 2014

Vintage Guitars – Cherry On The Cake

For any kid who ever pressed a nose against a guitar shop window, there’s one colour that soars above all others. Phil Harris hasn’t lost that feeling yet… If you’ve read many of my columns over the More...

By On Monday, July 21st, 2014

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 More...

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...