• The GuitarHead Quarantine Playlist

    The GuitarHead Quarantine Playlist

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    We’re going to make two assumptions about ANYONE reading this article;  You’re a guitarist. Or you want to be a guitarist. Either way, you love guitar music. You’re currently enduring some form of lockdown, social-distancing, self-isolation, or other government mandated obstacle to maintaining a normal working/social life, all thanks to the scourge of Covid-19 rampaging across the planet. Same with us. We’re feeling your...
  • How low should you go?

    How low should you go?

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    Films about music and musicians almost always feature some of the most comedic and quotable lines in movie history. Not a week goes by in the GuitarHead office without someone throwing around comments from the ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘The Commitments’ or ‘Spinal Tap’ (and let's be honest, Nigel Tufnel explaining that the controls on his Marshall amp “go to 11” will ALWAYS be funny...). We'll...
  • Making Strings Last Longer

    Making Strings Last Longer

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    Mmmm – that fresh string smell. The whiff of clean metal, the aroma of virgin steel, the scent of...  ...Ok, ok, so they don't actually smell of all that much. So instead, let's wax lyrical about that fresh string SOUND. The dulcet, shimmering, ringing tones of youthful alloy, vibrating like a newly blossomed flower dancing in the morning breeze. With poetry this good, GuitarHead...
  • Oh Brother...

    Oh Brother...

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    There are so many ways that guitar bands get formed. Sometimes it’s on purpose – like answering an advert, which is how Bernard Butler ended up in Suede. Sometimes it’s by complete accident – like meeting someone wearing a fancy-dress-party outfit that’s as awesome as yours, which is what first caused Jake Shears to recruit Ana Matronic to Scissor Sisters.  But sometimes bands will...
  • The Men Who Pioneered Bass

    The Men Who Pioneered Bass

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    In the world of musical instruments, the electric bass guitar is still kinda one of the new kids on the block. And yes, we know that statement sounds weird.  But think about it more closely; Fender only introduced the Precision Bass in 1951. And this was truly Genesis – the world’s first commercially successful, mass produced bass guitar, which became the blueprint for pretty...
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