Guthrie Govan Guitar Interactive Magazine Issue 13. In this free Issue of Guitar Interactive Magazine we have a Guthrie Govan Jam and Interview taking about his career.
We interview guitarist Derek Trucks & take a look at how to play Derek Trucks style slide guitar.
In our acoustic magazine section - The Quiet Room - we talk with canadian acoustic guitarist Don Alder, with an extensive amount of Live footage he performed whilst he at the Guitar Interactive Studio. Don Alder also provides Guitar Interactive readers with a free guitar lesson on vibrato!
Issue 13 of Guitar Interactive is packed FULL of free guitar lessons! This month learn how to play hybrid picking with Andy James, expand your chord vocabulary with Tom Quayle, learn guitar vibrato with Rick Graham, Michael Casswell shows you how to play Melodic guitar runs.
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So you thought solid state powered modelling amps were the only way to get a
myriad different sounds from one amp? Bruce Egnater begs to differ. He reckons
he can do it with tubes. Michael Casswell looks thoughtful.
Never was there a better name for an amp!
This combo is, just as the name suggests, a
‘tweakers’ dream, with many, many tonal
options. It’s a two channel design, sharing the
basic bass, middle, and treble EQ, but each
channel has four mini toggle switches to play
with, consisting of normal-midcut, cleanhot,
normal-bright and deep-tight settings.
If I was good at maths, I could tell you how
many voicing combination options that is,
although there is no point in working it out,
because there is a also a mini toggle next to
the bass, mid, treble pots which voices the
amp either ‘Brit’ (i.e. Marshall), ‘USA’ (i.e.
Fender), or AC (i.e. Vox). So how many tone
combinations is that? Well whatever figure
you have now is still going to be wrong,
because each channel master volume pot also
has a mini toggle switch next to it that says
‘Vintage-Modern’. If you can now work out
the voicing options, you are wasted being a
guitarist and should be teaching advanced
maths at the local university!
So lots of options but options can easily
put off a lot of guitarists. I can certainly
sympathise with that. Part of me is very old
school, believing that you just need one or
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two superb sounds from your amp, and all
the colour and variation should come from
your hands and your playing. The chances
are that even though this amp can put out
many variations on a theme, you will quickly
find your favourite couple of sounds, and
probably stick to them. Then again, if you
need variation for different musical situations
but can’t afford a collection of guitars, amps
and pedals to cater for what might be required
soundwise, then surely the options on this
amp are a life saver. It is very capable of
going from thrash metal to smooth Jazz - and
probably more capably than a lot of players
trying to do the same!
Inside, we have a pair of 6L6 power tubes
and three 12ax7 pre-amp tubes making all
the loud stuff, and it would certainly be
loud enough for most grown-up musical
engagements. It’s a bit of a misconception
that the tubes make the character of an
amp’s sound. It’s actually more to do with
how the EQ section is put together and the
thinking behind it, that makes a Marshall all
‘Marshally’ and a Fender all ‘Fendery’.