The latest issue of Guitar Interactive, the free digital guitar magazine has been released and it’s loaded to the brim with new video interviews, interactive guitar lessons and reviews of all the latest guitars, amps and pedals. Also, after the success of last month’s offer, every Guitar Interactive subscriber can still claim a FREE copy of the brilliant TAB editing software package Guitar Pro 6!
American guitar virtuoso Richie Kotzen is this month’s cover star with an in-depth interview at his LA home studio and a special ‘Kotzen Masterclass’ lesson from Tom Quayle. Other interviews include Free bassist Andy Fraser and Guitar Interactive favourite Steve Hackett returns to talk with Michael Casswell about his new album ‘Genesis Revisited ll’ and to perform an exclusive live session!
There’s more exclusive material on offer as Guitar Interactive are invited to the annual LA Amp Show to sample the latest products and find out what’s new in the world of Amplifiers. Pedals and Guitars. With a whole host of interviews with the brains behind the gear you love including Fractal Audio, Matrix Amplification, Suhr Guitars, Eganter + More….
There’s lots of prizes up for grabs in the competitions section of the mag… Gi are giving away two Wampler pedals and two copies of the new Randy Rhoads biography + find out which lucky reader bagged the Ibanez Steve Vai JEM70V Guitar!
Don’t miss the column features as Andy James, Tom Quayle, Rick Graham, Michael Casswell and Giorgio Serci all continue their technique lessons including tips, tricks and licks to help make you a better guitarist and starting this month, Guitar Idol winner Don Alder joins the Guitar Interactive teaching team to begin his ‘Acoustic Percussion’ series.
Included in the magazine is full downloadable tab for all of the lessons in the usual PDF format and now our new Guitar Pro 6 format so you can start using your FREE software right away (For details on how to claim your copy, visit the downloads page in the magazine).
The rest of the issue is jam packed with reviews including the new Tony Iommi Signture T-100 Laney Amp, Washburn, Rickenbacker, PRS, Hiwatt, Wampler, TC Electronic, Danelectro, Stonebridge and an exclusive review of the new Ibanez Roadcore RC230 Guitar!
If that’s not enough, Gi brings you a Quiet Room special with the new ‘Rise Of The Super-Ukes’ feature – Ukelele expert John Howlett explains why the Ukelele is conquering the world and reviews the best models on the market.
All this is available now and it’s completely FREE! Visit http://www.iguitarmag.com/issue13 to read it now!
THE BASSMENT_GUITAR REVIEW
It was so good that the legendary Cream bassist Jack Bruce abandoned his Gibson EB3 for
one - Aria’s late 1970s SB1000 was one of the first Japanese basses that really made the big
time. Newly reissued, can the ancient Aria still move the thoroughly modern Dan Veall?
‘Reissue’ instruments are a great way to get
your hands on that bass you once dreamt
of having, the one that your idols played
back in the day. Indeed, I could have never
afforded the prices commanded by the real
vintage classics played by my heroes when
I was young, so classic design recreated by
modern tooling makes a lot of sense to me.
The Aria SB1000RIB is a faithful and
‘high-end’ revisit to a time when bass
construction was enjoying a surge of
creativity and flair. Back then, Fender’s
Precisions and Jazz basses, recently joined
by the Musicman range, were enjoying
pretty much overwhelming success, Gibson
having begun to fade from the bass scene
as the 1960s ebbed away. But when the
Aria SB models were launched in the
late 1970s they showed a completely
different way forward - more in keeping
with the ideas of some of the best custom
bass makers of that time. And were they
successful? Oh, yes! I used to sit and watch
the British TV music programs as a kid and
clearly remember seeing bands of the time
plugging their releases using an Aria SB
model to hit the low notes.
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Our editor (who is very, very old - don’t
say I told you) says he recalls the launch
of the SB1000 and how it caught the
imagination of bassists at the time. In his
estimation it was one of the landmark
guitars and basses that finally cracked
the professional market for Japanese
manufacturers, whose products had tended
to be dismissed as ‘mere copies’ before.
Instruments like this SB1000, or Yamaha’s
SG six string, he says, finally convinced
even conservative professionals that
Japanese instrument manufacturing and
design were as good as anything, anywhere
- and often better.
Time to take a trip down memory lane with
My first impressions with a new instrument
are always straight out of the case and on to
my lap without even plugging it in. I want
to know as much about it before I hear
what it can do amplified. For me it was
immediately apparent that this instrument
was going to be a pleaser. Tonally rich, the
construction - a tried and tested yet quality
maple and walnut seven-piece laminate