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 QUIET ROOM_GUITAR REVIEW
We make no apologies for returning so soon to Stonebridge - the acoustic guitar
maker from the Czech Republic, whose review debut in issue 10 left us seriously
impressed, This time we borrowed two models from the Millennium range. Can
Stonebridge keep up the pace? Rick Graham finds out.
Frantisek Furch began making high quality
acoustic guitars and mandolins under his
own name ‘Furch’ back in 1981. This was a
brave move on Furch’s part because of the
strict laws enforced during the communist
rule of Czechoslovakia during that time,
but this wasn’t to stop him from doing
something he truly loved doing. With the
eventual fall of the Soviet-style government,
Furch was able to step up a gear and every
year since seems to have seen the small
company grow. If you want to read an
inspiring story of triumph against the odds,
I recommend the Furch.cz website’s history
Furch? But isn’t this a Stonebridge review?
They are, in fact, one and the same. Furch
guitars are sold as Stonebridge in the English
speaking world, named for the famous
Charles Bridge in Prague.
Success in Europe and Japan has now been
followed by growing recognition in the UK
and USA, where players are starting to realise
the incredible quality of these instruments,
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as my colleague Tom Quayle found back
in issue 10. And it’s not just in the Quiet
Room that these guitars are being applauded.
Stonebridges are now finding their way
into the hands of some of the words most
accomplished and innovative players such
as Antoine Dufour, Ewan Dobson and Eric
For this review we have two similar models:
the GS-24-SF and the OM-24-SF cutaway,
both of which form part of the Millennium
range of instruments. Both guitars have
exactly the same construction but with two
main differences, one with a slightly different
body shape and the other having a cutaway
for higher fret access, starting at the 15 fret.
Looking at the construction, we have a
solid Sitka spruce top paired with a rather
stunning looking back and sides made with
solid flamed maple and finished with a
beautiful gloss ‘vintage’ finish. The wood of
choice for the neck is mahogany upon which
you’ll find a solid ebony fingerboard with
a classy looking and tidily finished padouk