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!
is a very attractive combination of green
abalone and an outer strip of cream A.B.S
that lends an artistic air of class and the high
gloss finish compounds this. There is a slight
niggling feeling that the sheer thickness of
varnish is choking the sound in a little bit
though. The table is quite thick as it is and
so to maximise the volume and tone, the
TU9 needs all the help it can get. On the
subject of tone, this uke sports 14 frets to
the body, as opposed to the more usual 12.
You have better access at the top of the neck
obviously, but usually compromise the full
potential tonally of the instrument (this goes
for acoustic guitars too, by the way). With
the neck moved along a bit, the bridge has to
move too and no longer ends up between the
widest points of the body (it’s now closer to
the soundhole) and so the sound is no longer
transferring directly down into the most
cavernous part of the chamber. Sometimes
this can be compensated for in other ways, but
the TU9’s potential is in my mind, somewhat
compromised by this choice in construction.
It does however give it a bright, choppy sound
that you can strum the hell out of, and that
lends itself well to the music hall style of song.
This one is good ol’ fashioned fun!
Ashbury AU-50T (MSRP £99 - US $ TBC)
On first impressions you can’t help but be
struck by the ergonomic design of this tenor
ukulele. It’s only a slight variant on the traditional
look, but with the flat shoulders and
slightly wider body it appears to be a pleasing
modern take on an old design. It is very easy
on the eye and feels as comfortable as you
could wish for.
The mahogany top, back and sides produce
a full warm tone that belies the fact that it
has a laminate table. It’s fitted with Aquila
strings and geared machines that maintain
tuning accuracy and the bone nut and