Guitarist August 2019 Issue 448

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Published 28th June

Just before January’s Winter NAMM Show, Gibson – with its freshly appointed CEO – unveiled a new-for-2019 range. Does this signal a return to form for the historic brand? Find out in our 10-page cover feature this issue where we give four of the latest Les Pauls the ‘Guitarist’ review treatment: the Standard ’50s and ’60s, Classic and Tribute. Elsewhere in the issue, we celebrate four decades of the Stray Cats with cool cat himself, Brian Setzer, and the Gretsch appreciation continues as we have the pleasure of sharing company with a flock of 1950s Gretsch White Falcons in this month’s Historic Hardware. Rising blues star and Slash-approved guitarist Chris Buck joins us for an interview and video lesson, while Richard Barrett and Phil Hilborne are back with more lessons to hone your technique. We also feast on the world of handmade acoustics with a tour of the Auden Guitars’ workshop, while our editor commits to a self-build Martin Dreadnought kit. All this plus reviews of the latest gear from Charvel, Boss, Vigier, Taylor, Danelectro and much more.