WHAT ABOUT TONE?
Having read GT on and off for over 10 years it’s interesting how it has changed through different musical eras, different editors, music editors and so on. And while I do completely understand your oft-repeated response to certain questions – “Look at what it says on the cover – Guitar ‘Techniques’” – I will risk your wrath with my own little suggestion, or request. I feel it’s all well and good showing us the chords, the theory, where to put our fingers and so on, but it seems you leave us hanging there somewhat. Now I know you have the little ‘Get The Tone’ box-out in most articles; but what we haven’t ever had from GT is one big feature on the theory of good tone. That could be anything from how to set the controls on your amp – cool tone tips from professionals etc – to what pick to use, where to pick the string for best results; what gauge of string is best for this, that or the other; how to best use effects. And so on. What I’m asking is for one big cover feature that delves into it all. Something like your big theory lesson that’s a mini bible in itself; something I can refer to for years, or look out every time I acquire a new bit of kit; or when I want to re-educate myself on the vagaries of great tone. Please don’t say, “It’s out of our remit”: I don’t think it is – it’s actually the fruition of what GT teaches us; the pay-off after slogging through all those scales, modes and chords! So come on Nev, how about it? Nigel, Newcastle Believe it or not, Nigel, it’s something we’ve discussed quite a bit recently. It’s what obsesses all guitarists – us too, you’ll be pleased to hear – and so I may well look at something along the lines you suggest. We have a fantastic roster of tutors and they all have opinions or suggestions about what makes great tone (we have the in-house team too) so perhaps something along the lines of 200 Tips feature (GT200), but a little smaller and concentrating on tone exclusively. I’m on the case!
What about a big feature on how to get great tone?