All The World’s A Stage

Guitarist - - Front Page - Jamie Dick­son Edi­tor

This month, the Gui­tarist team packed its bags and headed down to the all-new UK Gui­tar Show, along with our pals from Gui­tar Tech­niques and To­tal Gui­tar. We had a bril­liant week­end – big thanks to all the read­ers who came up to say hello while we were on the show floor. It was a plea­sure to meet you all and I hope you had a great time. My per­sonal high­light of the show was see­ing so many of the gui­tars that Rory Gal­lagher made his spell­bind­ing mu­sic with, from that oh-so-weath­ered ’61 Strat to his 1932 Na­tional Tri­o­lian res­onator. Hav­ing lis­tened with re­newed ad­mi­ra­tion to Deuce in the car on the way up, see­ing his gui­tars – each bear­ing nu­mer­ous scars of a long and il­lus­tri­ous life on the road – was a poignant re­minder of the man’s huge tal­ent.

Thanks also to ev­ery­one who came to see me, Nev Marten and Mick Tay­lor have a bash at some clas­sic Hen­drix and Cream tracks in the evening in the guise of the Cream Ex­pe­ri­ence (see what we did there?). We’ve per­formed the set, in var­i­ous forms, at a few fes­ti­val gigs over the past year or so, and we love play­ing such stel­lar ma­te­rial to an au­di­ence of gui­tar fans. Of course, qual­ity gear helps when it comes to show­time, so we hope you en­joy our re­view of the stage-ready Cus­tom Shop Fend­ers that grace this month’s cover and which spring from the in­ven­tive minds of the Mas­ter Builders. To read the re­view and hear their in­sights on what makes the ideal six-stringed com­pan­ion for gigs small and large, turn to p84.

Else­where in this month’s packed is­sue, we’re lucky enough to have Kirk Fletcher, a great player and a real gent, pass on some of his best blues licks in a six­page tu­to­rial (see p66) that’ll help make your own play­ing more ex­pres­sive and mu­si­cal next time you step up to the mic. If that whets your ap­petite for learn­ing, check out Richard Bar­rett’s trib­ute to the play­ing style of Robin Trower on p146’s Blues Head­lines tu­ition col­umn. In the mean­time, gig done, I’m go­ing back to the wood­shed to see if I can’t get a few Rory tunes learnt, too. Who knows, maybe we’ll per­form some at next year’s show? En­joy the is­sue.

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