Guitars feature articles

  • Brief guide to guitar synths
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    Brief guide to guitar synths - A synth in my guitar

    02/08/18

    The '80s revival that has taken hold of pop culture seems to not have an end. And, obviously, music hasn't escaped this phenomenon, to the benefit of one instrument: the synthesizer. A fact that makes most guitar players sad... But fortunately, there are solutions.

  • Recording electric guitar - Prerequisites (Part 1)
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    Recording electric guitar - Prerequisites (Part 1) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 63

    01/30/18

    This week we'll start a new construction site dedicated to recording electric guitar. This chapter will have a lot in common with that of the bass – some of you might even think that certain passages seem like I'm only repeating myself. But in my defense I must say that that's one of the basic pillars of learning: repeating what you learn until it…

  • A rundown of the most mythical fuzz pedals
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    A rundown of the most mythical fuzz pedals - Legends: The history of the great fuzz pedals

    12/05/17

    Fuzzzzz! This onomatopoeia used to describe the first distorted sounds of an amp is hardly a stranger to any guitar player. The fuzz is obviously a distortion effect, but it's a also a culture in its own right. It actually defines a whole category of rock by itself and symbolizes the desire for emancipation and renewal of an entire generation. Aud…

  • The community's favorite electric guitars
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    The community's favorite electric guitars - Top electric guitar models

    11/11/17

    The results of our survey on the sequencers most used by the AF community seems to have drawn quite some attention among you. So we've decided to share with you another one we ran on electric guitars: A couple of months ago we asked our French readers to pick their favorite guitar from a list of 40 classic and popular models currently available on…

  • Q&A with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid
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    Q&A with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid - Four channels for a true pro

    12/06/16

    Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid can pride himself of having influenced an entire generation of guitar players by establishing himself in the late '80s as as a household name in the "fusion" world, or as he liked to call it back then, a blend of different musical styles.

  • History of the Talk Box
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    History of the Talk Box - A brief history of the Talk Box

    10/29/16

    Although many hits have been marked by the Talk Box sound — take, for instance, California Love by 2Pac, Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi or Pigs by Pink Floyd — it still remains a little known effect. Often confused with the vocoder, the wah wah and even auto-tune, this mighty vocal machine is much older than you might think. At a time when there's…

  • The top small brands for guitar effect pedals
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    The top small brands for guitar effect pedals - The best small brands for guitar effect pedals

    10/19/16

    The long-awaited poll regarding "small" guitar effect pedal brands is finally here! It's open season for anybody who likes controversy!

  • The top big brands for guitar effect pedals
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    The top big brands for guitar effect pedals - The best big brands for guitar effect pedals

    09/26/16

    Despite the explosion of the pedal market and the appearance of countless small manufacturers, the big names in the effects world continue to implacably dominate the business. Here's a list of the main players in the pedal world. Be it huge corporations or somewhat smaller enterprises, they all share a common trait: a large production capacity. We…

  • The Top Brands for Guitar and Bass Cables
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    The Top Brands for Guitar and Bass Cables - The best cables for guitar and bass

    08/12/16

    Cables are an indispensable element in any electric or acoustic-electric guitar or bass player's toolkit. They must not only transport the signal of the instrument with the least nuances possible, but they must also be robust, practical and, why not, nice-looking. With this in mind we polled our French readers to find out which are their favorite …

  • The Top Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar
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    The Top Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar - The Best Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar

    07/27/16

    The overdrive pedal is one of the most timeless and classic effects for electric guitar, and finding the overdrive of your dreams can be a lifelong endeavor. They have become a true cult object and manufacturers have seized the opportunity to expand the offering exponentially throughout the years. Given the saturation of the market, it's not easy …