Slash – The Return Of The Guitar Hero: behind the scenes of the new issue of Total Guitar

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Cover: Return of the Guitar Hero

TG talks to Guns N’ Roses legend ahead of new Conspirators release ‘4’ as he talks about writing and recording, using less gain in his tone, his love of the Gibson Flying V , and why he’d rather “keep it rock ‘n’ roll” than stick to what’s popular. We uncover some of the lesser-known highlights of Slash’s $2 million guitar collection and walk you through some techniques We’ve even produced three great GN’R video lessons for you.


Court Act

Yard Act are the most talked about new band in the UK. Guitarist Sam Shjipstone and singer James Smith reveal the origins of their unconventional post-punk sound

Alt j

Joe Newman led alt-J to worldwide success, but always focused on songwriting first – guitar second. Until now…

Zakk Wylde

He plays heavy with Black Label Society and Ozzy, but Zakk Wylde draws inspiration from the emotion of blues and the “pentatonic madness” of jazz fusion.

Black country, new road

After their surprise top 5 debut album, Black Country, New Road delivers a more melodic follow-up. But as guitarist Luke Mark says, “I insisted on being louder than everyone else!”

Cory Wang

Funk master Cory Wong is all about the groove. But on his new album with Vulfpeck, he also goes wild. As he says, “I need to be a little more Eddie Van Halen!”

Robert Ford

He’s a master craftsman who has performed for legends such as Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell, and created a series of brilliant solo albums. For Robben Ford, a rule of thumb applies: “Tone has always been number one for me.”

Learn to play

Santana – Samba Pa Ti

Bill Withers – Use Me

Taylor Swift – Willow

Jack White – Take Me Back


PRS SE Sky Silver

Epiphone 1961 Les Paul SG Standard

Fender Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang

Funny Little Boxes 1991 Drive


10 things every beginner guitarist should know


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