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Just a few of your regular GT technique experts...

JOSEPHALEXANDER After stints at Guitar Institute and Leeds College,JosephlaunchedFundamental Changes. He’s since published over 40 tuition books and sold 350,000 plus.

SIMONBARNARD Simon is a graduate of ACM and The Guitar Institute, holding a Masters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.

SHAUN BAXTER One of the UK’s most respected music educators, Shaun has taught many who are now top tutors themselves. His Jazz Metalalbumisconsideredamilestone.

MARTIN GOULDING One of the world’s foremost rock and metal guitarists, Martin teaches for dime-online.organdhaswrittenfor many of the world’s top guitar mags.

CHARLIEGRIFFITHS GuitarInstitutetutorCharliefirstcame to fame in Total Guitar’s Challenge Charlie series. He’s also guitarist with top UK metal-fusion band Haken.

PATHEATH BIMMBrightonlecturer,ESPproduct demonstratorandall-roundbusy musician, Pat brings you six cool licks each month in 30-Minute Lickbag.

PHILHILBORNE The UK’s original magazine guitar tutor, Phil’s something of a legend. A great player, he’s got the Phil Hilborne Band back together so catch them if you can.

BRIDGETMERMIKIDES GuildhallandRoyalAcademytrained, Bridget is a Royal College of Music examiner,arespectedclassicalplayer andaward-winningbluesguitarist.

JACOB QUISTGAARD Quist has been with GT since 2009. CurrentlyBryanFerry’sguitarist,his YouTube channel is viewed by millions andhecreatesourmonthlyjamtracks.

JUSTINSANDERCOE One of the most successful tutors ever, justinguitar.comisfullofinformation, and his YouTube channel boasts over a millionsubscribers!Whynotjointhem?

ANDY SAPHIR Andy combines chops and feel in equal measure. A gigging musician, he also teachesprivatelyandatLondon’s ICMP, specialisingincountrytechniques.

PHIL SHORT YoumightrecognisePhilfromwinning InternationalGuitarIdolcompetition. But he also teaches at BIMM in London andisabusysessionandtouringplayer.

JOHNWHEATCROFT A phenomenal guitarist, John is a master at all styles but a legend in Gypsy Jazz. His latest album Ensemble Futur is out now on iTunes and Amazon.

ISSUE 308 } MAY 2020

WELCOME MY FIRST ‘PROPER’ guitar was a 1967 Fender Tele. It was an early 67 one as it had the older ‘script’ logo on the headtock and ‘Telecaster’ in small capitals. The body was stripped to bare wood so I quickly refinished it black. It was my first foray into guitar repairing and it set me on the path of doing it for a living. Oh, and it cost £105 from Guitar Village in Shaftesbury Avenue, London. I was 21 and so proud (see pic below).

At the time I worked in a factory making corrugated cardboard alongside, of all people, Guthrie Govan’s dad. I worked 6-2 and 2-10 shifts, had gone to London in the morning and got back for my afternoon stint with my new guitar in tow.

“Okay then, let’s have a look at this thing then,” the foreman jeered. As I produced the guitar from its case everyone laughed. “It’s home-made, you bloody idiot. You’ve been had!”

I explained that the Telecaster was one of the world’s most revered guitars and had been used by, blah, blah, blah... (they were all nodding off by now).

Anyway, that Telecaster was a total monster, and through my Linear Concord all-valve head and a cabinet with one 12-inch and one 15-inch speaker, sounded stupendous.

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I used it for blues and rock but soon realised how many different tones were available from the two skinny pickups and minimal controls and switching.

Which of course brings us to this month’s massive cover feature, which presents 50 licks inspired by a roster of the world’s top Telecaster players. And that’s where the versatility I mentioned comes to the fore. We have licks loosely based in rock, blues, country, soul, jazz and pop. Quite a few straddle the genres but you’ll get the gist of it. Virtually every great guitarist has used the Tele. Our list confirms this - and also underlines the genius and adaptability of the guitar the rest of the industry mocked as ‘Leo Fender’s plank’ on its debut.

Andy Saphir has written the piece, and played all the examples. When you go through them, I think you’ll agree he’s done a spectacular job.

I hope you have tons of fun with this mega-lesson. And I’ll see you next time.

Neville Marten, Editor


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