October issue out now

The October issue of Guitarist is out now and features our tribute to one of the electric guitar's greatest pioneers, Les Paul. We chart the myriad achievements of his life, including his innovative approach to recording, his career in music and how the Gibson Les Paul came into being.

We also include a brand new interview Guitarist Editor Mick Taylor conducted with Les late last year.

80's Comebacks
Who said rock was dead? We catch up with just three guitarists from very different backgrounds whop have broken the mould in one way or the other; Ace Frehley, Francis Dunnery and John Norum.

British guitar round-up
We coral no less than four high-end electrics from a quartet of Blighty's best luthiers; the Martyn Booth Deluxe, Case J1 Gold Top, Organic Artist and Paul Richardson SCR.

Gear reviews
We have an exclusive review of Mesa/Boogie's latest bijou tone machine, the Electra Dyne, a trio of brand new Fender Deluxe Telecasters and a gorgeous Lakewood M-32 CPG acoustic to whet you appetite, plus a look at what has to be the best digital wireless we've tried yet, the Relay G30 from Line 6.

There's also new gear from the likes of Collings, Peavey, DigiTech, Laney, Zoom, Rothwell, Lakland and Apple.

Style File
This month's Style File will allow you to go back to the future: we look at the many styles of Brian Setzer. Chords, slick lick and a suave mix of jazz, rock and blues makes the six examples we have not to be missed.

On the CD
As well as exclusive video demos of the Boogie Electra Dyne and ESP's latest Metallica signatures, the Iron Cross and KH-Ouija, we plug in the three Tele Deluxes, the Collings OM1AV, Peavey 3120 and many more for our customary swathe of audio demos.

We also hook up the revolutionary DigiTech VL3D and have a bit of a sing-song; if you only check one demo it this month, it's this one!

It's a real biggie this month. We give you the chance to win yourself a Hughes & Kettner Puretone head, a true tone-monster of the loudest and most versatile variety. All you need to do is...well, flick to page 130 to find out.

The issue hit the streets on 29th October, so go grab it!

Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Guitarist magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.