TG205: Avenged Sevenfold cover!

Your brand-spanking new issue of Total Guitar is available nationwide from today (6 August). This time we've got Avenged Sevenfold on the cover and a whole heap of guitar goodness inside.

In the mag:

Avenged Sevenfold
Find out how Synyster Gates, Zakky Vengeance and their bandmates beat adversity to produce a "musical masterpiece". Including a video lesson of the 'Nightmare' solo and tabs for six lead techniques.

Get Axe Fit!
Get your guitaring muscles in shape with TG's exercise regime!

Percussive Acoustic Stars
Discover the beauty of acoustic guitar with Kaki King and John Butler.

Prog Guitar
Porcupine Tree guitarist Steven Wilson on prog guitar and its heroes.

Beginner's Guide To Vintage Effects
Revitalise your signal chain with some old-school stompboxes. What to look for and how to buy.

Mystery Jets
The Eel Pie island marauders have made the best record of their career and a classic guitar album for the naughties. Discover the tone and songwriting secrets behind 'Serotonin'.

Murder By Death
We take a closer look at their atmospheric breed of Americana.

Tabs, tabs, tabby McTabs…
Learn to play Albert King 'Born Under A Bad Sign', Radiohead 'Paranoid Android', Kiss 'Detroit Rock City', Foals 'Miami' (intro riff), The Kinks 'Lola', Alkaline Trio 'This Addiction', Van Halen 'Eruption', Top 5 Grunge Riffs (inc. Nirvana and Pearl Jam) AND Mystery Jets 'Dreaming Of Another World' riff.

On the site:

TG205 Gear Reviews: This month's Rocked & Rated section
Every month TG's Rocked & Rated section brings you a choice selection of the coolest new guitars, amps and pedals... And then reviews the crap out of them. Here's what you'll find in this issue.

Audio: Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo
Reviews Editor Stuart Williams puts the combo version of Peavey's classic metal amp through its paces. Hear it online and then read the full review in TG205.

WIN Avenged Sevenfold signature guitars!
We've buddied up with the generous folk at Westside Distribution to offer you the chance to win Synyster Gates' and Zacky Vengeance's signature Schecter guitars.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.