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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2006, 09:10:01 PM »
Just subscribed to Guitarist actually, what a coincidence...
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« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2006, 09:12:23 PM »
I did mean two complete overall scores.

I used the behringer pedals as an example. The Blues Driver knock-off got 4/5 stars for sound. Is that 4/5 the same 4/5 a unit costing 200 quid that sounded the same would get?

Not being arsey, I'm just curious. It's all well and good saying "It's a great wee pedal for 20 quid", but does that mean it's genuinely great or is it more of a case of lowered expectations?

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« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2006, 01:18:24 AM »
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Another thing about Total Guitar, is that they give EVERYTHING a good review! So annoying, not everything can be good!


Most mags will do that.  The majority of the time the company whose product they're reviewing will send out a "review" for them to use.  Basically, it's advertising under another name.  Newspapers are full of this sort of thing, too, posing as real articles.


NOT TRUE!
- certainly not for small companies here in the UK with the UK guitar mags
Ask Tim and he will tell you the same
I have had reviews and they were in general very good - but that was because we gave them great guitars to review

It can be hard for mags to piss off a company who maybe takes out thousands of pounds worth of advertising with your mag, but I know the editors of a few mags and the determination to be honest is there.

I mainly speak of the guys at Guitar Buyer and also The Guitar Magazine
Tim can probably give a more even picture of the Future Publishing titles as he advertises with them
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« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2006, 01:58:11 AM »
I myself read Guitar and Bass Magazine (formerly The Guitar Magazine) by Future Publishing.

Over the last few issues they've just started TABbing songs (not why I buy a guitar mag) but I've always found their product reviews to be very good and usually honest about the item they're reviewing :)

It also doesn't have an ad on every other page, which would do my head in after a while :)
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« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2006, 05:58:42 AM »
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NOT TRUE!
- certainly not for small companies here in the UK with the UK guitar mags
Ask Tim and he will tell you the same
I have had reviews and they were in general very good - but that was because we gave them great guitars to review


Ah well.  Lol!   :oops:

I probably should have said, "As far as I know" or "So I've heard" or something in my message.

I've had two or three people who made a living doing copywriting and journalism say this and I just repeated it.  They were Americans though; perhaps it's more common in the US.
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« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2006, 07:28:39 AM »
- slightly off topic ( for which I apologise) Jonathan, I see there is a small piccy of you in Guitar Buyer- their photomontage of LGS- you are not named  but there is a reference to long hair.
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« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2006, 07:44:08 AM »
Haha legend, Jon is famous :P
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« Reply #22 on: June 21, 2006, 10:30:34 PM »
i've not bought a guitar magazine in about 2 years, they're all cr@p.

www.chopsfromhell.com, www.guitarshredshow.com - an abudance of technical stuff to learn.

www.harmony-central.com - reviews

www.outsideshore.com/index.htm,
www.freakguitar.com - plenty of scales and theory to keep you going

I dont see the need in buying there stuff, as for transcriptions that come in magazines they're mediocre i've seen wrong tabs especially on more technical stuff I once say a disgraceful tab of Die To Live by vai in a magazine years ago.

And you should all be trying to figure it out by ear anyway, also getting a propper musical education (eg, music diploma/degree) is more useful that learning the same licks and songs as 10,000 other people that week.

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« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2006, 12:12:25 AM »
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- slightly off topic ( for which I apologise) Jonathan, I see there is a small piccy of you in Guitar Buyer- their photomontage of LGS- you are not named  but there is a reference to long hair.


hah, i saw the one. Some reference to chocolate and beer and strange goings on at the party afterwards...

seriously.

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« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2006, 01:18:38 AM »
I was seen standing with a marshmallow on a skewer by the chocolate fountain it is true.

All those lovely guitars on my stand and all they picture is a food fetish shot..........
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« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2006, 01:22:13 AM »
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NOT TRUE!
- certainly not for small companies here in the UK with the UK guitar mags
Ask Tim and he will tell you the same
I have had reviews and they were in general very good - but that was because we gave them great guitars to review


Ah well.  Lol!   :oops:

I probably should have said, "As far as I know" or "So I've heard" or something in my message.

I've had two or three people who made a living doing copywriting and journalism say this and I just repeated it.  They were Americans though; perhaps it's more common in the US.


It may be more prevalent in the USA

News stories are often "managed" by people with financial sway in the daily newspapers  and i am sure that  it must exist in the music press but it certainly doesn't seem to happen in reviews for smaller companies.
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« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2006, 09:23:02 AM »
Well, If a magazine gets sent an MG100 to review...They're hardly gonna say that it's overpriced, it sounds terrible and you could buy a much better amp for the money...Reason being that Marshall are probably one of the biggest advertisers in the magazine, and a big source of money - if they give a terrible review and Marshall remove their adverts, then the magazine loses out
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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2006, 01:28:13 PM »
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cheers guys! useful info here thx :)

But chrisola, about kerrang. I must say, i hate kerrang... the mag, the tv station, and its huge involvement with download festival. Last straw for me was crowning trivium "gods of metal"  :roll: . Yea trivium are great but they arent gods. They are good and stuff just there are bands with far more talent. Then of course trivium took the slot at download above bands such as Alice in Chains, Stone Sour. and on the sunday, Bullet for my valentine took a slot above bands of the likes of In Flames. Then Evergrey (if you havent heard you REALLY SHOULD) were put on the snickers bowl  :roll: (i know they arent big over here but in sweden they are legends)

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Evergrey are such an underated band. So much better than most of the cr@p you hear now.