Guitar Magazines

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  1. sk8rat

    sk8rat Senior Member

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    the only time I have had a magazine subscription was when someone on here posted how to get guitar player for free. it worked. I skimmed through them but nothing in them really interested me.

    I always felt left out when I was younger because all my friends had thrasher magazine subscriptions but my parents never let me get it. they said it was a waste of money. I guess they were kind of right.
     
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  2. dennis g

    dennis g Senior Member

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    I quit subscribing to both guitar and race magazines a few years ago. My house cleaners come every two weeks, which gives me ample time to go to Barnes & Noble, read what I want, and not have tons of magazines collecting space around my "office". Not only that, there's more than enough more current info on the internet! Time and money saved all around.
     
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  3. SteveC

    SteveC Village Elder V.I.P. Member

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    Guns & Ammo ftw.

    Guitar/Music magazines went to shit in the 80's.
     
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    defcrew Senior Member

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    You know, I've noticed that gun magazines have supplanted guitar magazines in the racks in grocery stores and so forth in recent times. Says something about where are collective head is at.:io:
     
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  5. Dun Ringill

    Dun Ringill Premium Member

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    The only magazine I get is Wood and Steel. It is Taylor guitar's quarterly. There are some good articles and some excellent acoustic porn in those!
     
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  6. electric head

    electric head Just passing thru Premium Member

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    I have taken advantage of the free subscriptions that come up on here once in awhile.
    As a kid I got both of these for years and years
    Mow a few lawns and that paid for a years worth.

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  7. efstop

    efstop Senior Member

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    I deliver magazines, and unit sales have been declining since before the internet era. Where I work used to be an independent wholesaler but after being sold twice, it's now just the logistics division of a company owned by two wholesalers. I used to read about $50 worth of magazines a month for free but not since we became a third party. In the '80s I read a lot of car mags and Heavy Metal (a few years ago I gave away years worth of them.) I read guitar mags (and Heavy Metal) until about 2002, when we became third party.

    I'm used to reading stuff online now so I don't miss the paper versions
     
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  8. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I had a subscription to GP for about 20 years, and then again for a year not too long ago. Have some GW hanging around too, but it isn't so interesting so I rarely crack one of those old issues.

    PG seems to be the best rag out there, and I'll buy hard copy every so often, but most of the time, when I want to read about guitarin' I'll google the player or gear that has me interested and surf the links I get.

    I wish the magazines still had good writing in them, but that horse ran out of the barn a long time ago.
     
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    BlankinLoud Senior Member

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    Acoustic Guitar magazine is the only one I buy every month.
     
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    prs97 Senior Member

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    I'm old school. I still like getting magazines in the mail.

    Right now, I'm down to Guitar Player & Hot Rod.

    Quiet time in the john with a new magazine is a simple pleasure for me. lol.
     
  11. tazzboy

    tazzboy V.I.P. Member

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    I subscribe to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar Magazine
     
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    TheWelder Senior Member

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    I subscribed to Premier Guitar when there was a free subscription offer. I liked it but not enough to pay for the subscription after the free trial ended.

    I have a subscription to the New Yorker which is great, but it's weekly and I find it really hard to keep up. Sometimes I only skim through and read the one panel comics which are great. Obviously it's not guitar-related but as far as print magazines go, that's the only one I pay for.
     
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  13. E1WOOD5150

    E1WOOD5150 Purveyor of Joke Grenades

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    I love the idea of donating my older guitar mags to the local thrift store. Paying it forward and all that...Looks like I'll be lugging all them old issues to the store over the holidays. Thanks for the suggestion!

    The only magazine that I subscribe to now is Muscle Car Review. The photos they take are stunning, and they went to a higher quality paper about a year ago, and it makes a big difference in the reproduction of the pictures. I got Hot Rod way back when, but at that time, just about every car they'd feature was a blown small block Chevy with a Turbo 350 and 9" rear. At least the motors are different in the restored cars in MCR.
     
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    79 les paul guy Junior Member

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    I used to pick up Guitar player and still have quite a collection of them going back to the 70's. They used to have plastic records in them you could learn from. It's interesting to read them and see all the greats while there still young and making it big. Will today's technology still be around for future generations to be able to see and read? 50 yrs rom now I think my magazines will still be.
     
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    I read every guitar related forum I can find online. I also read (ie: drool)every single Sweetwater, Musicians Friend and other guitar related mail that I get. AND I read every free online guitar magazine. That's about it these days.
     
  16. 500 Mike

    500 Mike Junior Member

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    I still like print magazines also. Old school I guess. I subscribe to Guitar Player and Guitarist. I really like Guitarist the best but it is pricey... coming to the USA from the UK.
     
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    tonemonster58 Senior Member

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    The Fretboard Journal is fantastic. In depth articles on true players and luthiers that go beyond the norm. High quality table top fare that warrants collection. Spendy but worth it. Quarterly from Seattle...
     
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    dave b Senior Member

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    I still have a huge folder of the tabs I pulled out of the guitar magazines purchased from the late 80's to about 2000. Never had subs, just checked the bookstore racks every month for stuff I wanted. Haven't read a guitar magazine since I joined here in 2010:laugh2:. Only magazines I buy now hold bullets.
     
  19. lawrev

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    I had Guitar Aficionado on subscription, but I have only two issues left and will let it lapse. At B&N I will generally get Guitarist, but only if there is something interesting to read and a Gibson Les Paul being profiled somewhere in the issue. Their occasional Gibson special issues - like the Les Paul ones - are worthwhile to buy and keep. Throw a Les Paul on the cover of any guitar magazine, and I will give it a serious look.
     
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    kherman Senior Member

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    Last month I ordered Guitar World. They had it going for $24.99 for 2 years and a free T-shirt.
    I got the T-shirt. No mag yet.
     

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