1. Total Guitar

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Total Guitar is a monthly magazine based in the United Kingdom. The magazine is the best selling guitar magazine in Europe.

The magazine is owned by Future plc, who publish many other magazines ranging from drums and video games to mountain bikes and knitting magazines.

Total Guitar regularly contains tablature for rock, acoustic, punk, Blues, and Metal, as well as detailed profiles of guitarists and their specific techniques and playing styles. Total Guitar is aimed at players who would like to learn how to play guitar, with dedicated beginner tutorials in acoustic and electric guitar, as well as helping those who can already play guitar to develop their playing style and learn new techniques and songs.

2. Guitarist

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Guitarist is a monthly music making magazine published by Future plc in the United Kingdom. It is the longest-established European guitar magazine, and is currently the biggest selling guitar magazine in the UK. The magazine’s current editor is Jamie Dickson, who has been in charge since late-2013. Each issue covers three areas: reviews, interview and technique. This may include reviews of newly released guitars, amplifiers and other equipment; interviews with famous and up-and-coming guitar players; and features on the guitar industry, news articles, playing technique with tablature.

3. Guitar World

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Guitar World is a monthly music magazine devoted to guitarists, published since July 1980. It contains original interviews, album and gear reviews, and guitar and bass tablature of approximately five songs each month. The magazine is published 13 times per year (12 monthly issues and a holiday issue). Formerly owned by Harris Publications, Future US bought the magazine in 2003. In 2012, NewBay Media bought the Music division of Future US. The latter company also published a spin-off title, Guitar Legends, each issue of which typically combined past articles from Guitar World under a specific theme.

4. Guitar Player

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Guitar Player is an American popular magazine for guitarists, founded in 1967 in San Jose, California, United States. It contains articles, interviews, reviews and lessons of an eclectic collection of artists, genres and products. It has been in print since late 1967. The magazine is currently edited by Michael Molenda. Guitar Player is a part of the Music Player Network.

5. Bass Guitar 

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Bass Guitar is a UK-based music magazine established in 2003 and continuing to the present day. The magazine was originally a bi-monthly publication until 2009 when it became monthly. The magazine has its headquarters in Warwickshire. It includes interviews, features, album and gear reviews. In May 2016 the publisher of the magazine, Blaze Publishing, was acquired by Future plc.

6. Premier Guitar

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Premier Guitar is an American magazine devoted to guitarists. Founded in 2007, it is based in Marion, Iowa, and has an editorial staff composed of experienced musicians. Content includes instructional material, guitar gear reviews, and guitar news. Interviews have included guitarists such as Pete Townshend of The Who, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Guthrie Govan, Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, and Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick of Megadeth. The magazine is published online for free, and includes multimedia such as instructional videos and podcasts. The magazine also has a free weekly newsletter and an online “Gear Search” service, where guitarists can search for, buy, and sell guitar equipment.

7. Acoustic Guitar

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Acoustic Guitar is a monthly magazine published in the United States since July/August 1990 by String Letter Publishing. The magazine offers information, inspiration, and instruction related to acoustic guitars for players of all levels from beginners to teachers. Each issue includes three or so songs with notation and tablature, lessons, product reviews and interviews of prominent acoustic musicians. The magazine boasts a readership of approximately 54,000 and a social media audience that numbers more than 490,000 likes on Facebook, and is widely available throughout North America.

8. Bass Player

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Bass Player is a magazine for bassists. Each issue offers a variety of artist interviews, lessons, equipment reviews, and a complete transcribed bass line from a popular song. The magazine was founded in 1988 as a spinoff of Guitar Player magazine, with Jim Roberts as its first editor. It began as a regular edition magazine in 1990. The headquarters of the magazine is in San Bruno, California.

Currently published by New Bay Media, Bass Player holds an annual event for bassists, Bass Player LIVE!. From 2004 until 2007 Bass Player LIVE! was held in New York City; beginning in 2008 it was held in Hollywood, California.

9. Vintage Guitar

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Vintage Guitar magazine is a consumer publication that focuses on vintage and classic fretted instruments, amplifiers, effects, and related gear, as well as notable players from all genres and eras. The publication’s feature stories and monthly columns cover a diverse range of topics by contributors, including some of the biggest names in the industry and renowned authorities like Dan Erlewine, George Gruhn, Wolf Marshall, Richard Smith, and Seymour W. Duncan, as well as some of the best-known writers in the field, including Walter Carter, A. R. Duchoissoir, Dan Forte, Lisa Sharken, Rich Kienzle, Michael Dregni, John Heidt, John Peden, and others.

10. Acoustic Magazine

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Acoustic Magazine is a British glossy monthly publication that deals only in acoustic music. Acoustic was cofounded by Steve Harvey in 2004. Harvey edited the first twenty issues of the magazine, which is part of Blaze Publishing Ltd..

Originally bi-monthly, it is now a monthly publication and carries reviews, features, lessons, vintage guitar advice and all manner of items to do with this genre. Columnists include Pierre Bensusan, Maartin Allcock, Doyle Dykes, Chris Gibbons, Simon Mayor, Gordon Giltrap, and Julie Ellison.

11. Soundboard

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Soundboard is a magazine published quarterly by the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA). The GFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to furthering interest and knowledge of the guitar – primarily the classical guitar and classical guitar music. The magazine was started in 1974 and features academic research, interviews, listings of upcoming master classes and conventions, and more. The headquarters is in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California.

12. Fretboard Journal

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The Fretboard Journal is a keepsake magazine for guitar, mandolin, and stringed instrument players. In the same vein of other “coffee table magazines” such as GastronomicaThe Surfer’s Journal, and the Rodder’s Journal, it boasts high-end production values, lengthy interviews and exclusive photography in each issue. Each issue is filled with photos of rare instruments, well-known musicians, and even the workshops of instrument builders. The magazine is also available on the iPad.

13. Bass Frontiers Magazine

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Bass Frontiers Magazine is an online publication that specializes in coverage of bass guitar via video interviews, text articles, gear and media reviews, as well as the educational aspects of bass.

Bass Frontiers Magazine presently conducts video interviews for feature stories. Written articles, gear and media reviews, and other written content is contributed by bassists around the United States and globally. Brent Anthony Johnson is currently the magazine’s main contributor. The magazine occasionally holds giveaways open to U.S. residents over the age of eighteen.

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