May/June 2017: Special Country Issue
Vince Gill: The country legend’s tools of the trade are as classic and timeless as his music.
The Songbird Guitar Museum: At its home in Chattanooga, the new museum exhibits the best instruments from private collectors, sharing them in the public spotlight.
Brent Mason: He’s the top-flight picker on hundreds of hit country records and soundtracks to Hollywood blockbusters, TV shows, and commercials. But Brent Mason might be the most-heard guitarist you’ve never heard of.
Tal Farlow: A collection of seven guitars owned by the late great jazz giant reveals that he was equally visionary as a player and guitar design innovator.
And much more!
Recent Back Issues
March/April 2016: Billy Gibbons
We feature Billy Gibbons. On a whirlwind trip to Cuba, Billy discovers that the country is about much more than cars, cigars and communism.
Dean Fearing: The Texas chef has balanced his rise to the top through his award-winning Dallas restaurant, his best-selling cookbooks, and a strong passion for music.
Gretsch: A new exhibition at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame highlights six decades of Gretsch history.
Tim Wheeler: The guitarist and frontman for Ash provides a closer look at the guitars that light his fire.
January/February 2016: Gary Clark Jr.
Our new issue features Gary Clark Jr. With a repertoire that spans Blues, Funk, Rock, R&B, and Hip-Hop, the electric blue’s star’s search for sounds has led him to several satisfying guitar discoveries.
Rudy Pensa: Over the last four decades, the owner of Rudy’s Music SoHo has acquired an impressive collection of the world’s finest archtop guitars. Now he’s searching for someone to give those guitars a new home.
Blackberry Smoke: The weapons of choice for Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr include both vintage and contemporary boutique gear.
November/December 2015: Ronnie Wood
Fifty years ago, the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood sought success with a band called the Birds. Wood’s recently published diary from 1965 reveals a fascinating look at Swinging London’s vibrant music scene during that time.
Next, after closing the final chapter of Pink Floyd, guitarist David Gilmour looks forward to focusing entirely on his solo career and family. Then, he’s never blended in with contemporary country’s trends, but Dwight Yoakam has always had a rock and roll heart. Later, electric blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa wants to share his world-class guitar collection with five lucky fans.
September/October 2015: Cheech Marin
The Sept/Oct issue of Guitar Aficionado features Cheech Marin and how the comedian’s love of Chicano art led to the Blazing Chicano Guitars project.
Next, Guitar Aficianado checks in with the always surprising Brit icon, Paul Weller, to discover the unusual guitar choices that color his latest album, Saturns Pattern.
Then, for more than three decades, L.A.’s Guitar Salon International has remained the premier place to find historic and contemporary classical and flamenco guitars. Later, we remember the life of the blues giant, B.B. King, through his many loves—the guitars he called Lucille.
July/August 2015: David Duchovny
The July/August 2015 issue of Guitar Aficionado features David Duchovny. The famed X-Files and Californication actor suppressed his musical ambitions until a guitar brought out his hidden talents as a singer-songwriter.
Next, in celebration of his 100th birthday, Guitar Aficionado remembers guitar legend Les Paul’s revolutionary achievements as an inventor and musician.
Then, Maui’s opulent comforts and scenic splendors come roaring to life on a pair of Harley-Davidson cruisers.
Later, while he still tours and records with Warrant, Erik Turner spends his free time in vineyards and wineries, thanks to his new-found love of wine.
May/June 2015: The Bacon Brothers
The May/June issue of Guitar Aficionado features the Bacon Brothers. After playing together for two decades and releasing eight albums, Kevin and Michael have kept their musical duo a family affair. Next, seen from behind the wheel of a new Land Rover Discovery Sport, Iceland reveals itself as a prog-rock Valhalla.
Later, with the release of a new expanded version of Freedom Highway and the completion of his final recordings, the life and legacy of Pops Staples is remembered by Steve Cropper, Marty Stuart, Jeff Tweedy and his daughter Mavis. In this excerpt from his upcoming book, photographer Jay Blakesberg captures images of guitarists performing with their favorite guitars.
March/April 2015: Bob Seger Motoring Special
The Motoring Special of Guitar Aficionado celebrates the enduring relationship between guitars and fine automobiles. Featuring one of the Motor City’s most beloved homegrown heroes, read how Bob Seger’s love of the automobile has remained a lifelong affair.
Next, armed with an impressive collection of vintage guitars, Brad Gillis enjoys double duty crafting music for television to his ongoing career with Night Ranger. Later, Metallica frontman James Hetfield and kustom car builder Rick Dore collaborated with Marcel and Luc De Lay to create the Black Pearl—a one-of-a-kind-coach-built kustom.
January/February 2015: The Beatles and Epiphone
The January/February 2015 of GA features The Beatles and their Epiphone guitars. At the height of Beatlemania, Epiphone got the nod from the reigning Kings of Pop when they made the budget-priced Casino their choice of electric guitar.
Next, GA pays tribute to the late great Stan Jay, founder of Mandolin Brothers, the premiere vintage stringed-instrument store that helped to repair and preserve some of the world’s finest guitars. Further on, Marty Stuart talks of his impressive collection of guitars previously owned by music legends. This country music icon is keeping country’s rich tradition alive.
November/December 2014: Joe Perry
The November/December 2014 of Guitar Aficionado features Joe Perry. The Aerosmith guitarist lifts the curtain on the group’s turbulent history in Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, his long-awaited autobiography. Read how Perry got back his beloved lost Les Paul in an excerpt from Rocks.
Next, read how Johnny A., the hit-making guitarist performed, engineered, and mixed his latest album, Driven, on his own, with a stunning collection of axes. Further on, we focus on Taylor Guitars. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the guitar company looks back at the struggles, triumphs, and enduring vision that have made it a great American success story.
September/October 2014: The Watch Issue
In the September/October 2014 issue of Guitar Aficionado, we bring you the very first Guitar Aficionado watch special.
Ronnie Wood, Elliot Easton, John Varvatos and Fender join us for a celebration of the passionate — and personal — connection between watches and guitars. First, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, turns clocks into paintings inspired by his life.
July/August 2014: Mike Campbell
In the July/August 2014 issue of Guitar Aficionado, we spotlight Mike Campbell, best known as the lead guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Throughout his feature, Campbell takes us behind the classic sound of Hypnotic Eye, the band’s latest album, where he sought the sounds of friends new and old.
Next, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline has amassed a quirky and curious assortment of guitars in search of tones wild and wonderful.
Further on, Guitar Aficionado takes a trip to Tokyo. From vintage to new to unique models made exclusively for the Japanese market, Tokyo offers possibly the greatest selection of guitars on earth.
May/June 2014: Jerry Garcia
In the May/June 2014 issue of Guitar Aficionado, we recognize Jerry Garcia’s achievement in pushing modern electric guitar technology and innovation forward. Constantly seeking the ultimate stage guitar, the Grateful Dead founder revolutionized the custom guitar industry in his tireless pursuit of excellence.
We also take a look at the life and times of the late Gram Parsons. Despite his tumultuous and troubled lifestyle, the folk-rocker delivered transcendent music with the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and his own band, the Fallen Angels.
Further on, we learn how well-known Las Vegas chef, Grant MacPherson, has combined his passion for music and food throughout his career.
March/April 2014: Winter Olympians
The March/April 2014 issue catches up with six 2014 Winter Olympians who entered the heat of Olympic competition. But J.R. Celski, Lowell Bailey, Andy Newell, Stacey Cook, Laurenne Ross and Tim Jitloff spend their free time cooling down with six strings.
Guitar Aficionado also has a motoring special, celebrating three movers and shakers who find their passion at the intersection of cars and guitars. First, former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty has switched from four wheels to two, but he’s always relied on the comfort of six strings. Next, Jason Chinnock details how playing guitar in a touring band landed one auto enthusiast a prime gig at Lambourghini.
Eddie Van Halen serves up a personal tour of his favorite guitars. Ed’s extraordinary collection reveals his endless fascination with the tools of his trade.
We check out the impressive collection of Ernie Boch Jr. Ernie may preside over a multibillion-dollar auto-dealer empire in Boston, but his true passion is his wicked-cool collection of classic, as well as uncommon, axes.
We hit the links with Joe Don Rooney, who makes sure to get in a round of golf before he hits the stage on each tour stop. We check in with Sergio Dias, the leader of Os Mutantes, who designs the remarkable electric guitars with which he creates his group’s music.
Guitar Aficionado‘s November/December features John Stamos, who is best known for his TV and Broadway roles, but the Necessary Roughness star has also enjoyed a three-decade career supporting the Beach Boys in more ways than one. Stamos recalls his first time playing with the Beach Boys, and even showing Jimmy Page how to play a few three-chord songs.
Also, we take you to California’s Sonoma wine country for the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, where the world’s finest guitar builders convene for this biannual show.
In the November/December issue we also take a look back at the era when C.F. Martin & Co. laid the foundation for the modern steel-string flattop acoustic guitar.
Guitar Aficionado’s September/October issue features multi-billionaire, inventor, investor, philanthropist, co-founder of Microsoft and founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc. Paul Allen. Allen adds “rock star” to his curriculum vitae with his new album Everywhere at Once, which includes guest spots from Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks and others.
Further on we learn the story of a truly one-of-a-kind 6120 that Gretsch and Chet Atkins collaborated on in 1956 and how that paved the path to the “Country Gentleman.” Plus; Fall style preview with actor Danny Masterson; the new film and box set covering the brief but brilliant career of blues rocker Mike Bloomfield; and much more!
In the July/August 2013 issue of Guitar Aficionado John Fogerty goes guitar crazy on Wrote a Song for Everyone. The guitar legend enlists friends like Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Dave Grohl to reinvent some of his best-loved songs.
Also, brothers Aaron and Bryce Desner are respected instrumentalists, composers, and event curators – not to mention the two guitarists in alternative rock’s genre leading group, The National.
Further on, Guitar Aficionado celebrates the 140 year history of the storied guitar company Epiphone, and the man responsible for the brands legacy, Epaminondas Stathopoulo.
GA gets together with Ed Helms, whose comically profane songs are some of the most hilarious moments in the blockbuster Hangover movie franchise. But his love of bluegrass and commitment to mastering its intricacies give him some serious cred.
We catch up with Steve Martin, who turned a love affair with the banjo into a blossoming musical career, and continues with his new roots-oriented bluegrass album Love Has Come For You.
Guitar Aficionado continues with comedy by picking the guitar’s 25 funniest onscreen scenes from TV/film. We review all five guitars in the historic Crossroads Collection inspired by the instruments Eric Clapton played in his career.