All Change

Guitarist - - Contents -

As we go to press with this is­sue, we heard news that Gib­son has ap­pointed a new CEO to re­place its long-stand­ing, em­bat­tled manat-the-top Henry Juszkiewicz. The in­com­ing head of Gib­son is for­mer Levi’s pres­i­dent James ‘JC’ Curleigh, an avowed fan of Gib­son’s her­itage who says he owns many of the brand’s best­known mod­els him­self – and that his plan is to fo­cus on the core gui­tar-mak­ing busi­ness. That’s just as well, as it was Gib­son’s ad­ven­tures in other ar­eas that holed them be­low the wa­ter­line fi­nan­cially and led them into Chap­ter 11 bank­ruptcy, as Henry Juszkiewicz told Gui­tarist in a re­cent in­ter­view. Most play­ers, I sus­pect, will want that back-to­ba­sics ap­proach to be cen­tred on well-priced ex­am­ples of Gib­son’s flag­ship electrics with rock-solid build-qual­ity, great tone and very few gim­micks. What­ever course the com­pany takes, we wish them the best of luck.

In a less dra­matic spirit, we’ve made a few changes to Gui­tarist, too, based on what you told us you wanted more of. Fans of Dave Bur­rluck’s Mod Squad col­umn, which con­cerns fet­tling your gui­tar for ex­tra tone and playa­bil­ity, will be pleased to see Mr B has sprouted an ex­tra two pages, so he can elab­o­rate in more de­tail on DIY up­grades that will trans­form your gui­tar. It’s also moved fur­ther back in the mag so it can sit next door to our Q&A gear main­te­nance col­umn, which is its nat­u­ral shed-fel­low, if you will. Turn to p134 to check out this month’s in­stal­ment, which deals with di­alling in a new gui­tar with the best setup for your play­ing style. We also have a brand-new col­umn that dis­sects the hottest new gear to come our way – it’s called Gas Sup­ply and you’ll find it on p44. Mean­while, we’ve made a few changes to our Pedal­board sec­tion to help you an­a­lyse more eas­ily what pedal is best for you. Last but not least, it was a plea­sure to re­turn to Mark Knopfler’s West Lon­don stu­dio to dis­cuss the tones, gui­tars and song­writ­ing ap­proaches be­hind his new al­bum. He’s one of those in­trigu­ing artists whose work seems to get bet­ter with time, so we hope you en­joy the fea­ture. See you next time.

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