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Guitar World

Guitar World
Cover of Guitar World (May 2007)
Categories Music magazine (guitar focus)
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Harris Publications (1980–2003)
Future US, Inc. (2003–2012)
NewBay Media (2012–present)
Total circulation
(December 2012)
First issue July 1980
Country United States
Language English
Website Guitar World website
ISSN 1045-6295

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.[2] 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.


  • History 1
  • Notable contributors 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


In the January 2005 issue, Guitar World began selling some issues of the magazine with CD-ROMs containing video lessons, gear demonstrations and other self-produced and third-party content. Magazines that contain the disc sell for $7.99 USD rather than the standard issue price of $4.99. Each issue originally came with a centerfold poster of an artist or group featured in the magazine for that month, however, these are no longer included. In 2007 Guitar World started to produce a new DVD magazine Guitar World presents...Guitar DVD.

As of the January 2009 issue, Guitar World is including columns from its defunct sister magazines Guitar One and Guitar World Acoustic. Some of the columnists include:

Notable contributors

  • Charles R. Cross: features writer
  • Alan Paul: managing editor (1991–1996), online editor (1996–2003), senior writer (1996–present)


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines".  
  2. ^ NewBay Media Buys Music Mags from Future US

External links

  • websiteGuitar World
  • 100 Greatest Guitar Solos (as ranked by readers of Guitar World)
  • Interviews Past and PresentGuitar World

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