Partially inspired by this post of Chris’ from when Skolnick was selling off his old music magazines, I went on a big binge recently, roughly doubling the size of my collection of guitar magazines:
Massive thanks to my better half for driving 7 (seven) hours in each direction to the capital to pick up about 350 old guitar magazines for me. These included a collection of Guitar Player magazines complete from late 1987 to 2013. W00T!
The picture isn’t too exciting: basically just five cardboard packing boxes full of stuffed magazine files and organisers.
Condition is really great, as far as I've seen even all the Soundpage recordings are still intact and in the magazines!
I've not been through everything yet, but it should mean that I now have a complete set of Paul Gilbert's Terrifying Guitar 101 column, a true classic (if almost impossible to play).
And I'll answer the FAQ* in my OP: yes, I actually read these old magazines I collect from cover to cover. More than once, usually. And I work on the transcriptions and workshops, too, where I can.
Then over 30 (thirty!) kilos of old guitar mags arrived from Tyne and Wear, and from Maryland! I paid much more for the postage than for the product.
Maryland was just 8 Guitar for the Practicing Musician mags from 1989 (the Reb Beach cover at last!).
It's a real mixed bag from Whitley Bay, several different titles, even some bass mags, from the early 80s to the present.
Considering giving up modern guitar mags to concentrate on issues from the past. It's a night-and-day quality difference. The journalism used to be so much better!
I was reading this on the train to work today:
In the interview, Yngwie reveals that he, too, collects Guitar Player Magazine, saying “I also read and still have almost every issue of Guitar Player since 1975”. That’s ten years’ worth of mags there! I feel a little better about my habit, being in such esteemed company...
*The taxi driver who conveyed the mags from the seller's flat in the low-emission zone to our stinky car, which is not allowed in, wanted to know this. He said it was the oddest fare he'd had in years.