(ABC Jan-Dec 2008)
Guitarist is a monthly music making magazine published by Future plc in the United Kingdom. The magazine features reviews of newly released guitars, amplifiers and other equipment, plus interviews with guitar players, features on the guitar industry, news articles, and features on playing technique that are accompanied by tablature. The magazine covers both electric and acoustic guitar playing and each month has a comprehensive reviews section that aims to cover the definitive guitars and gear that have released that month. While regularly covering both low- mid- and high-end products, Guitarist's main review will often be of an expensive and rare instrument. In addition to the guitars, amplifiers and accessories, the magazine regularly reviews electric basses. Guitarist's slogan and mission-statement is "The Guitar Player's Bible". Musically, Guitarist has traditionally focussed on classic rock, blues, and folk, but in recent years has come to incorporate alternative rock and heavy metal, featuring artists such as Tony Iommi, John Mayer and Kirk Hammett on the cover. Guitarist was launched in 1984, making it the longest-running guitar magazine in Europe. In 2008 the magazine celebrated its 300th issue and in late-2009 it celebrated its 25th Anniversary
Every month Guitarist comes with a cover-mounted CD, or occasionally a DVD. The CD features backing tracks for all of the style lessons that are featured in the magazine itself, as well as audio demonstrations of the most important products that are reviewed that month.
Once a year, Guitarist replaces its CD with a special DVD which as well as the usual CD contents will also feature a large amount of DVD video on a specific subject. These have included a guide to using effects and most recently 'The Beginner's Guide To Tone' explaining how the various aspects of guitar equipment and technique affects guitar sound.
- Editor: Mick Taylor
- Features Editor: Jamie Dickson
- Gear and Reviews Editor: Dave Burrluck
- CD and Multimedia Editor: Simon Bradley
- Operations Editor: Paul Robson
- Production Assistant: Josh Gardner
- Senior Art Editor: Mark Thomas
- Deputy Art Editor: Rob Antonello
- Senior Music Editor: Jason Sidwell
From 2008 onward, Future made Guitarist part of their MusicRadar website, along with all of the company's other music making website. This meant that for the first time an archive of Guitarist's old reviews are now available online.