Why don't guitar mags review more guitars?

Red Ryder

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I don't mess with magazines for the basic reason of dollars. $10 and up far a rag full of advertisements, and articles and that mirror what I read 40 years. Only the names have changed.
 

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I have the hardest time reading Y*utube.

A huge gripe of mine is people would rather ramble unscripted in front of a camera than write down something I can read in 2 minutes or go over and over until I get step 12 right.

YouTube absolutely sucks for most 3D Printing howtos for instance . Yet for guitar reviews... I think it's a vastly better platform
 

Marc Morfei

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When I want gear reviews I search TDPRI. Seriously. I'm guessing (hoping) most of you are not being paid for your opinions?

All the "professional" reviews seem like advertisements. "It's great! I love it!" The main usefulness is if they tell you the features and specs. But you can get that from a Sweetwater ad.

I will say there are a couple YouTube guys that do a fairly good job. If not criticism, at least they try to describe why you might or might not like it.
 

Brent Hutto

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In all seriousness, I'm surprised to hear there's any such thing as a old fashioned paper magazine about guitars. Surely their numbers of subscribers must be <1% of what they were 25 years ago...
 

Brent Hutto

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A huge gripe of mine is people would rather ramble unscripted in front of a camera than write down something I can read in 2 minutes or go over and over until I get step 12 right.

YouTube absolutely sucks for most 3D Printing howtos for instance . Yet for guitar reviews... I think it's a vastly better platform
Before I retired, there were various kinds of elaborate forms and reports and submissions I had to fill out from time to time and they were usually impossible to figure out without reading the instructions. Right about the time I got out, the various agencies had started replacing the usual two-page step by step written instructions with videos of something going blah-blah-blah for 10 minutes telling you how to fill out the forms. Glad that stuff is behind me now, mostly.
 

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Vg is cool since you get reviews of old and new guitars and amps. Some of the original guitar players too.
Last month
 

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At one time pre-internet I subscribed to maybe a half dozen magazines. Motorcycle mags, astronomy, guitar, even Playboy (for the articles 😂). Eventually I noticed that I would get my monthly magazine and it would take maybe half an hour to peruse per issue. Take for example a motorcycle magazine: unless you have a GS1150E or are planning to buy one, a review of one isn’t going to sound much different than a K1100. There’s only so much you can say about seating position or handlebars…. Even if I was going to buy one of the bikes that were reviewed, until I actually rode one the review wouldn’t mean much. At least Guitar for the Practicing Musician had song tabs, that was probably the most useful magazine of all of them.
 

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Pre Internet there used to be many decent guitar magazines. These days they look like printed advertisement collections.

I used to subscribe to Guitar player and Guitar world many years back, and at some point I saw the latest ones and it was a shock..
 




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