Live Green and prosper…

There are plenty of things that unite us all as guitar players, and there are many times when the differences between us (technical ability, say, or musical preferences) are easy to identify, explain and potentially eliminate. But when it comes to notions of ‘charisma’, ‘mystery’ and ‘soul’, it becomes a tricky business. Cue this month’s cover story on the great Peter Green and his legendary Gibson Les Paul. Investigating what is it about the man in combination with this particular guitar that enchanted and continues to enchant so many wasn’t an easy job. There are plenty of stories surrounding both Peter and his Gibson, and plenty of them contain no truth whatsoever (although they remain great stories). We hope you enjoy the tales, the opinions and the findings – and that the cover feature does its bit to inspire you to listen and appreciate Peter Green’s wonderful guitar playing all the more.

Elsewhere in the mag there are some special new PRS, Fender and Taylor guitars to evaluate and potentially lust after, while a vintage Framus Jan Akkerman goes under our forensic spotlight in a way that all fellow guitar geeks (and we mean that as a compliment) will find fascinating. And, in a very cumbersome fashion, we bring things full circle on the Les Paul front with our techniques workshop on the man himself. Hard to believe that it’s been four years since he left us, but it’s easy to grasp that he’ll never be forgotten. Enjoy the issue…

John

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