As we bid goodbye to 2018, there’s no better time to take stock of the year, its highlights, and all that new gear we’ve somehow amassed over the past 12 months.
We’ve plenty of exciting plans next year, but for now, here’s a compilation of our most-read stories in 2018. Scroll down and you’ll find vintage guitars, immigrant tales, gear guides and even a Parisian sojourn in the mix.
But before that, we’d like to thank the most important contributor to this magazine: you. Thank you for reading our stories, giving us your feedback – both good and bad! – and helping us create the best guitar magazine around. 2019, we can’t wait to start.
Interview: Vince Gill – Eagle Soar
Coming in at the 10th spot is this wide-ranging interview with Vince, who wants to reassure Eagles fans that no, he’s not out to replace Glenn Frey. “That would be impossible on every level,” he told us.
All About… Tadeo Gomez
He was an orphaned immigrant who literally walked a thousand miles to get to America – and then he went on to become Fender’s greatest-ever neck carver. The story of Tadeo Gomez is also the story of the electric guitar.
A history of CF Martin & Co, an American institution
Another quintessentially American tale, our retrospective of the acoustic guitar titan begins with an immigrant and a dream. It’s a story that’ll resonate with anyone who has ever picked up a Martin.
Andy Scott’s ES-335 – Block Buster
There must be lots of Sweet fans among us, because this in-depth study of Andy Scott’s vaunted semi-hollow made it to the seventh spot.
Four must-visit vintage guitar shops in Paris
Our writer Huw Price hops on an excursion to the City Of Light – not for the food, attractions or events, but to go on the hunt for the best vintage guitars the French capital has to offer.
The best gear of 2018: Guitars, pedals, amps and accessories
It wouldn’t be an end-of-year list without the granddaddy of ’em all: our Gear Of The Year 2018 awards.
Vintage Bench Test: 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard ‘Duggie Lock Burst’
It’s a beautiful, rare and life-affirming guitar – so no surprises that this deep look at an original Gibson Burst made it to our top 10 stories of the year.
Fender announces reissue of Jimmy Page’s iconic ‘Dragon’ Telecaster
Many of you saw plenty to love – or hate – about Fender’s plans to reissue the Led Zep man’s legendary Tele to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band’s founding. Whatever the case, we can’t wait to lay our eyes upon the guitar. NAMM, hopefully?
The ultimate guide to vintage Les Paul tone
Gibson fans found plenty to love about our guide to nailing that cherished blend of clarity, sustain and power offered by original Bursts and Goldtops. Now you, too, can taste the tone fantastic without breaking the bank.
The ultimate guide to Strat tone
And here it is: our most popular story of 2018. In this exhaustive guide, we go through setup tips, easy DIY mods, wiring upgrades and other tips on how to make the most out of your Stratocaster.
Check out our most-read gear reviews of the year here.