Interacting with other musicians in person may be extremely challenging at the moment but the spirit of collaboration has never been so abundant in the guitar industry. The design process behind this month’s cover star saw Epiphone and Gibson Custom put their heads together to create an affordable take on that most holy of grails, the 1959 Les Paul Standard.
Meanwhile, this year’s virtual incarnation of the NAMM Show saw a deluge of new signature models released into the world as brands and artists unveiled the fruits of the past 12 months of mood boards, 3D-printed mock-ups, colour swatches, prototyping and everything else that goes with it.
We ask this question of our team members and contributors but I’m also going to throw it out to you, dear readers: which two brands would you like to see collaborate on a fantasy guitar, amplifier or pedal, and why? Write in and let us know and we’ll print our favourite suggestions – with bonus points awarded for Photoshop mock-ups. Personally, I’d like to see Strymon and Apple collaborate on a silver-bullet direct audio and video recording solution for iPhones, ideally wireless, with zero latency and amp-like sounds and feel. It must be possible, right?
Finally, as I write this, we’re celebrating our busiest month ever for web traffic on Guitar.com. It’s a testament to the tireless efforts of a team separated by thousands of miles and working remotely but somehow still managing to create the best guitar content you’ll find anywhere. When, eventually, we all get to be in the same room together again, the drinks are on me. Something tells me I may live to regret that statement…
Enjoy this month’s mag and I’ll see you next time!
Inside the issue
It’s been over a quarter of a century since Foo Fighters was born as a vehicle for Dave Grohl’s unheard solo material. Now, as they celebrate 10th LP, Medicine At Midnight, we caught up with Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett to look back at the guitarists’ journeys as part of the biggest band on earth.
Two of the UK’s foremost collectors of vintage Fenders share their stories and buying advice as we enter a candy store bursting with custom colours.