The May 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now!

Up-close and personal with Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith.


Sadly, everyone reading this will have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis in one way or another, but if you are stuck indoors, the May 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine comes packed with more than enough material to keep boredom away during lockdown.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Wrong. This month we get up-close and personal in Sin City with two living legends in the shape of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford and find out what makes Aerosmith‘s guitar heroes tick. Spoiler alert: the feature includes a lot of very cool guitars, amps and pedals.

We also visit Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Goldbergs star Jeff Garlin at home in LA to check out the comedy actor’s enviable guitar collection, and catch up with Tommy Emmanuel and Jerry Douglas on the UK leg of their co-headline tour to talk tone and technique.

Now is an opportune time to improve your guitar vocabulary, so head to our techniques section to learn how to play blues lead like Jimmy Page and create stellar chord sequences like David Gilmour in Pink Floyd‘s 1970s pomp.

And while many guitar shops have closed their doors to customers visiting in person, you can still support your favourite businesses by ordering online. Head to our reviews section to check out hot new gear from Fender, Gretsch, Strymon, Blackstar and more.
Drop us a line at and let us know what content we can create to help you through the challenging weeks ahead – and don’t forget about the wealth of great tuition and hours of video footage you can find on Wishing you all the best from myself and the team – see you next month.


Inside the issue

The Collection: Jeff Garlin

From Curb Your Enthusiasm to The Goldbergs and his recent Netflix special, Jeff Garlin has been splitting sides for decades. We visit the comedy actor at home in Los Angeles to find out about his other big passions in life: guitars and music.

Fender Player Lead II & III
Fender’s Lead II and Lead III may have been underrated when they first appeared in the catalogue four decades ago, but these compact rock machines are turning heads with young guitarists in 2020 thanks to Player Series reissues in punchy new hues. We take a deep dive.



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