The November 2019 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now!

The past, present and future of Gibson's best-selling guitar.

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The Gibson SG Standard is the Nashville company’s best-selling guitar of all time. Surprised?

Although you might think it would be the Les Paul, the SG has more years of continuous production behind it and has always been the more affordable option. People might point to aspects of the design that make it a somewhat fragile creature, but that hasn’t stopped the SG featuring on some of the greatest and most incendiary rock records of all time.

As well as reeling off a list of the SG’s greatest hits, this month’s celebration of Gibson’s horned red devil includes an in-depth look at three of the company’s fantastic new Original Collection models. We also reveal what the likes of Tony Iommi, Derek Trucks, Jimmy Page and Johnny Marr think of the iconic best-seller. Special thanks to Matt Martin for the loan of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle – another stone cold rock ’n’ roll icon – for our photoshoot.

Elsewhere this month, we talk to artists old and new in the shape of Foals, Hank Marvin and Ian Noe and check out hot new gear from the likes of Kemper, Supro, Eastman and Fender. And if you’ve ever wondered to yourself what a guitar and banjo double-neck might look like – and who hasn’t? – then check out this month’s DIY project!

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Inside this issue

joe bonamassa merlin telecaster

This nicotine-stained Telecaster saw plenty of action before finding its way to its latest custodian, Joe Bonamassa. Take a closer look at a guitar with country mojo and stories to tell.

gibson sg best songs

Gibson’s best-selling electric guitar of all time has been on more hits than you can shake a trident at. From razor-sharp rock to tripped-out jams, the list that follows might just be proof that this iconic devil-horned solidbody has all the best tunes.

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