Joseph Campbell, one of the world's foremost authorities on mythology, once outlined in a simple paragraph the plot followed by every classic adventure story from The Odyssey to Star Wars. "A hero," Campbell explained, "ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this adventure with the power to bestow gifts on his fellow man."
Here are more behind-the-scenes photos from our upcoming 2012 Holiday Review Guide, which is coming to newsstands and the Guitar World online store in November. We'll be rolling out several more behind-the-scenes photo galleries up until the newsstand date, November 22.
First things first: We don’t want you to stop playing guitar. After all, Guitar World is a magazine for guitarists, and so playing guitar is something we promote. Pursuing a special interest, however, has its hazards. For one, approached with the wrong outlook, your hobby/vocation could lead to pathological behavior. Indeed, much like The Force, the guitar, once mastered, can be used either for good or for evil.
As director of R&D and Private Stock at Paul Reed Smith, Joe Knaggs designed some of the company’s most compelling guitars—the astonishingly lightweight McCarty Archtop and Hollowbody, the timeless Singlecut and the handsomely retro Mira and Starla, among others. But recently, after two decades at PRS, Knaggs felt it was time to move on. After an amicable split with the company, he started Knaggs Guitars with former PRS Director of Global Sales and Marketing, Peter Wolf.
Kirk Withrow, an ear, nose and throat doctor in Birmingham, Alabama, is "obsessed" with making things out of other things, chief among them, guitars from cigar boxes. A patient with a sinus infection introduced Withrow to the instrument during his residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham about 11 years ago and gave him his cigar box guitar.