“On a quick trip to interview Paul Reed Smith I was told we were going to the White House so I’d better pack a suit”: Celebrating 500 issues of Guitarist, one of the world’s greatest guitar magazines

Guitarist Magazine 500 issues
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Guitarist is 500! Well, not 500, though come deadline the editorial staff might feel that way. But to celebrate 500 issues of the world's best monthly – we're biased – magazine catering to all aspects of guitar culture, staff past and present share their memories.

It's a celebration... But maybe a form of group therapy too. As the old joke goes, magazine editors have got issues. Here's Jamie Dickson, Guitarist's incumbent editor, to kick things off. He has enjoyed a successful tenure but of course he nearly knocked Slash out with a light stand.

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Jamie Dickson

Jamie Dickson is Editor-in-Chief of Guitarist magazine, Britain's best-selling and longest-running monthly for guitar players. He started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London, where his first assignment was interviewing blue-eyed soul legend Robert Palmer, going on to become a full-time author on music, writing for benchmark references such as 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Dorling Kindersley's How To Play Guitar Step By Step. He joined Guitarist in 2011 and since then it has been his privilege to interview everyone from B.B. King to St. Vincent for Guitarist's readers, while sharing insights into scores of historic guitars, from Rory Gallagher's '61 Strat to the first Martin D-28 ever made.

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