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2012 Guitar World Buyer’s Guide Available Now

The 2012 Guitar World Buyer's Guide is available now. The 220-page issue features more than 1,500 products and hundreds of photos of new gear, including electric guitars, acoustic guitars, basses, amps, effects and accessories.

The cover -- and the entire Buyer's Guide -- stars Playboy's Crystal Harris and Anna Berglund.

"When my good friends at Playboy called to say Crystal Harris and Anna Sophia Berglund were available to appear in this year’s Buyer’s Guide, I heard them loud and clear," says Buyer's Guide Editor-In-Chief Paul Riario. "After all, Anna was Playboy’s Miss January 2011, while Crystal was Miss December 2009 and — at the time that we set out to create this guide — the bride-to-be of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

"Unfortunately, as we went to press, the only thing that remained crystal clear was the fact that the marriage was indeed off. Once it was confirmed, we were able to quickly change our cover lines, but Playboy didn’t have that opportunity because she appears on their cover as 'Mrs. Crystal Hefner.' Whoops. Call it a collector’s issue!"

The Buyer's Guide is available on newsstands and at the Guitar World Online Store, here.

Check out this photo gallery featuring Crystal and Anna, and don't miss our behind-the-scenes video from the Buyer's Guide photo shoot, below:

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.