I’m psyched to announce a new guitar mag from some of the smartest and coolest folks in the industry.
Pure Guitar is a new online-only publication spearheaded by my friend and music-journalism mentor, Jas Obrecht. He’s rounded up a stellar team of writers and players — including my pals and former Guitar Player magazine colleagues Tom Wheeler, Tom Mulhern, and Jon Sievert — for what promises to be…well, I’ll let Jas tell you:
Our goal is to create a new breed of guitar magazine. Exclusively electronic, Pure Guitar will blend literate, in-depth journalism with the latest technological advancements available to online and mobile app users. We’ll bring you beautiful graphics, audio, video, and links to happenings in the wide, wonderful world of guitar….
From the start, we’ve imagined Pure Guitar as part Smithsonian, part old-school guitar magazine, part music channel, and a fun, informative place to hang out. In upcoming issues, we’ll cover provocative, inspiring guitarists in all genres, from legendary players to artists you haven’t yet encountered. We’ll bring you lessons and insights from highly accomplished teachers and artists; guitar lore not only from respected historians but also from the players, designers, and manufacturers who made history; career tips; gear reviews; and much more.
And guess what? Jas and company have produced exactly that, a publication that’s old-school in substance and new-school in implementation. I’m so proud that this inaugural issue includes two articles originally from tonefiend: About Those Expensive Picks… and Fingerstyle Boot Camp.
Speaking of Jas, be sure to check out the astonishing back catalog of historic stories at the Jas Obrecht Music Archive. Since the ’70s, Jas has set the standard for detail, accuracy, and passion in musician interviews. He’s not some self-important blogger posting self-indulgent crap like, say, me. Jas is the real deal.