That Slow Descent Into Irrelevancy...

Discussion in 'rec.music.guitar' started by Pete Kerezman, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the latest
    Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    situation with this formerly useful publication.

    "Unsound Hole" would be an apt description of the man himself, whose
    first sentence ponders "When do you *stop* being cool?" In Molenda's
    case this likely was the day when he was named editor of the magazine
    which he, along with a few "close friends," apparently has taken on
    the chore of writing most of, in addition to merely editing. I bet he
    pays himself by every irrelevant whizbang word, too. The huge
    majority of his comments are the Reddi Whip® of writing, mostly air
    with little, if any, nutritional value.

    It's a sad day when the advertising in a magazine becomes more
    relevant to the reader than the content but that's what's happened
    with Guitar Player, especially since recent editorial content seems
    like nothing more than a bunch of press releases that were cooked up
    by coked up advertising writers. Supplements to the advertising, as
    it were, and nothing more.

    I understand that the real customers of any magazine are its
    advertisers and not its readers, but once it stops putting readers
    first a magazine's sales are bound to fall off and eventually
    advertising will too, at which point it'll be "adios" to the Unsound
    Hole.

    Texas Pete
  2. On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 09:51:50 -0500, Atlas <c1sublux@hotmail.comNOSPAM>
    wrote:

    >I'm going to
    >have to take a little trip over to my inlaws house (where I have 1984
    >through 2000 in storage).


    I bet they're really thrilled about having those around. <g>

    Texas Pete
  3. Atlas

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    On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 12:48:00 GMT, petekerez@aol.com (Pete Kerezman)
    wrote:

    > ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the latest
    >Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    >situation with this formerly useful publication.
    >
    > "Unsound Hole" would be an apt description of the man himself, whose
    >first sentence ponders "When do you *stop* being cool?" In Molenda's
    >case this likely was the day when he was named editor of the magazine
    >which he, along with a few "close friends," apparently has taken on
    >the chore of writing most of, in addition to merely editing. I bet he
    >pays himself by every irrelevant whizbang word, too. The huge
    >majority of his comments are the Reddi Whip® of writing, mostly air
    >with little, if any, nutritional value.
    >
    > It's a sad day when the advertising in a magazine becomes more
    >relevant to the reader than the content but that's what's happened
    >with Guitar Player, especially since recent editorial content seems
    >like nothing more than a bunch of press releases that were cooked up
    >by coked up advertising writers. Supplements to the advertising, as
    >it were, and nothing more.
    >
    > I understand that the real customers of any magazine are its
    >advertisers and not its readers, but once it stops putting readers
    >first a magazine's sales are bound to fall off and eventually
    >advertising will too, at which point it'll be "adios" to the Unsound
    >Hole.


    And this, my friends - is the post of the year. Very well
    done, Pete.

    It's kinda interesting that you posted this, because last
    night, I had written a short post about how I was going to publish a
    webpage or two about how and why Guitar Player has steadily gone right
    into the crapper.

    And then, just as I finished it - I hit the delete button
    because I was convinced that nobody except me would give a shit. And
    then I wake up, log on...and see your post.

    About two or three months ago, I got Louise Rogers' (V.P. of
    Music Player Group - GP's parent company) e-mail address...and was
    going to send her a polite little e-mail expressing my thoughts of the
    rag she oversees. As a subscriber since 1984 - and given that I still
    have each and every issue since then, I felt qualified and entitled to
    compare & contrast Guitar Player over the last two decades.

    And then, as often happens in life - something came up, I got
    side tracked 20 dozen times, and completely forgot about it.

    Perhaps the time is now to take some action. I'm going to
    have to take a little trip over to my inlaws house (where I have 1984
    through 2000 in storage).



    Atlas
    --
    http://www.geocities.com/cbpdoc/DiscHerniation_Main.html
  4. I remember GP in the 70s. Articles on many of the rock players of the time, Ted Nugent, Pat Travers etc. and letters
    from old farts complaining that they have become irrelevant by not covering real musicians like the Kingston Trio and
    Peter, Paul & Mary. Heh, I guess things never change.
  5. On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 12:17:47 -0500, "Road Warrior" <me@privacy.net>
    wrote:

    >But yeah, GP
    >pretty much bores the crap out of me. I sometimes wish they'd delve deeper
    >into recording and stuff.


    Exactly! Or anything else that would actually be helpful. How to
    record a demo, how to present yourself at audition, and... anything
    actually of use to young (or new) players who are trying to make the
    grade. Right now it's all just hot air. The last lesson issues I
    saved are pre-Unsound Hole ones regarding modes. It's not the
    magazine's fault that I still ain't got around to 'em. <G>

    Texas Pete

    ps - finally have replaced the 486 here at the bike shop and I'll
    reproduce and send out that copy of my "compiled" toon and some other
    (I think) good stuff. I've not forgotten. Too much death in my
    family this year is all. Been a real pain.

    TP
  6. "Atlas" <c1sublux@hotmail.comNOSPAM> wrote in message
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    > It's kinda interesting that you posted this, because last
    > night, I had written a short post about how I was going to publish a
    > webpage or two about how and why Guitar Player has steadily gone right
    > into the crapper.


    I don't think this is recent. They've been "doctoring" reviews for years. I
    have personal knowledge of them changing reviews when the manufacturer
    objects. They send the manufacturer a copy of the review in order to get
    their approval and to allow them editorial changes. In one specific case,
    the manufacturer wanted the entire review changed and they decided to "pull"
    the review.

    I'm sure this is the case with all these types of magazines though,
    otherwise their liability umbrella would be prohibitive.

    Jaz
  7. On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 12:26:18 -0400, Brad St Clair <brad@gbase.com>
    wrote:

    >I remember GP in the 70s. Articles on many of the rock players of the time, Ted Nugent, Pat Travers etc. and letters
    >from old farts complaining that they have become irrelevant by not covering real musicians like the Kingston Trio and
    >Peter, Paul & Mary. Heh, I guess things never change.


    Your're missing the point. Nothing to do with the musicians that
    the magazine is covering, everything to do with it being completely
    useless to anyone who actually wants to be a guitar player.

    Texas Pete

    ps - If it wasn't for The Kingston Trio and Mike Bloomfield I
    seriously doubt that I would even own a guitar.

    TP
  8. Road Warrior

    Road Warrior Guest

    "Pete Kerezman" <petekerez@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:3f509325.3647233@news.intcomm.net...

    > ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the latest
    > Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    > situation with this formerly useful publication.


    But, of all the pubs out there it's still the only one I get. It's kind of
    like being "here" for so long. How many times can you put Hendrix on the
    cover (how many Tele pup threads are there)... I DO read the gear reviews
    (biased or not) just to try and be up on what's available. But yeah, GP
    pretty much bores the crap out of me. I sometimes wish they'd delve deeper
    into recording and stuff. For a while, they'd spotlight a song (that usually
    I'd never heard) and tell the gear and mics used etc. and sometimes in an
    interview they'll ask the artist what gear etc. but even that only goes so
    far (with me).

    I personally don't ever get into the "lessons" for some reason (although it
    would probably help me)... Guess I just don't have the time anymore.

    GW used to be pretty cool sometimes but I stopped getting it cuz I just
    ain't into many new bands in which they tend to cater. If RMMG is some sort
    of indication of what guitar players are thinking about, then maybe GP isn't
    that far off.

    98% of guitar players are hobbiests and trust what Guitar Center sales
    droids tell them, so maybe they just do what they have to do. But I agree
    that GP isn't what it used to be, but it's nice to have after the Business
    and Sports pages while I'm doing the S,S,&S in the mornings...

    Carry on...

    Jeff
  9. "Pete Kerezman" <petekerez@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:3f509325.3647233@news.intcomm.net...
    > ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the latest
    > Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    > situation with this formerly useful publication.
    >


    Pete Kerezman" <petekerez@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:3f509325.3647233@news.intcomm.net...
    > ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the latest
    > Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    > situation with this formerly useful publication.
    >

    I still prefer it to the guitar magazines that seem to feature guys in
    wrestling masks on the cover every month. I do feel the gear reviews are
    a bit fluffier than I'd like, and it doesn't seem as *cool* as it was in
    it's Joe Gore days, but I still buy it every month.

    Kerry M
  10. "Pete Kerezman" <petekerez@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:3f509325.3647233@news.intcomm.net...
    > ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the latest
    > Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    > situation with this formerly useful publication.
    >


    Pete Kerezman" <petekerez@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:3f509325.3647233@news.intcomm.net...
    > ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the latest
    > Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    > situation with this formerly useful publication.
    >

    I still prefer it to the guitar magazines that seem to feature guys in
    wrestling masks on the cover every month. I do feel the gear reviews are
    a bit fluffier than I'd like, and it doesn't seem as *cool* as it was in
    it's Joe Gore days, but I still buy it every month.

    Kerry M
  11. JMK

    JMK Guest

    "Road Warrior" <me@privacy.net> wrote in
    news:biqif6$c3s1h$1@ID-70176.news.uni-berlin.de:

    >
    > "Pete Kerezman" <petekerez@aol.com> wrote in message
    > news:3f509325.3647233@news.intcomm.net...
    >
    >> ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the
    >> latest
    >> Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    >> situation with this formerly useful publication.

    >
    > But, of all the pubs out there it's still the only one I get. It's
    > kind of like being "here" for so long. How many times can you put
    > Hendrix on the cover (how many Tele pup threads are there)... I DO
    > read the gear reviews (biased or not) just to try and be up on what's
    > available. But yeah, GP pretty much bores the crap out of me. I
    > sometimes wish they'd delve deeper into recording and stuff. For a
    > while, they'd spotlight a song (that usually I'd never heard) and tell
    > the gear and mics used etc. and sometimes in an interview they'll ask
    > the artist what gear etc. but even that only goes so far (with me).
    >


    I like the fact that they can cover a decent range of stylists with
    their interviews. But the writing style in the reviews...Good Lord,
    who talks like that?

    JMK
  12. Road Warrior

    Road Warrior Guest

    "Pete Kerezman" <petekerez@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:khl1lv8kb61076mdq2fg65s70467f9evoi@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 12:17:47 -0500, "Road Warrior" <me@privacy.net>
    > wrote:


    > >But yeah, GP
    > >pretty much bores the crap out of me. I sometimes wish they'd delve

    deeper
    > >into recording and stuff.


    > Exactly! Or anything else that would actually be helpful. How to
    > record a demo, how to present yourself at audition, and...


    And there sure are a lot of ads for inexpensive mics and preamps and little
    digital recorders in that mag. SOMEone who cares about this stuff must be
    reading it or those ads wouldn't be in there!

    > ps - finally have replaced the 486 here at the bike shop and I'll
    > reproduce and send out that copy of my "compiled" toon and some other
    > (I think) good stuff. I've not forgotten. Too much death in my
    > family this year is all. Been a real pain.


    Been there TP... No big deal, but I AM pretty eccited to hear it!

    Jeff
  13. Atlas

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    On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 09:28:34 -0500, Pete Kerezman <petekerez@aol.com>
    wrote:

    > I bet they're really thrilled about having those around. <g>


    I don't even think they're aware. <G>




    Atlas
    --
    "I don't do drugs, I am drugs" - Salvador Dali
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    On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 12:26:18 -0400, Brad St Clair <brad@gbase.com>
    wrote:

    >I remember GP in the 70s. Articles on many of the rock players of the time, Ted Nugent, Pat Travers etc. and letters
    >from old farts complaining that they have become irrelevant by not covering real musicians like the Kingston Trio and
    >Peter, Paul & Mary. Heh, I guess things never change.


    You're always going to have the "xyz is awesome...while 123
    blows chunks" type of debates. That's always gone one.

    What Guitar Player used to have were REAL lessons, hard
    hitting gear reviews, spotlight for new talent columns, readers polls
    (where you could vote for your favorite guitarists), a soundpage, and
    real diveristy for their featured artists.

    Today, the offer half-assed lessons (if any), fluff pieces
    (the major focus of the rag now) and aren't even remotely close to
    being a real gear review; no more spotlight for new talent, no more
    readers polls, no more soundpages, no more diversity - other than to
    feature hack guitar-songwriters - and dredging up older players from
    days of yesteryear.



    Atlas
    --
    "I don't do drugs, I am drugs" - Salvador Dali
  15. Atlas

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    On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 12:17:47 -0500, "Road Warrior" <me@privacy.net>
    wrote:

    >But, of all the pubs out there it's still the only one I get.


    Agreed - same with me. And now we should really stop and
    reconsider why it is we continue to patronize GP. The value of the
    rag has dropped so much that I'm probably going to not renew.

    > It's kind of
    >like being "here" for so long.


    It's "here" in name only. The actual content has changed in a
    really big way.

    >How many times can you put Hendrix on the
    >cover (how many Tele pup threads are there)...


    It's clear that the people in charge of the rag have a very
    narrow scope of guitar. There's entire genres of guitar playing that
    are being completely ignored by GP. It's not even an issue of not
    featuring the guitarists I like. It's more that they're simply
    featuring people who've cranked out a record.

    Excuse me, but the name of the magazine is GUITAR PLAYER...not
    SONGWRITER. Merideth Brooks was featured on the cover. What the fuck
    was that all about?

    >I DO read the gear reviews
    >(biased or not) just to try and be up on what's available.


    And what an enormous waste of time that is. You can just as
    easily get that information in RMMG (which is a gear-obsessed
    community). All you're going to get with GP's <alleged> gear reviews
    are fluff and circumstance. And in my opinion (and based on long
    experience) - no gear reviews (no matter how well written) can replace
    actual experience. And shame on anybody who buys gear sight unseen.

    >But yeah, GP
    >pretty much bores the crap out of me. I sometimes wish they'd delve deeper
    >into recording and stuff. For a while, they'd spotlight a song (that usually
    >I'd never heard) and tell the gear and mics used etc. and sometimes in an
    >interview they'll ask the artist what gear etc. but even that only goes so
    >far (with me).


    Perhaps you'd be happier with a magazine dedicated to
    recording, engineering, producing, etc... Aren't there such rags
    available?

    >I personally don't ever get into the "lessons" for some reason (although it
    >would probably help me)... Guess I just don't have the time anymore.


    YOU have just as much time as anybody else. You've got 24/7,
    and nothing more. Same with me. What you don't have is a priority to
    focus on that kind of thing. And that's fine. It's not your thing.

    For me, that is my thing. I used to relgiously read the
    articles from Tommy Tedesco, Rik Emmett, Howard Roberts, et al. They
    were serious players, who knew their shit, and wrote serious articles
    for those of us who were serious students. And now their lessons are
    just as lightweight and dumbed down as their gear reviews.

    >GW used to be pretty cool sometimes but I stopped getting it cuz I just
    >ain't into many new bands in which they tend to cater. If RMMG is some sort
    >of indication of what guitar players are thinking about, then maybe GP isn't
    >that far off.


    Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away....GW used to be a
    respectible rag. They were featuring serious players, good lessons,
    good gear reviews. It was balanced. Then in the mid 80's, they
    became "Hit Parader" with tab.

    And RMMG is too much of a loonie bin to act as a fair
    representation of what guitar players are thinking about.

    >98% of guitar players are hobbiests and trust what Guitar Center sales
    >droids tell them, so maybe they just do what they have to do.


    You could substitute the Guitar Center sales droids with the
    sales droids at any other music store in any town. People will trust
    them - because they're perceived to be an authority. (Which, now
    looking back, is laughable).

    >But I agree
    >that GP isn't what it used to be, but it's nice to have after the Business
    >and Sports pages while I'm doing the S,S,&S in the mornings...


    Understood. I used to read Guitar Player cover to cover -
    religiously. I looked forward to it arriving each month. And
    now...I'm just bored with it. It's dull, lifeless and boring.




    Atlas

    --
    "I don't do drugs, I am drugs" - Salvador Dali
  16. Atlas

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    On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 17:44:15 GMT, "Kerry Maxwell"
    <kmax58@UNSPAMearthlink.net> wrote:

    >I still prefer it to the guitar magazines that seem to feature guys in
    >wrestling masks on the cover every month. I do feel the gear reviews are
    >a bit fluffier than I'd like, and it doesn't seem as *cool* as it was in
    >it's Joe Gore days, but I still buy it every month.


    Even pre Joe Gore. Jas Obrecht!



    Atlas
    --
    "I don't do drugs, I am drugs" - Salvador Dali
  17. "Atlas" <c1sublux@hotmail.comNOSPAM> wrote in message
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    > On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 12:48:00 GMT, petekerez@aol.com (Pete Kerezman)
    > wrote:
    >

    <snip>

    > It's kinda interesting that you posted this, because last
    > night, I had written a short post about how I was going to publish a
    > webpage or two about how and why Guitar Player has steadily gone right
    > into the crapper.
    >

    After reading this thread this morning, I happened to pick up the
    October 2003 issue at my local music retailer this afternoon. I too have
    a stack of GPs dating from even earlier than 1984 ( I started reading GP
    in about '72-73) and at various times since, I have been more/less
    interested in it. I still think it is a fine publication that is
    relevant and useful to aspiring guitarists. There is no point comparing
    it to the mid 80s GP as the world is completely different place now for
    aspiring guitarists. I preferred when they had a handful of more in
    depth gear reviews, rather than 20+ thinly veiled press releases, but
    apparently the average reader prefers quantity over quality.

    BTW- If you are interested in recording techniques, go to www.TapeOp.com
    and get a free subscription.

    Kerry M
  18. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Exact same road that Rolling Stone took about 20 years ago.

    Pete Kerezman wrote:

    > ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the latest
    > Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    > situation with this formerly useful publication.
    >
    > "Unsound Hole" would be an apt description of the man himself, whose
    > first sentence ponders "When do you *stop* being cool?" In Molenda's
    > case this likely was the day when he was named editor of the magazine
    > which he, along with a few "close friends," apparently has taken on
    > the chore of writing most of, in addition to merely editing. I bet he
    > pays himself by every irrelevant whizbang word, too. The huge
    > majority of his comments are the Reddi Whip® of writing, mostly air
    > with little, if any, nutritional value.
    >
    > It's a sad day when the advertising in a magazine becomes more
    > relevant to the reader than the content but that's what's happened
    > with Guitar Player, especially since recent editorial content seems
    > like nothing more than a bunch of press releases that were cooked up
    > by coked up advertising writers. Supplements to the advertising, as
    > it were, and nothing more.
    >
    > I understand that the real customers of any magazine are its
    > advertisers and not its readers, but once it stops putting readers
    > first a magazine's sales are bound to fall off and eventually
    > advertising will too, at which point it'll be "adios" to the Unsound
    > Hole.
    >
    > Texas Pete
  19. Road Warrior

    Road Warrior Guest

    "Atlas" <c1sublux@hotmail.comNOSPAM> wrote in message
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    > x-no-archive: yes
    >
    > On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 12:17:47 -0500, "Road Warrior" <me@privacy.net>
    > wrote:


    > >But, of all the pubs out there it's still the only one I get.


    > Agreed - same with me. And now we should really stop and
    > reconsider why it is we continue to patronize GP. The value of the
    > rag has dropped so much that I'm probably going to not renew.


    Yeah... The only reason I renew is to have SOME guitar content to read. It's
    still the best one to get. IMO.

    > >How many times can you put Hendrix on the
    > >cover (how many Tele pup threads are there)...


    > It's clear that the people in charge of the rag have a very
    > narrow scope of guitar. There's entire genres of guitar playing that
    > are being completely ignored by GP. It's not even an issue of not
    > featuring the guitarists I like. It's more that they're simply
    > featuring people who've cranked out a record.


    Well, the industry has changed, so has the mag... That's how I see it
    anyway. I'm not defending GP in any way.

    > Excuse me, but the name of the magazine is GUITAR PLAYER...not
    > SONGWRITER. Merideth Brooks was featured on the cover. What the fuck
    > was that all about?


    Yeah, that was strange, but she does play guitar and write songs. Again, not
    defending GP, but at least they cover more than one genre.

    > >I DO read the gear reviews
    > >(biased or not) just to try and be up on what's available.


    > And what an enormous waste of time that is.


    Well, not totally a waste of time IMO... Personally, I like to know what's
    out there in case I see it somewhere.

    > You can just as
    > easily get that information in RMMG (which is a gear-obsessed
    > community).


    Yeah, I know how you feel about that and that's your prerogative. Celebrate
    diversity and stuff. But most of my guitar playing friends are at at least
    somewhat gear obsesssed. Most of my buds play out though and when you do,
    gear is a big part of what gets you through the night. I find it fun to talk
    about gear. I like gear. My buds like gear. We talk about gear all the time.

    > All you're going to get with GP's <alleged> gear reviews
    > are fluff and circumstance. And in my opinion (and based on long
    > experience) - no gear reviews (no matter how well written) can replace
    > actual experience. And shame on anybody who buys gear sight unseen.


    Can't argue with that. I still think it's nice that you can get ideas from
    GP gear reviews. For me it's a starting point to actually have the "desire"
    to check something new out. I'm always looking for something new to have
    "just in case".

    > Perhaps you'd be happier with a magazine dedicated to
    > recording, engineering, producing, etc... Aren't there such rags
    > available?


    Oh sure... I get them too! ;-)

    I read a lot of different music rags. GP is probably my least favorite.

    > >I personally don't ever get into the "lessons" for some reason (although

    it
    > >would probably help me)... Guess I just don't have the time anymore.


    > YOU have just as much time as anybody else. You've got 24/7,
    > and nothing more. Same with me. What you don't have is a priority to
    > focus on that kind of thing. And that's fine. It's not your thing.


    I agree. For me, I just don't have the time because I spend so much of it
    writing and trying to get better at that. I don't know when I stopped caring
    about chops and sort of settled into whatever it is I like now, but I can
    tell you it was gradual. I think it was when I started investing real $$$
    into recording gear. I find writing and recording to be very satisfying.
    What better way to archive your progress?

    > Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away....GW used to be a
    > respectible rag. They were featuring serious players, good lessons,
    > good gear reviews. It was balanced. Then in the mid 80's, they
    > became "Hit Parader" with tab.


    Bingo!

    > And RMMG is too much of a loonie bin to act as a fair
    > representation of what guitar players are thinking about.


    I don't know. We all know there's loonies here, but I really do think it IS
    representative of typical guitar players. Just about everyone here seems to
    be someone I'd like to meet and have a beer with.

    > You could substitute the Guitar Center sales droids with the
    > sales droids at any other music store in any town. People will trust
    > them - because they're perceived to be an authority. (Which, now
    > looking back, is laughable).


    Yep... Most of them don't know a thing about what someone REALLY needs. Them
    guys can't sell me, cuz I usually know exactly what I want when I walk in
    the door. I've had to walk up and interrupt a sale a few times because the
    poor guy was getting into something that was just wrong. But I know most of
    these sales droids and it's rude that I've done it. But on these particular
    times I couldn't help myself. Some of them will actually call me for advice
    on my cell phone or something. It's happened. Usually about a piece of gear
    they know I already own and like.

    Jeff
  20. As petekerez@aol.com (Pete Kerezman) so eloquently put:
    [] ...is the title of Michael Molenda's Sound Hole column in the latest
    [] Guitar Player magazine, and pretty much describes the overall
    [] situation with this formerly useful publication.
    []
    [] "Unsound Hole" would be an apt description of the man himself, whose
    [] first sentence ponders "When do you *stop* being cool?" In Molenda's
    [] case this likely was the day when he was named editor of the magazine
    [] which he, along with a few "close friends," apparently has taken on
    [] the chore of writing most of, in addition to merely editing. I bet he
    [] pays himself by every irrelevant whizbang word, too. The huge
    [] majority of his comments are the Reddi Whip® of writing, mostly air
    [] with little, if any, nutritional value.

    I haven't read this particular forward, but I've appreciated Molenda's
    viewpoints, as a recording and gigging guitarist, from before he took
    over the magazine.

    The GP staff didn't seem to change that much when he took over. There
    were more 'recording' oriented articles, which was a good thing in my
    book.

    There is still the same quotient of gear reviews, classic article
    re-prints, new article lessons, and a whole lot'a shit you don't see
    in other guitar mags.

    But then, I never, ever read the editorial forwards, so I'm judging
    the mag on it's monthly content. Same as it ever was, s'far as I can
    tell, and I've been reading for over 30 years.

    [] It's a sad day when the advertising in a magazine becomes more
    [] relevant to the reader than the content but that's what's happened
    [] with Guitar Player, especially since recent editorial content seems
    [] like nothing more than a bunch of press releases that were cooked up
    [] by coked up advertising writers. Supplements to the advertising, as
    [] it were, and nothing more.

    GP has had the "gee, most gear reviews are favorable" thing going on
    for a LOT longer than Molenda has been there, in my estimation. I take
    all industry mag reviews with a grain of salt.

    The value doesn't lie with the ads or gear reviews, but with
    everything else, and GP still rules in that arena.

    Chris

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