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Your letters. This month: A plea from the southpaws, budget SGs and boxing clever…

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LETTER OF THE MONTH

LEFT OUT IN THE COLD

Greetings TGM, I come to you bringing a plea from a neglected minority in the guitar world – lefties. Having played bass for many years I recently discovered that I could also play guitars with six, and indeed, 12 strings. A new world opened up to me, I started singing and the missus treated me to a year’s subs to your magnificent magazine, which I always read from cover to cover.

It was in the course of this that I saw your review of the Gretsch G6118T-135 Anniversary Limited Edition, and fell in love. I have always liked the vibe of the Anniversary, and the Dark Cherry version you reviewed looked divine – and even more alluring as the band I am currently in is called The Cherrys! I read and re-read the words in your review, but my heart dropped when I moved over to the key features box and saw the terrible but inevitable words – ‘left-handers: no’.

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About Guitar Magazine

The August 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now and this month it’s all about Player power as we run the rule over four new models from the Player series: Fender’s replacement for the Mexican Standard line. As well as more traditional configurations, the Player series contains several guitars and basses that are far from standard, such as the nifty HH Jazzmaster that readers of the print mag can find behind the barn doors of our special edition cover. Elsewhere in this month’s issue we fly to Iceland to find a man dipping guitars in volcanic hot springs, investigate the issue of gender politics in the guitar industry, meet band-of-the-moment Boy Azooga, get to grips with an incredible staple-pickup ‘56 Les Paul Custom and put hot new gear from Collings, ThorpyFX, Fractal, Keeley, EarthQuaker Devices and more to test. On top of all that we have not one but two fantastic competitions with pro Audio-Technica monitor headphones and a one-off custom-painted Strat up for grabs. It’s a hot one, alright – download your copy of the August 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now.