British Magazines

Why are British special-interest magazines so much better than their American counterparts? I came across this cool one-off issue at the local bookstore and couldn’t resist.

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First, let me say that these kind of British mags are printed on really nice paper. It’s not that lightweight stuff they print Time on. Second, the content is actually useful. I see a lot of these kind of magazines in the U.S. for things like “Get The Most From Your iPad” and are chock full of amazingly obvious content like how to charge it and how to have more than one screen of apps. I always imagine paid-per-word authors that are writing sex tips columns for Cosmopolitan are the same ones contracted to write these articles.

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But this little gem is different. It covers projects that run from simple wah-pedal upgrades to building your own cabinets. There’s even an extensive article on the theory behind tube amps that was incredibly detailed (and mostly over my head). There’s even a custom pedal-board project that made me consider replacing my own home-built job. Honestly, there are more DIY projects in here than I will ever get to, but it sure is fun to read about it. If nothing else, it’s fun to read something guitar-related that isn’t another retreaded interview.

For a magazine, it wasn’t cheap at $20 (it’s an import…ooooh…fancy!) But if it were packaged as a book I wouldn’t have thought twice about buying it. If you’re not afraid of a soldering iron and can remember to translate the British-isms (a “valve” in the UK is a “tube” in the states), this is well worth your money.