Guitar Player Magazine February 2024 PAUL MCCARTNEY Beatles

THE GREAT GUITAR ROBBERY! Guitar Player goes on the hunt for rock and roll’s greatest missing treasures —from Paul McCartney’s stolen Hofner 500/1 bass to three of Joe’s Satriani’s most coveted custom guitars. 

Paul McCartney’s 1961 Hofner 500/1: Dubbed “the Ancient One” by McCartney, the bass was featured on the Beatles’ earliest hits, including “Please Please Me” and “She Loves You” before it was stolen more than 50 years ago. In this special issue, Guitar Player tells how the Lost Bass project filled a gap in rock and roll history as it conducted a global search for this historic instrument. 

Jeff Beck's '59 Gibson Les Paul Standard. Purchased for ""about $300"" in 1968 from future Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, the ’Burst was part of the guitarist’s Jeff Beck Group rig before it was stolen in 1969. Where is it now? We found out. 

George Harrison's 1965 Rickenbacker 360/12: The fate of the quiet Beatle’s second 12-string Rick is among rock’s most intriguing guitar mysteries.

Randy Bachman’s 1957 Gretsch 6120: Discovered nearly 45 years after it was stolen, Bachman’s Chet Atkins model gets the full close-up photo treatment!

Also in this issue:

Paul Rodgers: He’s played alongside Paul Kossoff, Mick Ralphs, Jimmy Page and Brian May. As he releases a new solo album, Rodgers reflects on his charmed guitar life, his famous axe partners, and the stroke that nearly ended his life. 

Lyle Workman: The guitarist reveals the stories behind five key tracks with everyone from Todd Rundgren to Frank Black.

Oz Noy: His gigs are laboratories for sonic experimentation. As he drops the live powerhouse album ‘Triple Play,’ Oz tells us how looping and precision pedal tapping became central to his process

Mary Timony: An indie-rock guitarist with jazz and classic bona fides? Here’s what makes Mary an inspirational player and teacher for today’s upcoming guitarists. 

Mark Tremonti: “Play for your grandma” and “follow the nine-month rule.” The hard-rock guitarist reveals his surprisingly effective performance guidelines in our monthly Tip Sheet.

Trevor Rabin: The guitarist and composer tells us the story behind the creation of “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” the one and only Yes song to his the top of the charts. 

Santa Cruz Guitar’s Vault Series: Santa Cruz captain Richard Hoover delivers insights into the wonders of wood as he leads Guitar Player on a tour of his new Vault Series, where the finest materials become a canvas for his ultimate artistic expression.

All this and more, including reviews of the Gibson Falcon 5 and 20 combos, Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1963 SG Custom, Fender Highway Series Parlor and Dreadnought, Benson Delay Pedal, Martin DJR-10e bass, and Soldano Astro-20 head.

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