Classical Guitar, the magazine and media brand of record for the international classical-guitar community since 1982, has been purchased by California-based Stringletter from its founding owner, Ashley Mark Publishing of Blaydon-upon-Tyne, UK, effective October 1, 2014.
Classical Guitar was launched by English musician and writer Maurice Summerfield, who also authored the standard biographical reference The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800, now in its fifth edition. Under the longtime editorial leadership of Colin Cooper, who died in 2012, the magazine became the English-language authority on all aspects of the classical guitar—its players, composers, instrument builders, and enthusiasts.
“I am thrilled to assume the stewardship of this important magazine,” says Stringletter founder and publisher David Lusterman. “I and my colleagues look forward to this opportunity to serve the global classical-guitar community and in particular to strengthen the magazine’s connection to, and coverage of, the North American scene.”
On October 1, Classical Guitar will introduce a redesigned news-driven website, a new weekly e-newsletter, and expanded coverage of the classical-guitar world on leading social-media channels under the editorial leadership of Jason Walsh, who currently serves as managing editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The print magazine continues monthly publication under the direction of Ashley Mark Publishing through December, 2014, becoming a US-based quarterly in 2015 with expanded coverage of historic and contemporary lutherie along with its regular features and departments.
Classical Guitar’s current UK-based editorial team will continue to contribute news, reviews, and features, while founder Maurice Summerfield assumes the new role of Contributing Editor.