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#2929304 - 05/25/18 12:16 PM Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda
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Don't know how many of us are still subscribers, but this month featured Mike Molenda's farewell as Editor of GP? He was nice enough about it in his column, but you can tell it stung. He's been the 'voice' of GP for almost as long as I've been reading it - okay, maybe not that long, but still - and now, I wonder who we'll get?

Mike is one of us, through and through. He didn't just write about Guitars and Guitar Players, he's a working Musician, himself. Future, the new owners of Musicplayer, apparently decided he was among a number of 'redundant' employees.

I'm going to watch and see who else gets cut from GP and EM, and who, or what, replaces them. If it starts to look like a bunch of industry shills, turning the mag into a glorified catalog, I'm out. Might as well read . . . well, I'm not going to name names, but it's the Guitar mag with the soft porn cover girls. (Come to think of it, Maybe Future owns that one, too.)
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#2929314 - 05/25/18 12:47 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Winston Psmith]
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Future US bought GW (if that’s who you mean) in 2003. In 2012, NewBay Media bought the Music division of Future US.
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#2929317 - 05/25/18 12:53 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Farewell and Thanks to Mike Molenda! You were always there for us at GP and I hate to see you go. I fear that we will not be far behind you when it comes to who and what the new management will find worth keeping. Good luck to you and I know you will continue to be successful! cool
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#2929328 - 05/25/18 01:27 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Originally Posted By: Dannyalcatraz
Future US bought GW (if that’s who you mean) in 2003. In 2012, NewBay Media bought the Music division of Future US.


Yeah, that one.

Funny thing: In his farewell, MM says that Future Publishing bought NewBay Media in April 2018. Well, somebody owns something, at any rate . . .
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#2929334 - 05/25/18 02:05 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Winston Psmith]
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It'll go on I assume
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#2929337 - 05/25/18 02:30 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: desertbluesman]
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I'm sure the magazines will continue, but I wonder when the Forums will become 'redundant'? They don't generate income, so far as I can see, and NewBay already shut us down once.
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#2929339 - 05/25/18 02:54 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Winston Psmith]
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True. frown


Edited by Dannyalcatraz (05/25/18 02:54 PM)
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#2929384 - 05/25/18 07:39 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Winston Psmith]
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Originally Posted By: Winston Psmith
I'm sure the magazines will continue, but I wonder when the Forums will become 'redundant'? They don't generate income, so far as I can see, and NewBay already shut us down once.


As pointed out before, MPlayer was once the premier music discussion site on the Net.
The prevention of extinction is to branch out to other areas of online discussion under the New Bay aegis &, by virtue of the excitement we might generate, create allure that brings new blood here.

The real question is whether ppl actually want this site to be a vital operation or if they'd prefer it to remain a private playground til that ship goes down.
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#2929415 - 05/26/18 01:09 AM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: d]
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Oh no oh no.
Mike was a guardian of the galaxy. He will be missed and I hope he sees this.
If the new game is only about numbers-straight up, that is likely to open some old wounds. That said, I hope for the best, thereupon I`m posted out.
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#2929457 - 05/26/18 07:49 AM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: skipclone 1]
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As for MM specifically, he was/is a good writer & recently seemed to be doing the majority of the articles in the recent "shorter is better" GP, more than previous eds.
It seems surprising that there was apparently little advance notice of planned changes but, while previously it always looked as though staff changes were motivated by someone's desire to move on, we don't know for sure that was true.

It doesn't diaparage MM to say he was just another in the long line of GP captains. The essence of all mags is team players come & go & the list of great writers at GP is particularly illustrious.

I could be wrong but I see this as not necessarily more a change than what various periodicals regularly undergo.
Consider this statement from long-time KBoard contributor Jim Aiken (himself 86'd in a surprise move)...& note that the date of this cautionary note was a decade ago.

https://midiguru.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/the-future-of-keyboard-magazine/

That said, I reiterate my suggestions that the best way to keep any ship a'sail is not just to maintain successful aspects but to stay current &, even as a mere reader, be active in participation.

For example, there are often comments here posted as though the person address is dropping in regularly & will see our best wishes.
There's little indication that most of us take the step of reaching out to contact them, whether it's a birthday note or concern for an ailing artist such as Jerry Donahue.
So...note that MM's sign-off address to GP readers specifically revealed his personal email address...so whatchu gon' do ?
snax


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#2932791 - 06/14/18 01:59 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: d]
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It's not just firing Michael Molenda from the head editor job at Guitar Player after 21 years. They--Future-- have now fired the head editor over at Guitar World Jeff Kitts too. The trouble with new management corporate style, is that they only look at return on investment and have no way of analyzing the quality of these guys. They will send in less experienced guys and pay a lot less, and the mags will continue to decline. Same scenario is playing out in motorcycle mags. They do a roll up meaning acquire the competition, then cut costs by firing the expensive guys, cutting the size of the mag, then going bi-monthly. It all looks good on paper but it's the wrong direction for survival.


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#2932888 - 06/15/18 06:36 AM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Lakeabilene]
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Welcome aboard Lakeabilene! thu
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#2932966 - 06/15/18 01:31 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Lakeabilene]
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Originally Posted By: Lakeabilene
It's not just firing Michael Molenda from the head editor job at Guitar Player after 21 years. They--Future-- have now fired the head editor over at Guitar World Jeff Kitts too. The trouble with new management corporate style, is that they only look at return on investment and have no way of analyzing the quality of these guys. They will send in less experienced guys and pay a lot less, and the mags will continue to decline. Same scenario is playing out in motorcycle mags. They do a roll up meaning acquire the competition, then cut costs by firing the expensive guys, cutting the size of the mag, then going bi-monthly. It all looks good on paper but it's the wrong direction for survival.


I certainly agree w/ yer final sentence but I'm not sure abt the rest.
Investors tend to have some idea of what's happening w/ their acquisitions before they make them, even if their decisions don't match what we might think best (& may not be best).

As I mentioned above & reiterate, the best thing for readers to do is not speculate wildly or whine here but to take active steps to keep this site relevant & also to deliver well considered & carefully expressed opinions to the new owners.
Keep in mind that it always works best to be positive until there's a reason to not be so.
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#2933023 - 06/15/18 10:16 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: d]
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#2933038 - 06/16/18 03:29 AM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Caevan O'Shite]
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Haha! that`s the spirit.
Ya right-if we`e supposed to make ourselves look like model citizens so the suits will say, `what good boys they are` and continue the site, I`ll just take a break. Wake me when it`s over.
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#2933551 - 06/19/18 06:54 AM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: skipclone 1]
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I received the August edition of GPM yesterday and read through it last night. Major new look and format, and very thin. I wasn't impressed. I may be ending my prescription at the end of this year. I've been a subscriber for 30 years.
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#2933699 - 06/19/18 05:06 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: skipclone 1]
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Originally Posted By: skipclone 1
Haha! that`s the spirit.
Ya right-if we`e supposed to make ourselves look like model citizens so the suits will say, `what good boys they are` and continue the site, I`ll just take a break. Wake me when it`s over.


If that's a response to my post, it's a misinterpretation.
Ya'll can't think of me as a rah-rah cat for the commonplace or usual, can you ? freak

My point is what seems like reflexive antagonism here by some against the changes in the way the Net world evolves & changes, as though that does anything but isolate "our little world" &, likely, lead closer to it's it's irrelevance & possible demise.
Similarly for the main mag itself.

I've seen a couple recent issues of GP, which I sponsored last yr at local library.
Gotta say, I don't see much diff from the trend over last several yrs as far as shorter articles.
Many of the backbone staff are still there & stepping up to continue worthwhile material.
YMMV but I don't see any value in blunt antagonism as opposed to making an effort to steer things in a preferred direction.
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#2934224 - 06/23/18 09:36 AM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: d]
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Just perused the August 2k18 issue.
Molenda, strangely, still listed as editor on masthead page.
Also by-lined for 11 articles.
Likely some of those predate the recent shuffle but unless there's some backstage stabbin' happenin'....
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#2950401 - 09/27/18 11:58 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: d]
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Hi all...

I'm so sorry that I missed this very nice thread. I blame the fact that I was shot in the head by the new owners and immediately beset with the GUITAR PLAYER transition and my future — as well as hoping that I HAVE one. Hahaha.

All the notes were very nice and I appreciated all of your kind words. We've had us some interesting debates over the years, and I always appreciated everyone's passion. experience, and knowledge on this forum.

Currently, I am putting together a content site at www.guardiansofguitar.com, as well as social sites (FB, IG, Twitter). Nothing is ready to roll out yet, but I feel obligated to try to deliver the kind of content that readers enjoyed with GP. I had a 21-year run with that magazine and the awesome community of guitarists, and I don't feel it is time to abandon the "club" just yet. Please let me know what you think when the site starts populating content. If anyone needs me for anything, I'm at gpeditor@gmail.com.

Again, thanks for all the help, criticism, and support throughout the years.

You all RULE!

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#2950434 - 09/28/18 05:20 AM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Editor Boy]
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Rock on, Mike! We will not forget!
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#2950440 - 09/28/18 06:37 AM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Bluesape]
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God bless you in all your future endeavors, Mike.
And don't be afraid to try one of these moves on your way out.

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#2950446 - 09/28/18 07:26 AM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Danzilla]
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You have done a fantastic job Mike Molenda and you have always kept our interests and our comments in mind. We all hope this forum continues and wish you all the best with your future endeavors. Good luck and best wishes! like
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#2950511 - 09/28/18 01:30 PM Re: Changes at GP: Farewell & thanks to Mike Molenda [Re: Larryz]
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FWIW, as actual current readers of GP soon realized, the fact that MM was no longer the editor had no bearing on his contributing to mag, 1st few issues following his "departure" had even higher levels of content from him & he's still appearing in their pages.
Further, as I suggested in a recent thread that some have looked at but no one has commented on (so it's pasted in here below), I think GP's getting better---longer articles, for example (though still not matching the epics of the 1970s~80s) & other aspects seem to be...


http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2949466/Nov_2K18_GP_tone_issue#Post2949466
Originally Posted By: d
I think maybe the mag's on an uptick.
The artist profiles, while not as extensive in The Golden Age are getting a bit longer. Several in this issue are 4~7 pages.
There's also a focal interconnectivity that seems developing.

FEATURED ARTISTS
The "new" Joe Bonnamassa, Joe Satriani, Sharon Isbin, Rich Robinson, Zach Myers (Shinedown) & the cats from Lambs O'God all get the multi-page treatment.
Short profiles of Marcus King, Laura Chavez, the Ramones (yeah, them) & St Vincent (Annie Clark).

GEAR
Historic overview of Fender Blackface; updates on Mesa & Marshall amps; FX from Line 6, Demeter, EarthQuake; Monty PUps.
A couple high-end gtr reviews (Teye & Soultool) + an oddball Russian gtr from the 1980s.
Of particular interest are some details abt Soultool, which uses a "zoned" idea of graduated fret sizes.

Even more interesting is the info in a rundown of Graph Tech's multi-ratio tuning heads & the effect of string-core size (rather than overall string size) on tuning.

LESSONS
Craig Anderton updates us on digital reverb programming.

Two very extensive musical analyses examine the harmonic approaches & chord stylings of Todd Rundgren & Alexis Lifeson.
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