Guitar World is a monthly music magazine devoted to guitarists, published after July 1980. It contains original interviews, album and gear reviews, and guitar and bass tablature of approximately five songs each month. The magazine is published 13 times per year (12 monthly issues and a holiday issue). Formerly owned by Harris Publications, Future US bought the magazine in 2003. In 2012, NewBay Media bought the Music division of Future US. The latter company additionally published a spin-off title, Guitar Legends, each issue of which typically combined past articles from Guitar World under a specific theme.
In the January 2005 issue, Guitar World began selling a few issues of the magazine with CD-ROMs containing video lessons, gear demonstrations and additional self-produced and third-party content. Magazines that contain the disc sell for $7.99 USD rather than the standard issue price of $4.99. Each issue originally came with a centerfold poster of an artist or group featured in the magazine for that month, however, these are no longer included. In 2007 Guitar World started to produce a new DVD magazine Guitar World presents...Guitar DVD.
As of the January 2009 issue, Guitar World is including columns from its defunct sister magazines Guitar One and Guitar World Acoustic. Some of the columnists include:
- Shred Alert by Paul Gilbert
- The Alchemical Guitarist by Richard Lloyd
- Time to Burn by Michael Angelo Batio
- Practice What You Preach by Eric Peterson
- Left-Hand Path by Ihsahn
- All That Jazz by Vic Juris
- Talkin' Blues by Keith Wyatt
- Hole Notes by Dale Turner (songwriter)
- Dominion by Mark Morton of Lamb of God