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    Hey does anyone knows how do I subscribe to just jazz guitar magazine? It's really weird they don't have PayPal or any other payment service,I wonder if its secure sending them an email with your credit card and address information,does anyone has a subscription? Thank you

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    Which country are you in ?

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    I'm in Michigan USA

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    I just send them a check every year.

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    It's pretty laid back you can call and leave a message.

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    Yes, I asked about your location because the magazine does have international distribution, but if you're in the US, I'd just ring the number on the website.

    Great magazine BTW.

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    Thanks everyone for replying,i just needed to make sure it is secure calling their number

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    It is totally secure. I am a contributing writer. The magazine is a small, family owned enterprise. The owner, Ed Benson is a good guy. Call the number, sunscribe and enjoy!

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    Im calling right now,thank you!!!

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    I wrote without answer.. Does someone read the pdf out of the USA? I'm in Italy

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    I like the magazine, though it does seem the same old stuff every time - but there is no alternative, and we are lucky to have it.

    One annoyance, if I may vent for a moment, is after a year's subscription, they often forget to tell you that it has run out, and you need to renew your subscription. Consequently I forget about it for six months or so, then have to get a back issue or two.

    Once I phoned up to renew, and was confronted with two giggling girls. I asked for two back issues, and after a couple of weeks received the wrong ones.

    Its odd. The magazine seems very professional, but the company is a bit eccentric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    It is totally secure. I am a contributing writer. The magazine is a small, family owned enterprise. The owner, Ed Benson is a good guy. Call the number, sunscribe and enjoy!
    Really? A while back on two separate occasions, I called their number repeatedly looking to subscribe. I gave them my name and phone number. Not once were any of my phone calls returned. I called multiple times. Not once .

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    I just subscribed. I was not keen on sending my credit card information via an unsecured email, so I called. My first call and msg went unanswered for one week. My second call and msg a week after the first received a reply that day, but I was unable to answer the call as I was at work. I called back shortly thereafter and left another msg. On my fourth attempt I got a human, gave my payment information, and had the November issue two days later. I was told on the phone that I will receive an email when my subscription is due to renew, and I simply need to reply yes or no. It took some effort to get through, but once I did the woman I spoke with was very pleasant, and my first issue arrived very quickly. It's a very good magazine and worth the effort to get through on the phone. Online payment options would be nice, but would likely increase the price per issue. After the initial struggles subscribing there is nothing more to do but enjoy the magazine.

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    Well, I've never once had an email saying my subscription was due. Good luck with that!

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    I received an email from Ed Benson that the May 2016 issue will be the last one. He decided to retire.
    What a bummer.
    He said he will refund everyone's leftover subscription.

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    Sorry to hear that.

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    Maybe one of us should take up the mantle?

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    That stinks.

    I still have back issues I haven't got through though.

    Where will all the luthiers advertise now?

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    Sad news. Can't say I'm shocked, but I'm saddened nonetheless.

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    This is a copy of the email.

    TO: JJG SUBSCRIBERS
    FROM: Ed Benson andMelinda Benson
    It is withgreat pride and yet a heavy heart that we would like to announce the end of anera with Just Jazz Guitar.
    After 42years of working, including 21 publishing this magazine, I have decided it istime to retire. While the magazine and subscribers hold a special place in myheart and the magazine is still thriving, it really is time to step back,relax, travel and spend time with family.
    Mydaughter-in-law, who has handled all the bookkeeping for the past ten years,and I would like to thank all of our dedicated subscribers, advertisers andcontributors for making this magazine such a huge success for a very long run. We could not have done it without you.
    We will bepublishing two last magazines, February and May 2016.
    Since youhave already renewed we will be reimbursing you the balance of the renewaldollars that we will not fulfill after May.
    That reimbursementwill come in the form of how you paid originally either via check or creditcard. All reimbursements will be made prior to May 31st, 2016.
    Thanksagain for all of your dedication to reading our publication. For that weare eternally grateful.

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    Yes, got the same news this morning. It's a crazy good mag, hard to believe the effort that goes into every edition by a small crew. Even with only a few issues a year, I still have to catch up. I'd love someone to take it over but I imagine the economics of such a magazine might be a challenge.

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    Sad. Any takers, I wonder?

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    He's a stand up guy for making refunds. My subscription expires after the Feb. issue. I contacted him to purchase the May issue. I've been a subscriber since about the 2001.

    I too wish someone would take it up.

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    I just got this morning really bad news from JJGM,according to Ed Benson the owner and producer of Just Jazz they will be issuing 2 more issues of the magazine ending the life of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, I'm devastated these are really bad news not just for us Guitar players but for all Jazz musicians

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    This is the email I got from them

    TO: JJG SUBSCRIBERS

    FROM: Ed Benson and Melinda Benson


    It is with great pride and yet a heavy heart that we would like to announce the end of an era with Just Jazz Guitar.


    After 42 years of working, including 21 publishing this magazine, I have decided it is time to retire. While the magazine and subscribers hold a special place in my heart and the magazine is still thriving, it really is time to step back, relax, travel and spend time with family.


    My daughter-in-law, who has handled all the bookkeeping for the past ten years, and I would like to thank all of our dedicated subscribers, advertisers and contributors for making this magazine such a huge success for a very long run. *We could not have done it without you.


    We will be publishing two last magazines, February and May 2016. *

    Since you have already renewed we will be reimbursing you the balance of the renewal dollars that we will not fulfill after May.**

    That reimbursement will come in the form of how you paid originally either via check or credit card.* All reimbursements will be made prior to May 31st, 2016.


    Thanks again for all of your dedication to reading our publication.* For that we are eternally grateful.

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    Yep, sad news. I wish Ed the best.

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    I am a subscriber and a satisfied one at that.

    However, this site itself provides much the same in terms of information, tips, stories, history, sharing of the passion, instrument and recording reviews, etc.

    I'll mostly miss the arrangements.

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    I got that email as well. Unfortunately, I just subscribed, so my timing was off.

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    Sorry to hear this. From(only) the email above it does not appear that he tried sell the business. I feel bad for the advertisers; I don't envision one man operation arch top makers to now start placing 1/2 page layouts in Guitar Player mag and Guitar World. Perhaps someone with a background in journalism/publishing will jump in with something new.

    A sincere Thank You to Mr Benson for keeping the Flame for so long!

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    I hope Mr. Benson is in good health. This is big loss for the jazz guitar community on so many levels. I look forward to the arrival of the is magazine like a kid at Christmas. What a bummer, say it ain't so.....

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    Dang .. sad news ....

    That said ... I only subscribed for a couple of years and still haven't given the ones I have the attention they deserve.

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    Sorry to see this happen as Ed was a stalwart for us archtop players. But we all get older and have to bow to Father Time. Had this mag since 2008 and will be sorely missed.
    Let us all hope that a similar magazine will appear in the near future-we sure need this void to be filled

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    I have been a contributor to the magazine. I emailed the publisher (Ed Benson) asking if he would like to sell the magazine. He wrote back that he has had several offers to sell but does not wish to sell it at this time.

    Maybe retirement might bore him and he will bring it back? Let's hope...I will miss JJG as will many others

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    I have been a contributor to the magazine. I emailed the publisher (Ed Benson) asking if he would like to sell the magazine. He wrote back that he has had several offers to sell but does not wish to sell it at this time.

    Maybe retirement might bore him and he will bring it back? Let's hope...I will miss JJG as will many others
    That's a new wrinkle: Ed's has had offers but does not wish to sell. I wonder why he does not wish to sell.

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    I hope that if someone ever buys it, they keep the same format.

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    It was a bit of a shocker to get the news. Been a contributor since very early on and as a result have many lessons in published format that I use for teaching and plan to use as a basis for a book on harmony for jazz guitar; a task that would not happen otherwise. An added plus was receiving e mails from all over the world and a gig offer that took me to Italy. It was a wonderful thing to be part of and its absence will leave a void in the jazz guitar world. Now, what to do for the final issue.....☺ -Roy Patterson

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    Real shame that it's going, I've personally read and sold it for a number of years here in the UK and you couldn't want a better value magazine for the money, a great achievement by Ed.
    I was always under the impression that it wasn't really a business to Ed more a lifestyle, certainly down the line from publisher to recipient everyone was in it for the love of the magazine and I know from many contributors that they did it for free so I'm not sure what that type of enterprise would look like on paper, without a central driving force doing for the love (and presumably next to no money).

    Thanks Ed, the jazz guitar world salutes you!

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    I wonder if the website will stay up to peruse back issues?

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    Does anyone know if there's any sort of online index of all the contents of issues of JJG magazine through 2016?

    I have them going back to 2001 and would love to have this as a reference.

    Thanks,
    Jay

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    It looks like there is no on-line JJG presence at all.

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    I have 17 complete years of JJG 1994 - 2010 (68 issues). They are in excellent condition. The whole 17 years can be had for $650 plus shipping. That's about $9 an issue (notice that on ebay single issues cost from $15 to $70 each!).....904-349-2134
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