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  • 2018 Issue 01 January

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    Premier Guitar January 2018: Our cover story this month is a true treat for longtime fans of Radiohead: After decades of avoiding guitar interviews, Ed O’Brien steps out of the shadows to gratefully ruminate with PG about his journey in one of modern rock’s most celebrated—and confounding—bands. We also talk to funk bassist extraordinaire Bootsy Collins, blues badass Samantha Fish, Bloodclot’s Todd Youth (formerly of Danzig) and Nick Oliveri (previously of Queens of the Stone Age), and—in a double-whammy treasure—avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp interviews storied producer Peter K. Siegel about his work recording with Doc Watson and Roy Buchanan. On the gear front, this issue we have a feature all about the ins and outs of guitar necks—materials, construction, profile shapes, etc.—as well as 13 guitar and bass reviews, including the Gretsch Players Edition Broadkaster, Wooly Coats’ Spanky MkII, the Mayones Hydra, Baroni Lab’s Mini Amp 50, Traveler’s LTD EC-1, the Grez Mendocino, KHDK’s Abyss, Old Blood Noise Endeavors’ Fault, the Serek Midwestern 2, Mid-Fi Electronics’ Magick i, the RainSong CH-WS, and Rocket Surgeon’s Boris. In our print edition (only), we also have transcriptions of Van Halen’s “Mean Street,” Doc Watson’s “Blackberry Blossom,” and King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.”

  • 2017 Issue 12 December

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    Premier Guitar December 2017: Longtime readers know that at the end of each year we highlight the gear that blew our minds over the last 12 months—stuff that wowed us so much in terms of tone, flexibility, build/design, and value that it earned a minimum of 18 out of 20 possible “picks” in our ratings categories. This issue is no different, with our cover story celebrating the tonal ecstasies of 72 guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories. On the artist front, this issue we talk to Tetrarch shredder Diamond Rowe, Death from Above bassist Jesse Keeler, Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer, and slide genius Jerry Douglas. We also have tablature song transcriptions (print only) for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Dark Necessities,” Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years,” and the Black Crowes’ “Twice as Hard.” Our gear reviews this month include Fender’s ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb, the Hughes & Kettner Era 1, Radial Engineering’s Texas Pro, the SviSound Techno-FA phaser, Hahn’s 112 solidbody, the Vertex Steel String, Yamaha’s BBP34, Stomp Under Foot’s Alabaster, Jackson Audio’s Prism, the Island Anzol, the Boss GT-1B, and Walrus Audio’s ARP-87.

  • 2017 Issue 09 September

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    This month we recap the 23 instruments, amps, stomps, and accessories that twisted our heads around at Summer NAMM in Nashville—the biggest gear show of the season. We’ve also got insightful interviews with influential artists like bassist Peter Hook (New Order, Joy Division) and Juliana Hatfield, as well as Addi Tryggvason from Icelandic post-metal quartet Sólstafir, and Sandra Petrova and Dafne Macías from Mexican avant-garde outfit Descartes a Kant. On the gear front, we’ve got an exhaustive reference piece detailing everything you need to know about electric-guitar pickups, and reviews of the Line 6 Variax Shuriken, Rocket Surgeon Labs’ Seratone bass fuzz, the Elektron Analog Drive, MXL’s DX-2 dual-capsule mic, the BSM Supreme, BYOC’s Crown Jewel, the Victory V40 Deluxe, Tanglewood’s Java TWJP parlor guitar, J. Rockett Audio’s I.Q. Compressor, David Norschow Amplification’s DNA-800 bass head, the Friedman Dirty Shirley, Italia’s Maranello Cavo bass, and the Fuzzrocious Blast Furnace. Tablature transcriptions this month (print magazine only) are Radiohead’s “2+2=5,” John Mayer’s “Neon,” and Steely Dan’s “Josie.”

  • 2017 Issue 07 July

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    Premier Guitar July 2017: In addition to our usual crazily diverse lineup of gear reviews and artist interviews, this month we’ve got an array of acoustic-oriented coverage—from a roundup of three unique flattops from Art & Lutherie, Guild, and Cort, to a review of the new AER Compact 60/3 TE, an interview with singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, and profiles of luthiers Dana Bourgeois, Kathy Wingert, Fylde Guitars’ Roger Bucknall, Kevin Ryan, and Isaac Jang. We also interview Juan Alderete and suGar Yoshinaga from Halo Orbit, Body Count’s Ernie C and Juan Garcia, Warren Haynes, and Rhys Chatham. Song transcriptions this month are Muse’s “Psycho,” Chris Stapleton’s “Parachute,” and Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping up to Boston.” Meanwhile, the rest of the review section includes close-looks at the Way Huge Russian Pickle, Rainger FX’s Dr. Freakenstein Dwarf Bass, the GFI Specular Reverb, Greg Howe’s Lick Box from Carl Martin, the Prestige NYS Deluxe MC, Doug Kauer’s Titan KR1, the Fuchs ODS Classic, Stomp Audio Labs’ Octopus, the Fender American Professional Jazz bass, and Trace Elliot’s ELF bass head.

  • 2017 Issue 06 June

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    This issue marks our foray into serving up three song transcriptions per issue (print edition only), with this month’s offerings including tablature for Jack White’s “I’m Shakin’,” Brent Mason’s “Hot Wired,” and the Allman Brothers Band’s “Little Martha.” Meanwhile, our cover story this month talks to gruesome shredder extraordinaire John 5 about his latest Fender Custom Shop Telecaster and the making of his new album, Season of the Witch, and other artist features include chats with British songwriting icon Robyn Hitchcock, psych-rock freaks King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and Pallbearer’s Devin Holt and Brett Campbell. On the gear front, we’ve got a how-to on understanding and optimizing expression pedals in your rig, a bass-overdrive review roundup—which includes Tech 21’s SansAmp Bass Driver DI Version 2, Gallien-Krueger’s Plex, the Providence Brick Drive, and Two Notes’ Le Bass—and reviews of Electro-Harmonix’s Blurst, the Cusack Orthrus, TWA’s Hot Saké, Taylor’s Mini-e bass, the Carr Mercury V, Strymon’s Riverside, Mooer’s Ocean Machine, the Breedlove Premier Concerto, the Boss EV-30 expression pedal, Ibanez’s SRH505F bass, Seymour Duncan’s PowerStage 170, and Winfield’s Dust Devil combo.

  • 2017 Issue 04 April

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    This month we take you inside the Winter 2017 NAMM show—the year’s biggest unveiling of new guitar gear—and show you the axes, amps, and stomps that wowed our editors most. On the gear-review front, this month we’ve also got a roundup of six 8″ speakers, and deep-dives on the new Fender Professional Stratocaster, BC Audio’s Octaplex, Martin’s D-16E, the Line 6 Spider V 120, Darkglass’ Microtubes 900 head, Ovation/Applause’s AE44II, the EarthQuaker Devices Space Spiral, NEXI’s ’70s Distortion, G7th’s UltraLight capo, the Crazy Tube Circuits Planet B, MXR’s Phase 95 Mini, the Phil Jones Session 77, and the Positive Grid BIAS Rack. Meanwhile, our feature interviews this month include chats with Ty Segall and Emmett Kelly, De La Tierra’s Andreas Kisser (also of Sepultura), folk legend Michael Chapman, the Lemon Twigs, and blues troubadour Otis Taylor.

  • 2017 Issue 02 February

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    In our cover story this month we talk to Animals as Leaders mastermind Tosin Abasi and his 8-string cohort Javier Reyes about their new album, The Madness of Many. Our other artist interviews include chats with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Warpaint’s Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman, Stick Men’s Tony Levin and Markus Reuter, Meshuggah’s Mårten Hagström, Lynyrd Skynyrd cofounder Gary Rossington, and “Godfather of Fusion” Larry Coryell. We’ve also got a bonus lesson on learning to play outside the conventional chord-scale mindset. As for gear coverage, this month we dive deep into the world of bucket-brigade effects of yesterday and today, as well as review Foxpedal’s Defector, the Spector Timbre acoustic 4-string, TC Electronic’s Tailspin, Free the Tone’s Ambi Space, the Eastwood Senn, Sandberg’s Forty Eight bass, the Milkman Pint, MXR’s Echoplex Delay, Collings OM2H T, Dunlop’s CBM105Q Mini Bass Cry Baby, Fender ’57 Custom Pro , Wren and Cuff’s Sonder, Lollar’s P-90 Staple, and the Ernie Ball Ambient Delay.

  • 2017 Issue 01 January

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    Our cover story this month looks at the intriguing story of how bizarre electric guitars came to be born behind the Iron Curtain despite the Soviet government’s ban on rock ’n’ roll, jazz, and other Western music during the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. We also dive deep on gear terminology in a comprehensive shopper’s guide that clarifies nomenclature often found confusing by both newcomers and long-timers alike as they shop for instruments, amps, and effects. Meanwhile, our artist interviews this month include former Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon, Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman, David Crosby, Doyle Bramhall II, and Margaret Glaspy. As for gear reviews, this month we take a look at Fractal Audio’s AX8, the Ernie Ball Caprice 4-string, Boss’ GT-1 multi-effector, the Tsakalis AudioWorks Ocean reverb, MXR’s Shin-Juku Drive, Vick Audio’s Hypocenter Delay, Tech 21’s Bass Fly Rig, the Batson GC22 Americana flattop, the Godin Summit Classic CT Convertible, Hartke’s TX600, Jam Pedals’ Delay Llama Supreme, B.A. Ferguson’s Classic Class Shirley, and Greenchild’s G777.

  • 2016 Issue 12 December

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    Premier Guitar December 2016: Just in time for year-end loot-o-rama celebrations of all stripes, this month we bring you our annual Gear of the Year feature highlighting the 73—yes, you read right!—guitars, basses, amps, effects, and other devices that blew our minds and won our coveted Premier Gear award during 2016. We’ve also got in-depth discussions with killer guitarists like Red Fang’s Bryan Giles and David Sullivan, Thalia Zedek, John Scofield, Thin Lizzy founder Eric Bell, and Moon Bros., as well as sagely advice on capturing studio magic from super producers Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Mastodon), Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), and Buddy Miller (Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams). Meanwhile, our new gear reviews this month include the Shin-Ei Vibe-Bro, Radial Engineering’s Direct Drive, the Electro-Harmonix Lester G Deluxe, Cusack’s Screamer V2, the Source Audio Aftershock, Chasing Vintage’s Challenger, ESP’s LTD B-1005SE Multi-Scale 5-string bass, Yamaha’s Revstar RSP20CR, Soundshine Electronics’ Magnum Swampus, the EBS Magni 500 MA15, Two-Rock’s Cardiff, and Black Cat’s Monster K-Fuzz.

  • 2016 Issue 11 November

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    Premier Guitar November 2016: This month our “Echoes from the Garage” cover story examines not just at the seminal bands, guitarists, and gear from the ’60s garage-rock movement, but also looks at the effect they had on subsequent rock forms from the ’70s to today. In other artist coverage, shred lords Steve Vai and Devin Townsend interview each other about their latest releases, Modern Primitive / Passion & Warfare and Transcendence, respectively. We also talk to Pixies’ Joey Santiago and bassist Paz Lenchantin, bluesman Dex Romweber, Stargazer Lilies’ John Cep and Kim Field, Steve Rothery from storied U.K. prog outfit Marillion, and Stephen Egerton from legendary SoCal punk quartet Descendents. We’ve also got a feature lesson by gypsy-jazz scholar Michael Horowitz on the essential elements of Django Reinhardt’s groundbreaking style. Our gear reviews this month include in-depth looks at the retro-vibed Danelectro ’64 and Guild S-200 T-Bird 6-strings, as well as Fender’s new Mustang PJ bass, the Tremulator Plus, Bogner’s new Goldfinger 54 Phi head and 2×12, the Parson 1975HW head, Experimental Noize’s Aphazing, Taurus’ Stomp-Head 5.CE, Mu-Fx’s Boostron 3, the Cort 5B Plus AS bass, CopperSound’s Telegraph Stutter, TC Electronic’s WireTap Riff Recorder, and Journey Instruments’ OB660 bass.

  • 2016 Issue 10 October

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    Premier Guitar October 2016: The vaunted annual Pedal Issue returns! This year it sports an amazing cover by noted French illustrator/guitarist/stompbox-junkie McBess, as well as 33 guitar- and bass-pedal reviews by our astute team of pedal addicts. But that’s not all—we also take you inside the wacky labs where the folks at Union Tube & Transistor, Chase Bliss Audio, Hungry Robot, Fuzzrocious, Mantic Conceptual, Cusack Music, 3Leaf Audio, and Darkglass zap unicorns with shrink rays to put clangorous tones in little metal boxes. Meanwhile, our artist interviews this month include chats with Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage bassist Tim Commerford, Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster and “King” Mike Abbate, jazz maestro Charlie Hunter, possessed Australian bluesman C.W. Stoneking, and Deerhoof’s John Dieterich and Ed Rodríguez. We also visit with the brain trust behind Recovery Unplugged, Jail Guitar Doors, and other rehab centers that have found success using guitar and musical activities to help patients overcome substance addiction. And finally, our latest Forgotten Heroes piece recounts the rich life and legacy of the father of free-jazz guitar, Sonny Sharrock.

  • 2016 Issue 09 September

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    Premier Guitar September 2016: PG scoured the floor at the annual Summer NAMM gear expo in Nashville, and our cover story this issue shares the deets on the most enticing new guitars, basses, amps, effects, and doodads to watch for at your local shop. In other gear coverage, our reviews section includes a practice-amp roundup that gives you the straight dirt on five new combos—the Marshall CODE 25, Vox AV30, Ibanez TSA5TVR, Orange Crush 35RT, and Roland Blues Cube—as well as reviews of Fender’s new American Elite Telecaster, Peavey’s revamped Classic 30, Schecter’s Michael Anthony signature 4-string, the Alvarez Delta00TSB, Source Audio’s Nemesis, the Alexander La Calavera, EarthQuaker Devices’ Spatial Delivery, the Ashdown RM-500-EVO, Ibanez’s Mini Chorus, Jim Dunlop’s Mini Volume, Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher, and more. Meanwhile, our interviews this month include chats with Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, Bjarte Lund Rolland and Maciek Ofstad from Norwegian metal outfit Kvelertak, former Black Crowe Rich Robinson, Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi, Eric Krasno, and Scandinavian experimental guitarist Stian Westerhus.