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  • 2019 Issue 05 May

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    Premier Guitar May 2019: DIY projects to turn three entry-level axes into secret weapons. Interviews: Clementine Creevy, Gary Clark, Jr., Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and Joe Morris. Reviews: Carvin, EHX, EarthQuaker Devices, Gretsch, Strymon, Orange, Reverend, HeadRush, Wampler, and more.

  • 2019 Issue 04 April

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    Premier Guitar April 2019: NAMM 2019 gear-show recap. Interviews with Sarah Longfield, Steve Gunn, and Kurt Vile, Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and John Myung, Charlie Sexton, and Rush’s Geddy Lee. Thirteen gear reviews: Friedman, EHX, One Control, Adventure Audio, MXR, Schecter, IK Multimedia, Source Audio, Fender, Jext Telez, 3 Leaf, and Aguilar.

  • 2019 Issue 03 March

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    Premier Guitar March 2019: Stompbox junkies going into withdrawal since last year’s Pedal Issue should feel significantly sated this month, as we’ve both rounded up 16 pro pedalboards from across the stylistic spectrum that wowed us during our last year of Rig Rundowns, and collected photos and specs on 13 impressive boards from PG fans. In addition, our features section has talks with Jeff Tweedy and Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan, as well as a profile of the late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton. Meanwhile, our gear-review section takes in-depth looks at Bogner’s Ecstasy Blue Mini, Rocket Surgeon’s Codename: Black Hat, the Ashdown Tone Pocket, Way Huge’s Purple Platypus, the Heritage H-137SC, Third Man & Mantic’s Flex, the Balthazar Film Noir 50, Peavey’s MAX 150, the Takamine EF360SC TT, Damnation Audio’s Ugly Twin, Hughes & Kettner’s Black Spirit 200, the Komet K.O.D.A., and Trickfish’s Trilobite. Lastly, in the print edition (only), we have tablature transcriptions of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell,” Lamb of God’s “Redneck,” and the Hellecasters’ “The Claw.”

  • 2019 Issue 01 January

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    Premier GuitarJanuary 2019: Our cover story this issue is an interview with Adam “Nergal” Darski, frontman for influential extreme-metal outfit Behemoth, whose new albumI Loved You at Your Darkestis making waves for building on the band’s legacy of brutal music while also bucking trends held perhaps a bit too dear by the genre’s more hardcore adherents. In addition, we’ve also got in-depth talks with heavy-hitters such as Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power), MC5 legend Wayne Kramer, Slash and Myles Kennedy, and Larkin Poe’s Megan and Rebecca Lovell. On the gear front, we’ve got an in-depth look at the history of the mighty Tone Bender fuzz, as well as 13 guitar and bass reviews: Seymour Duncan’s Fooz Analog Fuzz Synth, MXR’s 5150 Chorus, the Carr Telstar, the Squier Contemporary Jazz HH, Ananashead’s Meteorite, Sadowsky’s MetroExpress, the Boss TU-03, Hotone’s Binary Eko, the Dophix Nettuno, Eastman’s V64 semi-hollowbody, Dunable’s SplatterBlaster, the Tone King Sky King, and the Mattoverse Electronics Inflection Point. In the print edition (only), we’ve also got full transcriptions of The Sword’s “Winter’s Wolves,” Joe Bonamassa’s “Love Is a Gamble,” Tommy Emmanuel’s rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

  • 2018 Issue 10 October

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    Premier Guitar October 2018: It’s baaaaack! Our annual Pedal Issue—always the most anticipated of the year—is here again to blow both your mind and bank account with a trove of expert reviews on tone treasures for every taste. In all, it’s 31 stomps ranging from overdrives and decadent fuzzes to modulation marvels, delays, ’verbs, weird stuff, and even a few bass stomps. We’ve got mainstream brands like Electro-Harmonix, Fender, MXR, Boss, Ernie Ball, Aguilar, Ampeg, ZVEX, Line 6, and Way Huge, as well as up-and-coming outfits like Southampton, Terry Audio, OnkartGromt, Stacks FX, Escape Plan, Wilson Effects, and Tsakalis Audioworks. We’ve also got reviews of Milkman Sound’s The Amp, the Cort CJ Retro Jumbo, and Eastwood’s Airline Pocket Bass. Meanwhile, our feature section serves up chats with Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, Neko Case, Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur, and Grammy-winner Fantastic Negrito. We’ve also got complete song tabs (print edition only) for Julian Lage’s “Splendor Riot,” Ace Frehley’s “New York Groove,” and the Killers’ “Mr. Brightside.”

  • 2018 Issue 06 June

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    Premier Guitar June 2018: For our cover story this month, we tapped U.K. studio guru and vintage-gear dealer Tony Miln to scour the outlands of outboard gear to examine 20 unusual spring reverbs that promise ultimate ambient power. In our artist-interview section, we talk to Blur’s Britpop legend Graham Coxon, slide master Ry Cooder, Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean and Robert DeLeo, Kittie’s Morgan Lander and Tara McLeod, and Nashville twanger Guthrie Trapp. We also serve up a Forgotten Heroes piece on krautrock icons CAN. In gear reviews, we’ve got a roundup of short-scale basses—Fender’s JMJ Road Worn Mustang, Spector’s Bantam 4, and Supro’s Huntington II—in addition to outings with the Orange Brent Hinds Terror, the PRS Silver Sky, Source Audio’s Ventris reverb, Blackstar’s HT Club MkII, the Cort GB75JH 5-string, Fender’s the Bends compressor, Dusky’s Mandorla, the Lovell Shakey tremolo, Land Devices’ HP-2, the Meris Polymoon, Hü Tonelabs’ Psychlone Jr., and Ampeg’s Opto Comp. In the print edition, we’ve also got full transcriptions of three tunes: Jeff Beck’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” Django Reinhardt’s “Honeysuckle Rose,” and Imagine Dragons’ “I’m So Sorry.”

  • 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 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.