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  • 2014 Issue 03 Mar

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    This month we take a look at pedalboards of the pros by showing you 10 stomp stations from recent Rig Rundowns with Joe Bonamassa, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dweezil Zappa, Lamb of God, J Mascis, Queens of the Stone Age, the Cult, Minus the Bear, Living Colour, and Keller Williams. (We’ve also got a gallery of rad reader pedalboards that give the pros’ boards a run for their money!) Our excerpt from the new Rolling Stones Gear book includes exclusive photos of Keith Richards’ and Brian Jones’ guitars, while a companion online interview features insights from author Andy Babiuk. We also recap our recent Rig Rundown with Keith Urban, take a look at Germany’s most storied instrument-making region, and talk to acoustic virtuoso Preston Reed, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and John Cummings, and Bill Finnegan—elusive builder of the famous Klon Centaur pedal. Reviews this month include the Magnatone Super Fifty-Nine, the Boss ME-80 multi-effector, Taylor’s 814ce, Ampeg’s V-4B bass head and SVT-212AV cab, the Rainger FX Air Traffic Controller, Silvertone’s Model 1423, the Source Audio Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar microModeler, G&L’s LB-100 bass, the Fender Custom ’68 Princeton Reverb, and the Analog Alien Rumble Seat.

  • 2014 Issue 02 February

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    Premier Guitar February 2014: If you’re looking for cool new projects for your favorite axe, this issue is bound to have something enticing for you: For pickup swappers, we’ve got the exclusive scoop on Fishman’s innovative new Fluence pickups, as well as a roundup of humbucker-sized P-90s from DiMarzio, Lindy Fralin, Seymour Duncan, Harmonic Design, GFS, and Lollar. We also chronicle the resurrection of an old 1974 Epiphone Crestwood, including adding new Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers, tuners, switches, and a Vibramate-mounted Bigsby. We even have a gallery of reader-submitted hot-rod project guitars. And for the really adventurous, our cover story walks you step-by-step through the process of installing a MIDI controller pad in the top of your solidbody, à la Muse’s Matt Bellamy. Interviews this month include chats with Reverend Horton Heat, Boston’s Tom Scholz, and Arthur Channel’s Jon Greene, Lyle Workman, and Alain Johannes. We also take a look back at the life of Free’s Paul Kossoff. Our gear reviews this month include an exclusive look at Moog’s five new Minifooger pedals, the ToneVille Beale Street, Epiphone’s G-400 Pro, the Fender Pawn Shop Mustang bass, CMandell’s Dutch Kazoo fuzz, Larrivée’s D-40R dreadnought, the Spaceman Sputnik, PureSalem’s Electric End, Ashdown’s MiBass 2.0 head and Mi 12 cab, and the Strymon Big Sky.

  • 2014 Issue 01 January

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    Premier Guitar January 2014: Our cover story this month takes you back in time to explore the history behind Marshall Amplification’s development of the world’s first 100-watt amp—which would forever change rock ’n’ roll by powering legendary acts such as the Who, Hendrix, Zeppelin, and more. We also talk to a variety of artists about their new releases this month, including Jonny Lang, A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel and James Iha, and Jim Campilongo. Our builder profile this month is Born Custom Guitars from Broomfield, Colorado. And our 12 guitar and bass gear reviews this month include an exclusive new look at Blackstar’s new LT stompboxes, and in-depth tests of Fishman’s TriplePlay MIDI pickup system, ESP’s LTD EC-1000M Deluxe, the Zoom A3 acoustic processor, Reverend’s Pete Anderson PA-1 RT, the Andrews Amplification Spectraverb 40, Skreddy’s Little Miss Sunshine, the Matchless Thunderman bass head, and TWA’s Great Divide 2.0 pedal.

  • 2013 Issue 12 December

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    Premier Guitar December 2013: To finish off the year in gear, we bring you our top picks—39 guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories that won our esteemed Premier Gear award. Our interviews this month include conversations with Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu, Kings of Leon’s Matthew Followill, Pierre Bensusan, the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover, Deap Vally’s Lindsey Troy, and studio legend Andrew Scheps. We’ve also got an excerpt from Lisa S. Johnson’s beautiful coffee-table book, 108 Rock Star Guitars, and we show you 23 of the gorgeous and rare guitars in Chicago bluesman Daniel Ivankovich’s collection. Our 10 new gear reviews this month include the Eventide H9, Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster with Bigsby, Knaggs Severn Trembuck 3, T-Rex Magnus, Little Walter Twin 50/22, PRS Grainger bass, Worland Prairie flattop, and more.

  • 2013 Issue 11 November

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    This month we chronicle the titans of the tremolo bar, from the brilliant minds who concocted its mechanics – like Paul Bigsby, Floyd Rose, and Ned Steinberger – to the players who hooked us on its intoxicating effects. And what about the other tremolo – the pulsating electrical effect from amps and pedals? Yeah, we delve into that, too. We also interview Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, plus explore the life and legacy of legendary jazz instructor Ted Greene. For bassists, we visit Warwick’s annual Bass Camp to bring you advice and insights from players such as Victor Wooten, Jonas Hellborg, and TM Stevens. Our guitar and bass gear reviews this month include the PRS S2 Custom 24, TC Electronic PolyTune 2, Guild Starfire hollowbody bass, the Hayden Mini Mofo, BearFoot Model G, NS Design CR5 Radius bass, and more.

  • 2013 Issue 09 September

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    Get wired! In this special issue, we serve up popular Mod Garage columnist Dirk Wacker’s top wiring mods for Strats, Teles, Les Pauls, and “super strats.” We also talk to Seymour Duncan Custom Shop “queen” Maricela “MJ” Juarez, who’s built pickups for everyone from Eddie Van Halen to Slash, Clapton, and Joe Bonamassa. We also bring you a report on all the rad new tone toys from Summer NAMM in Nashville, as well as an insider’s first look at Apple’s stunningly tricked-out new Logic Pro X recording suite. Our artist features this month include chats with Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, Seattle bluesman Dudley Taft, and hard-rock Studio Legend Michael Wagener-whose credits include Metallica, Megadeth, Accept, and more. We also send one of our writers to check out Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape. Our 10 guitar and bass gear reviews this month include the G&L Superhawk Deluxe Jerry Cantrell, Martin BCPA4 acoustic bass, Dr. Z Antidote, Catalinbread Echorec, Pagelli Massari archtop, Port City Orleans bass preamp, Fargen Blackbird, Devi Ever FX Drone F*** Drone, Gibson LG-2 American Eagle, and Rotosound Fuzz.

  • 2013 Issue 08 August

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    Welcome to our annual Amp Issue! In addition to great interviews with players like Robert Randolph, John Scofield, the Stooges’ James Williamson, and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, and Joe Trohman, in this issue we dive into all sorts of amplifier awesomeness. First off, for those of you who’ve always wondered exactly how a tube amp works, we break it down into simple, easy-to-understand concepts using a vintage Vox AC4 as an example. And, since your speakers have such a big impact on your tone, we also bring you a step-by-step DIY project on how to correctly replace speakers in your combo or extension cab. And for those who can’t get enough of vintage amps, Ask Amp Man blogger Jeff Bober from East Amplification takes us on a tour of the North American Guitar Amplifier Museum-a veritable candy store full of Marshalls, Fenders, Hiwatts, Ampegs, Voxes, and other rare amps. Our gear reviews this month include the Charvel Desolation DX1-ST, Cole Clark Angel, Z.Vex Fat Fuzz Factory, Jaguar HC50, Epifani AL 112, EarthQuaker Devices Disaster Transport SR, Nordstrand Shush Puppies, and the Electro-Harmonix Epitome.

  • 2013 Issue 06 June

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    This month we’ve got the latest, greatest coverage from Europe’s biggest gear show-50 guitars, basses, amps, pedals, and accessories that are guaranteed to make you drool. Our artist features this month include interviews with shred legend Joe Satriani, the Meat Puppets’ Curt and Cris Kirkwood, Eric Gales and Doug Pinnick, and U.K. blues songstress Bex Marshall. We also talk to Visual Sound’s Bob Weil, take a look at what sorts of things to look for in a case or gigbag, and revisit the life and legacy of the late Chicago guitarist Terry Kath. Gear reviews this month include the new Taylor 518e, Nik Huber’s Rietbergen Standard, the new Ibanez ES-2 Echo Shifter, MXR’s Bass Chorus Deluxe, Source Audio’s Orbital Modulator, Lace’s new Dirty Hesher humbuckers, and five more guitar and bass reviews.

  • 2013 Issue 03 March

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    This month brings a trilogy of hot-rod makeovers that’ll pique the interest of all types of players: a commissioned ’80s PRS CE redo, a Squier Tele twangified with a Bigsby and Curtis Novak pickups, and a cheap axe transformed into a weird wonder by eccentric luthier Yuri Landman. Our artist features include interviews with rhythmic blues players Eric Bibb and Habib Koité about their Brothers in Bamako project, as well as a chat with Nashville hero JD Simo about his psychedelic rock debut. We also go inside the shop of legendary guitar tech and builder Bob Bradshaw. In the gear department, we review Teye’s R-Series La Gitana bass, Epiphone’s 1962 Sheraton E212T, the Roland GA-112 amp, Carvin’s HH2 Allan Holdsworth, Van Amps Sole-Mate Jr., and the Takamine P3MC acoustic. In pedal news, we take a look at Mesa/Boogie’s new line, TC Electronic’s Flashback X4, the Strymon Mobius,and the Vox StompLab IIB for bass.

  • 2013 Issue 02 February

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    This month our cover story takes you inside the mind and shop of James Trussart to look at how he constructs some of the most unique metal-bodied guitars in the world. In other features, we talk to Nashville luthier Joe Glaser about tag-teaming with Gibson on the new Les Paul Junior B-Bender, look at the life of British session legend (and Ritchie Blackmore mentor) Big Jim Sullivan, in addition to interviewing fusion masters Scott Henderson and Jeff Berlin, Duane Denison from the Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk, heady twangers Double Naught Spy Car, and rockabilly veteran Rosie Flores. Our gear reviews this month include the new PRS 408 Maple Top, the Gretsch G5442BDC Electromatic short-scale bass, Recording King RO-310 acoustic, Celestial Effects Cancer Wah the Fuzz?, Nace M1-18R combo, Overton Flyweight 500 bass head, Way Huge Supa-Puss, Fender 20th Anniversary Vibro-King, Eastwood Airline Espanada, and Jacques Stompboxes Meistersinger.

  • 2013 Issue 01 January

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    Premier Guitar January 2013: We start the year with a gear-binge bang-15 reviews, including a mid-priced bass roundup with stellar 4-strings from Fender, G&L, Ibanez, Schecter, and Sterling by Music Man. Other reviews include the Campbell American Space Biscuit, Fender Cabronita Telecaster, Moog MFM-104M Analog Delay, L.R. Baggs M-80 acoustic pickup, KW Cabs ST-2m 2×12, Seymour Duncan ’59/Custom Hybrid, ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior, Laffing Dog Blue Dog overdrive, Ashdown CTM-300 bass head, and the Heptode Deep Crunch pedal. Our artist features this month include an interview with legendary slap-bass pioneer Larry Graham, a chat with prog-punk icons Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know from Bad Brains, an in-depth talk with scorching bluesrocker Joanne Shaw Taylor, and an interview with bass chopsmaster Victor Wooten. We also take a look at some of Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson’s vintage basses, show you how to set up your 4-string, and profile boutique bass luthier Vinny Fodera.

  • 2012 Issue 11 November

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    This month we talk to Rush’s legendary guitar-and-bass duo, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, about their new album, Clockwork Angels, as well as their favorite road and studio gear. We also interview Kim Thayil from Soundgarden about the band’s new comeback album, King Animal. We also find out how Dave Knudson of Minus the Bear creates tapped rhythms and synth-y tones with four Line 6 Delay Modelers. Other features in this issue include a do-it-yourself story on setting up a Strat to play like a dream, a how-to guide on choosing a 1/4 cable, and a profile of Dagmar Custom Guitars. Our gear reviews this month include the Gibson J-45 PureVoice Custom, TV Jones Spectra Sonic C Melody baritone, Yamaha BB1025X 5-string bass, Marshall JMP-1C, Fender Select P bass, Malekko Plus Ultra 213, JHS Panther, Brunetti Singleman, Jetter Red Square, and Electroplex Rocket 35-EL.