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    2018 Digital Issue 09 September

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    Premier Guitar September 2018: Our cover story this month is a chat with influential former Smiths guitarist (and now rather prolific solo artist and sideman) Johnny Marr, who talks to us about his latest album, Call the Comet, as well as his favorite gear—including his signature Fender Jaguars. We also talk to T.J. and John from blazing country/rock duo Brothers Osborne, drone-doom guitarist Dylan Carlson of Earth, experimental shredder Emil Werstler, and avant-garde guitar andworld explorer Henry Kaiser. On the gear front, we’ve got a best-of wrap of our 25 favorite pieces of new gear from the annual Summer NAMM show in Nashville, as well as a primer on what to look for in acoustic DI boxes. Meanwhile, our reviews section has 13 guitar and bass deep-dives on EarthQuaker Devices’ Westwood, the Guild Jetstar, Friedman’s BE-50, the Line 6 Powercab 112 Plus, Ibanez’s TCB1006 ALM Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner signature bass, the Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE, Fender’s Player Series Jaguar, the TC Electronic SpectraDrive, Wren and Cuff’s Two-Five, Nunomo’s the Grain, JAM Pedals’ Ripply Fall, the Crazy Tube Circuits Locomotive, and more. In our print edition (only), we’ve also got three full tablature transcriptions of Megadeth’s “Guns, Drugs, & Money,” John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers’ “Steppin’ Out,” and Ben Harper’s “The Woman in You.”

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    2018 Digital Issue 08 August

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    Premier Guitar August 2018: Our annual Amp Issue is stacked to the chassis with killer amplifier info for everyone from beginners to expert players, including a comprehensive explanation of how tube-amp gain stages work and how cabinet components and construction affect tone, in addition to reviews of four hot new amps. Artist features this month include interviews with former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, Captain Sensible and Paul Gray from legendary punk band the Damned, and Nigerian Tuareg guitarist Almeida from Tal National. We also find out about the very first guitars played by 12 pros—including Nita Strauss, Marissa Paternoster, Mark Arm, Al Di Meola, Joey Landreth, Paul Gilbert, and more. Meanwhile, this issue’s gear-reviews section takes a hard listen to the EVH 5150III 6L6, Paul Reed Smith’s Mark Tremonti MT15, the Sound City SC30, Blackstar’s Unity 500, the Pigtronix Octava Micro, the Jext Telez Jonathan’s Wilson Canyon Climber, Music Man’s 2018 StingRay 4-string, Spaceman’s Mercury IV, the Dwarfcraft Devices Grazer Sample Slice Repeater, Lounsberry’s Amp Rescue, Elite Guitar’s Cling On acoustic pickup, and the TC Electronic AEON sustainer.

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    2018 Digital Issue 07 July

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    Premier Guitar July 2018: This year’s Acoustic Issue features an in-depth introduction to the world of resonator guitars, a look at the stunning work of four stellar American luthiers, and six acoustic-oriented gear reviews. We’ve also got interviews with Meshell Ndegeocello and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been, as well as a look at the “big beast” guitar synths behind 1970s prog-rock pioneers. Gear reviews this month include a look at Fender’s Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline, Taylor’s Builder’s Edition K14ce, L.R. Baggs’ Align Series Reverb, the Klōs Travel Guitar, Fishman’s Loudbox Mini Charge, Paul Reed Smith’s SE A40E acoustic, EarthQuaker Devices’ Pyramids, the MXR Classic 108 Fuzz (Mini), the Swope Dakota 4-string, Dogmatek’s Arctic Wolf, Hartke’s HD500, the Framus Television Teambuilt Pro, the Blackbird Savoy, and Two-Rock’s Bloomfield Drive. In the print edition, there are also full tablature transcriptions of Anthrax’s “Indians,” Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough,” and Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song.”

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    2018 Digital 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.”

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    2018 Digital Issue 05 May

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    Premier Guitar May 2018: Our annual DIY issue serves up a massive feature detailing our recommended mods for four famously affordable instruments—three 6-strings and a bass—that serve as excellent platforms for getting a “custom” axe at a price way lower than a luthier-built alternative. Meanwhile, our interview lineup sees us chatting with Aerosmith legend Joe Perry, Bones guitarist (and Jeff Beck collaborator) Carmen Vandenberg, avant-jazz vet Bill Frisell, Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan and Woody Weatherman, and acoustic trooper John Prine. Gear reviews this month include comprehensive looks at Dr. Z’s Z-PLUS combo, Tech 21’s GED-2112 Geddy Lee SansAmp, the Pigtronix Mothership 2, Universal Audio’s OX, the Modulus Graphite Funk Unlimited RevOLite 4, Magnetic Effects’ Midphoria, Darkglass Electronics’ Alpha•Omicron, the Koll Super Cub, Massive Effects’ G.O.A.F., Schuyler Dean’s Jazzmaster Gold Foil pickups, the Gamechanger Audio Plus pedal, Subdecay’s Vector, and the Fender CN-60S nylon-string.

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    2018 Digital Issue 04 April

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    Premier Guitar April 2018: This month we take you inside the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California—the year’s biggest gear show—to recap the 27 products that wowed us most, from acoustic, electric, and bass guitars to amps and effects. In our artist interviews, we talk to Umphrey’s McGee’s Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss, the Darkness’ Justin and Dan Hawkins, Khruangbin’s Laura Lee and Mark Speer, Converge’s Kurt Ballou, Johnny Hiland, and Jim Campilongo. Meanwhile, our gear reviews include in-depth looks at the Mesa/Boogie Rosette 300 Two:Eight acoustic combo, PureSalem’s Mendiola solidbody, the Yellowcake Lida Machine, Sire’s Marcus Miller P7 bass, Miura Guitars’ M2 compressor/limiter, the Cusack Tap-A-Delay, the Neunaber Iconoclast, Red Hawk Effects’ Raven germanium/silicon Fuzz Face clone, the Mythos Pedals Chupacabra, Todd Sharp’s JOAT 20, the Matthews Effects Chemist, Sublime Guitars’ Chieftain Deluxe, and the Peterson StroboClip HD tuner. We’ve also got tablature transcriptions of three killer tunes (print only): Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “I Know a Little,” James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” and Umphrey’s McGee’s “Looks.”

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    2018 Digital Issue 03 March

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    Premier Guitar March 2018: Our annual Pro Pedalboards issue features an up-close and personal look at 10 boards from a range of players including the Fall of Troy’s Thomas Erak, Warpaint’s Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman, Eric Gales, Nikki Monninger from Silversun Pickups, Mr. Big’s Billy Sheehan and Paul Gilbert, Larry LaLonde of Primus, and Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis. But that’s not all—we also take a look at a killer lineup of stomp stations from PG fans! On the interview front, this issue we chat with rockabilly legend Duane Eddy, blues-rock ripper Hannah Wicklund, and bass legend Lee Sklar. Gear-wise, we’ve got a cool DIY feature on simple guitar hacks that cost less than 12 bucks, and reviews of 13 guitar and bass gadgets, including Hagstrom’s new Fantomen 6-string, the Epiphone Embassy PRO bass, Electro-Harmonix’s Green Russian Big Muff, the Orange Fur Coat, Guild’s Jumbo Junior bass, the Fender Ed O’Brien Stratocaster, Nanolog Audio’s the WaveFunction, the Chellee Compy, Nolatone’s Club Master, the Lehle Mono Volume 90, Dunlop’s Geezer Butler Cry Baby wah, Seafoam Pedals’ Lighthouse, and Cloud Microphones’ Cloudlifter Zi DI. Lastly, we’ve also got transcriptions of three rad tunes (print edition only): Eric Johnson’s “Cliffs of Dover,” Deftones’ “My Own Summer (Shove It),” and jazz-great Jim Hall’s take on the classic Sonny Rollins tune “St. Thomas.”

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    2018 Digital Issue 02 February

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    Premier Guitar February 2018: Our cover story this month tackles the gargantuan task of highlighting the guitars, amps, and effects—and associated players—that epitomize the movements in rock ’n’ roll during each decade, going back to its birth in the 1950s. New artist interviews include chats with Joe Satriani, Dhani Harrison, Chelsea Wolfe, Bruce Cockburn, Victor Wooten, and Pat Martino. We also take a look at what everyday guitarists and bassists can do to be more mindful of the environment in their day-to-day habits as players. Gear reviews this issue include the Epiphone Les Paul SL, MXR’s Booster Mini, Epigaze Audio’s Civic Crown, the SoundBrut DrVa, Vox’s Adio Air BS, the Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe, Warwick’s RockBass Corvette Basic 8, EarthQuaker Devices’ Data Corrupter, Martin’s 2017 D-28, the Boss MD-500, G&L’s Doheny, the API TranZformer LX, and ValveTrain’s Thunder/Train. We’ve also got three song tabs (print edition only): Maren Morris & Vince Gill’s “Dear Hate,” Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “Birds of Fire,” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”

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    2018 Digital 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.”

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    2017 Digital Issue 12 December

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    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.

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    2017 Digital Issue 11 November

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    Whether you’re completely turned off by fuzz pedals or just brand-new to and overwhelmed by them, this month’s cover story demystifies this sometimes-confusing stompbox niche and explains how the right fuzz can stoke inspiration in any genre imaginable. On the artist front, we’ve got interviews with Wendy Melvoin (from the late great Prince’s band the Revolution), Metalocalypse mastermind Brendon Small, and bluesman Jonny Lang. We’ve also got a feature offering an insider’s perspective on recording guitar for film and TV soundtracks, as well as a primer on both how to play slide guitar, and the pros and cons of different slide types. Song transcriptions this month (print only) are Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” Mastodon’s “Curl of the Burl,” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well (Part 1).” Meanwhile our gear-review section deep-dives on the Coppersound Foxcatcher, Guitar Pro 7, Outlaw Effects’ Deputy Marshal, Korg’s AW-LT100B bass tuner, the Headrush Pedalboard, Ashdown’s SZ Funk Face, Bigfoot Engineering’s King Fuzz XL, the Boss Acoustic Singer Live combo, the MOD Duo, Pinter’s SB1-J Jazz Jr., Allen Eden’s Disciple 5 bass, and the Keeley Compressor Plus.