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    2017 Digital 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.”

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    2017 Digital Issue 08 August

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    This time around our annual Amp Issue is yet again packed with speaker-pumping coolness, including a cover story on seven amazing off-the-beaten-path vintage amps, six amp reviews—Vox’s MV50 AC, Hughes and Kettner’s Grandmeister Deluxe 40, the Hilbish Design Beta, and Black Wing’s Screamin’ Eagle 50, as well as Traynor’s SB106 bass combo and Glockenklang’s bass head—plus a feature all about speaker basics, and a DIY project on building your own rotary-speaker cab. Artist interviews this month include chats with Deep Purple’s Steve Morse, one-woman band Tash Sultana, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, Havok’s David Sanchez and Reece Scruggs, and Franklin James Fisher and Lee Tesche from punk-gospel outfit Algiers. Meanwhile, in the print edition, we’ve got song tabs for Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage,” Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” and Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” The rest of our gear-review section is rounded out by deep-dives on Trace-Elliot’s Transit-A acoustic multi-effector, Curtis Novak’s JM-WR Jazzmaster Widerange pickups, the Dunable Cyclops solidbody, Death by Audio’s Evil Filter, the Martin O-18, Electro-Harmonix’s Bass Clone, Newman Guitars’ 6-String, and Mu-FX’s Phasor 2X.

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    2017 Digital Issue 07 July

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    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. In the print edition, 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.

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    2017 Digital 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.

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    2017 Digital Issue 05 May

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    Fender’s Jaguar and Jazzmaster are experiencing something of a resurgence of late, but many players still consider them wonky and difficult to work with. Our cover story this month demystifies the process of setting up these stellar instruments’ unique hardware and physiognomy so that you can get yours performing the way Leo intended. Other features this month include a how-to on refinishing your guitar at home, interviews with killer players—including Morrissey sideman Boz Boorer, Valerie June, Once  Human’s Logan Mader and Max Karon, and Norman Blake—and a Forgotten Heroes piece on the mighty hill-country legend R.L. Burnside. We also talk to 26 guitar and bass notables—including Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson, Together Pangea’s William Keegan, Jennifer Batten, and Donna Grantis—on the most life-changing album in their collection. Our 13 guitar and bass reviews this month include looks at Taylor’s Academy 10e, the Marshall 2525C Mini Jubilee, Gibson’s EB 4, the TC Electronic Rusty Fuzz, the Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII, the Rivolta Combinata, Reverend’s Mike Watt Wattplower, and more.

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    2017 Digital 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.

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    2017 Digital Issue 03 March

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    This year’s annual Pro Pedalboards issue features up-close-and-personal picks of the stomp stations used by Chris Robinson and Neal Casal, Prophets of Rage and RATM bassist Tim Commerford, Band of Skulls’ Emma Richardson and Russell Marsden, Teppei Teranishi and Dustin Kensrue of Thrice, Modest Mouse’s Jim Fairchild, Brad Whitford, Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack and Justin Harris, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Josh Klinghoffer. (We also spotlight a handful of sweet-looking reader boards!) At the other end of the signal chain, we’ve got an insightful feature on the far-reaching history of the plectrum. Meanwhile, our artist interviews section this month includes chats with Kristin Hersh (of Throwing Muses and 50FootWave), Dean Ween, Harvey Mandel, Luke Temple, AZIZA’s Dave Holland and Lionel Loueke, and Oozing Wound’s Zack Weil and Kevin Cribbin. Our gear-review section includes in-depth looks at IK Multimedia’s Fender Collection 2, Rock Stock’s Skyline Reverb, the BAE Hot Fuzz, Amptweaker’s Bass TightMetal Jr., the Paul Reed Smith Sonzera 50 combo, Supro’s Westbury, G&L’s Kiloton 4-string, the DigiTech Whammy Ricochet, Bullhead Amplification’s Matador half-stack, Joe Gore’s Gross, the Epifani Piccolo 999, Daredevil Pedals’ Red Light District, and D’Angelico’s Premier SS.

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    2017 Digital 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.

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    2017 Digital 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.

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    2016 Digital Issue 12 December

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    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.

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    2016 Digital Issue 11 November

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    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.