Premier Guitar January 2012: We begin the new year with an excerpt from Craig Hopkins’ new book, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day by Day, Night After Night – His Final Years, 1983-1990 [Backbeat Books]-which features never-before-seen pics of the Strat god and his gear. We also talk to jazz legend George Benson about his new album, Guitar Man, the Roots’ “Captain” Kirk Douglas about spearheading a soul-music resurgence, and quirky bluesman Oz Noy about his latest outing. Our cover story is a profile of Teuffel Guitars’ Uli Teuffel-a meticulous post-modern luthier whose designs are as headturning as they are controversial. We also hear the story of how one instrument collector scoured the internet to track down the first Steinberger bass prototype-which has been missing for more than 35 years. Gear reviews this month include the Fender Eric Clapton Twinolux amp, Larrivée Bakersfield, Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 head and SL 112 cab, Martin 000-15 12-fret, four Red Witch Seven Sisters pedals (with the other three available as web-exclusive reviews), Brubaker JJX-4 bass, Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 E/A, Orbit Psychoplex Deluxe, Ampeg GVT52-112 guitar combo, and CEC Amplification Toll-Free Express head.
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.
Premier Guitar May 2011: This month’s issue shows why we’re the most trusted name in gear reviews-we bring you the world-exclusive first review of Fender’s new Pawn Shop Series guitars. We also talk to Brian Setzer about his new album, Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!, chat with former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan about handling guitar and lead-vocal duties on his new album with Loaded, and catch up with influential post-hardcore band Thursday about their new album, No Devolución. Our second installment of the new Forgotten Heroes section highlights influential gospel singer and rock-guitar precursor Sister Rosetta Tharpe. We also interview bass-amp pioneer Nick Epifani, review nine other products-from 65Amps, Santa Cruz, Lakland, Henman, Tone King, Cusack, and others-and bring you five new lessons, including one from session ace Carl Verheyen.