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.
Premier Guitar May 2014: Whether you’re into heavy music, indie rock, or something with serious hooks, we’ve got a barnburner for you this month: In our artist-feature section, we have a roundtable discussion on the state of metal and hardcore with guitarists from six of the heaviest bands on the planet—the Dillinger Escape Plan, Baroness, Funeral for a Friend, Deafheaven, Propagandhi, and Gorguts. We also talk to the guys from chart-topping neo-New Wavers Neon Trees, ska-metal vet Tim Mahoney from 311, and the dual-guitar team in Manchester Orchestra. Gear-wise, we’ve got the latest, greatest guitars, amps, and stompboxes from the Musikmesse trade show, as well as a recap of our greatest Rig Rundowns with headbanging bands. Our reviews include the new PRS Archon amp, Aristides 070 7-string, Jack White’s Third Man Bumble Buzz fuzz, Warwick RockBass Star Bass, TC Electronic Ditto X2 looper, DiPinto Melody Mach IV, Black Cat OD-Boost, Breedlove Premier Auditorium Rosewood, Dr. J Sparrow bass DI, and Origin Effects Cali76 Limiting Amplifier. We also get stories, tips, and tricks from a posse of guitarists on ways to get—and keep—a gig supporting singer-songwriters with big ambitions. As always, we’ve got an incredible set of columns from industry experts on everything from recording to budget eBay finds, vintage gems, bass advice, and home guitar projects.
Premier Guitar November 2014: We’re all over the place this month—in the coolest way possible. Our cover story chronicles the charity work of Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit that aims “to preserve the musical traditions of the South” by helping artists combat poverty—and providing them with gear to use in their art. Our artist interviews this month include chats with Steve Stevens, Blake Mills, the Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner, Nels Cline and Julian Lage, David Fiuczynski, and Flash Lightnin’s Darren Glover. We also look at the life and legacy of R&B legend/Forgotten Hero Curtis Mayfield, go inside Musicians Institute’s Guitar Craft program, and serve up a country-guitar lesson. Our gear reviews this month include Taylor’s T5z Custom, the Line 6 AMPLIFi 150, Caroline Guitar Company’s Haymaker, the McInturff Spitfire, Coldcraft’s Harmonic Tremolo v2, EarthQuaker Devices’ Arrows preamp, Nordstrand’s NVT A3 T-style pickups, the Darkglass Duality Dual Fuzz Engine, Gretsch’s G5620T-CB Electromatic Center Block, Pettyjohn’s PreDrive, and Yamaha’s TRBX505 5-string bass.