Premier Guitar April 2014: Gear connoisseurs rejoice—we just got back from the Winter 2014 NAMM show in Anaheim, California, and here we’ve got the top 28 guitars, basses, amps, and stomps to covet in 2014. We also get to talk to John Frusciante about his long-awaited solo album, be a fly on the wall as bass legends Will Lee and Nathan East interview each other, and hear the latest from roots-rocker Jimbo Mathus and classical virtuoso Jason Vieaux. Meanwhile, luthier/pickup maker Tom Jones (TV Jones) writes about the history of the baritone guitar. Our gear reviews this month include the Line 6 POD HD Pro X, Eastwood Airline Map Baritone, Vox Night Train G2 NT15C1, Carvin PB4, MXR Phase 99, Lowden 32 SE, Synaptic Groove Snapperhead, Markbass Bass Multiamp, Solid Gold FX Zeta, and Fender Kingman Pro Custom.
Premier Guitar June 2014: As usual, we’ve got a huge range of artist and gear coverage in store this month. Our feature interviews include chats with shred legend Joe Satriani about his new 15-CD box set, alt-folk acoustic badass Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek, Linkin Park’s Brad Delson, bluegrass virtuoso Bryan Sutton, and nylon-string shredders Rodrigo y Gabriela. Just in time for sunny-day strumming in the park, we’ve got a roundup of four 12-string acoustics—from Breedlove, Godin, Martin, and Fender—that cost less than $650. We also take a fascinating look at the prewar Martin D-45 flattop, possibly the most coveted acoustic guitar on the planet. This month we also talk to influential acoustic and electric luthier Joe Veillette about his contributions to instrument design. Our gear reviews this month include the Fender Coronado, Peavey ValveKing 20, Positive Grid’s BIAS amp-modeling app, the Musicvox MI-5 bass, Electro-Harmonix’s Soul Food, MTD’s Kingston Rubicon 6-22, the Orange Crush CR60C, Seymour Duncan’s Dirty Deeds Distortion, and Daring Audio’s Laser Cannon HD bass DI box.
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.