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.
Premier Guitar January 2013: We start the year with a gear-binge bang-15 reviews, including a mid-priced bass roundup with stellar 4-strings from Fender, G&L, Ibanez, Schecter, and Sterling by Music Man. Other reviews include the Campbell American Space Biscuit, Fender Cabronita Telecaster, Moog MFM-104M Analog Delay, L.R. Baggs M-80 acoustic pickup, KW Cabs ST-2m 2×12, Seymour Duncan ’59/Custom Hybrid, ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior, Laffing Dog Blue Dog overdrive, Ashdown CTM-300 bass head, and the Heptode Deep Crunch pedal. Our artist features this month include an interview with legendary slap-bass pioneer Larry Graham, a chat with prog-punk icons Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know from Bad Brains, an in-depth talk with scorching bluesrocker Joanne Shaw Taylor, and an interview with bass chopsmaster Victor Wooten. We also take a look at some of Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson’s vintage basses, show you how to set up your 4-string, and profile boutique bass luthier Vinny Fodera.
This month we feature interviews with country superstar Keith Urban, jazz-fusion bass legend Stanley Clarke, and the two guitarists and bassist from the mind-bending prog-metal outfit Last Chance to Reason. We also bring you highlights from the 2011 NY Amp Show, and share the touching story of the late British Royal Air Force pilot Alf Binnie and the 1940s archtop that he treasured from the time he was imprisoned in a Nazi POW camp until his final days as a ski instructor in Canada. In addition, the third installment in our Forgotten Heroes series focuses on genre-hopping session legend Cornell Dupree. Reviews this month include the new Gibson Les Paul Studio Baritone, Fernandes V-Hawk Elite, Batson No. 5 acoustic, Anacon Technology Zagray! head, Empress Multidrive, Trombetta Tornita!, Metal Pedals XXX HardCore, Kustom KXB500 bass head and DE115NEO cab, Reverend Thundergun and Justice basses, and Vox TB35C2 Bruno combo.