All About Amps Vol. 2
How tube amps work, tonal characters of the most common power tubes, and how to replace speakers properly.
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Premier Guitar July 2015: Our cover-story this month is a heartfelt tribute to the late blues legend B.B. King, who passed away just as we were going to press (don’t miss the accompanying, never-before-heard interview on premierguitar.com). We’ve also got brand-new interviews with an incredibly diverse set of artists, including the Word’s Robert Randolph and Luther Dickinson, Torres, My Morning Jacket, Bumblefoot, David Torn, Dwight Yoakam, and fingerstylist James Blackshaw. Our 16 in-depth gear reviews this month include not one but tworoundups—three small-bodied acoustics from Taylor, Martin, and Larrivée, and four 1×12 bass combos from Hartke, Ampeg, Fender, and Ashdown—as well as a look at Fender’s new American Standard Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker, the Orange Rockerverb 50 MKIII, pedals from Gurus, Seymour Duncan, and Wren and Cuff, and more.
Welcome to our annual Amp Issue! In addition to great interviews with players like Robert Randolph, John Scofield, the Stooges’ James Williamson, and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, and Joe Trohman, in this issue we dive into all sorts of amplifier awesomeness. First off, for those of you who’ve always wondered exactly how a tube amp works, we break it down into simple, easy-to-understand concepts using a vintage Vox AC4 as an example. And, since your speakers have such a big impact on your tone, we also bring you a step-by-step DIY project on how to correctly replace speakers in your combo or extension cab. And for those who can’t get enough of vintage amps, Ask Amp Man blogger Jeff Bober from East Amplification takes us on a tour of the North American Guitar Amplifier Museum-a veritable candy store full of Marshalls, Fenders, Hiwatts, Ampegs, Voxes, and other rare amps. Our gear reviews this month include the Charvel Desolation DX1-ST, Cole Clark Angel, Z.Vex Fat Fuzz Factory, Jaguar HC50, Epifani AL 112, EarthQuaker Devices Disaster Transport SR, Nordstrand Shush Puppies, and the Electro-Harmonix Epitome.
This month our gear reviews include a killer array of acoustic tone toys—from Martin’s D Jr. to the Cole Clark CCFL2EC, Taylor’s 562ce, and parlor flattops from Fender and Ibanez, and DiMarzio’s new Black Angel soundhole pickup—as well as Marshall’s JCM 25/50 2555X Silver Jubilee head, the Ethos Clean-Fusion preamp, L.R. Baggs’ Stadium bass DI, Schroeder Amplification’s SA9+, the Keeley ME-8 Multi-Echo, SolidGoldFX’s Horizon, and Mike Lull’s TXB4 bass. Meanwhile, in our interviews section, famed record producers Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed), and Steve Evetts (the Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die) offer tips and tricks for recording crushing guitar tones, while Paul Gilbert, Nigerian Tuareg guitarist Bombino, Lukas Nelson (country icon Willie Nelson’s son), neo-bluegrass renegade Michael Daves, genre-spanning veteran Gary Lucas, Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere from folk-rock outfit Woods, and world-music guitar guru Adam Rudolph dissect the songwriting, recording, and gear behind their latest albums.