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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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.
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.
In our cover story this issue, we talk to Tal Wilkenfeld, the young bassist who gained worldwide attention backing Jeff Beck, about her stunning stylistic development as singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader. Other artist features include chats with recent Rock Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, as well as jazz virtuoso Julian Lage, Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell, world-music-bass-goddess-turned-vocalist/songwriter Esperanza Spalding, and former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould. The latest in our Forgotten Heroes series looks at the ongoing, astonishingly prodigious career of studio ace Reggie Young—whose credits include stints with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and countless other legends. Meanwhile, DrowningInGuitars.com’s Frank Meyers—one of the world’s foremost experts on quirky vintage gear—takes us back in time to the 1960s amp-in-guitar craze. Our gear reviews include a roundup of six new dirt boxes—Mojo Hand Fx’s Sacred Cow, J Coloccia’s Id, Oddfellow’s the Bishop, the Zen Zero Red Crown, and Pettyjohn’s PettyDrive—in addition to reviews of Fender’s new Bassbreaker 45 and American Elite Precision bass, the Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar, IK Multimedia’s iRig Acoustic, Cusack Music’s Reverb SME, Strymon’s Dig, the Dean Zelinsky LaVoce Z-Glide Custom, Blackstar’s Artist 15 combo, the Darkglass Microtubes B7K Ultra, the Pigtronix Echolution2 Ultra Pro, and 3Leaf Audio’s WonderLove envelope filter.