Premier Guitar January 2014: Our cover story this month takes you back in time to explore the history behind Marshall Amplification’s development of the world’s first 100-watt amp—which would forever change rock ’n’ roll by powering legendary acts such as the Who, Hendrix, Zeppelin, and more. We also talk to a variety of artists about their new releases this month, including Jonny Lang, A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel and James Iha, and Jim Campilongo. Our builder profile this month is Born Custom Guitars from Broomfield, Colorado. And our 12 guitar and bass gear reviews this month include an exclusive new look at Blackstar’s new LT stompboxes, and in-depth tests of Fishman’s TriplePlay MIDI pickup system, ESP’s LTD EC-1000M Deluxe, the Zoom A3 acoustic processor, Reverend’s Pete Anderson PA-1 RT, the Andrews Amplification Spectraverb 40, Skreddy’s Little Miss Sunshine, the Matchless Thunderman bass head, and TWA’s Great Divide 2.0 pedal.
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.
Our annual “Pedal Issue” is one for the record books-literally: At 272 pages, it has been verified by Inquiry Management Systems, an independent publishing research firm, as the largest single issue of a US guitar magazine ever. It’s also the first PG ever to have four randomly distributed covers, each featuring a fully functional custom pedal with the issue’s cover lines printed directly on its face. (The pedals are a JAM Pedals RetroVibe, a DigiTech Whammy, a Diamond Pedals Halo Chorus, and an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, and you can enter to win them at premierguitar.com Oct. 19 through Nov. 16.) Inside, the issue is packed with 30+ stompbox reviews, three features-on Rolling Stone Ron Wood, Iron Maiden, and Zakk Wylde-a profile on “5 Boutique Stompbox Builders You Should Know,” a profile on Electro-Harmonix founder Mike Matthews, a wrap-up of Experience PRS 2010, and reviews of three guitars and two amps.
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