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.
Premier Guitar December 2014: Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for yourself or your favorite player this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with our recap of the coolest gear we reviewed this year—the 45 or so guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories that won our illustrious Premier Gear award during 2014. On top of that, we’ve also 13 brand-new reviews, including the Carr Skylark, Zemaitis Generation 2, Taylor 150e 12-string, Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine, Eden I-90 Chorus, JHS Colour Box, Maxon FV10 Void, Electra Phoenix, and more. Our artist interviews this month include chats with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Bill Frisell, Exodus’ Gary Holt and Lee Altus, Donna Grantis from Prince’s 3rdEyeGirl band, and Liam “Skin” Tyson and Justin Adams from Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters band. We also bring you a cool, step-by-step DIY project for installing onboard effects in your guitar, as well as talk to the Trace Davis at Voodoo Amps.
This month we talk to Rush’s legendary guitar-and-bass duo, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, about their new album, Clockwork Angels, as well as their favorite road and studio gear. We also interview Kim Thayil from Soundgarden about the band’s new comeback album, King Animal. We also find out how Dave Knudson of Minus the Bear creates tapped rhythms and synth-y tones with four Line 6 Delay Modelers. Other features in this issue include a do-it-yourself story on setting up a Strat to play like a dream, a how-to guide on choosing a 1/4 cable, and a profile of Dagmar Custom Guitars. Our gear reviews this month include the Gibson J-45 PureVoice Custom, TV Jones Spectra Sonic C Melody baritone, Yamaha BB1025X 5-string bass, Marshall JMP-1C, Fender Select P bass, Malekko Plus Ultra 213, JHS Panther, Brunetti Singleman, Jetter Red Square, and Electroplex Rocket 35-EL.