This month we chronicle the titans of the tremolo bar, from the brilliant minds who concocted its mechanics – like Paul Bigsby, Floyd Rose, and Ned Steinberger – to the players who hooked us on its intoxicating effects. And what about the other tremolo – the pulsating electrical effect from amps and pedals? Yeah, we delve into that, too. We also interview Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, plus explore the life and legacy of legendary jazz instructor Ted Greene. For bassists, we visit Warwick’s annual Bass Camp to bring you advice and insights from players such as Victor Wooten, Jonas Hellborg, and TM Stevens. Our guitar and bass gear reviews this month include the PRS S2 Custom 24, TC Electronic PolyTune 2, Guild Starfire hollowbody bass, the Hayden Mini Mofo, BearFoot Model G, NS Design CR5 Radius bass, and more.
Premier Guitar May 2011: This month’s issue shows why we’re the most trusted name in gear reviews-we bring you the world-exclusive first review of Fender’s new Pawn Shop Series guitars. We also talk to Brian Setzer about his new album, Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!, chat with former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan about handling guitar and lead-vocal duties on his new album with Loaded, and catch up with influential post-hardcore band Thursday about their new album, No Devolución. Our second installment of the new Forgotten Heroes section highlights influential gospel singer and rock-guitar precursor Sister Rosetta Tharpe. We also interview bass-amp pioneer Nick Epifani, review nine other products-from 65Amps, Santa Cruz, Lakland, Henman, Tone King, Cusack, and others-and bring you five new lessons, including one from session ace Carl Verheyen.
This month we’ve got the latest, greatest coverage from Europe’s biggest gear show-50 guitars, basses, amps, pedals, and accessories that are guaranteed to make you drool. Our artist features this month include interviews with shred legend Joe Satriani, the Meat Puppets’ Curt and Cris Kirkwood, Eric Gales and Doug Pinnick, and U.K. blues songstress Bex Marshall. We also talk to Visual Sound’s Bob Weil, take a look at what sorts of things to look for in a case or gigbag, and revisit the life and legacy of the late Chicago guitarist Terry Kath. Gear reviews this month include the new Taylor 518e, Nik Huber’s Rietbergen Standard, the new Ibanez ES-2 Echo Shifter, MXR’s Bass Chorus Deluxe, Source Audio’s Orbital Modulator, Lace’s new Dirty Hesher humbuckers, and five more guitar and bass reviews.