Premier Guitar September 2011: In this issue, we take you to two of the year’s biggest gear shows-Summer NAMM in Nashville and the Montreal Guitar Show. At the former, we saw the latest guitars, basses, amps, and effects from both big companies and smaller outfits, while the Montreal gathering found us talking to some of the most prestigious and forward-thinking acoustic and electric luthiers in the world. We’ve also got features on Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, and UK bluesman Matt Schofield. Gear reviews this issue include Kendrick Amplifiers V-Front 212, Vigier Guitars G.V. Wood, Jack Deville Electronics Mod Zero, Ampeg Portaflex PF-350 head and PF-210HE cabinet, Breedlove Guitars Focus SE Custom Walnut, Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine, Richmond Guitars Empire Mahogany, Crimsontone SE Mini Amp, ToneNation Heartland Standard, Peavey Void 4 PXD.
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.
Take a look inside the incredible Rickenbacker instrument archive and at some of the most visually striking, influential, and groundbreaking instruments in modern music. Our artist interviews this month run the gamut from Nashville session ace Brent Mason talking about his new instructional DVD to former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans discussing his new tell-all book to shredmeisters Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes giving us the lowdown on the new Animals as Leaders album. We also visit with Top Hat Amps’ Brian Gerhard about his vintage Vox- and Marshall-style designs that are used by such renowned players as Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas. Reviews this month include the 3 Monkeys Virgil, MJ Guitars GrooveMaster, Hartke Kilo bass head, Mesa/Boogie Mini Rectifier Twenty-Five, Hagstrom Viking, Mario Guitars Serp, David Allen pickups, Spaceman Gemini III, Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay, and Two-Rock EXO 15.