Premier Guitar January 2013: We start the year with a gear-binge bang-15 reviews, including a mid-priced bass roundup with stellar 4-strings from Fender, G&L, Ibanez, Schecter, and Sterling by Music Man. Other reviews include the Campbell American Space Biscuit, Fender Cabronita Telecaster, Moog MFM-104M Analog Delay, L.R. Baggs M-80 acoustic pickup, KW Cabs ST-2m 2×12, Seymour Duncan ’59/Custom Hybrid, ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior, Laffing Dog Blue Dog overdrive, Ashdown CTM-300 bass head, and the Heptode Deep Crunch pedal. Our artist features this month include an interview with legendary slap-bass pioneer Larry Graham, a chat with prog-punk icons Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know from Bad Brains, an in-depth talk with scorching bluesrocker Joanne Shaw Taylor, and an interview with bass chopsmaster Victor Wooten. We also take a look at some of Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson’s vintage basses, show you how to set up your 4-string, and profile boutique bass luthier Vinny Fodera.
Get wired! In this special issue, we serve up popular Mod Garage columnist Dirk Wacker’s top wiring mods for Strats, Teles, Les Pauls, and “super strats.” We also talk to Seymour Duncan Custom Shop “queen” Maricela “MJ” Juarez, who’s built pickups for everyone from Eddie Van Halen to Slash, Clapton, and Joe Bonamassa. We also bring you a report on all the rad new tone toys from Summer NAMM in Nashville, as well as an insider’s first look at Apple’s stunningly tricked-out new Logic Pro X recording suite. Our artist features this month include chats with Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, Seattle bluesman Dudley Taft, and hard-rock Studio Legend Michael Wagener-whose credits include Metallica, Megadeth, Accept, and more. We also send one of our writers to check out Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape. Our 10 guitar and bass gear reviews this month include the G&L Superhawk Deluxe Jerry Cantrell, Martin BCPA4 acoustic bass, Dr. Z Antidote, Catalinbread Echorec, Pagelli Massari archtop, Port City Orleans bass preamp, Fargen Blackbird, Devi Ever FX Drone F*** Drone, Gibson LG-2 American Eagle, and Rotosound Fuzz.
This month we feature interviews with country superstar Keith Urban, jazz-fusion bass legend Stanley Clarke, and the two guitarists and bassist from the mind-bending prog-metal outfit Last Chance to Reason. We also bring you highlights from the 2011 NY Amp Show, and share the touching story of the late British Royal Air Force pilot Alf Binnie and the 1940s archtop that he treasured from the time he was imprisoned in a Nazi POW camp until his final days as a ski instructor in Canada. In addition, the third installment in our Forgotten Heroes series focuses on genre-hopping session legend Cornell Dupree. Reviews this month include the new Gibson Les Paul Studio Baritone, Fernandes V-Hawk Elite, Batson No. 5 acoustic, Anacon Technology Zagray! head, Empress Multidrive, Trombetta Tornita!, Metal Pedals XXX HardCore, Kustom KXB500 bass head and DE115NEO cab, Reverend Thundergun and Justice basses, and Vox TB35C2 Bruno combo.