Premier Guitar June 2014: As usual, we’ve got a huge range of artist and gear coverage in store this month. Our feature interviews include chats with shred legend Joe Satriani about his new 15-CD box set, alt-folk acoustic badass Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek, Linkin Park’s Brad Delson, bluegrass virtuoso Bryan Sutton, and nylon-string shredders Rodrigo y Gabriela. Just in time for sunny-day strumming in the park, we’ve got a roundup of four 12-string acoustics—from Breedlove, Godin, Martin, and Fender—that cost less than $650. We also take a fascinating look at the prewar Martin D-45 flattop, possibly the most coveted acoustic guitar on the planet. This month we also talk to influential acoustic and electric luthier Joe Veillette about his contributions to instrument design. Our gear reviews this month include the Fender Coronado, Peavey ValveKing 20, Positive Grid’s BIAS amp-modeling app, the Musicvox MI-5 bass, Electro-Harmonix’s Soul Food, MTD’s Kingston Rubicon 6-22, the Orange Crush CR60C, Seymour Duncan’s Dirty Deeds Distortion, and Daring Audio’s Laser Cannon HD bass DI box.
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.
Premier Guitar November 2014: We’re all over the place this month—in the coolest way possible. Our cover story chronicles the charity work of Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit that aims “to preserve the musical traditions of the South” by helping artists combat poverty—and providing them with gear to use in their art. Our artist interviews this month include chats with Steve Stevens, Blake Mills, the Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner, Nels Cline and Julian Lage, David Fiuczynski, and Flash Lightnin’s Darren Glover. We also look at the life and legacy of R&B legend/Forgotten Hero Curtis Mayfield, go inside Musicians Institute’s Guitar Craft program, and serve up a country-guitar lesson. Our gear reviews this month include Taylor’s T5z Custom, the Line 6 AMPLIFi 150, Caroline Guitar Company’s Haymaker, the McInturff Spitfire, Coldcraft’s Harmonic Tremolo v2, EarthQuaker Devices’ Arrows preamp, Nordstrand’s NVT A3 T-style pickups, the Darkglass Duality Dual Fuzz Engine, Gretsch’s G5620T-CB Electromatic Center Block, Pettyjohn’s PreDrive, and Yamaha’s TRBX505 5-string bass.