2018 Issue 08 August
Premier Guitar August 2018: Our annual Amp Issue is stacked to the chassis with killer amplifier info for everyone from beginners to expert players, including a comprehensive explanation of how tube-amp gain stages work and how cabinet components and construction affect tone, in addition to reviews of four hot new amps. Artist features this month include interviews with former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, Captain Sensible and Paul Gray from legendary punk band the Damned, and Nigerian Tuareg guitarist Almeida from Tal National. We also find out about the very first guitars played by 12 pros—including Nita Strauss, Marissa Paternoster, Mark Arm, Al Di Meola, Joey Landreth, Paul Gilbert, and more. Meanwhile, this issue’s gear-reviews section takes a hard listen to the EVH 5150III 6L6, Paul Reed Smith’s Mark Tremonti MT15, the Sound City SC30, Blackstar’s Unity 500, the Pigtronix Octava Micro, the Jext Telez Jonathan’s Wilson Canyon Climber, Music Man’s 2018 StingRay 4-string, Spaceman’s Mercury IV, the Dwarfcraft Devices Grazer Sample Slice Repeater, Lounsberry’s Amp Rescue, Elite Guitar’s Cling On acoustic pickup, and the TC Electronic AEON sustainer.