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.
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 bring you the industry’s fastest and most comprehensive summary of the world’s biggest gear show-more then 30 of the coolest new guitar and bass toys from Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany. We also talk to avant-jazz mastermind Bill Frisell about his new Floratone album, and then chat with riff-rocker Billy Duffy about using his Gretsches and multi-amp setup on the Cult’s new Choice of Weapon. We also take you to New York City’s theater district to talk to the guitar gurus who bring 6-string glory to three of Broadway’s hottest numbers-Book of Mormon,Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, and Rock of Ages. We also shine the spotlight on the astonishing career of Forgotten Hero Johnny “Guitar” Watson-a funk icon whose groovin’ lines have been sending aftershocks through modern music for 30+ years. Then, for both novices and vets, we delve into the oft-overlooked tonal implications of steel strings and picks with two in-depth features that explain archaic terminology and suggest new ways to approach your sound. Reviews this month include the new Gibson Jeff Tweedy SG, Jackson Ampworks Newcastle, Ibanez Gerald Veasley 6-string bass, Taylor 710ce Rosewood, Alairex H.A.L.O. overdrive, Jason Z. Schroeder Chopper T-Pine, Mojo Hand Nebula IV phaser, Orange OR50H reissue head, Rivera Sustain Shaman, and Peavey Headliner bass head and 4×10 cab.