Premier Guitar September 2014: The Summer NAMM gear show is here again, and as usual we’ve got the scoop on the new tone toys—30 of the coolest guitars and basses, amps, effects, and accessories from Nashville. We’ve also got two rad pickup stories this time around: One walks you through three must-try pickup-wiring DIY mods, and the other takes a look at six unsung vintage pickups from Teisco, Gretsch, Gibson, Franz, Burns, and Supro. Our artist interviews this month include chats with the mighty Slash, Brian Setzer, and Ernest Ranglin, and we also take a look at the life and legacy of jazz great Emily Remler. Reviews this month include gear from Danelectro, EarthQuaker Devices, Beigel Sound Labs/Tru-Tron, Maton, Cort, Universal Audio, DigiTech, Stomp Under Foot, Novax, Visual Sound, and more.
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.
This month we chronicle the titans of the tremolo bar, from the brilliant minds who concocted its mechanics – like Paul Bigsby, Floyd Rose, and Ned Steinberger – to the players who hooked us on its intoxicating effects. And what about the other tremolo – the pulsating electrical effect from amps and pedals? Yeah, we delve into that, too. We also interview Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, plus explore the life and legacy of legendary jazz instructor Ted Greene. For bassists, we visit Warwick’s annual Bass Camp to bring you advice and insights from players such as Victor Wooten, Jonas Hellborg, and TM Stevens. Our guitar and bass gear reviews this month include the PRS S2 Custom 24, TC Electronic PolyTune 2, Guild Starfire hollowbody bass, the Hayden Mini Mofo, BearFoot Model G, NS Design CR5 Radius bass, and more.