Premier Guitar December 2014: Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for yourself or your favorite player this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with our recap of the coolest gear we reviewed this year—the 45 or so guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories that won our illustrious Premier Gear award during 2014. On top of that, we’ve also 13 brand-new reviews, including the Carr Skylark, Zemaitis Generation 2, Taylor 150e 12-string, Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine, Eden I-90 Chorus, JHS Colour Box, Maxon FV10 Void, Electra Phoenix, and more. Our artist interviews this month include chats with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Bill Frisell, Exodus’ Gary Holt and Lee Altus, Donna Grantis from Prince’s 3rdEyeGirl band, and Liam “Skin” Tyson and Justin Adams from Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters band. We also bring you a cool, step-by-step DIY project for installing onboard effects in your guitar, as well as talk to the Trace Davis at Voodoo Amps.
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 take a look at pedalboards of the pros by showing you 10 stomp stations from recent Rig Rundowns with Joe Bonamassa, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dweezil Zappa, Lamb of God, J Mascis, Queens of the Stone Age, the Cult, Minus the Bear, Living Colour, and Keller Williams. (We’ve also got a gallery of rad reader pedalboards that give the pros’ boards a run for their money!) Our excerpt from the new Rolling Stones Gear book includes exclusive photos of Keith Richards’ and Brian Jones’ guitars, while a companion online interview features insights from author Andy Babiuk. We also recap our recent Rig Rundown with Keith Urban, take a look at Germany’s most storied instrument-making region, and talk to acoustic virtuoso Preston Reed, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and John Cummings, and Bill Finnegan—elusive builder of the famous Klon Centaur pedal. Reviews this month include the Magnatone Super Fifty-Nine, the Boss ME-80 multi-effector, Taylor’s 814ce, Ampeg’s V-4B bass head and SVT-212AV cab, the Rainger FX Air Traffic Controller, Silvertone’s Model 1423, the Source Audio Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar microModeler, G&L’s LB-100 bass, the Fender Custom ’68 Princeton Reverb, and the Analog Alien Rumble Seat.
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