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.
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.
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.