Premier Guitar January 2014: Our cover story this month takes you back in time to explore the history behind Marshall Amplification’s development of the world’s first 100-watt amp—which would forever change rock ’n’ roll by powering legendary acts such as the Who, Hendrix, Zeppelin, and more. We also talk to a variety of artists about their new releases this month, including Jonny Lang, A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel and James Iha, and Jim Campilongo. Our builder profile this month is Born Custom Guitars from Broomfield, Colorado. And our 12 guitar and bass gear reviews this month include an exclusive new look at Blackstar’s new LT stompboxes, and in-depth tests of Fishman’s TriplePlay MIDI pickup system, ESP’s LTD EC-1000M Deluxe, the Zoom A3 acoustic processor, Reverend’s Pete Anderson PA-1 RT, the Andrews Amplification Spectraverb 40, Skreddy’s Little Miss Sunshine, the Matchless Thunderman bass head, and TWA’s Great Divide 2.0 pedal.
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.
Premier Guitar July 2014: This month we take you back in time to check out 10 bizarre vintage-guitar oddities from the ’60s and ’70s—instruments from Avalon, Eko, Guyatone, Teisco, Wurlitzer, and more. In our interviews section, we talk to blues legend Johnny Winter, the War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel, the String Cheese Incident, and Mastery Bridges’ John Woodland. We also deep-dive with the Minnesota State College “Red Wing” luthiery school, and go aboard the Yes prog-rock cruise. And our latest Forgotten Heroes piece looks at the life of folk-rock legend Bruce “Mr. Tambourine Man” Langhorne. Gear reviews this month include the Mooer LoFi Machine, Hotone Opto Tremolo, MXR Echoplex Preamp, Fender Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1954 Heavy Relic Strat, Keeley Seafoam Chorus, Zon Mosaic Mojo, Cordoba Acero D9-CE, ZVEX Fuzzolo, GJ2 Shredder, Electroplex Rocket 42, EBS Classic 500 and ClassicLine 210, and Hermida Dover Drive.