Premier Guitar September 2011: In this issue, we take you to two of the year’s biggest gear shows-Summer NAMM in Nashville and the Montreal Guitar Show. At the former, we saw the latest guitars, basses, amps, and effects from both big companies and smaller outfits, while the Montreal gathering found us talking to some of the most prestigious and forward-thinking acoustic and electric luthiers in the world. We’ve also got features on Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, and UK bluesman Matt Schofield. Gear reviews this issue include Kendrick Amplifiers V-Front 212, Vigier Guitars G.V. Wood, Jack Deville Electronics Mod Zero, Ampeg Portaflex PF-350 head and PF-210HE cabinet, Breedlove Guitars Focus SE Custom Walnut, Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine, Richmond Guitars Empire Mahogany, Crimsontone SE Mini Amp, ToneNation Heartland Standard, Peavey Void 4 PXD.
This month brings a trilogy of hot-rod makeovers that’ll pique the interest of all types of players: a commissioned ’80s PRS CE redo, a Squier Tele twangified with a Bigsby and Curtis Novak pickups, and a cheap axe transformed into a weird wonder by eccentric luthier Yuri Landman. Our artist features include interviews with rhythmic blues players Eric Bibb and Habib Koité about their Brothers in Bamako project, as well as a chat with Nashville hero JD Simo about his psychedelic rock debut. We also go inside the shop of legendary guitar tech and builder Bob Bradshaw. In the gear department, we review Teye’s R-Series La Gitana bass, Epiphone’s 1962 Sheraton E212T, the Roland GA-112 amp, Carvin’s HH2 Allan Holdsworth, Van Amps Sole-Mate Jr., and the Takamine P3MC acoustic. In pedal news, we take a look at Mesa/Boogie’s new line, TC Electronic’s Flashback X4, the Strymon Mobius,and the Vox StompLab IIB for bass.
Take a look inside the incredible Rickenbacker instrument archive and at some of the most visually striking, influential, and groundbreaking instruments in modern music. Our artist interviews this month run the gamut from Nashville session ace Brent Mason talking about his new instructional DVD to former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans discussing his new tell-all book to shredmeisters Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes giving us the lowdown on the new Animals as Leaders album. We also visit with Top Hat Amps’ Brian Gerhard about his vintage Vox- and Marshall-style designs that are used by such renowned players as Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas. Reviews this month include the 3 Monkeys Virgil, MJ Guitars GrooveMaster, Hartke Kilo bass head, Mesa/Boogie Mini Rectifier Twenty-Five, Hagstrom Viking, Mario Guitars Serp, David Allen pickups, Spaceman Gemini III, Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay, and Two-Rock EXO 15.