This month we feature interviews with country superstar Keith Urban, jazz-fusion bass legend Stanley Clarke, and the two guitarists and bassist from the mind-bending prog-metal outfit Last Chance to Reason. We also bring you highlights from the 2011 NY Amp Show, and share the touching story of the late British Royal Air Force pilot Alf Binnie and the 1940s archtop that he treasured from the time he was imprisoned in a Nazi POW camp until his final days as a ski instructor in Canada. In addition, the third installment in our Forgotten Heroes series focuses on genre-hopping session legend Cornell Dupree. Reviews this month include the new Gibson Les Paul Studio Baritone, Fernandes V-Hawk Elite, Batson No. 5 acoustic, Anacon Technology Zagray! head, Empress Multidrive, Trombetta Tornita!, Metal Pedals XXX HardCore, Kustom KXB500 bass head and DE115NEO cab, Reverend Thundergun and Justice basses, and Vox TB35C2 Bruno combo.
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 February 2014: If you’re looking for cool new projects for your favorite axe, this issue is bound to have something enticing for you: For pickup swappers, we’ve got the exclusive scoop on Fishman’s innovative new Fluence pickups, as well as a roundup of humbucker-sized P-90s from DiMarzio, Lindy Fralin, Seymour Duncan, Harmonic Design, GFS, and Lollar. We also chronicle the resurrection of an old 1974 Epiphone Crestwood, including adding new Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers, tuners, switches, and a Vibramate-mounted Bigsby. We even have a gallery of reader-submitted hot-rod project guitars. And for the really adventurous, our cover story walks you step-by-step through the process of installing a MIDI controller pad in the top of your solidbody, à la Muse’s Matt Bellamy. Interviews this month include chats with Reverend Horton Heat, Boston’s Tom Scholz, and Arthur Channel’s Jon Greene, Lyle Workman, and Alain Johannes. We also take a look back at the life of Free’s Paul Kossoff. Our gear reviews this month include an exclusive look at Moog’s five new Minifooger pedals, the ToneVille Beale Street, Epiphone’s G-400 Pro, the Fender Pawn Shop Mustang bass, CMandell’s Dutch Kazoo fuzz, Larrivée’s D-40R dreadnought, the Spaceman Sputnik, PureSalem’s Electric End, Ashdown’s MiBass 2.0 head and Mi 12 cab, and the Strymon Big Sky.