Premier Guitar June 2014: As usual, we’ve got a huge range of artist and gear coverage in store this month. Our feature interviews include chats with shred legend Joe Satriani about his new 15-CD box set, alt-folk acoustic badass Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek, Linkin Park’s Brad Delson, bluegrass virtuoso Bryan Sutton, and nylon-string shredders Rodrigo y Gabriela. Just in time for sunny-day strumming in the park, we’ve got a roundup of four 12-string acoustics—from Breedlove, Godin, Martin, and Fender—that cost less than $650. We also take a fascinating look at the prewar Martin D-45 flattop, possibly the most coveted acoustic guitar on the planet. This month we also talk to influential acoustic and electric luthier Joe Veillette about his contributions to instrument design. Our gear reviews this month include the Fender Coronado, Peavey ValveKing 20, Positive Grid’s BIAS amp-modeling app, the Musicvox MI-5 bass, Electro-Harmonix’s Soul Food, MTD’s Kingston Rubicon 6-22, the Orange Crush CR60C, Seymour Duncan’s Dirty Deeds Distortion, and Daring Audio’s Laser Cannon HD bass DI box.
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.
Premier Guitar December 2013: To finish off the year in gear, we bring you our top picks—39 guitars, basses, amps, effects, and accessories that won our esteemed Premier Gear award. Our interviews this month include conversations with Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu, Kings of Leon’s Matthew Followill, Pierre Bensusan, the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover, Deap Vally’s Lindsey Troy, and studio legend Andrew Scheps. We’ve also got an excerpt from Lisa S. Johnson’s beautiful coffee-table book, 108 Rock Star Guitars, and we show you 23 of the gorgeous and rare guitars in Chicago bluesman Daniel Ivankovich’s collection. Our 10 new gear reviews this month include the Eventide H9, Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster with Bigsby, Knaggs Severn Trembuck 3, T-Rex Magnus, Little Walter Twin 50/22, PRS Grainger bass, Worland Prairie flattop, and more.