Premier Guitar September 2016: PG scoured the floor at the annual Summer NAMM gear expo in Nashville, and our cover story this issue shares the deets on the most enticing new guitars, basses, amps, effects, and doodads to watch for at your local shop. In other gear coverage, our reviews section includes a practice-amp roundup that gives you the straight dirt on five new combos—the Marshall CODE 25, Vox AV30, Ibanez TSA5TVR, Orange Crush 35RT, and Roland Blues Cube—as well as reviews of Fender’s new American Elite Telecaster, Peavey’s revamped Classic 30, Schecter’s Michael Anthony signature 4-string, the Alvarez Delta00TSB, Source Audio’s Nemesis, the Alexander La Calavera, EarthQuaker Devices’ Spatial Delivery, the Ashdown RM-500-EVO, Ibanez’s Mini Chorus, Jim Dunlop’s Mini Volume, Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher, and more. Meanwhile, our interviews this month include chats with Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, Bjarte Lund Rolland and Maciek Ofstad from Norwegian metal outfit Kvelertak, former Black Crowe Rich Robinson, Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi, Eric Krasno, and Scandinavian experimental guitarist Stian Westerhus.
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.
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.