This month we take a look at pedalboards of the pros by showing you 10 stomp stations from recent Rig Rundowns with Joe Bonamassa, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dweezil Zappa, Lamb of God, J Mascis, Queens of the Stone Age, the Cult, Minus the Bear, Living Colour, and Keller Williams. (We’ve also got a gallery of rad reader pedalboards that give the pros’ boards a run for their money!) Our excerpt from the new Rolling Stones Gear book includes exclusive photos of Keith Richards’ and Brian Jones’ guitars, while a companion online interview features insights from author Andy Babiuk. We also recap our recent Rig Rundown with Keith Urban, take a look at Germany’s most storied instrument-making region, and talk to acoustic virtuoso Preston Reed, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and John Cummings, and Bill Finnegan—elusive builder of the famous Klon Centaur pedal. Reviews this month include the Magnatone Super Fifty-Nine, the Boss ME-80 multi-effector, Taylor’s 814ce, Ampeg’s V-4B bass head and SVT-212AV cab, the Rainger FX Air Traffic Controller, Silvertone’s Model 1423, the Source Audio Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar microModeler, G&L’s LB-100 bass, the Fender Custom ’68 Princeton Reverb, and the Analog Alien Rumble Seat.
Premier Guitar August 2016: To kick off our annual Amp Issue, we’ve enlisted Tim Schroeder of Schroeder Amplification (whose clients include Nels Cline and Jeff Tweedy) to show you crucial things to consider before adding a previously owned amp to your arsenal. We also take you inside Hi-Tone Amplification, a Columbus, Indiana, outfit that’s making painstaking handwired clones of vintage Hiwatt amps with the exclusive endorsement of the family of the legendary U.K. brand’s late founder, Dave Reeves. We also review three new guitar amps—the EVH 5150 III LBX, Supro Black Magick, and Laney GH50R—as well as two powerful new bass rigs, Peavey’s MiniMEGA and Genzler’s Magellan 800. Our artist features this issue include chats with J Mascis and Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr., Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart from bluesy avant-garage duo the Kills, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker of electro-pop outfit Garbage, seminal punk guitarist East Bay Ray of Dead Kennedys, and Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere from psych-folk band Woods. We’ve even got a lesson from senior editor Andy Ellis on how to adapt to the new techniques, tools, and fingerings needed to make a foray into the high lonesome aural wonderland of lap steel. Our review section is rounded out with looks at the PHred DockStar Flame Maple, Matthews Effects’ Astronomer reverb, Walrus Audio’s Vanguard phaser, the Chase Bliss Spectre flanger, Red Panda’s Bitmap, the Gretsch Streamliner G2622T, Fredric’s Deeply Unpleasant Companion, and the Providence Heat Blaster.
Just in time for your holiday wish list, we bring you the best gear of the year. We also talk to Joe Satriani and Michael Anthony about the new Chickenfoot album, and interview Vince Gill about his new LP, Guitar Slinger-as well as his amazing vintage-guitar collection. In addition, we take you inside the new Chet Atkins exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, bring you an exclusive excerpt from photographer Neil Zlozower’s new book, Eddie Van Halen, and serve up a how-to on installing replacement pickups. To top it off, we profile Trev Wilkinson-designer of the Wilkinson tremolo and the new ATD HT440 self-tuning bridge-and look at how Paul Bigsby became one of the most innovative and revolutionary builders in modern guitar history. Gear reviews this month include the Egnater Tweaker-88, Perri Ink Protostar Custom, Carr Sportsman, Moog Moogerfooger MF-108M Cluster Flux, Traynor YBA300 and TC810, Rainsong S-OM1000N2, ESP James Hetfield Snakebyte, Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar, Peavey Session, and Bootleg Dawg Bass 4.