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.
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 July 2014: This month we take you back in time to check out 10 bizarre vintage-guitar oddities from the ’60s and ’70s—instruments from Avalon, Eko, Guyatone, Teisco, Wurlitzer, and more. In our interviews section, we talk to blues legend Johnny Winter, the War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel, the String Cheese Incident, and Mastery Bridges’ John Woodland. We also deep-dive with the Minnesota State College “Red Wing” luthiery school, and go aboard the Yes prog-rock cruise. And our latest Forgotten Heroes piece looks at the life of folk-rock legend Bruce “Mr. Tambourine Man” Langhorne. Gear reviews this month include the Mooer LoFi Machine, Hotone Opto Tremolo, MXR Echoplex Preamp, Fender Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1954 Heavy Relic Strat, Keeley Seafoam Chorus, Zon Mosaic Mojo, Cordoba Acero D9-CE, ZVEX Fuzzolo, GJ2 Shredder, Electroplex Rocket 42, EBS Classic 500 and ClassicLine 210, and Hermida Dover Drive.