Premier Guitar May 2014: Whether you’re into heavy music, indie rock, or something with serious hooks, we’ve got a barnburner for you this month: In our artist-feature section, we have a roundtable discussion on the state of metal and hardcore with guitarists from six of the heaviest bands on the planet—the Dillinger Escape Plan, Baroness, Funeral for a Friend, Deafheaven, Propagandhi, and Gorguts. We also talk to the guys from chart-topping neo-New Wavers Neon Trees, ska-metal vet Tim Mahoney from 311, and the dual-guitar team in Manchester Orchestra. Gear-wise, we’ve got the latest, greatest guitars, amps, and stompboxes from the Musikmesse trade show, as well as a recap of our greatest Rig Rundowns with headbanging bands. Our reviews include the new PRS Archon amp, Aristides 070 7-string, Jack White’s Third Man Bumble Buzz fuzz, Warwick RockBass Star Bass, TC Electronic Ditto X2 looper, DiPinto Melody Mach IV, Black Cat OD-Boost, Breedlove Premier Auditorium Rosewood, Dr. J Sparrow bass DI, and Origin Effects Cali76 Limiting Amplifier. We also get stories, tips, and tricks from a posse of guitarists on ways to get—and keep—a gig supporting singer-songwriters with big ambitions. As always, we’ve got an incredible set of columns from industry experts on everything from recording to budget eBay finds, vintage gems, bass advice, and home guitar projects.
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.
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