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 November 2014: We’re all over the place this month—in the coolest way possible. Our cover story chronicles the charity work of Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit that aims “to preserve the musical traditions of the South” by helping artists combat poverty—and providing them with gear to use in their art. Our artist interviews this month include chats with Steve Stevens, Blake Mills, the Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner, Nels Cline and Julian Lage, David Fiuczynski, and Flash Lightnin’s Darren Glover. We also look at the life and legacy of R&B legend/Forgotten Hero Curtis Mayfield, go inside Musicians Institute’s Guitar Craft program, and serve up a country-guitar lesson. Our gear reviews this month include Taylor’s T5z Custom, the Line 6 AMPLIFi 150, Caroline Guitar Company’s Haymaker, the McInturff Spitfire, Coldcraft’s Harmonic Tremolo v2, EarthQuaker Devices’ Arrows preamp, Nordstrand’s NVT A3 T-style pickups, the Darkglass Duality Dual Fuzz Engine, Gretsch’s G5620T-CB Electromatic Center Block, Pettyjohn’s PreDrive, and Yamaha’s TRBX505 5-string bass.