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.
This month we feature interviews with country superstar Keith Urban, jazz-fusion bass legend Stanley Clarke, and the two guitarists and bassist from the mind-bending prog-metal outfit Last Chance to Reason. We also bring you highlights from the 2011 NY Amp Show, and share the touching story of the late British Royal Air Force pilot Alf Binnie and the 1940s archtop that he treasured from the time he was imprisoned in a Nazi POW camp until his final days as a ski instructor in Canada. In addition, the third installment in our Forgotten Heroes series focuses on genre-hopping session legend Cornell Dupree. Reviews this month include the new Gibson Les Paul Studio Baritone, Fernandes V-Hawk Elite, Batson No. 5 acoustic, Anacon Technology Zagray! head, Empress Multidrive, Trombetta Tornita!, Metal Pedals XXX HardCore, Kustom KXB500 bass head and DE115NEO cab, Reverend Thundergun and Justice basses, and Vox TB35C2 Bruno combo.
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.