Get wired! In this special issue, we serve up popular Mod Garage columnist Dirk Wacker’s top wiring mods for Strats, Teles, Les Pauls, and “super strats.” We also talk to Seymour Duncan Custom Shop “queen” Maricela “MJ” Juarez, who’s built pickups for everyone from Eddie Van Halen to Slash, Clapton, and Joe Bonamassa. We also bring you a report on all the rad new tone toys from Summer NAMM in Nashville, as well as an insider’s first look at Apple’s stunningly tricked-out new Logic Pro X recording suite. Our artist features this month include chats with Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, Seattle bluesman Dudley Taft, and hard-rock Studio Legend Michael Wagener-whose credits include Metallica, Megadeth, Accept, and more. We also send one of our writers to check out Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape. Our 10 guitar and bass gear reviews this month include the G&L Superhawk Deluxe Jerry Cantrell, Martin BCPA4 acoustic bass, Dr. Z Antidote, Catalinbread Echorec, Pagelli Massari archtop, Port City Orleans bass preamp, Fargen Blackbird, Devi Ever FX Drone F*** Drone, Gibson LG-2 American Eagle, and Rotosound Fuzz.
Premier Guitar January 2012: We begin the new year with an excerpt from Craig Hopkins’ new book, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day by Day, Night After Night – His Final Years, 1983-1990 [Backbeat Books]-which features never-before-seen pics of the Strat god and his gear. We also talk to jazz legend George Benson about his new album, Guitar Man, the Roots’ “Captain” Kirk Douglas about spearheading a soul-music resurgence, and quirky bluesman Oz Noy about his latest outing. Our cover story is a profile of Teuffel Guitars’ Uli Teuffel-a meticulous post-modern luthier whose designs are as headturning as they are controversial. We also hear the story of how one instrument collector scoured the internet to track down the first Steinberger bass prototype-which has been missing for more than 35 years. Gear reviews this month include the Fender Eric Clapton Twinolux amp, Larrivée Bakersfield, Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 head and SL 112 cab, Martin 000-15 12-fret, four Red Witch Seven Sisters pedals (with the other three available as web-exclusive reviews), Brubaker JJX-4 bass, Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 E/A, Orbit Psychoplex Deluxe, Ampeg GVT52-112 guitar combo, and CEC Amplification Toll-Free Express head.
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.