Premier Guitar September 2011: In this issue, we take you to two of the year’s biggest gear shows-Summer NAMM in Nashville and the Montreal Guitar Show. At the former, we saw the latest guitars, basses, amps, and effects from both big companies and smaller outfits, while the Montreal gathering found us talking to some of the most prestigious and forward-thinking acoustic and electric luthiers in the world. We’ve also got features on Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, and UK bluesman Matt Schofield. Gear reviews this issue include Kendrick Amplifiers V-Front 212, Vigier Guitars G.V. Wood, Jack Deville Electronics Mod Zero, Ampeg Portaflex PF-350 head and PF-210HE cabinet, Breedlove Guitars Focus SE Custom Walnut, Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine, Richmond Guitars Empire Mahogany, Crimsontone SE Mini Amp, ToneNation Heartland Standard, Peavey Void 4 PXD.
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 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.