2012 Issue 05 May
Premier Guitar May 2012: Whether you’re a fan of delectable power pop, jaw-dropping old-school shredding, or all-out power-metal wailing, this month’s artist features have you covered. Our cover story finds shred gods Steve Morse and Dave LaRue detailing their stereotype-busting new supergroup with former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. We also talk to DragonForce’s Herman Li and Sam Totman, as well as jangle-pop judo master Matthew Caws from Nada Surf. Just in time for the warmer weather, Last Call columnist John Bohlinger serves up his top 10 tips for summer gigging, and we also talk to Kyle Chase-possibly the world’s most OCD builder of new-old-stock amps and effects. Reviews this month include the Fender Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar, Warwick Jack Bruce Survivor signature bass, Vox DelayLab, Fargen Retro, Blueridge Jumbo acoustic, EBS Reidmar bass head and cabs, Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider S, Source Audio Programmable EQ, Laney Ironheart IRT120H head, and Larry Alan Infinity Driver.