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 October 2015: Widely copied but never matched, our annual Pedal Issue skips the endless lists of catalog fluff and instead digs deep to offer insights and audio samples that help you figure out which of the coolest new tone toys might match your needs. This year we take a look at 34 of the latest stomps from industry heavyweights, revered boutique gurus, upstart tweakers, and everything in between. Other reviews this issue include Asher Guitars’ GT-3, Schecter’s Diamond-P Plus bass, and Guild’s M-140E acoustic. Our feature interviews this issue run a massive gamut—from Slayer’s Kerry King and Gary Holt to Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, jazz-fusion god John McLaughlin, Kristofer Steen of Swedish hardcore band Refused, acoustic legend Tommy Emmanuel, Slightly Stoopid, Soilwork, and a Forgotten Heroes piece on former Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart sideman Denny Walley.
Premier Guitar October 2014: Our annual pedal issue never disappoints, and this year is no exception: Continuing our history of brilliant stompbox-adorned covers, we teamed with animator (and avid PG reader) John Achenbach from Twentieth Century Fox’s The Simpsons™ to bring you cover model Homer Simpson—who’s clearly experiencing tonal nirvana … or something. But who can blame him? Inside we’ve got 30 killer pedal reviews—everything from sweet delays like TC Electronic’s Alter Ego X4 and Death by Audio’s Ghost Delay, to crazy fuzzes by Electro-Harmonix and Daredevil, dirt boxes by Greer Amps and Stomp Under Foot, modulation stomps by Wampler and Carl Martin, and bass pedals by Malekko and Tech 21. Other pedal radness includes a DIY distortion-pedal project, and a captivating story by Tom “Analog Tom” Hughes on the history of delay devices. In this issue we also talk to Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson about the making of Pale Communion, Red Hot Chili Pepper Josh Klinghoffer and Clint Walsh about their Dot Hacker project, psych-rocker Ty Segall about his breakout Manipulator album, and jazz badass Joel Harrison about his latest.