PG scoured the floor at the annual Summer NAMM gear expo in Nashville, and our cover story this issue shares the deets on the most enticing new guitars, basses, amps, effects, and doodads to watch for at your local shop. In other gear coverage, our reviews section includes a practice-amp roundup that gives you the straight dirt on five new combos—the Marshall CODE 25, Vox AV30, Ibanez TSA5TVR, Orange Crush 35RT, and Roland Blues Cube—as well as reviews of Fender’s new American Elite Telecaster, Peavey’s revamped Classic 30, Schecter’s Michael Anthony signature 4-string, the Alvarez Delta00TSB, Source Audio’s Nemesis, the Alexander La Calavera, EarthQuaker Devices’ Spatial Delivery, the Ashdown RM-500-EVO, Ibanez’s Mini Chorus, Jim Dunlop’s Mini Volume, Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher, and more. Meanwhile, our interviews this month include chats with Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, Bjarte Lund Rolland and Maciek Ofstad from Norwegian metal outfit Kvelertak, former Black Crowe Rich Robinson, Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi, Eric Krasno, and Scandinavian experimental guitarist Stian Westerhus.
Premier Guitar November 2015: Our features this month are all over the place. Cover artist Gary Clark Jr. ponders his eagerly anticipated new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Janick Gers discuss the triple-guitar attack of their 16th studio album, avant guitarist Mary Halvorson talks about blurring the lines between trad jazz and experimental rock, Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes opines about the tongue-in-cheek grooves from Zipper Down, and Dean Fertita from Jack White’s other other band, Dead Weather, sets the record straight on how much his drum-playing boss actually bossed him around on the raging fretwork for Dodge & Burn. As for gear, twice a year PG brings you a boatload of rad features on ways to mod your axes. This time the lineup starts with a photo-illustrated primer on how to solder, proceeds to a piece on experimenting with pot and capacitor values by Falbo Guitars luthier (and former Seymour Duncan pickup designer) Frank Falbo, and culminates with Senior Editor Joe Gore’s review roundup of five sets of vintage-style Strat pickups. We also take a look at five very different luthiers striving to make their mark in the Middle East. Reviews this month include Peavey’s 6505 MH, EarthQuaker Device’s Park Fuzz Sound, the Maxon Hybrid Bass Driver, Catalinbread’s Fuzzrite, the PureSalem El Gordo, Dean Zelinsky Guitars’ Mule bass, the Michael Kelly Triad 10-string acoustic, and more