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What the Ell?: How to Make the Most of 4 Chords

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:24:00 -0400

One of Nashville’s bona fide hitmakers shares some secrets to making stock progressions pop.

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Staff Picks: Crazy Mods

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:00:00 -0400

A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel joins editors in discussing some of the wildest guitar updates we’ve seen, as well as current musical obsessions.

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Amplified Nation Updates the Dirty Wonderland

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:23:00 -0400

The company decided to push the limits of the new version with two Dirty switches, an all-tube reverb, and three different flavors of wattage.

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Massive FX G.O.A.F. Review

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0400

Massive FX pairs an octave-up effect with the rare and splendid Buzzaround circuit to create distinctive and potent fuzz.

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Neural DSP Unveils the Darkglass Ultra Plugins

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:16:00 -0400

The algorithms aim to capture the nuances of the company's Microtubes Vintage and B7K Ultra pedals.

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Radial Announces the AC-Driver

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:02:00 -0400

The AC-Driver is a compact acoustic-instrument preamp that features an adjustable low-cut filter and tools for fighting feedback.

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Webb Wilder: “New Day” Song Premiere

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0400

A roots-rock/Americana veteran shares a feedback-soaked preview from his upcoming collection of unreleased gems, Powerful Stuff!

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Tuning Up: A Chord, Perhaps, Mr. Creosote?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400

How guitarists are like the most disgusting character in Monty Python’s history.

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Rig Rundown: The Dear Hunter12345678910

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0400

Explore the three keys that propel the band’s prog-rock orbit: custom axes, pedal-platform tube amps, and stompboxes strengthened with modeling tech from Line 6. Premier Guitar’s Chris Kies swooped into Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom right after soundcheck to see how Casey Crescenzo, Rob Parr (above left), and Maxwell Tousseau reproduce their epic concept albums that will tell a narrative over six albums (five have been released this far). Casey Crescenzo, the former member of The Receiving End of Sirens and current leader/guitarist of The Dear Hunter, is a part-time luthier when he’s not rocking onstage or locked in the studio. His fascination with building guitars can be drawn back to two things: his reluctance to cave on his ideas while collaborating with guitar companies (plus not wanting to pay over $4k) and his love for 3D CAD design work. He bought a few Fender Starcaster reissues (his preferred body shape) to reverse engineer the instrument and to further understand the finishing process. And his brand Cave and Canary was born. Above is a Cave and Canary Solaris semi-hollow—his only touring guitar for this run and it’s the first body style that he drew. While he is a builder, two weeks before this tour he realized he didn’t currently have a guitar to play onstage, so this particular Solaris is a “parts” guitar from all the items laying around his shop. Some appointments include a Fender-style scale length, Mastery bridge and tailpiece, OX4 Humbuckers (PAF-style), and ’70s-style Schaller tuners. Casey Crescenzo’s lone amp on this batch of shows was a Dr. Z Maz 38 Senior MkII.   Already embracing 3D CAD for guitar design, it makes complete sense that Casey Crescenzo has converted to the digital effects realm. (At least onstage.) He sings complex lyrics over sophisticated music, and while still loving traditional pedals, he needed to reduce the nightly tap dancing and troubleshooting headaches an old-school pedalboard can give touring musicians. (He admits in the video he’s been stashing up synths, delays, reverbs, and fuzzes for the next record.) He’s embraced the modeling technology by mainly using a Line 6 Helix with a few choice stomps—a Strymon TimeLine, EarthQuaker Devices Dunes, and a Quiet Theory Prelude. Guitarist Rob Parr is an active user on the Offset Guitars forum and worked with another member and co-designed this contoured Jag-Stang offshoot that has come to be a Cave and Canary Auriga model. (Parr has said on the record—and in the video—that The Dear Hunter leader, Casey Crescenzo, did not make it mandatory for him to play a Cave and Canary instrument.) It has a short scale (24”), Mastery bridge and tailpiece, and is outfitted with custom-voiced McNelly Pickups that’s base point was the company’s gold-foil set. And from all his time spent playing on Jazzmasters, he incorporated those familiar switches—the knobs are master tone and volume. One of the knobs is a 3-way pickup selector and the other rocks between standard, mute, and a low-pass filter used for more rounded sounds. He strings up this bad boy with Ernie Ball Power Slinkys gauged .011–.054 and plays with Dunlop Tortex .73 mm picks. For amp needs, Rob Parr gets the job done with this single Vox AC15HW1. The lone wolf when it comes to a familiar stomp station, Rob Parr is currently employing a TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Noir, Arc Effects protoype fuzz (it’s housed in a Gamut enclosure, which is the company’s treble booster), smallsound/bigsound mini, Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork, Strymon BigSky, Strymon TimeLine, Strymon Flint, EarthQuaker Devices Depths, EQD Westwood, a custom Himmelstrutz Fetto Stout Of The Art Overdrive, and smallsound/bigsound hawk. Guitarist/keyboardist Max To[...]

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PG Giveaways: Seymour Duncan Giveaway

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

You could win a set of Duality Pickups, Silver Lake Dynamic Reverb, and Powerstage 170 from Seymour Duncan!

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Listen to the May 2018 PG Spotify Playlist

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

This month's playlist includes new tunes from Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Bill Frisell, John Prine, Corrosion of Conformity, and more.

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Quick Hit: Gamechanger Audio PLUS

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0400

Old-world piano design drives a forward-looking sustain pedal that opens up unexpected sonic possibilities.

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DIY: No-Brainer Mods!

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:30:00 -0400

How to transform four affordable axes—a Gretsch Jet Club, an Epiphone Les Paul SL, and a Squier Vintage Modified Jag and Precision bass—into absolute gems.

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Walrus Audio Introduces the Luminary Octave Generator V2

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:12:00 -0400

The updates include a lengthened attack time, revised low-pass filter, and a tremolo effect.

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Mastro Valvola Pedals Unveils the LFO Optical Tremolo

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:52:00 -0400

The pedal includes an opto-isolator that is controlled by a digital brain.

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PG Giveaways: No Brainer DIY Mods Giveaway

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:02:00 -0400

You could win one of FOUR PG modded guitars as featured in the May 2018 issue!

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Dr. Z Z-PLUS Review

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0400

A versatile low-watt monster with a whole lotta roar.

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RockBoard Unveils the Cinque Pedalboard Line

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:49:00 -0400

The new models are based on a design that includes one folded cold-rolled aluminum sheet for the board frame and no welded seams.

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Tools for the Task: Vintage-Voiced P-Bass Pickups

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:00:00 -0400

Give a P-style bass new life with an old-school sound by swapping in a set of vintage-flavored pickups.

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First Look: Wren and Cuff Two-Five 25V Overdrive

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0400

John Bohlinger saddles up on a baritone T-style, '50s Strat, custom-made LP with mini-humbuckers, and a triple-humbucker PRS to take out the raging black-and-yellow box on its first ride.

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Pigtronix Mothership 2 Review

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400

Badass synth tones from a petite pedal.

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Riff Rundown: Cave In's "Moral Eclipse"

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0400

The Mutoid Man riff leader showcases a headbanger that helped bridge the gap between hardcore and metal.

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Workin’ Man Blues: Moving into the Country

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 06:51:00 -0400

The path from ripping electric blues to snappy twang is shorter than you might think. One of Nashville’s most in-demand players gives you some hands-on tips for getting your country chops together.

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IK Multimedia Unveils the iRig Stomp I/O Pedalboard

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:20:00 -0400

A portable pedalboard controller that has four built-in switches along with a high-definition audio interface.

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Modulus Graphite Funk Unlimited RevOLite Review

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:00:00 -0400

Modulus is back with a flyweight bass that’s easy on the shoulders but heavy in tone—and couldn’t care less about how cold it is outside.

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VOVOX Debuts the the Sonorus XL Cable

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:13:00 -0400

The cables feature an unusually large, solid-core copper conductor.

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Last Call: Worst Gig Ever

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0400

Fish cleaner, kissing bandit, parasite host, or bad-luck honky-tonk bass player?

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Guthrie Trapp: Man of a Thousand Gigs

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0400

With a new album showcasing his stylistic breadth and a relentless schedule of performing, recording, and teaching, the Nashville Tele-monster keeps the pedal to the floor.

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BAE Audio Introduces the Royaltone

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:25:00 -0400

A dual stomp that explores some classic British fuzz circuits.

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