A Softer Side of PG
Every once in a while, when we’re feeling especially plucky, the editors here at PG decide that a themed-
issue is in order. Now we’ve done a few in the past – a DIY issue in February ’08 and more recently our issue
on unique gear in May ’08 – but as we approached our July issue, earmarked as our first ever “unplugged”
issue and set to premier at a Summer NAMM show returning to Nashville, we realized that we might have
bitten off more than we could chew. So we called in some of our favorite writers and introduced you to a few
new ones to make it happen. From our cover story on Baden Guitars to John Southern’s brave attempt at sav-
ing a Gibson B- 45 from a life devoid of tone, we strived to give every reader something to sink their teeth into.
We even shoehorned in some coverage of the (awesome) New York Amp Show and an industry-first review of
Hamer’s new Talladega Pro for those who like to plug in. But we don’t know how we’re doing unless we hear
from you. Point those emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t hold back.
The Baden Bump
Just returned from Summer NAMM, where
I had a chance to get my hands on a Baden
after reading Chris Kies’ story on the company
[“Acoustic Simplicity”]. Needless to say, these
things are amazing – the craftsmanship is
great and the straight cutaway blew my mind.
TJ’s insight on the state of originality in the
industry is dead-on; hopefully we’ll see more
guys doing creative stuff like this, with one
foot in the traditional side of things and one
in the future. Thanks for some insight into a
company that’s doing things differently.
For the Unobservant
Your acoustic-themed issue
had some cool stuff in it,
but if that’s what I wanted,
why wouldn’t I just read
Acoustic Guitar I guess I’m
not complaining, but I could
have really used an electric fix to
get me through the summer.
[Perhaps you missed our review of the new
Hamer Talladega Pro or our extended coverage of the New York Amp Show – ed.]
If the older gentleman in the sandals was TJ
Baden, who the hell is that on the front cover?
Also, if you talk to him, could you please find
out where he scored those Vans?
[The gentleman on the cover was Jonathan
Schneck, guitarist for the band, Relient K. We
do not know where he got the shoes – ed.]
More Treasure, Less Trash
I just wanted to take the time to tell
you that I really enjoy your “Guitar
Trash or Treasure” column. I find it
very informative and interesting; I
think most of us who have played guitar
for awhile, like myself, have guitars we have
questions about. I think Zach does a great
job researching and discovering some of this
hard-to-find information. I don’t know how he
does it. I hope that Premier Guitar will keep
this as a part of the magazine from now on
– it’s one of my favorite features.
Eaton It Up
Even though I’m really an electric man myself,
I had a lot of fun reading your talk with
Marcus Eaton [“Northwestern Exposure”] in
the July issue. As an independent musician I
can definitely relate with his struggles to put
out an album and get it promoted – these
days, it seems like I can’t even fill my gas tank
after a gig, let alone release an album. When
he said, “There’s no one thing that can propel
you into super-stardom – that’s not even what
I’m looking for. I’m just looking to be successful with my music and to play for as many
people on a nightly basis as possible,” I think I
said amen out loud.
John Southern’s adventure in converting a vintage Gibson acoustic into a pin brige [“New
Sound, Old Guitar”] was one of the craziest, ballsiest things I’ve read in a long time.
I’ve been working on guitars for years (as a
hobby), but I could never imagine drilling into
the top of a classic B- 45. Kudos to John for
giving a needy guitar one last hope.
Nice interview with Marcus Eaton – but is it
just me, or does he look like a hotter, younger
On The Cover Of…
Kudos on a great magazine. I really like the
fact that your magazine is more about the
gear side of things. If I really wanted to see
more interviews with artists I’d go to Rolling
Stone. I really appreciate that focus on the
art of the instruments, amps, accessories, etc.
That’s why I subscribe to Premier Guitar; I love
the instruments and those who develop and
bring them to us. Keep up the good work.
Le e Agerton
So, 8 Mics You Should Meet?
While I looked forward to reading “ 18 Mics
You Should Meet,” I was ultimately disappointed. I felt you could have narrowed the
focus to more guitar-specific mics, allowing
greater depth on the actual usage of each
one rather than a brief synopsis.
We have a few corrections to pass along this
month. Our August review of the Psionic
Audio Lava Flow incorrectly listed the price
as $399.95. The price should have been
listed as $339.95. We also listed The String
Cleaner in our August Summer NAMM
wrapup as retailing for $8.95. The price
should have been listed as $12.99.
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