This Month on
Ritchie Kotzen Interview
Ritchie Kotzen is one of those rare artists whose voice
lives up to his incredible playing. He’s played stadiums
around the world and has a rig full of signature gear from
Fender, Cornford, Zoom and more. We talk with him
about songwriting, technique and gear.
In his monthly PremierGuitar.com column, “Adventures in
Amplification,” Tim Schroeder digs into a stock Orange AD200.
He details stripping the amp to its chassis and turning it into a
point-to-point handwired amp with high-quality components.
Go inside EMG’s Santa Rosa, California,
factory and see how active pickups are
made in our five-part video tour.
Mastodon might not be a household name outside of the heavy metal
sector yet, but they’re on their way. The Atlanta quartet has a Grammy
nomination under its belt, and they’re video game soundtrack staples,
with songs in everything from racing games to the popular Guitar Hero
and Rock Band franchises. They even recently teamed up with Thin
Lizzy’s Scott Gorham [see interview, page 79] for an acoustic rendition
of “Emerald.” We talk with guitarists Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds.
If you’re in the market for some new gear, make sure
you hit the web before you hit the store—we have
reviews of the Soultone 1986PS SuperPlexi head, Z-Vez
Mastotron and Distortron pedals and the Ernie Ball
Music Man John Petrucci BFR 6 guitar.
Double-shot of Shred: Jeff Beasley
and Mike Campese have some serious
exercises to get your chops in shape.
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