The editors of offer up some unsolicited opinions about guitars and six-string life.
Chickenfoot Proves Itself – We were skeptical, but after listening to songs on their
MySpace, reading about their upcoming debut album and tour, and Satch saying, “I don’t
hold anything back,” we think they’re the real deal.
Bob Ludwig Calls Out Metallica – The legendary sound engineer took the loudness
and mixing issue head-on during a SXSW seminar. Even better, Bob says that the industry is
backing the decibels down again. Our ears say “thanks” for the news.
“I Met the Walrus” on You Tube – A teenager tape-records an interview with John
Lennon in a Canadian hotel room in 1969. Nearly 40 years later, he and a very talented
animator create a visually and intellectually stunning film from the recording. We watch for
free on You Tube, and are reminded why the internet is still cool.
Worst of Both Worlds – We know these days it’s hard to trust that you aren’t getting
screwed by big corporations, but complaining about cost-cutting methods in the same
breath as complaining about high prices doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Spinal Tap Sorta Tours – Good news? Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry
Shearer (the guys behind Spinal Tap, among other things) are touring. Bad news? It’s the
“Unwigged & Unplugged” tour. We’d rather see them in character.
A sampling of what we’ve heard on premierguitar.com in the past month
…Does the world need another garage band version of
Holiday? Does the world want another garage band that
knows 4 chords? Are our lives enriched by yet another
version of Brown Eyed Girl? Does the world need another
distortion pedal built around that green Ibanez circuit? And
the answer is YES! Every gesture, no matter how triffling,
to reach out from the primordial ooze and pull on one's
bootstraps is part of human ascent. Now, does the world
need another dumbass comment from a drunk on premier
guitar? Uh, probably not as much.
were fish, I think
the lure I got
hooked on was
— Joe (“Acoustic or
Electric? You don’t
have to choose”)
— Sonic Dave (in response to a “sounds like every other
distortion” comment on “Radial Engineering Bones
Hollywood, Texas & London Review” [Web Exclusive])
I walked in to Manny's one fine summer day that might have been
1973 or 74 to buy a mini humbucker for my Gibson "Kalamazoo" EB0
bass. As he was ringing me up, my salesman stops and looks over
my shoulder. "Check it out," he said, "Noel Redding," and sure enuf,
one of my idols was right there looking at all the exact same basses
I'd just drooled over. Being a native New Yorker, tho, I knew exactly
what I had to do. I looked Redding over for a minute, turned back to
my salesman and said. "Yeah. Cool. How much with tax?" When, of
course, what i really wanted to do was rush over there, grab his hand
and gush like a school girl. LOL!!! Manny's, we'll miss ya!
Dan Marois (“Trem Wars”) — brix (one of the many stories readers shared about
Manny’s from “Legendary Manny’s Music to Close”)
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All I want for
is a Gretsch
“The Rockbox Boiling Point is a fabulous
overdrive/boost pedal, very flexible and
adaptable in many situations...it almost
doesn’t matter what amp you’re using: set
the amp at a clean, neutral setting and the
Boiling Point provides rich, juicy tone that
cleans up when you turn down in a way
that the best amps do.”
–Elliot Easton - The Cars