We covered the basses.
Thanks so much for this issue. We bass
players sometimes seem to get left out of
the mix (in more ways than one). I’m only
half-way through the issue, and I’m moved
to say thanks for devoting so much of your
magazine to what we, as bass players, love
so much. Gotta get back and read the rest.
As a professional guitarist who travels often,
I appreciated the inclusion of Rebecca Dirks’
article in your September 2009 issue [“You Tube
Hit Shines Spotlight on Air Travel Woes”]
However, airlines’ written policies are only
part of what a guitarist attempting to bring a
guitar on a plane should know. If you’re flying
an airline with a fairly liberal carry-on policy, it’s
smart to carry a copy of that policy to show
anyone from the airline who might ask you
to check the guitar. In other cases, though, it
can be good when airlines don’t stick to their
written policies. For example, of the airlines you
listed, Southwest has about the most restrictive
policy in writing, yet in practice they’re very
accommodating; I’ve never had any problem
carrying a guitar on a Southwest flight.
what dealers are
selling. I would
urge buyers to
hold off paying
old prices and wait
until the 30% drop
actually kicks in for
“Joe six pack.”
Jerry Rosen AUGUST2009 VOX,HipKitty,VisualSound, Lehle,Grosh,CPThornton, Fret-Kingand MORE
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NEW GEAR REVIEWS MARKET VINTAGE THE
BEST ISSUE EVER... from a bass dude. And
with a salute to Claudio Pagelli, insane!
Market story really
got people talking—to each other, to dealers,
and to us, and we’re glad to have sparked
the conversations. We are, first and foremost,
here to serve players in their individual
quests for tone, whether that’s shiny new
gear, priceless vintage guitars or anything in
between. Keep playing, and keep reading,
and thanks for writing in.
We worked our butts off to bring you the low
down on the bottom end, and the bottom
line is, bass players rock. We have a whole
new appreciation for our bass brethren.
Thanks for the kudos, and keep rockin’.
Maybe not so much...
Each month I patiently await the arrival of my
latest issue of Premier Guitar. Imagine my
disdain when this month’s issue arrived and
upon scanning the pages I discovered I had
received Premier Bass instead! I can appreciate
your trying to keep the magazine fresh and I
can only imagine the difficulty involved with
constantly finding new themes to write about,
but come on, I subscribe to a guitar mag, not a
bass mag. Truth is, if I cared about bass, I would
subscribe to one of the many sources for that
instrument type. In the future, kindly try to stick
to the topic area I did subscribe to: guitars.
Other than that, keep up the good work, you
really do produce a quality publication.
The best advice I can contribute for those
who encounter any difficulty is to remember
that ultimately the crew on the plane decide
whether your guitar flies. If anyone from the
airline at the ticket counter, at security or at the
gate asks you to check it, nicely ask them if you
can check with the crew first and say that you’ll
be happy to gate check it if they can’t fit it. This
usually works, and once you’re walking down
the jetway you’re almost always home free,
even if you had to run a gauntlet to get there
with your guitar still on your back.
Lone Star Photographer
The photos on pages 78, 80 and 81 in our
August 2009 story, “David Grissom: Lone
Star Guitar,” were taken by Rick Johnson. We
regret the credit omission.
Thanks for the additional tips. Informed
travelers make for safe gear.
We’re in the Doghouse Now
Thanks to an unspotted typo, the 1951
Fender Precision Bass on the cover of our
September issue was mislabeled on page 12
as a “1959 Fender Precision Bass,” which it
obviously isn’t. Doh!
You were not the only reader who felt this
way, Doug. What can we say? We have a
voracious and all-encompassing appetite
when it comes to guitar-like objects. Have no
fear, we have all six strings rockin’ this month!
First off, I dig your magazine; you have a
great balance between stories, instruction
and gear reviews. Your article on the
slumping vintage market was very informative
and, from my limited experience, right on.
I am more of a player than a collector, but
have a few decent vintage guitars that I’ve
been trying to sell. One thing I notice is
that, with very few exceptions (but they do
exist), dealers are sticking to 06-08 prices on
their pieces, but offering 09 prices on stuff
they are buying. I understand that we can all
expect to get less for our vintage equipment,
but so far, I haven’t seen that 30% drop in
The first sentence of Michael Wagener’s
first response to Elianne Halbersberg [“ 5
Producers You Should Listen To,” August,
2009] should have read: “The Royer 121
ribbon mic is my absolute favorite, and for
mic pre’s the Chandler Limited TG2, which
is a remake of the old EMI mic pre used on
Abbey Road, and the Crane Song HEDD, is
my guitar chain.” Our apologies.
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