lucky to have a memory as cool as yours, not
to mention the souvenir to go with it!
Thank you, thank you, thank you...
Thanks so much for having Jared Scharff
assume the reigns on your “Tone Tips From the
Road” column. Jared is a fantastic guitarist and
a great dude. I was touring with an artist earlier
this year that Jared did some studio guitar
work for, and meeting him in LA this summer
was one of the many highlights of that tour
for me. Furthermore, thanks for the article on
winter fingernail care. I often pick up Modern
Drummer and Drum! magazines, as I find
drum mags to have great insight into practice
routines and gigging, and those guys also
include monthly articles filled with exercises
you can do to improve your drumming game.
Perhaps Premier Guitar could look into
something like this for guitarists and bassists?
Thanks again for a great issue!
collapsed during the first song. I ran up to
help and ended up taking him outside, giving
him an asthma inhaler that his girlfriend had
with her then waited with him until EMS came
on the scene to take him away. When I went
back into the club I learned that Buddy was
in attendance that night and had announced
that he would play for the crowd until closing
time. He was dynamic and absolutely thrilling
to watch that night on his home court.
Buddy was a total gentleman to me, and I
was absolutely star struck when we met. He
thanked me and I kissed his ring, which had
“BLUES” spelled out in diamonds. I was knee
deep in the mojo! (Attached is a photo of us
from that night in 1992.)
Hi Ethan, and thanks for your feedback. We’ll
be sure to pass along your kind words to
Jared. And we’ll certainly keep trying to offer
up as many practice tips as possible. We even
encourage all readers who want to share their
personal tips with others to email them to us
at email@example.com; just make sure you
put “Practice Tips” in the subject line so they
can be routed to the correct department. And
remember the immortal words of the ancient
Roman author Publilius Syrus, who said,
“Practice is the best of all instructors.” Now
go practice those chops!
On page 194 of our December 2009
issue, we printed a photo whose source
we incorrectly identified, and thus did not
secure the appropriate permission. It is not
PG policy to publish photos without proper
permission. The Skin Pimp logo photo came
from Ryan Souders, and we apologize to him
for our error.
A Buddy Guy Memory and Souvenir
I very much enjoyed your interview with
Buddy Guy (November 2009). I am a
doctor—and a huge blues fan—and was
attending a medical meeting in Chicago in
1992. I went to Buddy’s night club, Legends,
to hear guitarist Robert Ward, who came
up onstage, picked up his Telecaster and
Fast forward 15 years later to 2007, and I’m
now standing in the front row with my wife
in Charleston, S.C., watching Buddy perform
yet again. During the first song, Buddy broke
his guitar pick and hurled it into the crowd. I
reached up into the air and caught it. The pick
says “Do Your Thing” on it and now sits in a
frame in my music room. Because of these
two events, I feel a connection to Buddy Guy.
Isn’t it strange how two seemingly random
events like this can connect a 15-year period
and take on special significance?
Gaining On It
In our December 2009 review of the Marshall
Haze 40 combo, the switchable gain boost
was incorrectly referred to as a volume boost.
We regret the error.
Keep up the good work with the magazine.
Mark Beale, MD
What a great story, Mark! We really appreciate
you sharing your tale. Buddy is a living legend
in a class all by himself, and we’d all feel truly
Nous avons fait une erreur
In the “Opening Notes” section of our
December issue, we incorrectly stated that
the neck of Stanley Jordan’s 1988 Vigier
Arpege guitar features Vigier’s 10/90 carbon
reinforcement system. In fact, that guitar
has a 100% carbon fiber neck. The company
produced 100% carbon fiber necks from 1983
until 1988/1990, according to Patrice Vigier,
who also informed us that this guitar was the
first Vigier neck made with a flat fingerboard,
because of Stanley Jordan’s need for low
string action. The company reused the idea
when they made the Shawn Lane guitar, for
the same reason. Our thanks to PG reader
Jim Titus for spotting our error, and to Patrice
Vigier for the clarification.
Keep those comments coming! Please send your suggestions, gripes, comments and
good words directly to
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send snail mail to
Premier Guitar, Three Research Center, Marion, IA 52302. Please remember
to include your full name. Selected letters may be edited for clarity.