Knaggs’ #1 Fan
I was pleased to see the cover and read the
excellent article on Knaggs Guitars in your
May 2010 issue. I have known Joe for many
years from his days at PRS Guitars, where he
was instrumental (pun intended) in building
some of the finest guitars ever created, a few
of which reside with me. Knowing that Joe
would be at the 2010 Winter NAMM show, we
arranged a meeting so that I could get a first-hand look at his new models under the Knaggs
name. I was definitely not disappointed!
This photo of Joe Knaggs, Peter Wolf, me,
and the new prototype Kenai model was taken
at NAMM. This guitar is nothing short of a
work of art. I was so impressed that I have
ordered Kenai serial number one. Now comes
the hard part—waiting for the guitar to arrive!
Thanks again for the excellent story on a
Thanks for the kind words Steve. We hope
you enjoy your Kenai!
Pete’s Piezo—a Parker?
The piezo-equipped guitar to which Pete
Townshend refers on page 129 of your April
issue was a Parker Fly, not a Paul Reed Smith. I’d
asked Pete to consider playing on a Pat Martino
record I produced in 1995 (All Sides Now,
Blue Note). Although we couldn’t coordinate
the session, I suggested he try out the Parker
to cover the range of acoustic and electric
tones he needed onstage with the Who and
for solo projects. Even unplugged and getting
acclimated to the sleek, space-age shape, Pete
sounded great on the Parker—leading one to
speculate that its apparent indestructibility, not
its weight, was what put him off!
Matt, thanks for sharing your memory of this
turning point in Pete’s gear progression.
Welcome to the Family
I discovered PG just a couple of months ago,
but I very quickly read every online issue
cover to cover! I really enjoy your magazine
and have learned a lot, especially since you
cover a lot of products that other guitar
mags don’t give much space to.
Hi Rodney. We’re glad you found the
magazine, and thank you for your compliments.
We go to great effort to cover all of the major
product releases without leaving the little guys
behind—and that’s not changing.
Looking for Jabs
When will you be profiling Matthias Jabs of
the Scorpions and his MJ Guitars enterprise?
Christy, you are in luck. Head to
premierguitar.com for a three-part video
interview with Jabs, who walks us through his
incredible stock of vintage instruments.
Love your magazine, hate your website. Is
there anything you can do to make it less
user friendly? If I want to find used gear,
great! It’s right on the main page. But heaven
forbid I want to look up one of the lessons
in the magazine. When I tried to find the
sound clips to the lessons you’ve featured
in the last two issues it only took 20 minutes
of searching. I’d love to see the Tracy Anne
Hart photographs of SRV that you mention…
if I could find the photo gallery!
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Hi Mike. We hear you loud and clear. Because
premierguitar.com is home to much more
than our magazine—including news, videos,
tons of web-only stories, and a database
of used gear for sale—we understand that
it can sometimes be hard to find the print
magazine’s bonus content. That’s why,
from here on out, you can find each issue
at its own dedicated URL; this month it’s
www.premierguitar.com/jun2010. Head on
over there and you’ll find the magazine’s
table of contents. Just click on the article
you’re looking for and the extras will be
inside—along with the full article text. This
is also where you’ll find the issue’s web-only
content, which is constantly being added
throughout the month. Hope this helps!
In our review of Electric Purgatory: the Fate of
the Black Rocker in the April 2010 issue, we
incorrectly referred to director Raymond Gayle
as Raymond Cayle. We regret the error.
Keep those comments coming!
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