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78 Paul Gilbert
Long dogged and annoyed by the “shred” epithet, Paul Gilbert
uses engrained jangle-pop sensibilities, deft tone selection, and
jaw-dropping licks to prove he can’t be pigeonholed—even on an
all-instrumental album like his new Fuzz Universe.
99 Builder Profile: Sand Guitars
Kirk Sand designed Chet Atkins’ go-to acoustic/electric nylon-string,
as well as guitars for notables like Lenny Breau, Tommy Emmanuel,
Jerry Reed, Steve Wariner, and José Feliciano.
107 Zen Guitar for the 22nd Century . . .
Four tradition-flouting guitarists—Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Yeah
Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, and Rangda’s Sir Richard Bishop and Ben
Chasny—offer tips on how to take your playing into the future
by freeing your mind, hands, and 6-string from the confines of
118 Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010
Premier Guitar braves record-breaking temperatures to take
you inside the year’s hottest guitar gathering—which featured
performances by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, John Mayer,
Ron Wood, Derek Trucks, and other guitar greats.
137 Builder Profile: EMG
As the active-pickup maker celebrates 35 years of business, we take
a look at how their groundbreaking products have affected music in
the hands of players like Eddie Van Halen, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett
and James Hetfield, David Gilmour, and Peter Frampton.
149 Rack Systems Brown Eye and
156 Hanson Firenze T- 90
159 Tech 21 Character Series U.S.
Steel, Oxford, and Leeds
165 Recording King ROS-626
167 Fryette Memphis Thirty 1x12
170 Analog Man ARDX20 Dual
173 Bell Custom Guitars SS-ER
177 SWR Headlite and Amplite
180 Lovepedal Echo Baby, Babyface
Tremolo, Pickle Vibe, and Amp 50
188 Grid 1 G1 BPT212
142 Montreal Guitar Show
Your trusty contingent of PG tonehounds travels to the boutique
guitar extravaganza to sniff out the latest intriguing and lust-
worthy axes from this invitation-only show.
Hordes of handcrafted instruments blew us away at the Montreal Guitar Show. Pictured here is an array of Kauer
Daylighters built by luthier Doug Kauer. The guitars feature carved tops, set necks, and a 24. 75" scale length.
Photo by Joe Coffey