The Gargantuan Pedal Issue
Below is a sampling of the kudos we got on
Facebook for our mondo-huge, 272-page
November “Pedal Issue”—which was officially
the biggest single issue of a guitar magazine
ever. Thanks for the props, everyone!
“Best damn magazine out there. I had to see
a chiropractor after trying to lift the latest
issue . . . ” —Kevin Daniel
“Kevin, I agree!!! What a NICE change to pick
up a current magazine and actually notice
it’s LARGER than before!!! KEEP IT UP!!! You
guys are the best.” —Matthew E. Leo
“Barely surviving the pedal reviews. So far
there is only one I am positive I cannot live
without. Just let me read those reviews a
few more times and I will probably cave in to
more . . . ” —Bill Tant
“This is the best one ever!!” —Gino Ames
Many thanks to Premier Guitar and Gig-Fx for
this great [Stompboxtober pedal-giveaway]
prize. I’ve been onboard with Premier Guitar
since the Musician’s Hotline days, and without a
doubt consider you folks by far the best in the
biz for your enthusiasm, thorough coverage,
great reviews and lessons, and everything else
you bring to the table. I appreciate that you are
good-hearted people that go beyond the glitz
and glamour aspects of the music business, and
that you show true compassion and respect
for your readers. You guys really get it, and we
really appreciate how you handle things. I didn’t
need to win a Stompboxtober 2010 prize to
feel this way, but it certainly doesn’t hurt!
Thanks so much, and keep up the great work!
Wow, Gary—talk about being a loyal reader!
It’s always nice to see a lucky draw for someone who really deserves it. Of course, we
love faithful long-haul fans like you and the
new converts. And we’re working our tails off
to bring you the gear-freak coverage you’ve
come to love and expect, while also adding
new stuff to help in all aspects of your playing—including new instructional columns by
Senior Editor Andy Ellis (Rhythm & Grooves,
p. 76) and Associate Editor Jason Shadrick
(Beyond Blues, p. 74). And we hope you’ve
noticed we’re also offering more features on
artist from all over the stylistic map, too. And
we’re only getting started—so stay tuned!
A Guitarist’s Best Friend
After playing (not that my buddies call it
that) guitar for almost four decades and
reading every guitar publication I could get
my hands on in that time, I felt compelled
to write you today with sincere thanks.
Between your printed magazine and all of
the hard work you put into your online activities, you are indeed, in this man’s opinion, a
guitarist’s best friend! You include the latest
guitars and amps available, and offer amazing insight to how those instruments were
envisioned and created through incredible
interviews with their designers. You include
something for everyone. From those lucky
enough to be acquiring fine additions to
their collections, to the kid buying his first
amp. You have become a haven for us all.
That means a lot to me!
Thanks, Dave! In that light, we’ve thought it
over and decided we’d like to be thought
of as the Labrador Retriever of guitardom—
well balanced, friendly, versatile, and adapt-
able to all sorts of functions. Everything from
fetching cozy-toned 6-strings, pedals, amps,
and the like for you to read about and listen
to by the fire (via sound clips and videos at
premierguitar.com) to rescuing you from the
perilous depths of deadly tone. (We know
some would rather we were more like a
whiskey-barrel-toting St. Bernard, what with
the cold weather setting in and all, but we’re
a responsible family-mag breed. Well, most
of the time.) All cheekiness aside, we have
to admit it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun
without you inspiring us, keeping us on our
toes, and giving us great ideas to hunt down
like a hyperactive pointer distracted by every
piece of gear that scampers by.
Doh! Speaking of Keeping Us
on Our Toes . . .
You incorrectly identified Daniel Lanois’
reverse Firebird [October 2010, p. 128]. Three
pickups and block inlays make it a Firebird
VII, not a Firebird V, which has two pickups
and crown inlays.
Well we’ll be . . . You’re absolutely right,
Gary. We regret the error and, in all sincerity, appreciate you setting us straight. Like
we were just telling Dave (above), having
such astute and passionate readers/viewers
keeps us sharp and helps us strive that much
harder to bring you quality content, week in
and week out, and month to month.
In the November 2010 PG, the Boss PS- 6
and Visual Sound Garage Tone Axle Grease
reviews were incompletely printed. We sincerely apologize for the error. We’ve reprinted
the reviews in their entirety this month on
p. 168 and p. 182, respectively. We also regret
including the wrong crossword puzzle graphic
in Noodling, and for misspelling Tony Arcuri’s
name in Guitar of the Month.
Keep those comments coming! Please send your suggestions, gripes, comments, and good words directly to
email@example.com. 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.