THE WATER COOLER
The editors of Premier Guitar offer up some unsolicited opinions about guitars and 6-string life.
SHOwS UP FOR
Numerous fundraising efforts
have sprung up, including a $9.99
38-song i Tunes “album” of hit songs
in all genres to Marty Friedman auctioning off all of his Megadeth gear.
Classy efforts all around.
SAMMY VS. EDDIE
Sammy Hagar sounds off on EVH
and aliens in a new book and subsequent interviews. We’re not going
to bash on the Van Hagar period,
but the drama has more than run its
ALTAR BRIDGE wINS
BEST GUITAR SOLO
OF ALL TIME FOR
For some perspective, this trumped
#2 “Eruption,” #3 “Sweet Child o’
Mine,” #4 “November Rain,” and #5
“Comfortably Numb” in Guitarist
magazine’s reader poll.
MAYER “NEw ERIC
In related news, mass flame wars on
guitar forums have partially crippled
For a somewhat strange rate of
$1.50 per minute, you can Skype
with the guitarist for Guns N’ Roses.
A sampling of what we’ve heard on premierguitar.com in the past month
I always read the
manual first—I may not
understand it, but I read
it. This has saved me from
many mishaps ... so far.
Usually I assemble
a team of scientists
to help me.
—Ben Bielsmith, Trevor Bajus, and James
Finch, responding on Facebook to our
question of whether you read the manual
on a new piece of gear before digging in.
You forgot to mention Kevin Bacon and his band “The
Bacon Brothers.” But I guess since they are actually
GOOD, they would not fit into this article. I thoroughly
enjoy them. I can’t say as much about the Shat,
his confidence notwithstanding.
—Bill, on “Acting Like a Musician,” Last Call, April 2011.
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I had a VIP lesson with Paul Gilbert, but this
column looks like he’s also sitting next to
you showing the licks and the technique and
having fun at the same time! Thanks Paul
Gilbert and Premier Guitar staff. Guitarists all
over the world seek for the bus leacher and
return the gear to the dear!
—Main TrainJP, on “Tempos and Endings,”
Shred Your Enthusiasm, April 2011.
I could retire from all the gear I
have casually dumped over the
years. The ’ 71 Strat that sold at
the flea market for $20 comes to
mind . . . made up for it a couple
years later when I got a ’ 68 LP
Goldtop for $100 from a stoned
guy. Still have it.
—Jeff Williams via Facebook response to
“What Was I Thinking?” Tuning Up, April 2011.