THIS MONTH ON PREMIERGUITAR.COM/MAY2011
Your guide to the features, reviews, videos, and more appearing online this month.
Photos from Musikmesse
We’ve got editors on the floor
for the show that saw the
announcements of the Line
6 James Tyler Variax, Orange
OPC, and Knaggs Guitars in
recent years. The largest global
musical instrument show,
Musikmesse, runs from April
6–9, and you can count on PG
for photos, specs, and videos
of the coolest, most innovative, and most toneful gear the
Frankfurt show has to offer.
In 2010, the massive convention
center was complete with equally
massive replicas of Boss pedals
directing show-goers to the Boss
and Roland booths.
Head online to read even more reviews
of the newest gear including the
Roland GR- 55, PRS Studio guitar,
and Fender Road Worn Player Series
Telecaster. We’re adding new reviews
every week, so check back often!
Builder Profile: Mercury Magnetics
Besides being the name in amp transformers, Mercury
Magnetics has built a successful line of mod kits that turn
budget amps into boutique-sounding workhorses. We catch
up with the engineers behind the company that powers some
of today’s great amps.
Gallery: The Golden
Era of Gretsch
Jets, Electromatics, Ranchers, and, of
course, plenty of Chet models provide the
eye candy, as we look back at two great
decades of Gretsch. Head online for 20
pristine examples of the company’s noteworthy designs from the 1950s and ’60s.
Alex Skolnick: Interview and Lesson
Double agent Alex Skolnick is worshipped for his jazz chops and his
metal chops in Testament. The Alex Skolnick Trio released their fourth
album, Veritas, at the end of March, and we caught up with Skolnick
to talk about the album. Plus, Skolnick offers up a brand-new bonus
lesson, just for PremierGuitar.com readers!
Talks Dust Bowl
In a new series of videos,
Bonamassa discusses and
demos three tracks off his
latest album: “Dust Bowl,”
“Slow Train,” and “You
Better Watch Yourself.”
Plus, he discusses some of
his go-to guitars, including
a newly purchased 1959
sunburst Les Paul.
Show Us Your Gear: Acoustic Guitars
Whether it’s a collection of pre-war Martins or your trusty modern Yamaha with a killer pickup
system, we want to see what you play when you unplug. Send two or three photos—along with
a caption telling us what the guitar is and what kind of music you like to make with it—to
firstname.lastname@example.org and watch for your guitar to appear on our website in May!
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