Stanley Clarke walks the walk and talks the talk with one of his many
Alembic basses at a Return to Forever gig. Photo by Martin Philbey
Last Chance to Reason
Maine-based mathcore brainiacs Last Chance to Reason meld
face-melting chops with mind-bending music theory and their
own epic Metroid-style video game to mutate every notion you
have about youth, metal, and gaming culture.
Guitars often help their owners get through tough times, but
few have seen times as tough as those faced by British Royal
Air Force pilot and prisoner of war Alf Binnie and his 1940s
Fusion legend Stanley Clarke talks about his double-bass roots,
his bevy of Alembic electrics, why all bassists should jam with
other 4-stringers, and his recent reunion album with fellow
Return to Forever bandmates Chick Corea and Lenny White.
100 2011 NY Amp Show
Premier Guitar treks to Piscataway, New Jersey, to scope out the
annual boutique-amp extravaganza.
111 Forgotten Heroes:
Besides playing on so many sessions and hits that they called him
“Mr. 2500,” Cornell Dupree was a favorite of major-label producers and superstars alike because he could come in and lay down
tight, soulful tracks for Aretha Franklin, and then show up the
next day to hit a home run for Paul Simon or Miles Davis.
122 Builder Profile:
Ken Parker Archtops
Though he shook up the industry in 1993 with the Fly—the
most unique solidbody design the electric world had seen in
years—for more than 30 years now his primary passion has been
advancing the art and science of archtop luthiery.
144 Keith Urban
Contemporary-country superstar Keith Urban reflects on how
Waylon Jennings’ indie spirit inspired him more than 20 years
ago in Australia, why Mark Knopfler became his first guitar hero,
and how he rehabilitated many of his treasured vintage axes after
the tragic Nashville flood of 2010.
156 Gibson Les Paul Studio Baritone
161 Kustom KXB500 and DE115NEO
164 Batson No. 5
167 Metal Pedals XXX Distortion
170 Reverend Thundergun and Justice
175 Anacon Technology Zagray!
179 Trombetta Tornita!
182 Fernandes V-Hawk Elite
185 Empress Multi-Drive
188 Vox TB35C2 Bruno