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Noise is the
reason I started playing with a guitar
several years ago, and it is exciting to
see you covering nontraditional ground
when it comes to guitar use. Though I
have morphed into a more traditional
player, I still get antsy every once in a
while and play with sound while my 2
1/2-year-old dials in my pedals.
You’re welcome, Shannon! So glad to
hear you’re still indulging your primal
side and bringing your toddler up right.
Best of luck to you!
Well, nothing is getting done today since I
downloaded your iPad app. Thanks a lot.
Er … you’re welcome? Ha! But seriously, keep
your eyes out for some upcoming reviews on
cool new iPad and iPhone recording/rehears-ing interfaces, Chas. In the meantime, enjoy!
I just got your August issue free at the
Southeastern Guitar and Amp Show. Totally
kick-ass mag! The icing on the cake was
lessons from Paul Gilbert and Pat Martino.
Thanks, Chuck! Yet another cool amp show,
huh? Hmmm … we’ll have to check into that.
As for Paul and Pat, we couldn’t agree more!
Let the Good Times Roll
I’m a French fan of your magazine, and as
soon as a new issue is available for download
you can bet I will have read the entire thing
three days later. Yesterday started off pretty
bad: My job was bringing me down (I’m a
chief editor for an acoustic guitar magazine,
so you know what it’s like), it had been three
weeks since I caught a bad cold, my band
didn’t make it on a proper label yet, and
when I came home I was beyond exhaustion.
I had an argument with my girlfriend, and I
ended up reading PG alone in our bedroom.
Since I had just started [the issue], I read
your column on having fun in life [“Having
Fun Yet? (Seriously—Are you?),” Tuning
Up October 2011], and that really struck a
chord. That gave me the warning I needed
and, therefore, I got up feeling much better,
went to my girlfriend, and we had a fantastic
evening playing guitar together. Thanks for
that, and keep up the good work
I just read your piece “Having Fun Yet?
(Seriously—Are you?)” and I just had to
drop you a line to tell you how great I
thought it was. I could tell how much you
felt what you wrote and I really dug your
point of view. You rock!
—Sasha A. Kostadinov
What a great article. My drummer and I
have done this [thrown in silly riffs] for over
30 years. He takes things too seriously to the
point he›s not having fun. Thanks again.
My name is Stefano Benedetti. I am from
Italy, and I am a subscriber to Premier
Guitar’s free digital edition. I want to tell
you that you made my day. I think that
your editorial on having fun is the best and
most useful article I’ve read in years, and
not only in music magazines. You must be
a very good human being (or at least one
who›s trying to be). Keep up the very good
work, and greetings from pizzaland.
@premierguitar Shawn Hammond’s
[Tuning Up] in the October issue came at
the perfect time. Driving 6 hrs to a big gig.
I resolve to have fun!
Well written and timely. I needed that.
Everyone should be required to read it—
although I would not have expected to find
it in PG. I might add, it›s also Biblical. But
then, I really would like to have a Taylor T5
12-string in walnut. Thanks for the article.
PG is simply the best guitar magazine out
Editor in Chief Shawn Hammond replies:
“Wow. We got a lot of responses to my half-baked
musings in the ‘Having Fun Yet?’ piece. It’s really
neat to hear how this resonated with you guys.
Thank you so much for your kind words!”
In our October 2011
feature on B.C. Rich,
we mistakenly said
that sound engineer
Bob “Nite Bob”
Czaykowski purchased a koa-bodied
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry
in 1976. According
to Czaykowski, Perry’s first B.C. Rich actually
had a maple body (the receipt for the guitar, as
well as a flight case, appears above). The koa
Mockingbird came a few months later, when
Perry requested one with a Bigsby vibrato.
In that same issue, we botched the final
figure in Dirk Wacker’s Mod Garage column [“Exploring Fender’s 5-Way Super
Switch,” October 2011]. To see the figures
as they should be, view the updated version
of the article on premierguitar.com.
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