I just wanted to say how much I truly
enjoy Premier Guitar. In fact, I liken
my monthly experience to a fine meal
at an expensive restaurant. Shawn
Hammond serves up a light (but
tasty) appetizer. This whets my appetite for a several course dinner: from
Dirk Wacker and his bouquet of Strat
mods, to Paul Gilbert’s demi-glazed
zestiness, to the many gear reviews,
nestled in a provocative sauce. My
mouth absolutely drools when feasting on the eye candy of Vintage
Vault. I cherish each page, which
usually takes me all month. The final
bite is savored with John Bohlinger’s
Last Call. After feasting on such a
bountiful plate, I step away from
the table, satisfied. My next month’s
magazine arrives shortly thereafter,
repeating the delight. Thanks for the
grub, bub! Bon Appetite!
Thanks for the kind words, Tim. We’re
staying busy in the kitchen, testing new
recipes and debuting new dishes, so be
sure to come back hungry soon!
I wanted to thank you all for the great
magazine. I’ve been a [guitar magazine
name] subscriber for years, but more out
of habit at this point than anything else.
Your content is far superior and the way
that you have migrated to the internet is
just awesome. I love the weekly emails and,
even after 26 years of playing, I find that
my playing has improved because of your
magazine. Access to PDF lessons and audio
downloads makes it very easy to learn
something new. It’s like having a month
of guitar lessons for just a few dollars each
month. You guys get it!
All the best,
—Joe in South Carolina
Joe—congrats on continuing to improve
your playing after all those years, we’re
happy to be a part of it.
My job sucks, but every Tuesday I look forward to the recent Rig Rundown!
—Steve, via PremierGuitar.com
Hey Steve. Sorry your job is a bummer, but
keep powering through the workweek, and
we’ll keep rolling out new Rig Rundowns
for your enjoyment. Look for new ones from
John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, and Yngwie
Malmsteen online now!
Hi Shawn! Thank you for the “Having Fun
Yet?” piece [Tuning Up, October 2011].
Strange place to find an insight in life. I
have been thinking the same way, only
you’ve gotten further in your thoughts.
I am doing so much better now, and my
friends tell me I look happier. Also, it helps
me to achieve my goals better—I mean the
real ones. And that makes everything easier.
You’re brave. Made my Friday.
Regards & best wishes,
PG editor in chief Shawn Hammond
responds: "Thanks so much for your email,
Mikael! I'm glad my half-baked musings
struck a chord. Congrats on your progress!"
Martin’s Mystery Pickguard
Hi! I am reading your
latest issue and noticed
the Vintage Vault article
on the Martin D- 28
[November 2011]. The
photos show a nonstandard or user-added
above the fretboard, but
the article makes no mention of this. It may
seem obvious to seasoned guitar vets, but
a newbie may mistake this for the way all
1937 D-28s should look. You should have
mentioned it or found a different standard
Martin to show in the photos. Thanks!
Varysburg, New York
Laun Braithwaite from Dave’s Guitar Shop
responds: “We think the extra pickguard is prob-
ably not original, but there is some chance it is.
It is made of the same material and beveled the
same way as the regular pickguard. Its color and
patina also match, but we can’t be 100 percent
sure. Because we were unsure, we didn’t mention
it. Since these articles are about guitars in Dave’s
collection, we don’t always have more than one
example to choose from. We thought this guitar
was interesting and historically significant, even
though it has one questionable feature.”
I met [Premier Guitar director of business
development] Jessica Sullivan at the Seymour
Duncan User Group Day in September and
told her how much I liked your magazine.
She asked me what I would like to see as an
article, and I told her an article on how to
use equipment in different ways—like how
to set up a delay pedal for different [uses].
I have never really owned [a delay] and I
am getting one soon. I just received the
November issue on my Android phone and
saw the article “How to Get the Most out of
Your Delay Pedal.” I look forward to reading
it this afternoon or evening. Keep rockin’!
Hey Dave. What a cool coincidence— when
you relayed your request we were already
working on that exact article! Enjoy getting
the most out of your new purchase.
In the November issue Table of Contents
[page 16], we miscredited the issue’s
incredible cover artist, Alan Forbes. Aside
from being a great dude, Forbes is a killer
artist who has illustrated gig posters for
acts like Queens of the Stone Age, Black
Crowes, Faith No More, Dinosaur Jr., the
Mars Volta, High on Fire, and many others. We highly suggest checking out his
work at secretserpents.com.
In the same issue, we neglected to credit
photographer Rob Smith for the shots of
Samantha Fish’s gearbox [page 116]. We
regret these errors.
keep those comments coming!
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