Read the July 2016 issue now!

Guitarists

Rig Rundown - John Mayer

September 9, 2010
Rebecca Dirks is On Location at Tinley Park, IL, where she goes onstage and checks out John Mayer's current live setup with the help of legendary guitar tech Rene Martinez (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Prince, Mick Jones).
Read More

Interview: Charlie Hunter - Life in the Pocket

September 3, 2010
Hunter discusses his latest album, "Public Domain" the importance of drumming and the pocket, why he doesn''t listen to modern music, and changing tunings with his Jeff Traugott 7-string.
Read More

Zen Guitar for the 22nd Century ... and Beyond

August 17, 2010
Four tradition-flouting guitarists—Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, and Rangda’s Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny—offer tips on how to take your playing into the future by freeing your mind, hands, and 6-string from the confines of orthodox guitarisms.
Read More

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

August 17, 2010
Premier Guitar braves record-breaking temperatures to take you inside the year’s hottest blues gathering—Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Read More

Sitting in with Tim McGraw Sideman Darren Smith

August 17, 2010
Tim McGraw''s guitarist talks to Rich about his career and his gear.
Read More

Interview: Paul Gilbert - Mr. Shred-Jangles

August 17, 2010
Long dogged and annoyed by the “shred” epithet, Paul Gilbert uses engrained jangle-pop sensibilities, deft tone selection, and jaw-dropping licks to prove he can’t be pigeonholed— even on an all-instrumental album like his new Fuzz Universe
Read More

GALLERY: A Year at the Iridium Without Les Paul

August 12, 2010
In year after Les Paul''s death, a diverse array of talented guitarists took the stage on Monday nights to fill in with the Les Paul Trio. Photographer Frank White shares his images of some of the performers.
Read More

Rig Rundown - Brad Paisley's Amps & Effects

August 6, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Moline, IL, where she catches up with Chad Weaver--PG Columnist and Brad Paisley's guitar tech--and he walks us through the current selection of amps and effects Paisley is using during his 2010 H2O World Tour.

Read More

Interview: Steve Wariner - The Heart of Country (and Swing, Jazz, Folk...)

August 6, 2010
Steve Wariner on putting together the tribute, the era-appropriate instruments he used, why he loves the Tele, and the benefits of recording under his own label.
Read More

Interview: Steve Howe on Asia's "Omega," Touring With Yes, and the Steve Howe Trio

July 29, 2010
Howe discusses his hectic touring schedule, getting jazzy with his trio, the gear for each gig, and his distaste for blues
Read More

Unsung Heroes: Exploring the Legacy of Forgotten ’60s Rockers

July 20, 2010
Why you shouldn''t forget about Vinny Martell, Zal Yanovsky, Gene Cornish, John Cipollina, Michael Monarch, Randy California, Dick Wagner, Erik Braunn, Jerry Miller, Eddie Philips, and Roy Wood
Read More

Future Blues: The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach

July 20, 2010
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach indulges his love of killer fuzz and timeless song structures to create the soul-swinging and super-infectious new LP Brothers.
Read More

Brothers and Sisters In Arms: Guitars for Vets

July 20, 2010
Guitars for Vets organizers Patrick Nettesheim and Dan Van Buskirk help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder find hope again through music.
Read More

Rig Rundown - Baroness' Peter Adams, John Baizley

July 15, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Madison, WI, where he catches up with Baroness' guitarists Peter Adams and John Baizley. They walk us through their rigs which include custom shop First Act guitars, Gibson Les Pauls, BadCat amplifiers, Emperor and Green guitar cabinets, and effects from companies like Electro-Harmonix, MXR, Boss, Dunlop, Ernie Ball, etc.
Read More

Rig Rundown - The Melvins' King Buzzo

July 15, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Des Moines, IA, where he catches up the Melvins guitarist King Buzzo. In this segment, Buzzo walks through his current live setup which includes a double-cutaway Electrical Guitar Company guitar (based on Les Paul specs), Sunn head, Carver power amps, MXR effects pedals and a Hiwatt 4x12.
Read More

Rig Rundown - Valient Thorr's Eidan & Sadat

July 15, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Madison, WI, where he catches up with Valient Thorr's guitarists Eidan Thorr & Sadat Thorr. In this segment, both Eidan and Sadat walk us through their rigs which include Marshall JCM800 50 watt heads, Mesa Boogie 4x12 cabs loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s, and the few pedals they use are an Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer, Electro-Harmonix POG, and Creation Audio Labs Boost/Overdrive.
Read More

Rig Rundown - Deftones' Stephen Carpenter

July 9, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Madison, WI, where he catches up with Deftones' guitarist Stephen Carpenter and they chat about gear. In this segment, Stephen walks us through both his digital and his analog rig, which includes ZVex, MXR and Dunlop pedals running parallel with the computer program Guitar Rig. In addition, he shows off his two Marshall power amps and his collection of signature ESP guitars.
Read More

Interview: Murder by Death's Adam Turla & Matt Armstrong

July 7, 2010
Murder by Death guitarist Adam Turla and bassist Matt Armstrong discuss the band''s eclectic influences, their gear, and how electric cello fits in the mix.
Read More

Interview: Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band)

July 2, 2010
Tim Reynolds discusses how he approaches gear and playing for his various projects: Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds Trio, and solo acoustic.
Read More

Gorgeous Freak of Nature: Building Dweezil Zappa's Custom PRS

June 16, 2010
Dweezil Zappa’s ongoing project to honor his father’s legacy inspires a one-of-a-kind PRS. Here Premier Guitar chronicles the making of the guitar and what inspired Zappa’s unique design.
Read More