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Shawn Hammond

Shawn Hammond

As Premier Guitar chief content officer since January 2010, Shawn Hammond oversees all of PG’s articles, videos, audio, and social media offerings. Although he’s probably as loathe to admit his alma mater as they are to claim him, Shawn has a degree in journalism from Brigham Young University, and a long history in guitar journalism predating his tenure at PG. He’s an avowed Tele, Bigsby, and baritone fanatic, and as his Tuning Up columns regularly reveal, he’s kind of a cantankerous bastard who tends to flip the bird at convention.

ARTICLES

In Memoriam: Chris Squire 1948–2015

July 2, 2015
PG’s Shawn Hammond reflects on his unlikely fall into extreme Yes fanhood as a teenager, and what it was like to finally meet the legendary late Yes bassist.
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Fishman Fluence Classic Humbuckers Review

July 1, 2015
Can Larry the Acoustic Guy’s newfangled pickup technology really deliver authentic PAF tones that rival boutique ’buckers?
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Tuning Up: Record or Die!

June 29, 2015
Forget the woodshed—invest in some cheap recording gear and witness the unparalleled power and wonder of the 21st-century studio.
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Tuning Up: The Infantilization of Guitar (or “Hulk Fight Robot. Hulk RAD!”)

May 31, 2015
How to avoid dumbing-down your playing and honor the true spirit of your heroes.
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Musikmesse '15 - BassLine Basses Re:belle Buster Demo

May 15, 2015
The German shop busts out their latest handmade 4-string rocker.
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Musikmesse '15 - Gurus Amps Tritone and 5015 Demos

May 15, 2015
Check out two new 6L6-powered heads that feature a three-way "sexytone" voicing control.
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Musikmesse '15 - Sandberg Forty Eight Hardcore Demo

May 15, 2015
Get a taste of what luthier Holger Sandberg's new 4-string has to offer.
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Musikmesse '15 - Claas Guitars Moby Dick Demo

May 14, 2015
Check out the German company's newest 7-string that is equipped with EMG pickups.
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Musikmesse '15 - Fibenare Guitars Erotic Dalmut Demo

May 14, 2015
See and hear how the Budapest-based crew's collaboration with Tom Quayle sounds.
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Musikmesse '15 - JJoye Guitars Starlette Demo

May 14, 2015
This retro-inspired 6-string has '50s dinette flair that's paired with good 'ol rock 'n' roll attitude.
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