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Articles by Shawn Hammond

Tuning Up: 4 “Horrible” Guitarists You Should Shut-Up and Learn From

June 3, 2014
Are you an insufferable music snob? Here’s why you should tear up your “good guitarist” checklist and broaden your listening horizons.
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Factory Tour and Luthier Interview: McPherson Guitars

May 20, 2014
Matt McPherson’s twin passions—flattops and archery—led him to revolutionizing the compound-bow industry and creating some of today’s most forward-thinking boutique acoustics.
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Tuning Up: Is Sustain Killing Cool Guitar?

April 30, 2014
Screaming holy-grail rigs are making guitar less supernatural, not more.
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Schecter Custom Shop Tour

April 8, 2014
PG visits Sun Valley, California, to go behind the scenes on how this team of skilled builders and passionate players creates the brand's USA and Masterworks guitar lines.
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Tuning Up: Slacker Science—The Case for Laziness

March 30, 2014
Forget snake oil and junk science—bask in the benefits of not giving a $#!*.
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Metal and Hardcore in 2014: Council of Steel, Blood & Bone

March 27, 2014
Guitarists from six of the hottest metal and hardcore bands on the planet—including Dillinger Escape Plan, Baroness, and Funeral for a Friend—sit down with Premier Guitar to discuss the state of metal and hardcore in 2014.
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NAMM '14 - Avante by Veillette Gryphon Short-Scale 12-String Demo

March 12, 2014
The legendary luthier introduces a new short-scale 12-string that will be the first model in his new, more affordable, import series.
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Tuning Up: The Power of "No."

March 10, 2014
How the fearless members of Pussy Riot teach us to fight the fight in grand and small ways.
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together PANGEA's "Badillac" Album Review

March 7, 2014
It’s the relentless grip on melody, the breakneck dynamics shifts, and the sheer gumption that hold it all together—not to mention the blistering solos.
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NAMM '14 - Majik Box Body Blow Jake E. Lee Mod Demo

March 6, 2014
Building off the successful Body Blow overdrive, they introduced a hotter, more aggressive stomp.
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NAMM '14 - Fargen Amps Townhouse 20, Jazz Custom SE & High Gain Classic Limited Edition Demos

March 6, 2014
See and hear amp-builder Ben Fargen's first combo amp and learn about two more of his newest heads.
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NAMM '14 - Empress Tremolo2 Demo

March 6, 2014
The Canadian boutique pedal builder updates their original Tremolo box with a few more tricks.
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NAMM '14 - Decibel Eleven Loop Expander Demo

March 6, 2014
The fx-routing gurus launched a new box to significantly increase the flexibility of your current pedalboard.
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NAMM '14 - Yamaha LL16 Dreadnought & FG740SFM Demos

March 6, 2014
The Japanese company releases two new acoustics—see and hear what they sound like in this clip.
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NAMM '14 - Pro Co Fat Rat Demo

March 5, 2014
The underground fuzz pedal company reenergizes the line by introducing a new dirt box.
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NAMM '14 - Elixir Strings Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Strings Demo

March 5, 2014
Learn more and hear their newest batch of strings of heavy-handed acoustic players.
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NAMM '14 - Schecter Guitars Hellraiser Hybrid C-7 Demo

March 5, 2014
The California shop blends their SLS Collection and Hellraiser line to create this new frankenstein 7-string.
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NAMM '14 - Peavey Vypyr Pro-100 Demo

March 4, 2014
Pushing their modeling technology further, they advance the amp series by including analog distortion, instrument models, and over 100 effects and amps.
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NAMM '14 - Silvertone 1444 Bass Demo

March 3, 2014
The kitschy classic company revives one of their most-popular basses from the '60s.
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NAMM '14 - Novax Sweet Annie & Sassy Annie Demos

March 3, 2014
Master luthier Ralph Novak introduced two new custom-built models featuring fanned frets.
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