December 2016

Articles by Shawn Hammond

Rig Rundown - Queens of the Stone Age's Troy Van Leeuwen

August 28, 2013
Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen chats about his upcoming signature Fender Jazzmaster and his go-to amps and pedals. Plus! Photos of Josh Homme's and bassist Michael Shuman's main gear.
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Rig Rundown - Billy Idol's Steve Stevens

August 21, 2013
Steve Stevens shows us his entire Billy Idol live setup, including his signature Knaggs guitars and Friedman amps, as well as the toy ray gun he modified for the "Rebel Yell" solo.
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Tuning Up: There's No "I" in "Team," But There's an "I" in "Meat Pie"...

August 12, 2013
Editor in chief Shawn Hammond waxes poetic about zombie journalism, murderous squirrels, Dorito-dust pizza, and the quirky/heroic efforts of the PG staff in launching the new PremierGuitar.com.
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How to Play Beyond Compare

July 6, 2013
Stop wondering whether your tone is as “good” as Bonamassa’s or Eddie’s or Joe Pass’ or whoever’s.
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Review Demo - Jaguar HC50

July 3, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond demos the Jaguar HC50 for the August 2013 issue of Premier Guitar.
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Review Demo - Peavey Vypyr VIP 2

June 27, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond demos Peavey's Vypyr VIP 2 Variable Instrument Performance amplifier.
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Review Demo - Danelectro '67 Heaven

June 12, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond demos the Danelectro '67 Heaven reissue for the July 2013 issue of Premier Guitar.
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Review Demo - Humphrey Amplifiers Espresso 15

June 11, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond demos the Humphrey Amplifiers Espresso 15 tube acoustic amp for the July 2013 issue of Premier Guitar.
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Review Demo - Circus Freak The Pickled Punk Distortion Pedal

June 5, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond demos Circus Freak's The Pickled Punk Distortion Pedal for the July 2013 issue of Premier Guitar.
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Review Demo - Ibanez ES-2 Echo Shifter

May 17, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond runs the Ibanez ES-2 Echo Shifter through a range of sounds—from simple slapback delays to crazy sounds—in this Review Demo.
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Stop and Smell the Chords: 5 Shapes That Changed My Life

May 11, 2013
The way we 6-stringers often talk in awed, reverential tones about licks and leads by heroes like Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, etc.—“Dude, he’s totally wailing on
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Musikmesse '13 - J.Lak Guitars Selma Bass and Rough Dynamite 4- and 6-String Demos

May 8, 2013
PG's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the J.Lak Guitars booth for a demo of their Selma bass and Rough Dynamite 4- and 6-string guitars.
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Musikmesse '13 - Leather Guitars Samaria Series Demos

May 8, 2013

PG's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the Leather Guitars' booth for a demo of their Samaria Series guitars.


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Musikmesse '13 - Off Guitar Design Soulbrotha' Bass Demos

May 8, 2013
PG's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the Off Guitar Design booth for a demo of their Soulbrotha' basses.
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Musikmesse '13 - Taurus Stomp-Head 4.SL, Stomp-Head 2, and Dexter Octaver Demos

May 6, 2013
PG's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the Taurus booth for a demo of their Stomp-Head 4.SL, Stomp-Head 2, and Dexter Octaver pedal.
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Musikmesse '13 - Mad Professor Royal Blue Overdrive Demo

May 3, 2013
PG's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the Mad Professor booth for a demo of their new Royal Blue Overdrive.
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Rig Rundown - Yes' Steve Howe and Chris Squire

May 1, 2013

Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond is on location in Omaha, Nebraska, where he catches up with Yes' Chris Squire and Steve Howe to check out their vintage gear, including old Rickenbackers, Gibsons, Fenders, and more.


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Musikmesse '13 - Palmer Eins, Fab 5 Head, Mutterstolz Overdrive, & Cab Merger Demos

May 1, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the Palmer booth for demos of their Eins, Fab 5, Mutterstolz Overdrive, and Cab Merger.

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Musikmesse '13 - Grossmann Audio SG-Box Demo

April 30, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the Grossmann Audio booth for a demo of their SG-Box iso cab.
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Musikmesse '13 - Fret-King Esprit I Bass, Esprit III, & Vintage V6 Thomas Blug Signature Demos

April 29, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the Fret-King booth for a demos of their newest guitars--Esprit I Bass, Esprit III, & Vintage V6 Thomas Blug Signature model.
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