October 2016
Rich Osweiler

Rich Osweiler

Associate Editor Rich Osweiler started playing guitar at the tender age of 8, but over the years bass has become his main instrument. Prior to joining Premier Guitar, Rich worked at Acoustic Guitar for close to 10 years, most recently as associate publisher and director of marketing. He loves all types of music—from gypsy jazz to lo-fi and grindcore—provided the genre name isn’t preceded by the “contemporary” tag. Outside of music, Rich enjoys travel, skiing, backpacking, and learning how to be a dad. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, daughter, and their dog, Kiko.

ARTICLES

Tools for the Task: Pedalboard Percussion

September 2, 2016
Put those feet to work and lay down some solid beats to accompany your playing.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Bass Preacher

August 10, 2016
A simple-to-use 2-knob compressor for bassists that’ll set you back less than $100.
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Tools for the Task: Single-Coil Replacement Pickups

August 5, 2016
Ten passive single-coil options for a total tonal makeover.
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Quick Hit: Fredric Effects Deeply Unpleasant Companion

July 8, 2016
The London boutique outfit gifts bassists with a new take on the Shin-ei FY-2 Companion Fuzz.
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Tools for the Task: Studio Monitors Under $500

July 3, 2016
Is it time to ditch those earbuds or computer speakers and upgrade?
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Tools for the Task: Alternative Material Picks

June 10, 2016
No dis on plastic, but there are many more ways to skin a pick.
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Tools for the Task: Coated Strings

May 27, 2016
Not a fan of changing strings? Swap in a set that can offer longer life.
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Quick Hit: IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic

May 26, 2016
An ultra-portable, easy-to-use tool that helps you capture ideas before they’re a distant memory.
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Tools for the Task: Travel Guitars

April 29, 2016
Ten alternatives to road-tripping with your full-size axe.
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Quick Hit: Korg Pitchblack Custom

March 20, 2016
A sleek, space-age-looking tuner that performs as good as it looks.
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NAMM '16 - Yamaha FG180 50th Anniversary Demo

March 4, 2016
The Japanese brand celebrates an anniversary be reintroducing a limited run of a fan favorite.
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NAMM '16 - Washburn Heritage Series, Comfort Series, and Woodline Series Acoustics

March 3, 2016
The 100-year-old company celebrates a new year by expanding three of their most popular families of flattops.
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NAMM '16 - MTD Guitars Kingston Super 5 Demo

February 28, 2016
Luthier Michael Tobias brings a new 5-string bass to this year's show.
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NAMM '16 - D'Angelico Guitars Master Builder New Yorker & EX-175 Deluxe Demos

February 27, 2016
See and hear the NYC-company's latest art-deco hollowbody electrics.
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NAMM '16 - DigiTech | DOD Trio+ Band Creator/Looper and Looking Glass Overdrive Demos

February 26, 2016
DigiTech expands the capabilities of its band-in-a-box pedal, while DOD collaborates with Shoe Pedals on a class-A FET overdrive.
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Tools for the Task: Cables

February 26, 2016
Is it time to take inventory?
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NAMM '16 - Friedman BE-OD, Sir-Compre, Fuzz Fiend, and MC Drive Demos

February 25, 2016
The amp builder breaks into the pedal world with four new stomps—two overdrives, a compressor, and a gnarly fuzz.
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NAMM '16 - Marshall Amplification Code Series Amps & 2525 Mini Jubilee Demos

February 23, 2016
The British amp outfit shows off a line of flexible new modeling amps, and an homage to the brand's popular late-'80s tube series.
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NAMM '16 - Joe Gore Pedals Filth, Duh Remedial Fuzz, Cult & Boring Demos

February 23, 2016
The longtime guitar journalist takes a minute to stop writing about gear to build his own line of stompboxes.
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NAMM '16 - Takamine CP7MO-TT, EF740FS-TT, EF450C-TT & LTD 2016 Decoy Demos

February 23, 2016
See and hear four new acoustic models that cover a wide gamut.
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