December 2020

What's New

LPD Pedals Unveils the New Eighty7 Deluxe

December 4, 2020
A powerful two-channel overdrive aimed at copping hot-rod British tones.

The Beauty of Bossa Nova

December 4, 2020
Guitar in hand, John Pizzarelli unlocks the secrets of the distinctive fingerstyle rhythms of Brazil’s coolest import.

First Look: Origin Effects MAGMA57

December 4, 2020
Hear the stomp maker’s latest—a meticulously made box of Magnatone-style vibrato and drive magic.

Does a Solidbody Bass' Unplugged Tone Matter?

December 4, 2020
The old adage says not to judge a book by its cover—so why do we do it so much with instruments?

Billy Corgan on Smashing Pumpkins’ New Mellon Collie Sequel: “Now’s the Time.”

December 3, 2020
With original guitarist James Iha back in the band, Corgan hits a savage stride in one of his most prolific songwriting periods, first releasing the electronic album, Cyr. Next up: a 33-track sequel to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Fender Introduces the Tash Sultana Signature Stratocaster

December 3, 2020
The guitar features a matching painted headstock, custom “skull” neck plate, and Yosemite single-coil Strat pickups combined with a Double Tap humbucking bridge pickup.

Steve Vai Remembers the First Time He Heard “Eruption”

December 3, 2020
The former David Lee Roth sideman recalls being blown away by, and then transcribing, EVH’s virtuosic arrangement—though he’s never actually played it.

Reader Guitar of the Month: Ibby

December 3, 2020
A player shares the mods he’s made to an Ibanez ART420 to get more flexibility when playing in his church band.

Gibson Unveils the Slash “Victoria” Les Paul Standard Goldtop

December 2, 2020
The guitar features Slash’s personal touches including a C-shaped neck profile, uncovered Gibson Custom BurstBucker Alnico 2 pickups, and hand-wired electronics with Orange Drop capacitors.

Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Eddy Analog Vibrato and Chorus

December 2, 2020
A fully analog setup that offers envelope and expression control over the modulation rate and depth.

Yamaha Releases the Peter Hook Signature BB Bass

December 2, 2020
The new model combines elements of the BB1200S and the BB734A to create a new signature model.

Rig Rundown: Big Business

December 2, 2020
Four strings, a stack of Sunns, and plentiful pedals allow Jared Warren enough viciousness and volume for bass and guitar.

Taylor Grand Theater Urban Ash Demo - PG Gear Spotlight

December 2, 2020
Taylor Guitars master builder Andy Powers shows off a portable yet potent new 24 1/8”-scale flattop with eco-friendly woods and new C-Class bracing.

First Look: Boss GT-1000CORE

December 2, 2020
From heavy to heavenly: Hear the shrunken powerhouse on raunchy riffs, ethereal reverb clouds, pitch-shifted bass, and more.

Who Do James Taylor and Paul McCartney Call When They Want Jazz?

December 2, 2020
When it comes to swinging standards, few guitarists can match 7-string virtuoso John Pizzarelli.

Jacob Collier: "I’ve Got Too Much Creative Potential to be Reasonable.”

December 2, 2020
How the Grammy winner and YouTube sensation thinks about rhythm, harmony, and life.

13 Watts of Ringing, Raging Splendor

December 2, 2020
A unique low-wattage combo, the Balthazar Cabaret 13 produces a potent mélange of Vox and Fender sounds—and sings with a loud and outsized voice.

Mattoverse Electronics Releases the Bad Passenger Fuzz MkII

December 1, 2020
A completely redesigned circuit that combines cascaded transistor and op-amp gain stages.

The Problem with Gear Reviews

December 1, 2020
Why you oughta be skeptical when reading or watching critiques of pedals.

First Look: Wren and Cuff Blue Caprid

December 1, 2020
The Big Muff maniacs chase the holy mid-'70s Ram’s Head circuit to awesome ends.