In your “ON/OFF/ STBY” section of the December 2010 issue, you incorrectly claim that Rock Band 3 does not allow use of a guitar with strings. In fact, Fender and Harmonix (makers of the Rock Band game) have made a Squier Strat Rock Band controller that is a fully functional stringed guitar (with frets) that has a standard 1/4" as well as MIDI out, which can then be used with an Xbox, PS3, Wii, etc. (Frankly, Rock Band aside, this is a huge game-changer for guitarists that want an affordable MIDI option.)
Furthermore, Reaper is working with Harmonix to allow users to author their own songs in Reaper and export them to be played on the Rock Band platform.
Hi Devin. You’re absolutely right. The new Squier Stratocaster Guitar and Rock Band Controller hadn’t been announced yet when we went to press with the December issue. However, we heard about it soon thereafter, and we’re pretty damn stoked to say we’re the first guitarcentered media outlet to get one for review—and it’s in this very issue. Though we’re fully prepared to get emails from a few naysayers expressing dismay over the fact that we’ve given a video-game controller ink and pixels—let alone put it on our cover—we stand firmly behind the decision. To see why, check out the review in this month's issue.
A Little Too Edgy
I’ve been reading guitar mags forever, and PG is by far the best. Unfortunately, the “Primitive Cartoon Questionnaire” [Last Call, December 2010] had to be the least tasteful column you’ve ever run. Leave the edgy humor to SNL. Really.
P.S. Answer C to the pick question was a direct quote from Jerry Garcia regarding the pick he contributed to a feature in an old issue of Guitar Player. Really.
New York, New York
Last Call author John Bohlinger responds: The old joke about the pick being “all that stands between me and abject poverty” has been thrown around by Nashville players for as long as I’ve been in town. I didn’t say it first, but regrettably, I don’t know who did. However, I can say with absolute conviction that I blatantly stole every pedal-steel lick I know directly from Jerry Garcia. RIP, Jerry.
72 and Still GASsing
After buying your great mag for a while, [I] figured I may as well subscribe. I started playing @ age 65 and now @ 72 can’t stop. Also have GAS (20 guitars, half [a] dozen amps, etc., etc.). Old dogs can still learn new tricks.
Thanks for your handwired, 100-percent analog note, J.S.! We’re thrilled to have such a breadth of readers and viewers, all doggedly (sorry—couldn’t resist!) pursuing excellence in tone and playing. We’re sure you could teach us all a few of those tricks, too. Play on!
I’m a junkie for what you guys deliver—the drool on my stompbox issue [November 2010] is proof of that. Well, when I read Shawn Hammond’s interview with Ron Wood (great article, even before the interview!) it hit a chord with me. I won’t waste ink going on and on about how great I think Ron is, but I will tell you that I realized we have something in common. OK, something very slight . . . but it was cool for this long-time fan to discover. It seemed Mr. Wood’s ’50s Fender Champ is a prized possession. Years ago, I did some horsetrading with a very talented musician and dear friend of mine. I ended up with a 1954 Fender Champ. Pretty sure the tube is original, and it is probably the best all-around example of one I’ve seen or heard personally. I don’t use it much, but when I do I get the sweetest tone ever! Thanks for the great article and the great magazine.
Danke to Dirk
Kudos to Dirk Wacker in the Mod Garage. I had been searching for something to do with my otherwise useless tone pots when I remembered that Fender still made the TBX. I did a Bing search and, to my surprise, there was an article in Premier Guitar [October 2010]. I read through it and figured I would send Dirk a note to pick his brain some more. I didn’t really expect a reply, but was floored when, within the hour, he emailed me back. Not only was he über-helpful, but he told me of the additional mods that would show up in the November issue. Now my otherwise untouched tone pots are getting a workout as bass cuts on my Strat, Tele, and Jaguar. Thanks to Dirk for being such a great guy and to Premier Guitar for letting him satisfy us gearheads with helpful mods.
Flat Rock, Michigan
Thanks, Thomas! We’re happy to hear your neglected tone pots now have a new home. We couldn’t agree more about Dirk—he’s super helpful and always dependable.
In our December 2010 “Shapes of Things” story, we incorrectly listed attorney Ron Bienstock’s place of residence and practice as Atlanta. He lives and works in the New Jersey/New York City metro area. As astute reader Nick Plytas points out, in that same issue we also mistakenly left a digit off the part number for the Fender Stratocaster Mid Boost Kit referenced in Mod Garage. The correct number is 0057577000. We apologize for these boo-boos.