In this debut episode, everyday PG fans talk to Shawn Hammond about meeting their guitar and bass heroes.

Conversations in the Key of Life is the podcast that talks to you about your musical journeys. Each episode finds Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond talking to everyday guitarists and bassists about their hilarious, jealousy-inducing, sometimes tear-jerking experiences on a specific theme. Subjects range from hair-raising stories about meeting guitar heroes to insane gear finds, using the guitar to cope with tragedy, gigs from hell, and more.

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A deep dive into faux amps, futuristic setups, and how to use modern technology’s powers for good.

The jump between analog and digital gear has never been more manageable. It no longer takes a rack full of outboard gear with a six-figure price tag to help realize not only the tone you have in your head, but the expansive workflows that started to pop up in the early ’80s. We’re now about a decade into the modern era of digital modelers and profilers and it seems like the technology has finally come into its own. “This is really the first time in a while where you can have bar bands playing the exactsame gear as stadium acts,” says Cooper Carter, a Fractal Audio Systems production consultant who has done sound design and rig building for Neal Schon, James Valentine, John Petrucci, and others.

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Master builder Dennis Galuszka recreates the legendary "Chicago" guitarist's legacy with a collectible, limited run guitar.

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