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Shawn Hammond

Shawn Hammond

Premier Guitar editorial director Shawn Hammond oversees planning, management, and execution of all PG articles, videos, audio, and social-media activity. He has a degree in journalism from Brigham Young University. Follow him at @feverloveband.


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The Big 5 Is Alive!

February 28, 2021
Why you shouldn’t miss PG’s latest bite-sized video series—whose fistful of questions coaxes refreshing candidness out of pro players of all stripes.
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Mesa/Boogie Badlander 50 & 100 Demos - Winter Gear Slam '21

February 11, 2021
Hear how one of the original boutique amp outfits has revisited its legendary Rectifier series with new head and combo options featuring more kick, more midrange clarity, and cool new built-in IRs.
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Zach Meyers

PRS SE Zach Myers Demo - Winter Gear Slam '21

February 11, 2021
​Shinedown's riffster shows off the latest updates to his best-selling signature electric.
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Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork + Review - homepage

Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork +: The Premier Guitar Review

February 10, 2021
Tame it ain’t, but if smart pitch warping with minimal hassle (and real estate) is your bag, Mike Matthews’ latest is a gem.
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Gibson 60th Anniversary Les Paul & Murphy Lab Demos - Winter Gear Slam '21

February 9, 2021
Gibson's Mark Agnesi demos two of the brand's most period-correct Les Paul reissues yet, and breaks down the company's new Murphy Lab cosmetic-aging menu.
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JBL EON One Compact Demo - Winter Gear Slam '21

February 9, 2021
JBL's latest battery-powered powerhouse boasts a plethora of high-end features that make it a standout option for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians in need of pristine clarity and surprising oomph.
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Darkglass Electronics Aggressively Distorting Advanced Machine Demo - Winter Gear Slam '21

February 8, 2021
Designed for bassist/producer extraordinaire Adam "Nolly" Getgood (of Periphery fame), A.D.A.M.'s distortion, IR, and gain flexibility makes it equally useful for guitar.
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Tuning Up Alvin and the Chipmunks Seeing Red homepage

Gimme Danger

February 2, 2021
The drive to be a “good guitarist” is making us boring af.
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February 2021 Tuning Up Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page homepage

Instagram-Filter Mentality Is Ruining Your Music

January 12, 2021
A wake-up call for guitarists as we use quarantine time to develop our studio chops.
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January 2021 Tuning Up homepage

Help—I’m Scrolling and I Can’t Get Up!

December 23, 2020
How to cope if coronavirus is sapping your motivation to play.
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Vick Audio Lucky 13 Review - homepage

Must Love Volume Knobs

December 20, 2020
Power to the pinky—the variety of sounds in this homage to the 1960s Colorsound Fuzz is damn near astounding. The PG Vick Audio Lucky 13 review.
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Gretsch G6636TSL Players Edition Silver Falcon-homepage

Gretsch G6636TSL Silver Falcon: The Premier Guitar Review

December 18, 2020
How does the Players Edition upgrade stack up on the brand’s sleek 6-string “Cadillac”?
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Taylor Urban Ash

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.
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Boss OC-5 Review homepage

Boss OC-5 Octave: The Premier Guitar Review

November 20, 2020
Convincing 12-string tones, anyone? The compact-stomp vets retreat from less-used OC-3 features while preserving vintage octave vibes and serving up stunning new capabilities.
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I’m Just Glad I’ve Got My Damn Guitars

November 6, 2020
Eight months/a decade into COVID-19, are we self-aware enough for our own good?
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Revv G20 Review homepage

Restoring Balance to the Blazing Tube-Amp/Digital Galaxy

November 5, 2020
If you’re a diehard devotee of tube-amp filth but want in on IR action, this innovative architecture may be just what you’ve been waiting for. The PG Revv G20 review.
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Ananasounds Ages Review homepage

Tweaker or Freaker?

October 18, 2020
It can strain the brain, but this incredibly flexible (and fun) harmonic trem stands out in a multitude of modulated ways. The PG Anasounds Ages review.
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In Memoriam: Edward Lodewijk Van Halen

October 7, 2020
Gold necklaces, contraband mags, and backstage near-run-ins: How the guitar god helped shape the life of PG’s editorial director in far more than just guitar playing.
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Rig Rundown: Division of Laura Lee

October 7, 2020
Swedish post-hardcore guitarists Per Stålberg and Viktor Lager show off gear inspired by heroes J Mascis, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Drive Like Jehu, and … Ace Frehley.
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“This World Sucks, So I Made My Own”

October 2, 2020

We haven’t yet seen roving hordes of Morlocks (or have we?), but at least we’ve got our stompbox “time machines.”

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