January 2019
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, and a long history in guitar journalism predating his tenure at PG.

ARTICLES

Quick Hit: SoloDallas TSR4 Schaffer Replica Classic Review

January 6, 2019
“Angus in a box”? Perhaps. But even tone weirdoes will be intrigued by this companding circuit’s unique, quasi-gated overdrive textures.
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Tuning Up: The Scarlet Letter of Artifice

January 4, 2019
The perils of the “fake it till you make it” mentality in music.
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Life on the Edge of a Knife: Ergon Guitars’ Adriano Sergio

January 3, 2019
The improbable journey from passionate woodworker to jazz bassist, navy SEAL, touring road tech for metal giants, and, finally, to luthier of exquisite handmade instruments.
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Quick Hit: Dophix Nettuno Review

December 17, 2018
Looking for violin-toned fuzz? This halo-wearing silicon fuzz from Florence makes it a cinch to dial.
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Tuning Up: The Vintage Legitimization Myth

December 5, 2018
Why do we love the lusted-after gear of yore? It’s a lot more complicated than we’d like to think.
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Quick Hit: Gervana Ji Wei Distortion

November 2, 2018
Five EQ bands and footswitchable mid-scoop boost converge in a stomp inspired by high-gain Mesas.
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Mudhoney’s Mark Arm & Steve Turner: Not Doing It for the “Likes”

November 1, 2018
The Seattle garage-rock legends accept our apology for the 30-year snub from guitar media, and discuss Digital Garbage—their 10th LP since helping to launch Sub Pop records.
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Tuning Up: The (Half-Facetious) Secret to Staying Young … -ish

November 1, 2018
How to rewire our inborn tendencies toward musical myopia.
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Quick Hit: SviSound RetroZoid Germanium Fuzz

October 19, 2018
From Bulgaria with love, this tiny wonder puts convincing Bender, Muff, and Fuzzrite tones in a single, pedalboard-liberating package.
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Alexander Pedals Colour Theory Review

October 12, 2018
Otherworldly synth-sequenced sounds congregate in a brilliantly designed, board-friendly box for the brave.
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Tuning Up: Get out of Your Tone Lab, Poindexter

October 3, 2018
Sometimes the Information Age + the Golden Age of Gear simply adds up to … bluuuuuuuuuuurgh.
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Tuning Up: Pedal Issues

September 18, 2018
PG’s head honcho gets all teary-eyed about the stomps whose tones have lodged in his head from years of gear reviews.
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Quick Hit: EarthQuaker Devices Westwood

August 16, 2018
With the ability to dial in transparent boost or use the active EQ to summon radically voiced overdrive, what’s not to love?
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Tuning Up: Judgment in the Garden of Musical Delights

August 7, 2018
In the backseat of a German cab, pedantics and rock ’n’ roll attitude collide in a Twilight Zone-meets-Godfather showdown.
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SNAMM '18 - GFI System Jonassus Drive Demo

July 17, 2018
Check out a dual-channel dirt box with a plethora of mode options, from asymmetrical and symmetrical diode-derived to LED-driven distortion.
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SNAMM '18 - Gamechanger Audio Plasma Pedal Demo

July 17, 2018
The crew from the aptly named Latvian upstart blows our minds with the most unique fuzz concept we’ve seen since … maybe ever!
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SNAMM '18 - Mythos Pedals High Road Fuzz, Herculean V2 & Cestus Demos

July 16, 2018
Roots-rocker Joey Landreth uses a Ry Cooder-inspired axe to demo his signature fuzz, as well as a boost and a dual-op-amp overdrive.
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SNAMM '18 - Nu-X Stageman Acoustic Amplifier Demo

July 16, 2018
A compact acoustic combo comes packed with the usual must-haves and a cordless Bluetooth footcontroller to govern drum beats and looping functionality.
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SNAMM '18 - Park Amplifiers Park 18 Demo

July 15, 2018
Former Marshall guru Mitch Colby drives his new British-style 18-watter (which is also equipped with lovely tube-driven tremolo) with both a Tele and humbuckers.
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SNAMM '18 - Pigtronix Philosopher Micro Bass Compressor/Sustain Pedal Demo

July 13, 2018
Living Colour bass behemoth Doug Wimbish gives a stadium-worthy demo of the company’s tiny—but mighty—new compressor/sustainer.
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