October 2020

 

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

Mojotone BlackOut British review homepage

Mojotone BlackOut British: The Premier Guitar Review

September 18, 2020
This intriguingly flexible take on the 18-watt formula serves up vintage authenticity while upping the EQ power considerably.
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Revv D20

Revv D20 Demo - PG Gear Spotlight

September 17, 2020
Check out Revv Amps D20—a clean, 20-watt (reducible to 4) 6V6 output section and powerful Two Notes cab-sim capabilities make this 9-pound head (demo'd by Joey Landreth) both a great pedal platform and a conveniently portable gigging amp.
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IK Multimedia AXE I/O Solo Demo - PG Gear Spotlight

September 14, 2020
The digital-recording outfit's latest features a Rupert Neve-designed preamp, a Z-Tone impedance-adapting circuit for transforming your guitar's voice from single-coil-like to humbucker-esque (or vice versa), and Amp Out jack, and a host of free software, including AmpliTube 4 Deluxe.
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Jerry-Rig Iso Box homepage

Get ’Er Done: Jerry-Rig Your Own Iso Box

August 30, 2020
Everyone’s suddenly hot for home recording, but if you’re on a budget you might have to resort to some guerilla tactics.
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“Maybe I’d Seen Too Much of The Walking Dead

August 20, 2020
Just as Dark Side of the Moon gels with The Wizard of Oz, Division of Laura Lee’s blazing return to punk-rock form, Apartment, is the perfect quarantine soundtrack despite being written long before the pandemic.
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Gibson

Gibson Summer 2020 Electric Guitar Demos - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 17, 2020
Get up close and personal with the new Gibson Custom Shop 60th-Anniversary 1960 Les Paul, Gibson USA ES-335, Historic Reissue ES-335, and Modern Collection ES-339.
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KRK

KRK Rokit G4 Demo - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 16, 2020
The famous maker of quality, affordable studio monitors unveils 4th-generation speakers with a killer new app that helps you choose preset EQ curves customized to your studio environment.
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Nordstrand Acinonyx Demo - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 15, 2020
Noted pickup maker and luthier Carey Nordstrand's first import bass is inspired by a '60s Goya cult classic and comes in at a remarkably affordable price.
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Tsakalis SGS 2020

Tsakalis AudioWorks Ocean Reverb - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 14, 2020
Greek pedal guru Chris Tsakalis updates his flagship reverb with more nuanced algorithms for each of its three voicing modes.
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Epiphone Summer 2020

Epiphone Guitars 2020 Electrics Demos - Summer Gear Slam 2020

July 13, 2020
Check out brand-new Epiphone collaborations with the Gibson Custom Shop, including a '59 Les Paul Standard, Wilshire P-90, and Fluence-equipped Prophecy and Extura models.
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This Father’s Day I Was in Lockdown. Two Years Ago I Was Hanging with Robert Plant (Sort Of).

July 5, 2020
How the pandemic has reshaped my perception of that first live experience with the Zep legend.
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Owning Up

June 19, 2020
Have you ever wished you said something in the heat of a moment, but for whatever reason you didn’t … only to sorely regret it later?
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Vega Trem Floyd Rose Whammy Replacement Video homepage

A Floyd for Those Who’d Never Want a Floyd

May 15, 2020
Lovely feel, easy installation, and tuning stability unite in this stainless-steel performer. The PG Vega-Trem VT1 UltraTrem review.
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No-Brainer Mods DIY - homepage

No-Brainer Mods 2020

April 14, 2020
Three bold projects for DIY-ers tired of the tame.
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ThorpyFx Heavy Water - homepage

One Boost Pedal to Rule Them All?

April 1, 2020
Yeah, it does “pristine,” but it also offers ferocious, incredibly touch-sensitive fuzz—minus the noise. The PG ThorpyFX Heavy Water review.
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A Toast to Celine & a Middle Finger to COVID-19

March 22, 2020
F*@# you, coronavirus—our hearts will go on!
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Danelectro The Breakdown: The Premier Guitar Review

March 8, 2020
Tone freaks, take note: It’s badass—but not just for the usual “bang-for-buck” reasons.
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Tuning Up

And the Award for Craziest New Pedal Goes To….

March 1, 2020
No, this isn’t an early April Fool’s post.
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OFPX - homepage

This Stompbox Wants to Be Your Bass Player

February 14, 2020
It offers low-octave action on your three bottom strings, leaving the top three alone—but does it sound like a bass? The PG OPFXS Dig Deep Quick Hit review.
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Why Is PG’s Editorial Director Such a Poser?

February 3, 2020
Rise up, one and all—the guitar-media literati are desecrating your sacred cows!
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