December 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. Follow him at @feverloveband.

ARTICLES

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 homepage

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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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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Division of Laura Lee homepage

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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Caroline Megabyte Review homepage

Friendly Alien Seeks Echo Romance with the Digi-Curious

September 24, 2020
Need help overcoming irrational analog-delay addiction? This PT2399-driven fox will sweetly, gently (or not) lead the way. The PG Caroline Guitar Company Megabyte review.
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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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Pandemic Quarantine COVID-19 Father's Day 2020 Robert Plant Carry Fire homepage

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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