Premier Guitar is now posting contests and giveaways from around the musical instruments industry in addition to the many giveaways that are already being presented by Premier Guitar with



Premier Guitar is now posting contests and giveaways from around the musical instruments industry in addition to the many giveaways that are already being presented by Premier Guitar with participating sponsors. Our new "Contests" page makes it easy for you to scan and enter for a wider variety of giveaways from a wider variety of manufacturers and retailers.

Check out the recent contests posted on PremierGuitar.com:




Ernie Ball Play Crossroads
Ernie Ball is proud to announce the 2013 Play Crossroads contest - a global search to give the next best undiscovered guitarist a chance to perform live on stage at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden! Ends 12/20/12.
Click to enter.





Jammit Playoff with Pantera
Win $1000's in prizes for your video performance! Metal musicians from around the world are invited to show off their skills in the Jammit Play Off with Pantera. Ends 12/20/12.
Click to enter.





Railhammer Pickups Armor Cables Giveaway
Dunlop is celebrating the holiday season by giving away an MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion & Custom Badass Modified Overdrive to one lucky winner each day for the next 12 days! Ends 12/24/12. Click to enter.






Prymaxe Mojohand Pedalboard Giveaway
Enter to win a complete MOJOHAND pedalboard VALUED OVER $1500! Ends 2/28/13.
Click to enter.



     The Mayones/Seymour Duncan Regius Giveaway
The Mayones/Seymour Duncan Regius Giveaway The Mayones/Seymour Duncan Regius Giveaway  A panel of artists will select the winner by February 1st who will receive the grand prize Regius 7 guitar. The four finalists shall receive a set of Seymour Duncan pickups of their choice (excluding Custom Shop and Zephyr). Ends 1/20/13 .
Click to enter.
     
     Bandsurge Ultimate Music Gear Collection
Bandsurge Ultimate Music Gear Collection Bandsurge Ultimate Music Gear Collection  Like Bandsurge/Musicfarm on Facebook for your chance to win an Ultimare Music Gear Collection. Ends 1/25/13.  Click to enter.

     

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Almost six decades after forming the short-lived Rising Sons, the two legends reconvene to pay tribute to the classic blues duo of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee on the warm and rootsy Get on Board.

Deep into Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder’s Get on Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, percussionist Joachim Cooder lays out, letting the two elder musicians can take a pass through “Pawn Shop Blues.” To start, they loosely play around with the song’s intro on their acoustic guitars. “Yeah, nice,” remarks Mahal off-handedly in his distinctive rasp—present since he was a young man but, at 79, he’s aged into it—and Cooder lightly chuckles. They hit the turnaround and settle into a slow, loping tempo. It’s a casual and informal affair—some notes buzz, and it sounds like one of them is stomping his foot intermittently. Except for Cooder’s slide choruses, neither guitar plays a rhythm or lead role. They simply converse.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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