Over the past few years, Premier Guitar has traveled across America documenting some of the coolest places gear is made, played, and displayed in our On Location series of videos—we’ve even made a stop in Germany. Now that the summer travel season is upon us, we’ve compiled your guide to these gear destinations to help you plan a guitar-ific vacation.

Northern California
Petaluma - Mesa/Boogie Factory
Workshop & Design
Circuit-Board Assembly
Assembly & Hammer Test
Building Boogie Cabs
Custom Woods & Vinyl
Tolex Processes & Final Testing

Santa Rosa - EMG
Factory Tour, Part 1
Factory Tour, Part 2
EMG Studios/The Cube

Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz Guitars
Factory Tour, Part 1
Factory Tour, Part 2
Factory Tour, Part 3
Southern California
Santa Barbara - Seymour Duncan
Making Pickups, Part 1
Making Pickups, Part 2
Making Pickups, Part 3
Making Pickups, Part 4
Custom WInding, Part 1
Custom Winding, Part 2

El Cajon - Taylor Guitars
Factory Tour, Part 1
Factory Tour, Part 2
Houston, Texas
Diamond Amps - Factory Tour, Part 1
Diamond Amps - Factory Tour, Part 2
Blankenship Amps - Roy Blankenship's Workshop
Chicago, Illinois
Parker – Making an Electric
Washburn – Making an Electric
Washburn – Handmade Acoustics
Parker & Washburn – Paint Shop
Parker & Washburn – Final Assembly
Peterson Tuners – Under the Hood
Schroeder Guitar Repair & Custom Building
Specimen – Tube-Amp Building Seminar
Specimen – Specimen Gallery
Specimen – In-Progress Projects/Prototypes
Make’n Music – Tour, Part 1
Make’n Music – Tour, Part 2
Naperville Music
Berkley, Michigan
Egnater Amplification – Behind the Scenes
Meridian, Mississippi
Peavey Custom Shop – Tour, Part 1
Peavey Custom Shop – Tour, Part 2
Peavey Custom Shop – Tour, Part 3
Jimmie Rodgers Museum Tour
St. Wendel, Germany
Hughes & Kettner – Tour
Hughes & Kettner – Building Cabs
Hughes & Kettner – Testing Amps
Stevensville, Maryland - PRS
Factory Tour, Part 1
Factory Tour, Part 2
Factory Tour, Part 3
Factory Tour, Part 4
Building Acoustics
Private Stock Wood Tour

New Haven, Connecticut - Hamer
Factory Tour, Part 1
Factory Tour, Part 2
Factory Tour, Part 3
Factory Tour, Part 4

Nazareth, Pennsylvania - Martin
Factory Tour, Part 1
Factory Tour, Part 2
Factory Tour, Part 3
Factory Tour, Part 4
Museum, Part 1
Museum, Part 2
Museum, Part 3

New York, New York
West 48th Street Rudy’s Music Stop
West 48th Street Sam Ash Music
Memphis, Tennessee
Gibson Custom – ES Series, Bodies
Gibson Custom – ES Series, Necks
Gibson Custom – ES Series, Final Inspection
Stax Records Museum – Tour, Part 1
Stax Records Museum – Tour, Part 2
Sun Studio Tour

A faithful recreation of the Germanium Mosrite Fuzzrite with a modern twist.

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Presets extend the flexibility of an already expansive and easy-to-use reverb.

Intuitive. Great range in all controls. Well-built.

Some digital artifacts at long decay times.


Walrus Audio Slötvå


Walrus Audio is a prolific builder, but, as the five reverb pedals in their lineup suggest, they have a real affinity for manipulating time and space. The beauty of the Slötvå reverb (which is derived from the company’s very similar Spin FV-1 chip-based Slö reverb) is how satisfying and simple it makes dramatic shifts between time/space textures.

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With such a flashy flame top, the Silvertone 1445 was built to catch the eyes of department store shoppers.

I don’t know what’s going on lately, but I’m breaking down all over and my shoulder is the latest to crumble. When I was a kid I would practice guitar in my bedroom near a radiator with an ungrounded amp plug and I’d get a zap right through my guitar and into my hands. Well, my shoulder pain is like that now, only without the cool story of rock ’n’ roll survival. I simply woke up one day like this. After a few weeks of discomfort, I figured I’d try out a new pillow, since mine are flattened like a wafer. I ventured out to the mall and, much to my sadness, saw the local Sears store shuttered, with weeds growing up from the sidewalks and concrete barriers blocking the large glass doors. I know I don’t get out much, but, man, was I sad to see the Sears store I’d known since childhood closed-up like that. My wife was laughing at me because apparently it had been closed for some time. But since I seem to exist on a separate timeline than most folks, it was all news to me.

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