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2010 Summer Gear Road Trip Guide

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
Mid-Atlantic
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

While Annie Clark was named the 26th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023, she couldn’t care less about impressing an athletic stamp on either her sound or her image.


Photo by Alex Da Corte

On her eighth studio release, the electroacoustic art-rock guitarist and producer animates an extension of the strange and singular voice she’s been honing since her debut in 2007.

“Did you grow up Unitarian?” Annie Clark asks me. We’re sitting in a control room at Electric Lady Studios in New York’s West Village, and I’ve just explained my personal belief system to her, to see if Clark, aka St. Vincent, might relate and return the favor. After all, does she not possess a kind of sainthood worth inquiring about?

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The GibsonES Supreme Collection (L-R) in Seafoam Green, Bourbon Burst, and Blueberry Burst.

The new Gibson ES Supreme offers AAA-grade figured maple tops, Super Split Block inlays, push/pull volume controls, and Burstbucker pickups.

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Mdou Moctar has led his Tuareg crew around the world, but their hometown performances in Agadez, Niger, last year were their most treasured.

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

On the Tuareg band’s Funeral for Justice, they light a fiery, mournful pyre of razor-sharp desert-blues riffs and political calls to arms.

Mdou Moctar, the performing moniker of Tuareg guitar icon Mahamadou “Mdou” Souleymane, has played some pretty big gigs. Alongside guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and bassist Mikey Coltun, Moctar has led his band’s kinetic blend of rock, psych, and Tuareg cultural traditions like assouf and takamba to Newport Folk Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, and, just this past April, to the luxe fields of Indio, California, for Coachella. Off-kilter indie-rock darlings Parquet Courts brought them across the United States in 2022, after which they hit Europe for a run of headline dates.

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How do you capture what is so special about Bill Frisell’s guitar playing in one episode? Is it his melodies, his unique chord voicings, his rhythmic concept, his revolutionary approach to pedals and sounds…? It’s all of that and much more.

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