PG's Editor for a Day winner Mason Stoops is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2012 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Big Joe Stomp Box Company's booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear demos of the Vintage Tube, Vintage Tube 2, Classic Tube, Saturated Tube, and Hard Tube.



PG's Editor for a Day winner Mason Stoops is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2012 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Big Joe Stomp Box Company's booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear demos of the Vintage Tube, Vintage Tube 2, Classic Tube, Saturated Tube, and Hard Tube.

A compact pedal format preamp designed to offer classic, natural bass tone with increased tonal control and extended headroom.

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In their corner, from left to right: Wilco’s Pat Sansone (guitars, keys, and more), drummer Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.

Photo by Annabel Merhen

How Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone parlayed a songwriting hot streak, collective arrangements, live ensemble recording, and twangy tradition into the band’s new “American music album about America.”

Every artist who’s enjoyed some level of fame has had to deal with the parasocial effect—where audiences feel an overly intimate connection to an artist just from listening to their music. It can lead some listeners to believe they even have a personal relationship with the artist. I asked Jeff Tweedy what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that.

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Luthier Maegen Wells recalls the moment she fell in love with the archtop and how it changed her world.

The archtop guitar is one of the greatest loves of my life, and over time it’s become clear that our tale is perhaps an unlikely one. I showed up late to the archtop party, and it took a while to realize our pairing was atypical. I had no idea that I had fallen head-over-heels in love with everything about what’s commonly perceived as a “jazz guitar.” No clue whatsoever. And, to be honest, I kind of miss those days. But one can only hear the question, “Why do you want to build jazz guitars if you don’t play jazz?” so many times before starting to wonder what the hell everyone’s talking about.

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