Happy Holidays from the Premier Guitar staff!

All of us here at Premier Guitar were too busy scrambling to finish the February 2012 issue to get a greeting card in the mail, so we decided to just walk around the office with a video camera and let everyone send their well wishes in person. Alas … it didn’t turn out quite like we expected with this Scrooge-y-ass staff. Oh well—have a happy holiday and a great new year, anyway!

P.S. Many happy returns from PG employees spread across the country (or unavailable at video time), too: Andy Ellis, Brett Petrusek, Charles Saufley, Dave Westin, Gary Ciocci, Jessica Sullivan, Joe Coffey, Jon Levy, Meghan Molumby, Patti Sprague, and Rich Osweiler.

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