The older I become, the more I realize that truly, life is short, so it’s important to invest it with those you love and what you love

One thing in my life that has become incredibly sacred to me is the time I am desperately trying to allocate to simply making music. The older I become, the more I realize that truly, life is short, so it’s important to invest it with those you love and what you love. Maybe it’s somewhat of a lifelong musician’s twisted sense of mortality or perhaps a sobering realization that playing guitar and creating music will add years to your life expectancy.

For me, playing guitar and creating music fulfills my spirit and soul like no other form of therapeutic rejuvenation. It’s the reason why I consider myself fortunate at age 44 to be performing 40+ shows per year, for it keeps Trent a happy dude – it keeps my radiator hot. It also allows me to test drive my share of cool gear, which inspires me in the relentless pursuit of tone, for I – much like you – am constantly on this journey. Few things in life are as enjoyable to me as drinking beer and chasing tone. The entire staff here at Premier Guitar are beer drinkers and tone chasers … that’s how we roll! They are the most deranged tone freaks you will find anywhere; look for our upcoming episode of Jerry Springer, “Tone Freaks and the Women Who Love Them!”

As we celebrate the 30th annual Dallas International Guitar Festival, Premier Guitar is honored to showcase our prestigious position as Presenting Sponsors. We are proud to recognize the 30-year history of the world’s oldest and largest guitar show with this month’s issue. 30 years, what an incredible milestone! Congratulations to Mark Pollock and Jimmy Wallace for providing guitar players worldwide with the ultimate celebration of the guitar, for three decades now. Don’t miss the 30th annual Dallas International Guitar Festival presented by Premier Guitar, April 20-22 at the prestigious Dallas Market Hall, in Dallas, Texas. For updates, log onto guitarshow.com. Premier Guitar will also feature a piece of guitar history that will never be duplicated in next month’s issue. Stay tuned.

Life is short, so play more guitar! Reading Premier Guitar will undoubtedly assist in your relentless pursuit of tone. We can assist you in becoming a better player – chase your tone at premierguitar.com, interact with our new forums, give us your opinion on our gear reviews and access web exclusive content that expands far beyond our print publication. Find it, buy it, sell it and trade it on Gear Search, and then read the entire publication cover to cover online. Log onto premierguitar.com and join 249,999 other deranged tone freaks who are all after the same thing. To live longer, feel better and look younger. Reading Premier Guitar … you will never get sick and you will never die!

Tone up, throw down! Nuff sed.

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