Reader feedback from our October 2011 issue.
Thanks for the article on prepared guitar in your recent issue [“Avant Guitar 101: Alternate Attacks” October 2011]. Noise is the reason I started playing with a guitar several years ago, and it is exciting to see you covering nontraditional ground when it comes to guitar use. Though I have morphed into a more traditional player, I still get antsy every once in a while and play with sound while my 2 1/2-year-old dials in my pedals.
You’re welcome, Shannon! So glad to hear you’re still indulging your primal side and bringing your toddler up right. Best of luck to you!
Well, nothing is getting done today since I downloaded your iPad app. Thanks a lot.
Er … you’re welcome? Ha! But seriously, keep your eyes out for some upcoming reviews on cool new iPad and iPhone recording/rehearsing interfaces, Chas. In the meantime, enjoy!
I just got your August issue free at the Southeastern Guitar and Amp Show. Totally kick-ass mag! The icing on the cake was lessons from Paul Gilbert and Pat Martino.
Thanks, Chuck! Yet another cool amp show, huh? Hmmm … we’ll have to check into that. As for Paul and Pat, we couldn’t agree more!
Let the Good Times Roll
I’m a French fan of your magazine, and as soon as a new issue is available for download you can bet I will have read the entire thing three days later. Yesterday started off pretty bad: My job was bringing me down (I’m a chief editor for an acoustic guitar magazine, so you know what it’s like), it had been three weeks since I caught a bad cold, my band didn’t make it on a proper label yet, and when I came home I was beyond exhaustion. I had an argument with my girlfriend, and I ended up reading PG alone in our bedroom. Since I had just started [the issue], I read your column on having fun in life [“Having Fun Yet? (Seriously—Are you?),” Tuning Up October 2011], and that really struck a chord. That gave me the warning I needed and, therefore, I got up feeling much better, went to my girlfriend, and we had a fantastic evening playing guitar together. Thanks for that, and keep up the good work!
I just read your piece “Having Fun Yet? (Seriously—Are you?)” and I just had to drop you a line to tell you how great I thought it was. I could tell how much you felt what you wrote and I really dug your point of view. You rock!
—Sasha A. Kostadinov
What a great article. My drummer and I have done this [thrown in silly riffs] for over 30 years. He takes things too seriously to the point he›s not having fun. Thanks again.
My name is Stefano Benedetti. I am from Italy, and I am a subscriber to Premier Guitar’s free digital edition. I want to tell you that you made my day. I think that your editorial on having fun is the best and most useful article I’ve read in years, and not only in music magazines. You must be a very good human being (or at least one who›s trying to be). Keep up the very good work, and greetings from pizzaland.
@premierguitar Shawn Hammond’s [Tuning Up] in the October issue came at the perfect time. Driving 6 hrs to a big gig. I resolve to have fun!
Well written and timely. I needed that. Everyone should be required to read it— although I would not have expected to find it in PG. I might add, it›s also Biblical. But then, I really would like to have a Taylor T5 12-string in walnut. Thanks for the article. PG is simply the best guitar magazine out there.
Editor in Chief Shawn Hammond replies: “Wow. We got a lot of responses to my half-baked musings in the ‘Having Fun Yet?’ piece. It’s really neat to hear how this resonated with you guys. Thank you so much for your kind words!”
In our October 2011 feature on B.C. Rich, we mistakenly said that sound engineer Bob “Nite Bob” Czaykowski purchased a koa-bodied Mockingbird for Aerosmith’s Joe Perry in 1976. According to Czaykowski, Perry’s first B.C. Rich actually had a maple body (the receipt for the guitar, as well as a flight case, appears above). The koa Mockingbird came a few months later, when Perry requested one with a Bigsby vibrato.
In that same issue, we botched the final figure in Dirk Wacker’s Mod Garage column [“Exploring Fender’s 5-Way Super Switch,” October 2011]. To see the figures as they should be, view the updated version of the article on premierguitar.com.
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Kick off the holiday season by shopping for the guitar player in your life at Guitar Center! Now through December 24th 2022, save on exclusive instruments, accessories, apparel, and more with hundreds of items at their lowest prices of the year.
We’ve compiled this year’s best deals in the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide presented by Guitar Center.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
- Each box will be guaranteed to contain $40 or more in value.
- US only. (Sorry World.)
- Make sure your shipping address is correct.
- Have your credit card ready to go before you refresh the page. Paypal is not available. Autofill may not fill in your information.
- There will be NO REFUNDS given.
- There has been a huge demand for these in the past. We really did sell out in less than 4 minutes last year. When they are gone, they are gone.
- One per household, one per person.
Q: What's in the Mystery Stocking?
A: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Q: Will I definitely get my money worth?
Q: Can I return it if I don't like it?
A: Nope. All sales final.
Q: What if I live outside the US?
A: Sorry, US only.
Q. How much is it?
A. $39.95 Plus $5 shipping
Q. When will it ship?
A. On or before December 10, 2022.
Q. What form of payment do you accept?
A. Credit cards only. Sorry, no Paypal for this.
Q. Can I ship to a different location than my billing address?
Q. I tried last year and didn't get one. Will I get one this year?
A. There is an overwhelming demand for Mystery Stocking. Be sure you have a fast internet connection and be ready when they go on sale. Last year we sold out in 3 min 33 seconds.
Q. I want to buy 5. How can I buy 5?
A. You can't. This year, we're limiting to one per household, so more people can get in on the fun!
Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.
The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
For more information, please visit store.lavamusic.com.