Black Pumas’ guitarist Adrian Quesada, PG editors, and our reader of the month discuss their guitar prized possessions.
Q: What piece of gear have you had the longest? Why? How’d you get it?
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A: This is random, but I have a karaoke machine that I used to record my high school band. It was my introduction to an obsession with documenting music. I had a great guitar in high school that I sold in college, unfortunately, but the guitar I’ve had the longest is a Gibson ES-446. I was gifted an ES-333 by Gibson, which was stolen after a show in Houston, Texas. I went to the Gibson showroom and picked the ES-446 off the wall as a loaner, not knowing it was “off limits.” (The Gibson rep was not there.) It’s a special guitar for me. I don’t tour with it anymore or record with it that much—it’s just been my favorite. I’ve probably had it 15 years.
Current obsession: Psychedelic bolero. Bolero means “ballad” and there was an era in the late ’60s/early ’70s when bands in Latin America were letting the psychedelic influence happening in popular music seep into these dramatic ballads.
John C. Ennis — Reader of the Month
A: My Washburn WI-67 Pro. It’s a severely underrated guitar, and I’ve had it for 16 years now. It feels like home every time I play it. I had cancer in 2004, so my folks bought me this as a surprise. It’s had its share of mods (bridge pickup swaps, new circuits, new tuners), and has gotten a few knocks, but it still feels like it did when I first got it. I was in love with it from day one, and still love playing it to this day.
Current obsession: I’m currently learning to record music and produce videos for the various musical groups I’m involved with (such as my progressive metal project Qyn). As the pandemic has limited public performances, it’s been an excellent creative outlet! I'm learning the ins-and-outs of both Cubase and Pro Tools, as well as a “new to me” Axe-FX Ultra. My Washburn has made it onto several recordings, and it keeps pace with the other instruments I have.
John Bohlinger — Nashville Correspondent
A: I bought my gray Ross Compressor in 9th grade (1979). It was on the “used shelf” at my local music store (Hansen Music in Billings, Montana), and cost a king’s ransom of $40, the equivalent of mowing four lawns. I got it because my guitar teacher, Mike Hoover, said it would make my amp come alive. He was right. It’s been in heavy rotation in and out of my different pedalboards for 40 years. It was just dumb luck that I found it, like buying a weird painting at a thrift store then learning decades later that it’s an early Picasso.
Current obsession: Trying to play fewer notes. Listen to Bonnie Raitt. She does not waste a note. It takes courage to try to express an emotion rather than hiding behind riffs.
Ted Drozdowski — Senior Editor
A: I played only acoustic guitar until I was 25, because I couldn’t afford a good electric. When I got married that year, my wife, Laurie Hoffma, insisted we use part of the money we were gifted for our wedding to buy this early ’70s customized purple burgundy mist Strat, which is still a star among my 6-strings. Thirty-seven years later, just before our anniversary in July, she bought me a vintage B.K. Butler Tube Driver. That’s love.
Current obsession: That Tube Driver, of course!
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.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.
Mystery Stocking is coming soon! Sign up for PG Perks below so you don't miss it.
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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.