Premier Guitar features affiliate links to help support our content. We may earn a commission on any affiliated purchases.

Riffs: Relic'ing Videos, The Merits of Used, Louis Shelton

More Home Relic Jobs from YouTube With the long weekend, we thought you might want to work on relic''ing a guitar. So in addition to Electric Guitar Review''s homebrewed

More Home Relic Jobs

from YouTube

With the long weekend, we thought you might want to work on relic''ing a guitar. So in addition to Electric Guitar Review''s homebrewed battering, we found this video series on YouTube. They put the latest video up this morning, which features the dude''s kids donating some dings and dents to the guitar.

Why Buy New?

from GearTrap

Are you a Craigslist/Gear Search/eBay hound looking for the best deal on some used gear, or are you a brand-new purist? This blog promotes the used idea.

Your Ears Know Him

from Courier Mail (Australia)

Louis Shelton is responsible for the hooks that get a number of songs in your head. Take the Monkees'' "Last Train to Clarksville" for example. Doo-Da, da-dun-dundun ... Do-da, da-dun-dundun... We can''t get enough. Here''s an interview with the man.

This 1968 Epiphone Al Caiola Standard came stocked with P-90s and a 5-switch Tone Expressor system.

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (

The session ace’s signature model offers a wide range of tones at the flip of a switch … or five.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. Not long ago, I came home late from a band rehearsal, still overly excited about the new songs we played. I got myself a coffee (I know, it's a crazy procedure to calm down) and turned on the TV. I ended up with an old Bonanza episode from the ’60s, the mother of all Western TV series. Hearing the theme after a long time instantly reminded me of the great Al Caiola, who is the prolific session guitarist who plays on the song. With him in mind, I looked up the ’60s Epiphone “Al Caiola” model and decided I want to talk about the Epiphone/Gibson Tone Expressor system that was used in this guitar.

Read MoreShow less

The GibsonES Supreme Collection (L-R) in Seafoam Green, Bourbon Burst, and Blueberry Burst.

The new Gibson ES Supreme offers AAA-grade figured maple tops, Super Split Block inlays, push/pull volume controls, and Burstbucker pickups.

Read MoreShow less

Mdou Moctar has led his Tuareg crew around the world, but their hometown performances in Agadez, Niger, last year were their most treasured.

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

On the Tuareg band’s Funeral for Justice, they light a fiery, mournful pyre of razor-sharp desert-blues riffs and political calls to arms.

Mdou Moctar, the performing moniker of Tuareg guitar icon Mahamadou “Mdou” Souleymane, has played some pretty big gigs. Alongside guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and bassist Mikey Coltun, Moctar has led his band’s kinetic blend of rock, psych, and Tuareg cultural traditions like assouf and takamba to Newport Folk Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, and, just this past April, to the luxe fields of Indio, California, for Coachella. Off-kilter indie-rock darlings Parquet Courts brought them across the United States in 2022, after which they hit Europe for a run of headline dates.

Read MoreShow less

How do you capture what is so special about Bill Frisell’s guitar playing in one episode? Is it his melodies, his unique chord voicings, his rhythmic concept, his revolutionary approach to pedals and sounds…? It’s all of that and much more.

Read MoreShow less