Submit photos of your go-to axe to be featured in a gallery.

Marion, IA (April 21, 2010) -- We’re launching a new feature on where you can show off your favorite gear to the world once a month in our official reader gear galleries. Each month we’ll feature a new category of gear. The first gallery is Your #1 Guitar.

To get your gear featured, submit 1–3 photographs to with a detailed caption of the gear— tell us what it is and why it's your #1. We’ll be accepting submissions for Your #1 Guitar until April 30th.

The second gallery will be Favorite Overdrive/Distortion; we're accepting submissions for this gallery until May 24th. For future submission deadlines and to see the finished galleries, sign up for Premier Guitar’s Backstage Pass newsletter at for notifications, or just check back to

Here’s are a list of categories you can expect to see over the next 12 calendar months, so get your camera ready:

Favorite Overdrive/Distortion
Guitar’s Battle Scars
Guilty Gear Pleasure
Vintage Amps
Your Main Pedalboard
Weirdest Piece of Gear
Your Practice Room or Recording Setup
Vintage Guitars
Secret Weapon
First Guitar
Botched Mods/Fixes
Vintage Pedals



  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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