“Hot-rod” is a verb as well as a noun. It describes the act of making your guitar your guitar—either by giving it a new look, a new sound or some
“Hot-rod” is a
verb as well as a
noun. It describes
the act of making
your guitar your
giving it a new
look, a new sound
or some kind of
new feature that
clearly wasn’t part
of the original
design. Not to
away from the purity of a mint-condition ’63
Strat or a ’56 goldtop, but there’s just something
cool about firing up a guitar that was
tweaked for your particular style and tone.
That’s what we’re doing with Premier Guitar.
We’re redesigning the look here, adding a
new column there, and basically retooling our
approach. We’re doing it in order to make
this thing fit your interests as an experienced
player—just as comfortably as a neck shaped
to fit your own hand. We appreciate that many
players like to know what’s going on under the
hood of their gear, so allow me to take this
opportunity to fill you in on some of our latest
tweaks and the motivations behind them.
The guitar industry comprises a diverse group of old-world luthiers, modern-day tweakers, theoretical virtuosos, feel players, by-thebook scientists and experimental tonehounds hell-bent on dissecting mojo and recreating it. We find great value in exploring what is to be learned from each of these camps, and we will always strive to include a diversity of voices. In our relentless pursuit of tone we are all ears and always will be. This is why you’ll find industry vets like guitar makers, amp designers, pedal gurus, artists and artist techs writing columns and occasional articles for us—we value what they’ve learned and are excited to share their knowledge with you. What they bring to the table, along with the contributions of PG staffers and our experienced stable of freelance guitar journalists, rounds out what we consider to be a potent offering of guitar-focused stuff to sink your teeth into every month (and every day on premierguitar.com).
The resulting in-depth discussion about tone continues with each new issue. Like a backstage conversation among techs at an all-star jam, the collective dialogue is enriched by the different experiences and viewpoints involved. That’s why you’ll see more familiar names penning new columns, and rotating into existing ones, in the near future.
With this approach comes the embedded responsibility of holding our contributors’ feet to the fire. People in the industry who are willing to share their secrets still have a dog in the race, so to speak. However, they understand and respect our audience and know that opportunities to contribute are not fortuitous moments to pimp their products or slag their competitors.
Along these lines, it’s important to note that we pay industry contributors for their submissions— just like we do with professional writers. Whether or not they advertise with us has no bearing. Likewise, we welcome any and all gear gurus willing to share what they’ve learned to write for us. There is no cool club of industry vets who receive preferential treatment, either—we receive many submissions and reject a lot of them. Our contributors also know that anything they submit has to make it through a gauntlet of editing and fact checking before the content is presented to you.
Guitar Media 2.0
Remember that your voice is valued within the Premier Guitar community. Every column, article, interview, review, etc. in our magazine appears online for free (as always) and includes a comments section where players around the world weigh in with their own $.02. It’s not unusual to find an amp builder or artist mentioned in an article answering reader questions within the article’s online comment section. Our aim is to get away from the practice of guitar magazines being the preachers while the readers are the humble disciples. The way we see it, we facilitate discussions about tone. We start them with our articles and invite you to jump online to join in, or hang back and take it all in. Premierguitar.com is also where you’ll find soundclips, videos, extended photo galleries and podcasts that give you a chance to hear and see the gear, people and events that we cover in the magazine. Because many of you are like us and simply can’t get enough of this stuff, we offer a considerable tally of new articles and reviews online—that you won’t find in the magazine.
If you’re unable to cruise by our site everyday, but would like to be alerted to it all, be sure to sign up for Backstage Pass, our free weekly newsletter that brings everything to your inbox. And of course, you can also sign up for the Online Edition of Premier Guitar, which is a free digital version of the magazine you’re holding in your hands. Just as some people dig Floyds and some don’t, we understand that some of you like having the print edition around and some of you do your reading online. Like most hot rod guitars, the tweaking is never done and we’re open to suggestions. If you have an idea for a killer story, a new feature or any feedback whatsoever—let us know.
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Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
For more information, please visit railhammer.com.
Designed for utmost comfort and performance, the Vertigo Ultra Bass is Mono’s answer to those who seek the ultimate gigging experience.
Complete with a range of game-changing design features, such as the patent-pending attachable FREERIDE Wheel System, premium water-resistant and reflective materials, shockproof shell structure and improved ergonomic features, the Vertigo Ultra Bass takes gear protection to the next level.
The Vertigo Ultra Bass features:
- Patent-pending FREERIDE Wheel System that allows for wheels to be attached on the case in no time, giving you the option to travel with it seamlessly
- Upgraded materials, including a water-resistant 1680D Ballistic Nylon outer shell, plush inner lining and new reflective trim for maximum backstage and night visibility
- Enhanced protection with a shockproof shell structure and heavy-duty water-resistant YKK zippers for protection from the elements
- Improved ergonomics and functionality including added back support and load-lifting detachable shoulder straps with side release buckles
- Flexible storage options with added space for touring essentials
Mojotone will manufacture and market over 60 of their speaker cabinets and amp kits as “Licensed by Fender.”
This partnership marks Fender's recognition of Mojotone’s dedication to its craft, quality of products, and dependability of knowledge. Beginning November 29th and ranging from $327 - $1,016.
Amplifiers were among the first products to wear the official Fender seal. A qualified electronics technician by trade, Leo Fender developed his iconic amplifiers during the mid-1940s putting innovation at the forefront. To this day, Leo’s influence and innovative spirit can still be heard in today’s amps, as that same iconic, clean Fender tone continues to color new music around the world. As a result, the process for completing the exclusive licensing deal required Fender to carefully audit Mojotone’s amplifier kits, wiring diagrams, electronics, hardware, construction methods, and more to ensure this innovation carried on through the partnership. Mojotone’s many years of intense research, quality production, and favorable reputation solidified the deal.
Mojotone has always been determined to provide its customer base with the most sought-after parts with their insider industry-knowledge. They have spent the last 25 years helping musicians recreate what they deem to be the most famous and easily-recognized tones and aesthetics in the music industry. When purchasing Mojotone products, like Fender products, customers can be assured of unmatched quality and craftsmanship.
For more information, please visit mojotone.com.