Preparing a good meal is a bit like making music: It takes practice and the right ingredients. Lukas Nelson and PG staff discuss guitarists they’d want to make magic in the kitchen with.

Q: What guitarist would you want to cook with and why?

Lukas NelsonPromise of the Real
A: I’d probably want to cook with Keith Richards. I heard about his recipe for bangers and mash, and after all his time in Jamaica, he must be a great cook. Nothing better than putting a record on in the kitchen, having a nice joint, and cooking delicious food.

Current obsession: I’ve been really into the entire sessions of Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim. I listen to them often and they put me in a really centered mood. Also, The Gentle Side of John Coltrane is a really great, mellow soundtrack to life.

Trevor VargasReader of the Month
A: I’d like to BBQ a massive chuck roast over oak with Low guitarist Alan Sparhawk. My studio is in the garage, so it would be fairly convenient. Sparhawk is utterly fantastic, always evolving. A master of minimalism, which makes his infrequent Neil Young-esque leads all the more humongous.

Current obsession: Delay pedals. I’ve limited myself to only two on my board at any one time. Right now it’s a Source Audio Nemesis for when I need something precise, and the Analogman ARDX20 when it’s time for some soup.

Perry BeanNashville Video Editor
A: Anyone who knows me is bound to be aware of my unwavering appreciation for Indian food. My pick is Freddie Mercury! Not only was he the most interesting musician ever, rumor has it he was also “Foodie Mercury.” Born Farrokh Bulsara, Freddie was Parsi (Indian of Persian decent), and loved to cook Parsi dishes. His favorite recipe for chicken dhansak was posted online by his former assistant.

Current obsession: Citizen’s As You Please. Mixed by Ken Andrews, this record has killer tones, amazing hooks … I haven’t been able to stop jamming it. This band masterfully mixes grunge-era grooves with post hardcore/shoegaze vibes to create some incredible rock ’n’ roll.

Ted DrozdowskiSenior Editor
A: Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy or both. Taj has a reputation for his Creole and Caribbean cooking, and Buddy’s gumbo is legendary. I pride myself on a few keystone New Orleans dishes—but being in a kitchen with those guys, cooking and talking music. C’mon! That’s like cooking with Yoda and Master Oogway.

Current obsession: Just had an LR Baggs Element pickup system installed in my old Guild D25C to replace a cheap-o pickup from the ’90s, and it’s amazing how much it sounds like itself when I plug it in. Rich, vibrant, and ringing. Loving it!

Tessa JeffersManaging Editor
A: I love Latin cuisine, so I’d want to cook with Carlos Santana. We could invite Badi Assad to impart a Brazilian touch to our feast. Then we could have an after-dinner, world-music dance party.

Current obsession: Hurray for the Riff Raff! On record, the New Orleans-based Americana group mixes Alynda Segarra’s Puerto Rican heritage, Bronx upbringing, and thoughtful lyrics with stripped-down folk arrangements. But live, they ignite the house with a fuller, sassier rock vibe that sends Segarra’s poetry ablaze. I love a band that jumps outta boxes. Pa’lante!

This 1964 Vibrolux Reverb arrived in all-original condition, right down to a two-prong power cord and a death cap wired to the ground switch. The author’s well-worn Strat is the perfect companion.

How our columnist’s risky purchase turned out to be a dusty pre-CBS jewel.

This month, I’d like to share the story of my 1964 Fender Vibrolux Reverb. It was a really risky purchase that had some big surprises.

Read More Show less

Fat tones from a sweet niche where Les Paul, Gretsch, and Telecaster share the limelight.

Copious, unexpected tones. Cool, useful bass contour control. Very nice build quality. Excellent value.



Reverend Flatroc Bigsby


If you only pay casual attention to Reverend guitars, it’s easy to overlook how different their instruments can be. Some of that may be due to the way Reverends look. There are longstanding styling themes and strong family likenesses among models that can make differentiation a challenge for uninitiated guitar spotters. For instance, the Flatroc reviewed here has more or less the same body as the Charger, Buckshot, and Double Agent OG (which has an entirely different body than the more Jazzmaster-like Double Agent W). If you don’t have an experienced Reverend enthusiast at your side, it can all be a bit mind bending.

Read More Show less