It has been an ongoing debate – as well as the basis for many strong opinions – as our industry continues to embrace the technological advances of the digital revolution.

It has been an ongoing debate – as well as the basis for many strong opinions – as our industry continues to embrace the technological advances of the digital revolution. For years, gearheads have cautiously considered the dichotomous relationship of digital tone and analog tone, especially as it relates to the recording industry. However, I am referring to an entirely different digital revolution, the digital revolution of how modern day information is disseminated, received and used.

In this day of “new media,” digital technology has presented informational opportunities that extend far beyond what traditional media services could ever provide. This is going somewhere, right? Well, of course it is – I would like to personally introduce the recently updated and vastly improved digital edition of Premier Guitar.com. I promise you that there is more than one prize in this box of Cracker Jacks.

Start by logging on to http://digital.premierguitar.com. From there, you can start the search for your fortune cookie of tone. Premier Guitar’s new digital edition features the very latest digital functionality, providing your membership to the gearhead network of tone.

Finally, read how you want. Utilize our page turning software to scroll through the entire publication, access a fully linked Table of Contents or click the “pages” function at the top toolbar to access thumbnails of each page for easy, visual navigation. Effortlessly zoom in and zoom out with just a click for the highest quality resolution available. Quickly visit each advertiser through the rich media links on each page, or by locating them in our interactive Advertisers Index – simply click on the web address of an advertiser and jump to their site to learn more about their product and services. “Search” for specific articles, subjects or advertisers to find what you are looking for without the wait. Use the “Share” feature to email interesting articles to fellow tone chasers. “Download” the entire issue and save it as a local version for offline viewing, all faster than you can say, “Tone up!”

By the way, did I mention that all of this is free? 24-7-365. Some would say we are frickin’ crazy, that we should just tease you with small samplings and making you pay for more. We say, “Nonsense!” The relentless pursuit of tone should be a shared journey and we want to share it with you.

Needless to say, we here at PG think this service simply kicks ass, but we want to know what you think. Please let us know by emailing me (trent@premierguitar.com) or our Managing Editor, Adam Moore at adam@premierguitar.com. We’ll actually listen!

So whether your preference is traditional print or a digital magazine, Premier Guitar simply wants to provide you with the opportunity to peel your own banana. It’s information on your terms, the way it should be. It really is part of our plan to rule the universe, one gearhead at a time. Life is short; tone up and throw down.

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Equipped with noise reduction and noise gate modes, the Integrated Gate has a signal monitoring function that constantly monitors the input signal.

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A modern take on Fullerton shapes and a blend of Fender and Gibson attributes strikes a sweet middle ground.

A stylish alternative to classic Fender profiles that delivers sonic versatility. Great playability.

Split-coil sounds are a little on the thin side. Be sure to place it on the stand carefully!

$1,149

Fender Player Plus Meteora HH
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After many decades of sticking with flagship body shapes, Fender spent the last several years getting more playful via their Parallel Universe collection. The Meteora, however, is one of the more significant departures from those vintage profiles. The offset, more-angular profile was created by Fender designer Josh Hurst and first saw light of day as part of the Parallel Universe Collection in 2018. Since then, it has headed in both upscale and affordable directions within the Fender lineup—reaching the heights of master-built Custom Shop quality in the hands of Ron Thorn, and now in this much more egalitarian guise as the Player Plus Meteora HH.

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A blind horse wouldn’t be impressed, but this beautiful, double-horned instrument with one-of-a-kind engravings helped make luthier Tony Zemaitis famous.

Though they never reached the commercial success of some of their peers, the Faces have no doubt earned a place as one of the seminal rock ’n’ roll bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Combining influences as varied as instrumental funk à la the Meters, traditional folk music, and a heavy dose of rhythm and blues, the Faces brand of rock ’n’ roll can be heard in some way or another in the music of countless bands that followed. After the Faces folded in 1975, all five members went on to continue making great music, but their chemistry together was undeniable.

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