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April 2018

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Reader Guitar of the Month: Gayle Snoopy

March 23, 2018
After finding an old drawing in the attic, a North Carolina luthier builds the dream guitar designed by his teenage self.
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Quick Hit: Red Hawk Effects Raven Review

March 22, 2018
A Brazilian take on ’60s Fuzz Faces serves up some gorgeous germanium and silicon sounds at an incredible price.
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Ask Amp Man: Revisiting the Dawn of the Sundown Artist

March 20, 2018
An ’80s amp that displays the singular perspective of player/builder Dennis Kager, with multiple effects loops and unique tricks.
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Quick Hit: Neunaber Iconoclast

March 19, 2018
Space constrained? This compact simulator delivers many realistic speaker sounds for practice, performance, and recording.
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Tuning Up: The Transformational Reverb Sandwich

March 19, 2018
Signal-chain placement can make or break a lot more than just your fuzz or wah pedals.
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Tools for the Task: Clean Boosts

March 16, 2018
Simple, yes, but a clean-boost pedal like the 10 here can do a lot more than a simple bump in dBs.
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PureSalem Mendiola Review

March 16, 2018
A graceful and thoughtfully executed mashup of Fender, Gibson, and Eko elements adds up to a lean, clean, and mean performance 6-string.
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Masters of "Musical ADD": Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger

March 15, 2018
The secret prog-rock band’s guitar duo doubles down on their radical sounds and makes a fearless, recombinant new album, it’s not us.
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Matthews Effects The Chemist Review

March 15, 2018
Clever switching options and multiple modulation and octave textures make this compact pedal a sound laboratory.
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The Recording Guitarist: Maximizing Your Mix

March 14, 2018
Loud and proud? Or phony and flat?
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Converge: Kurt Ballou’s Second Nature

March 13, 2018
The hardcore guitar hero and producer discusses the band's new LP, The Dusk in Us—as well as his new GodCity instrument and pedal outfit.
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Todd Sharp JOAT 20 Review

March 13, 2018
A studio ace's decades of session experience informed this combo's galaxy of tones—and all without a traditional tone stack.
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Sublime Chieftain Deluxe Review

March 12, 2018
A budget-friendly semi-hollowbody with something rare in its price range: a unique personality.
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Tone Tips: Takeways from Winter NAMM 2018

March 12, 2018
Always on the lookout for the latest tone tools, Pete Thorn makes his annual pilgrimage to DisneyNAMM to find innovation is alive and well in guitar land.
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Staff Picks: Wake Up!

March 9, 2018
What tunes put you in the mood to seize the day? Hyvmine guitarist Al Joseph and Premier Guitar staffers share their picks.
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Sire Marcus Miller P7 Review

March 9, 2018
An appointment-rich take on the P formula—with design input from a top-tier player—that still keeps it real on your pocketbook.
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Khruangbin’s Mark Speer: Addicted to Reverb

March 8, 2018
The polymorphic plectrist surfs the world to create the diverse sounds on his instrumental trio’s new album, Con Todo El Mundo.
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Wizard of Odd: The Mystery of Calculon 6

March 8, 2018
One big question remains about this intriguing piece of folk art. Perhaps someone, somewhere has the answer.
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State of the Stomp: Reflections on an A/DA Flanger

March 7, 2018
What a great vintage stompbox can tell a contemporary pedal builder.
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The Guts: Mathcore Mayhem

March 6, 2018
Why British guitarists Dan and Ben Guts divide frequencies and multiply feedback and intensity with such distinctly un-metal instruments.
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