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We thought, “We can make a guitar. Maybe we can make something that’s better than anybody has ever made.” My dad had that attitude, which I inherit, “If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.” And I kind of extend that. I think, “If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” That’s kind of a Queen thing.
Brian May on the making of his Red Special guitar, Absolute Radio interview

Tommy Emmanuel Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar's John Bohlinger met with Tommy Emmanuel, AM, CGP at Artisan Guitars in Franklin, TN for an epic 43-minute one-on-one rundown of his gear. They discussed his signature Australian-built Maton guitars, the sparse gear he uses to get his huge sound (a Boss TU tuner, an AER Pocket Tools Colourizer, and an AER Compact 60 amp, just in case you’re wondering), and his real secret weapons: his hands and soundman Steve Law. We also get a taste of Tommy’s immaculate playing as he talked about his style and how it and his gear inform one another.

Tommy has to be one of the nicest and most humble guys in the business, mostly because he doesn’t see it as a business but as his life’s mission and purpose. If you have the time, I highly recommend watching the entire interview.


Def Leppard Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar's John Bohlinger talks guitars and gear with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell and their respective techs Scott Appleton and Dave Wolff, as well as Rick Savage's tech Roger Veage. For more information and lots of photos, visit the video's accompanying article.

Premier Guitar talks gear with Brian May and his long-time tech Pete Malandrone during Queen’s summer tour with Adam Lambert

LR Baggs Presents: Interview with Jean Larrivee

Larrivee makes beautiful guitars that sound great. I still love mine after all these years, and I’m so glad my local dealer convinced me to A/B test the model I eventually bought against a comparable Taylor (heck, he even lost money on the deal as the Taylor I was looking at was more expensive!). I just wish LR Baggs had been working with Larrivee at the time on pickup systems. I still like the aftermarket option I had installed in my D-02, but I think the Baggs system would have worked much better for me in the long run.

If you’re not familiar with Larrivee already, here’s your chance. And if you’re looking to buy a quality higher-end acoustic (or even a high-end one—they have models at nearly every price/quality-point), do yourself a favor and test drive a Larrivee at your local dealer.

Devin Townsend takes us on an interesting tour of the Framus/Warwick factory in Markneukirchen, Germany in typical Hevy Devy style

A Guitar Lesson with Eureka Machines’ Chris Catalyst - “Zero Hero”

Coheed & Cambria Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar’s Rebecca Dirks catches up with Claudio Sanchez’s guitar tech and Travis Stever for a run-through of the guitars, amps, and effects Coheed & Cambria are using on tour.

Oh, and Gibson Explorer. Coolest. Guitar. Ever.

Maybe I Shouldn’t Be Saying That

Premier Guitar Rig Rundown with Scott Ian

The lovely Rebecca Dirks of Premier Guitar catches up with Anthrax guitarist and founder Scott Ian to get a run-through of his rig and the stable of guitars he’s currently playing through in concert. But I’m sorry, how many guitars can he have to have lost track of one for over 20 years?!


Hell’s Half Acre

Hear master guitar builder and Hamer co-founder Jol Dantzig talk about the inspiration and history behind his latest custom build, Hell’s Half Acre. Visit Dantzig’s blog to learn more about what is shaping up to be an amazing-looking guitar.

100 Guitar Riffs In One Take

100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N’ Roll)

via Guitar Noize:

Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take giving you a chronological history of rock n’ roll. I’ve got to say this is very impressive to do this all in one take!!

The list of riffs includes everything from surf music to grunge, Chet Atkins to Metallica, and just about everything in between, all played by one guy in one take on one Fender Strat. Pretty cool stuff.


Doctor Who and shred guitar: two great tastes that taste great together.