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Not many bands can claim as much influence on today’s hard rock and metal scene as the makeup-wearing, blood-spitting, pyro-shooting foursome. PG caught up with current guitarist Tommy Thayer, along with Francis and Michael Berger, to dig into all the axes (in some cases, literally), effects, and amps that the band brought out on their 2014 tour with Def Leppard.
Tommy Thayer is a longtime Les Paul man and brings several on the road with him. A Custom Shop ’59 Standard with Seymour Duncan JB pickups sees most of the action. Gibson had just delivered a new white Les Paul Custom that could see some considerable onstage time. Thayer’s black Les Paul Classic houses the classic Kiss pyro behind the headstock. When he needs some midrange honk, he reaches for a Custom Shop Gibson Explorer decked out in silver sparkle.
To read more on the gear used by Thayer, Simmons, and Stanley, visit: http://bit.ly/KissRR
Summer NAMM ’14 – Saint Blues Guitars Scoundrel, 30th Anniversary Bluesmaster, Memphis 10 Demos
Summer NAMM ’14 – Rocktron Widowmaker, ValveSonic, and Velocity 100LTD Demos
On April 23, 2014, Premier Guitar met with Carlos Santana’s guitar tech, Ed Adair, before a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Adair walked us through Santana’s collection of custom PRS guitars, a Pete Cornish- and Teese-stocked pedalboard, and a collection of holy grail amps.
Santana tours with a rack full of his signature PRS models. Although he has a lot of backups, Santana tends to play the same guitar all night. At the moment, “Salmon” and “Son of Salmon” are in heavy rotation. According to Adair, each guitar has a few modifications: “The locking saddles are the third generation of a design that Paul Reed Smith and his team came up with. Paul had a design drawing within a few days and we had them installed on the ‘Salmon’ a short time after.” When Santana wants to bust out some old-school Spanish guitar, he goes to his Jazz Electric Nylon model built by luthier Toru Nittono.
After being retired from use for some time, Santana’s original, snakeskin-covered 100-watt Mesa/Boogie is back onstage with the master. Santana also plays through a pair of Dumble Overdrive Reverbs and a pair of Bludotone Universal Tone heads—one of which is a prototype. The amps drive a pair of paisley-covered PRS 4×12 cabs. One cab is loaded with four Celestion Vintage 30s, the other sports two Celestion Vintage 30s and two Celestion G12-65s. (more…)
San Diego, CA (May 27, 2014) — Carvin’s Custom Shop is excited to team up with renown melodic virtuoso guitarist Neil Zaza to offer the Neil Zaza Signature Carved Top NZ624. The NZ624 takes all the features of our popular CT624 California Carved Top guitar, and adds many upgraded options as standard features, including Neil’s preferred single-volume control layout. The NZ624 represents over 65 years of experience building high-quality, USA-made guitars. The NZ624 is loaded with features usually only found on guitars twice it’s price, but because we sell direct to you, you can own a custom-made, hand-built guitar without the custom-made, hand-built price. With hundreds of Custom Shop options, you can order your new NZ624 exactly the way you want it, and be the proud owner of a totally unique instrument that will last a lifetime. Your NZ624 will be just like the ones Neil plays on stage and in the studio, unlike many manufacturers who make cheaper versions of signature instruments that differ from the ones the artist plays. (more…)
Premier Guitar’s Charles Saufley is on location in Nashville, Tennessee, where he visits the Martin booth and learns more about their newest acoustic guitar offerings – LX1E Ed Sheeran, Grand J1-16GTE & CEO-7.
Premier Guitar’s Charles Saufley is on location in Nashville, Tennessee, where he visits the Cordoba booth and checks out the Torres and Hauser guitars from the Master Series Collection.