ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons is the star of the show this month with two in-depth interviews with Stuart Bull and Michael Casswell, and a special ‘Billy Gibbons Masterclass’ lesson from Danny Gill. Other interviews include Steve Lukather who talks to Gi about his eagerly awaited new solo album ‘Transistion’ and Jerry Donahue sits down with Lee Hodgson to discuss his string-bending technique and his extensive career.
We’ve gone heavy on American products in
this issue - and why not? This, after all, is
winter NAMM time of the year, when the
world’s music industry focuses its attention
on the great Californian show that starts
every year with a glimpse of the goodies to
come over the next 12 months. If you want
to see what’s new at the show we’ll have our
team there, complete with video crews, and
we’ll have all the hot gear news, updated
continuously. Check out our website at www.
Meanwhile, what a line-up of review
products! We have a world exclusive on
the new, very affordable, Ibanez Iron Label
8-string, reviews of Seymour Duncan’s
Pearly Gates pickups and a Voodoo amp to
go with our Billy Gibbons interviews and
of the latest Music Man Luke guitar to go
with our Steve Lukather interview. We have
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a pair of Peterson’s tuners, a pair of Schecter
Blackjacks and a BC Rich guitar, a PRS tube
head, two off the wall boutique FX pedals
and, not to forget European manufacturers,
we have Germany’s astonishing Kemper
profiling amp and a superb British valve/tube
combo from Laney.
The downside of shows is that the gear on
display often isn’t even available for review
until many weeks after the event and in some
cases doesn’t reach the stores until almost
a year has passed. But rest assured, we’re
badgering away to get those review samples
as fast as we can.
Watch this space!
If there’s a product you would like to hear
our views on, why not email and tell us?
always find me!
Gary Cooper - Editor