LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
GREETINGS Gearphorians! Let me be
the first to you welcome to Volume 3,
Number 4. The road this issue traveled
was a bumpy one, fraught with a double
dose of convention hijinks, a raft of re-
schedulings and one full-blown case of
the dreaded NAMMthrax.
Thankfully, we pulled through while
pulling together a pretty stellar maga-
zine. We made our annual trek to sunny
California to bring you the latest and
greatest in all things guitar from the
2015 edition of the NAMM show.
is a photo-tastic tribute
to all of the cool gear we were able
to unearth across the entire Anaheim
Convention Center... and beyond. Also,
be sure to look for our ‘Top Gear’ sym-
bol, highlighting some of our personal
favorites from the show.
We also made a brief and very chilly
trip up to New York to visit the annual
Toy Fair. We bring you a bit of what
that buyers-only show had in the way
of MI-related offerings as well as some
samplings of music-related pop culture
goodies from companies like NECA,
Titan Vinyl and BifBangPow!
Our interview duo this issue is as
diverse as they are cool. Jon Hudson has
been Faith No More’s guitarist for over
20 years, but has only made two records
with the band -- 1997’s Album Of The
Year and the upcoming Sol Invictus.
We spoke with Jon about his relation-
ship with his gear, the classic Faith No
More material and some thoughts on the
Doubling up Hudson’s tenure, guitar-
ist Rich Williams and his band Kansas
just celebrated 40 years as a group
in 2014. In honor of that milestone,
the band has a documentary, Miracles
Out Of Nowhere, due out this month
(March). Our Alison Richter spoke with
Rich about the longevity of the group,
the upcoming film and his current gear
Gear reviews this issue include an ex-
clusive look at a guitar build from luthier
Tom Lyons, as well as pedals from Outlaw
Effects, Big Ear N.Y.C. and Mr. Black.
All of this, plus a terrific spread of
gear columns, album reviews and a
new Chairmen of the Boards giveaway!
Excited? We sure are. So don’t wait...
GEARPHORIA MAR/APR 2015