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Artists

Iron Maiden: Out of Thin Air

October 19, 2015
Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers discuss finding magic in the moment on their latest album, The Book of Souls.
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Dave Rawlings: Harmonic Monster

October 15, 2015
This crosspicking dazzler is one half of the finely tuned guitar machine created in tandem with Gillian Welch.
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Rig Rundown: Lucero

October 14, 2015
The country-punkers out of Memphis share the roadworthy gear that allows them to seamlessly blend neo-Stax soul and barroom rock 'n' roll.
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Joe Bonamassa and the Three Kings

October 13, 2015
Remembering B.B., Albert, and Freddie with fiery playing—and an astonishing collection of guitars.
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Gary Clark Jr.: No Backup Plan

October 8, 2015
The innovative bluesman says he wasn’t made for these times.
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Jon Stickley Trio: “Darth Radar” Song Premiere

October 7, 2015
An acoustic power trio that’s influenced as much by Tony Rice as they are by deadmau5.
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Rig Rundown: Eagles of Death Metal

October 7, 2015
The desert-rock party animals discuss the gear that gets the crowd to boogie.
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Builder Profile: Israeli Luthiers

October 6, 2015
Despite limited resources, lutherie has sprung in Israel—and the scene is growing.
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The Women’s International Music Network Announces the 2016 She Rocks Award Recipients

October 1, 2015
The awards will pay tribute to women in the music industry and take place during the 2016 NAMM show.
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10 Things We Learned from Steve Vai

October 1, 2015
The shred guru waxes poetic on his infamous 10-hour workout, improvisation, and Bette Midler’s bees.
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Rig Rundown: Best Coast’s Bobb Bruno and Bethany Cosentino

September 30, 2015
California surf-rockers Best Coast use tons of fun effects and interesting guitars to create their shimmers and other layered tones.
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The Dead Weather: Anarchy + Chaos + Melody = Rock ’n’ Roll

September 22, 2015
Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence—the guitar-and-bass team from Jack White’s other other band—talk about fuzz, their intertwined roles, and just how much their boss bosses them around.
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Music in Exile: The Saga of Songhoy Blues

September 17, 2015
How Mali’s refugee crisis inspired a brilliant new “desert blues” band.
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Kristofer Steen: Reunited, Relevant—Refused

September 15, 2015
The Swedish hardcore quartet’s longtime guitarist confronts—and conquers—the stigma of reuniting as the revered band’s latest LP makes them relevant once again.
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Slightly Stoopid: The Feels

September 10, 2015
Whether laying down a bass groove or soloing on guitar, Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald switch instruments seamlessly.
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John McLaughlin: In a (Not So) Silent Way

September 3, 2015
The renowned fusion master gets futuristic with Black Light, his latest album with the virtuosic band, the 4th Dimension.
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Rig Rundown: Jennifer Batten

September 2, 2015
Not all rigs need to sacrifice power for size. The former guitarist for Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck demonstrates her small, but mighty, setup.
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Al Di Meola: The Mixer

September 1, 2015
After eschewing the electric guitar for acoustic, 6-string legend Di Meola is blending both to brilliant effect.
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Tommy Emmanuel: In the Zone

August 27, 2015
The fingerstyle sensei describes how he approaches playing solo acoustic guitar and what it took to make his childhood dreams come true.
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Rig Rundown: Between the Buried and Me [2015]

August 26, 2015
The prog-metal juggernauts discuss how their signature axes cranked through Axe-Fx units create their brutal live tone.
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