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Guitarists

Nels Cline and Julian Lage: Gnarly Humanist and the Twenty-Something Terror

October 7, 2014
Despite a 32-year age difference, the master improvisers from vastly different backgrounds have phenomenal chemistry.
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Forgotten Heroes: Curtis Mayfield

October 6, 2014
Explore the life, music, and legacy of the ’60s soul and funk pioneer.
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Steve Stevens: Vital to Idol

October 2, 2014
Billy Idol’s riff master talks about recording Kings & Queens of the Underground, developing a signature vibrato, and getting spit on at early Idol gigs.
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Rig Rundown: Periphery

October 1, 2014
Misha, Mark, Jake and “Nolly” run through their refreshingly efficient, yet powerful, stage setup.
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David Fiuczynski: Mega Micro Man

September 30, 2014
The genre-fusing “Fuze” talks funk, punk, and the microtonal madness fueling the Screaming Headless Torsos’ new LP, Code Red.
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Toronto’s Torchbearer: Flash Lightnin's Darren Glover

September 25, 2014
From humble beginnings in a dive bar to opening for ZZ Top, Darren Glover is ready to take his band across the Canadian border.
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Rig Rundown: Cage the Elephant

September 24, 2014
The pop-fused, garage-pysch rockers show us a bevy of their beat-up guitars, road-tested amps, and boutique-loaded boards.
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Joe Bonamassa’s 5 Most Underrated Amps

September 23, 2014
A bona fide amp connoisseur discusses his most under-the-radar tone machines.
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Rig Rundown: Journey's Neal Schon (2014)

September 17, 2014
The self-admitted gear junkie walks us through his current rig.
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The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner: Ripping in the Darkness Wild

September 12, 2014
The garage-surf mastermind dissects his assbackward pedalboard and talks about how Z-Boys and Pearl Harbor inspired the irresistible fuzzed-out melodies on the Danish duo’s new album, Pe’ahi.
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Rig Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel, CGP

September 4, 2014
The Australian fingerpicker explains how he uses minimal gear to get maximum tone.
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Ace Frehley: Cosmic Space Invasion

September 2, 2014
With a new label and several pending projects in the works, the former Kiss legend is still rocking the riffs.
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Rig Rundown: Helmet's Page Hamilton

August 27, 2014
The alt-metal pioneer talks about his love for ESP guitars and shows off some of his homemade mods.
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Opeth: Swedish Floyd

August 26, 2014
Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt disses predictability, explains why he won’t give any musician advice, and admits loving ... Rihanna? Plus, lead guitarist Fredrik Åkesson talks about the making of Pale Communion.
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Dot Hacker: Psychic Friends Network

August 25, 2014
Red Hot Chili Pepper Josh Klinghoffer and former Gnarls Barkley guitarist Clint Walsh talk about their chance meeting and the toys/tools used to create the gaze-prog fever dreams on their two new Dot Hacker albums, How’s Your Process (Work) and How’s Your Process (Play).
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Ty Segall: Manipulation Man

August 21, 2014
The multi-instrumentalist blends fuzz and jangle, sweet and salty on his new album.
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Rig Rundown: Def Leppard

August 20, 2014
Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen take PG through their surprisingly tube-free rigs.
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Joel Harrison: Seeking Commonality in Sound

August 19, 2014
The avant guitarist travels through very different musical worlds on multiple releases this year, including a duet with Indian sarod master Anupam Shobhakar.
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Rig Rundown: Kiss

August 13, 2014
Guitarist Tommy Thayer talks Les Pauls and philanthropy while Gene and Paul’s techs give us a peek behind the curtain and show us the gear behind the hottest band in the world.
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Brian Setzer: Songbirds & Vinyl

August 12, 2014
The Twin Cities twangmeister reveals how blasting Zeppelin LPs with his daughter inspired Rockabilly Riot! All Original—a prototypical rave-up with fun, beautiful twists.
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