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Guitarists

Staff Picks: Best Guitar Performance

June 13, 2016
Guitarist Daniel Kongos catches lightning in a bottle with us as we discuss the best live guitar we’ve seen this year.
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Gary Lucas: Sincerely Strange

June 13, 2016
The NYC avant guitarist discusses collaborating with Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley, cartoons, monsters, fingerpicking, alternate tunings, and the limitless musical passions reflected in three new albums.
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Dave Rusan: Building Prince’s Cloud Guitar

June 10, 2016
For his career-defining film Purple Rain, Prince envisioned a strange new guitar to announce his arrival. The Minneapolis luthier who was hired for the job shares the story of how it was made.
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Lukas Nelson: The Genuine Article

June 9, 2016
Boasting a prominent bloodline and an enviable gig backing Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real demonstrate how to deliver on a moniker.
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Rig Rundown: Bloc Party

June 8, 2016
Combine a few tried-and-true guitars, basses, and amps with several dozen pedals and you’re on the right path to the British pop-rockers’ unique sound.
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The Many Faces of Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean

June 8, 2016
The seasoned psych-rocker/punk/thrasher waxes nostalgic about the glory days of recording, the ghosts of gear’s past, and how some guitars just write the riffs.
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Bombino: Fretboard Freedom Fighter

June 7, 2016
Seeking liberation by blending West African roots with Western rock, the Tuareg guitarist discusses the rippling, distinctive tones and tunes on his new album, Azel.  
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DevilDriver’s Mike Spreitzer Takes the Wheel

June 6, 2016
After 12 years in the groove-metal juggernaut, the guitarist steps up as main composer to craft an album with earthquake riffs, neck-snapping rhythm turns, and panoramic dynamics.
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Divide and Conquer: Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell

June 3, 2016
To channel their metalcore angst, the guitarists divvy up 6-string duties onstage and in the studio.
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Rig Rundown: Don Felder

June 1, 2016
The former Eagles guitarist packs a classic-rock punch with a few iconic Gibsons, a DIY creation, and a handful of go-to everyman pedals.
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Sweetwater Presents Lineup for GearFest '16

June 1, 2016
Featured guests include guitarist Andy Timmons, Styx drummer Todd Sucherman, Periphery, and more.
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Playing the Angles: Bob Mould

May 30, 2016
The ex-Hüsker Dü leader unleashes jagged stacks of Strats for his darkest, thickest-sounding album in decades and strikes a blow for the sanctity of the rock power trio.
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GALLERY: Shaky Knees 2016

May 26, 2016
Situated in the heart of downtown Atlanta, this three-day festival included acts like the Kills, My Morning Jacket, Eagles of Death Metal, Deftones, At the Drive-In, Explosions in the Sky, and more.
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Rig Rundown: Zakk Wylde

May 25, 2016
One of modern metal’s most influential shredders takes us behind the curtain to show us the namesake gear powering his over-the-top tone.
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Julian Lage: Surrender to the Twang

May 25, 2016
After outgrowing the “child prodigy” label, the virtuoso guitarist returns to his first love, the Telecaster.
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Rig Rundown: The Darkness

May 18, 2016
Fueled by a pair of brothers rocking Les Pauls and the bass rumbling thanks to Gibson Thunderbirds, this U.K. outfit is here to rock and roll.
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The Jelly Jam’s Profit Sessions Video Premiere

May 18, 2016
This PG exclusive shows new, behind-the-scenes studio footage of the prog-rock supergroup featuring Ty Tabor (King's X), Rod Morgentstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger), and John Myung (Dream Theater).
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Cheap Trick: ... But Don’t Give Yourself Away

May 17, 2016
Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, and Robin Zander on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello, and … time travel?
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Tal Wilkenfeld: No Limits

May 12, 2016
As the dexterous bassist transitions from sideman to songwriter on her upcoming solo album, she’s adamant about being true to herself, her music, and her expression.
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Rig Rundown: Dawes

May 11, 2016
Grimy Fenders, posh Gretsches, and handmade Gibson knockoffs meet streamlined pedalboards and vintage amps for this L.A. folk-rock outfit featuring Duane Betts on lead guitar.
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