December 2016

Guitarists

Rig Rundown: AC/DC

September 7, 2016
Angus and Stevie Young might have the simplest rigs in rock—SGs and Gretsches into Marshalls—but their techs explain the nuances that help these Aussies get their signature snarl.
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Troy Van Leeuwen’s Metaphysical Guitar

September 6, 2016
A Queens of the Stone Age 6-stringer grabs his signature Jazzmaster and his “expensive pedalboard,” and joins forces with Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, At the Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, and sound designer Mike Zarin to create a stunning sonic landscape with Gone Is Gone.
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Devon Allman “Say Your Prayers” Song Premiere

September 2, 2016
Hear the rocking debut track from the 6-stringer’s brawny upcoming third solo album, Ride or Die.
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Tim Commerford: Wakrat and the Power of Now

September 1, 2016
The celebrated Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage bassist explains how his other band's in-your-face, jazz-inspired music is making him play better than ever.
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Rig Rundown: Toto's Steve Lukather

August 31, 2016
The top-shelf guitarist pulls back the curtain on the high-power amps, signature guitars, and boutique pedals he uses to power his live show.
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Forgotten Heroes: Sonny Sharrock’s Footprints on the Moon

August 30, 2016
How the father of free-jazz guitar fought for his uncompromising musical vision—and changed the landscape of improvisation.
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Stranglehold: Kvelertak’s Maciek Ofstad and Bjarte Lund Rolland

August 25, 2016
The Norwegian guitarists reveal the strange pleasures of mangling modern metal.
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Rig Rundown: Deerhoof

August 24, 2016
Despite their penchant for crazy sounds, avant-indie heroes John Dieterich and Ed Rodríguez aren't boutique snobs. Here they walk us through the tools they use to create their cerebral catharsis.
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Stian Westerhus: Daredevil Guitar

August 18, 2016
The Norwegian sonic wirewalker defies the conventions of tone, technique, and composition to create a unique aural universe.
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Rig Rundown: Mutemath

August 17, 2016
Nashville’s electronica alt-rock quartet explains how they cover guitar and bass needs with three instruments, one amp, and lots of pedals.
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Controlled Bleeding: “The Perks of Being a Perv” Video Premiere

August 16, 2016
Hear two tracks from founder Paul Lemos’ guitar-centric new album, Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps.
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Eric Krasno: Leap of Faith

August 15, 2016
The Soulive and Lettuce guitarist-producer turns singer-songwriter and goes for the soul—plus rock, blues, jazz, and funk—on his new album, Blood from a Stone.
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Snake Rider: Moon Tooth’s Nick Lee

August 12, 2016
The prog-moshing Cannibal Corpse acolyte reveals how Mastodon’s Brent Hinds “changed the game” by getting him into Chet Atkins and Leo Kottke.
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Rich Robinson’s Sounds of the South

August 11, 2016
A song-based guitar hero with deep blues and classic-rock roots uses open tunings, big riffs, iconic instruments, and studio spontaneity to define himself on Flux.
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Rig Rundown: Intronaut

August 10, 2016
The prog-metal upstarts demonstrate the handmade tools they use and prove that it always helps to have a bona fide luthier in the band.
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Cowboy Jazz: Corey Christiansen

August 9, 2016
The Utah State University director of jazz studies takes us inside his latest quest to form a fresh musical crossbreed.
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GALLERY: Lollapalooza 2016

August 9, 2016
Relive all the guitar highlights from one of the longest-running U.S. festivals that celebrated its silver anniversary with sun, fun, and tunes.
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The Gray Area: Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi

August 4, 2016
On how they reached new outliers on To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere by experimenting with amps, tunings, and overdrives—and embracing their never-ending quest to create music with passion.
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Rig Rundown: Modest Mouse's Jim Fairchild

August 3, 2016
The alt-rocker details and demos his wide-ranging guitar collection, expansive pedalboard, and dual-amp setup.
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Claypool Lennon Delirium: Captains Fantastic

August 2, 2016
The psychedelic torchbearers lock themselves in the studio, play all the instruments, and open a treasure chest of effects to form a band and make an album.
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