August

Guitarists

Mark Goldenberg and Eric Skye: Acoustic Aerialists

January 5, 2016
Two fingerstyle virtuosos blend lush tones, artful compositions, and low-key comedy with a cool-headed conversational approach.
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Top 15 Rig Rundowns of 2015

December 30, 2015
Take a look at the most popular Rig Rundowns of the year.
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Rig Rundown: AWOLNATION’s Zach Irons

December 23, 2015
A Japanese Strat, Fender Bassman tones from a Kemper, and a whole lot of distortion help Awolnation’s lead 6-stringer recreate unconventional guitar tones onstage.
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Mutoid Man’s Stephen Brodsky and Nick Cageao: Prog Punk Alchemists

December 21, 2015
How the band transformed the vapor trails of metal, pop, space music, and classic rock into sonic gold for their first album, Bleeder.
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Rig Rundown: The Wombats

December 16, 2015
A trio of British amps, a classic-looking Tele, and a few select pedals give life to some of England's hottest indie rock.
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Baroness: Sonic Shapeshifters

December 15, 2015
After surviving a harrowing wreck, the band returns to reinvigorate modern metal with Purple, a distinctive two-guitar exploration of partial chord voicings, low tunings, and low-gain amps.
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Rig Rundown: Collective Soul

December 9, 2015
Ed Roland, singer, writer, and guitarist of Collective Soul shows how to find your sonic space in a three-guitar assault.
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Fuzz: Loud Escapism and Primordial Fun

December 8, 2015
Charles Moothart and Chad Ubovich kick up dirt in a proto-metal trio with Ty Segall on drums.
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Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience

December 7, 2015
For his 100th birthday, a traveling tour brings the Thomas Edison of guitar to the people.
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Wolf Alice’s Joff Oddie: Pop Goes Boom

December 3, 2015
The Brit noisemaker talks sonic expressionism, the benefits of fingerstyle guitar, and respecting the sanctity of songs.
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Rig Rundown: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

December 2, 2015
“Cooder-casters,” boutique amps, classic Gibsons, and a healthy amount of pedals give fire to Isbell’s brand of Southern-bred rock.
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Jimmy Herring Talks to Alex Skolnick: Widespread Talent

December 1, 2015
The king of jam band 6 string goes deep—in a conversation with Testament’s leader—on the ’90s jam renaissance, Jeff Buckley, Dixie Dregs, and cutting tracks for Widespread Panic's latest album, Street Dogs.
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Caspian’s Philip Jamieson and Calvin Joss: Sonic Sculptors

November 26, 2015
On creating their own effects-laden universe and “unlearning” guitar heroics to create their fourth album, Dust and Disquiet.
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Rig Rundown: Slightly Stoopid

November 25, 2015
Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald double-team guitar and bass duties with a pair of streamlined setups.
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Forgotten Heroes: Pete Cosey

November 19, 2015
A look at the life and legacy of the guitarist Miles Davis recruited in the mid ’70s when he wanted virtuosic playing on par with Hendrix and Muddy Waters.
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Rig Rundown: JD McPherson

November 18, 2015
The retro roots-rocker shows how he gets yesteryear tones with new beauties from Fender, TK Smith, and Texotica.
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Kurt Vile: Just Let It Flow

November 17, 2015
The primal 6-stringer reveals how his theory of the subconscious domino effect shaped his latest solo album.
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Badi Assad: Playing in the Light

November 12, 2015
After a neurological disorder nearly ended her career, the Brazilian nylon-string and vocal virtuoso storms back with an album covering everything from Mumford & Sons to Lorde and Skrillex.
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Rig Rundown: Desaparecidos

November 11, 2015
The indie-rock outfit jams with classic Gibson axes, baritone beasts, tube amps, and enough stompboxes to fill a store.
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Deafheaven’s Kerry McCoy: Grasping at Hooks

November 10, 2015
How a teenage Slayer fan grew up, threw shoegaze, Britpop, and black metal in a blender, and created the perplexingly alluring sound of Deafheaven.
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