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Guitarists

Billy Gibbons: Havana Meets Houston

October 27, 2015
ZZ Top’s guitar wizard honors his childhood roots on Perfectamundo—his first solo record ever—with a mix of Afro-Cuban beats, rumbling Hammond B-3, and plenty of gritty, greasy, growling guitar.
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Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes: Special Forces Ringmaster

October 22, 2015
On musical wizards vs. magicians, the deceptive art of creating a sonic spectacle, and the greasy grooves laid down with best friend Josh Homme on Zipper Down.
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Rig Rundown: Gary Clark Jr.

October 21, 2015
Austin’s hottest son shares why he loves Epiphone Casinos and never thought he was much of an SG guy until the Foo Fighters gave him the ultimate gift.
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Axes & Anchors Cruise Announces Lineup

October 21, 2015
Workshops by Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Marty Friedman, Alex Skolnick, and more.
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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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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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Rig Rundown: Social Distortion [2015]

September 9, 2015
Guitarists Mike Ness and Jonny Wickersham show off their tried-and-true rock ’n’ roll machines.
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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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