August

Guitarists

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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Rig Rundown: Jennifer Batten

September 2, 2015
Not all rigs need to sacrifice power for size. The former guitarist for Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck demonstrates her small, but mighty, setup.
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Al Di Meola: The Mixer

September 1, 2015
After eschewing the electric guitar for acoustic, 6-string legend Di Meola is blending both to brilliant effect.
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Tommy Emmanuel: In the Zone

August 27, 2015
The fingerstyle sensei describes how he approaches playing solo acoustic guitar and what it took to make his childhood dreams come true.
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Rig Rundown: Between the Buried and Me [2015]

August 26, 2015
The prog-metal juggernauts discuss how their signature axes cranked through Axe-Fx units create their brutal live tone.
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Tame Impala: Psych Wunderkind Kevin Parker

August 26, 2015
The scion of psych discusses the imaginative guitar work and unorthodox soundscapes on his new album, Currents.
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Soilwork: The Metal Majestic

August 25, 2015
The veteran Swedish melodic death metal band resurfaces with a revised lineup and one of their strongest albums yet.
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Slayer: Beyond the Pyre

August 20, 2015
Slayer bequeaths Repentless, which delivers an assault of machine-gun riffs with an underlying message.
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Robert Cray '4 Nights of 40 Years Live' Album Premiere

August 20, 2015
The blues guitarist celebrates 40 years in the biz with a jam-packed box set that blends new and old live recordings and video interviews.
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Rig Rundown: My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel

August 19, 2015
The multi-instrumentalist shows how to cover more sonic territory then any mere mortal should be expected to handle.
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Forgotten Heroes: Denny Walley

August 18, 2015
While playing with Zappa and Beefheart, this blues guitarist pushed the limits of traditional form within avant-garde rock.
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AJ Ghent’s Stand-Up Steel

August 13, 2015
From sanctified beginnings to high-energy secular soul, this steel guitarist forged his own way.
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Rig Rundown: Deep Purple’s Steve Morse

August 12, 2015
The guitarist details the signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitars, Engl amps, and specialized effects he uses on the road.
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METZ: Alex Edkins’ Relentless Aggression

August 6, 2015
Punk mayhem with jagged riffs, jarring rhythms, and a vintage Jazzmaster.
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Brent Paschke: Pharrell’s Fretman

August 5, 2015
The in-demand session and touring guitarist reveals what it takes to play for chart-topping artists.
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Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan: If It Ain’t Broke ...

August 3, 2015
The dream-fuzz wizard explains why he still plays the first guitar and amp he bought as a kid.
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