December 2016

Guitarists

Tortoise’s Jeff Parker and Doug McCombs: Slow ’n’ Steady

January 14, 2016
On the 25-year evolution of the daring rock ensemble, blending genres, trading instruments, and coming out of their all-instrumental shell.
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Rig Rundown: Frank Turner

January 13, 2016
The British hardcore kid turned folk songwriting hero details his go-to road gear.
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David Bowie: 1947–2016

January 11, 2016
The legendary singer, songwriter, and performer had a career-long habit of championing and collaborating with exceptional guitarists.
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Rig Rundown: The Revivalists

January 6, 2016
The New Orleans rockers show off the gear that powers their energetic live shows.
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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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