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Articles by Rebecca Dirks

Rig Rundown - Conan's Jimmy Vivino & Mike Merritt

November 6, 2012

PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location at Hollywood, CA, where she catches up with Conan guitarist Jimmy Vivino and bassist Mike Merritt. In this segment, we learn what guitars, amps, basses, and effects pedals both Vivino and Merritt use every night during taping, as well as take a look into Vivino's back room collection of guitars.


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Rig Rundown - Saturday Night Live's Jared Scharff

November 6, 2012

PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location at Studio 8H at 30 Rock in New York, NY, where she catches up with SNL house-band guitarist Jared Scharff. In this segment, Scharff talks using Fano Guitars, 65 Amps, and various pedals from boutique companies while working within the live show context every Saturday night.


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Rig Rundown - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon's The Roots' "Captain" Kirk Douglas & Mark Kelley

November 6, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location in New York, NY where she catches up with Late Night with Jimmy Fallon guitarist "Captain" Kirk Douglas and bassist Mark Kelley. In this segment, we learn what guitars, amps, basses, and effects pedals both Douglas and Kelley use every night during taping.
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Rig Rundown - The Late Show with David Letterman's Will Lee, Sid McGinnis, and Felicia Collins

November 6, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, NY, where she catches up with CBS Orchestra bassist Will Lee and guitarists Sid McGinnis and Felicia Collins. In this segment, the three discuss the guitars, amps, and effects used nightly on The Late Show with David Letterman.
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Rig Rundown - Jimmy Kimmel Live! Toshi Yanagi & Jimmy Earl

November 6, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location at Hollywood, CA, where she catches up with Jimmy Kimmel Live! guitarist Toshi Yanagi and bassist Jimmy Earl. In this segment, we learn what guitars, amps, basses, and effects pedals both Yanagi and Earl use every night during taping.
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TV Guitars: Inside the World of Late Night (with exclusive Rig Rundown videos)

November 5, 2012
Go inside the world of late-night TV to get the lowdown on gear and performing from the 13 guitarists and bassists on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Saturday Night Live," "Conan," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
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Rig Rundown - Anthrax's Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano

October 30, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL, where she catches up with Anthrax guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano. In these segments, the guys walk us through their live rigs.
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Gallery: Aerosmith Live Gear 2012

August 29, 2012
Check out the gear the guys are using on tour.
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Rig Rundown - Steve Vai

August 8, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location at Steve Vai's Harmony Hut studio in Los Angeles. In this video, Steve shows you which of his signature Ibanez guitars he's taking out on tour and which made an appearance on his latest album, how he uses his signature Carvin Legacy Amps, and why the Axe-FX II has replaced most effects in his rig.
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GALLERY: Inside Steve Vai's Harmony Hut Studio

August 7, 2012
See the guitars, amps, effects, and recording gear in Steve Vai''s home studio. Photos by Lindsey Best.
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GALLERY: Chet Atkins at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

July 25, 2012
See the guitars the legendary picker used throughout his career. Photos by Chris Kies
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Rig Rundown: Roger Waters' The Wall Live

July 18, 2012
We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon behind the bricks of Roger Waters'' The Wall Live, chatting with guitarists Dave Kilminster, G.E. Smith, and Snowy White, along with techs Tim Myer and Colin Lyon.
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GALLERY: Roger Waters' The Wall Live Gear

July 18, 2012
See close-ups of all of the gear used by Roger, Dave, G.E., and Snowy on this epic tour, plus behind-the-scenes pics of the wall setup.
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Rig Rundown - DragonForce's Herman Li and Sam Totman

June 27, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks meets up with DragonForce's Herman Li and Sam Totman who give her the rundown on the gear that they're using on their Power Within Tour.
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