August

Articles by Rebecca Dirks

Rig Rundown - Dream Theater's John Petrucci

October 25, 2011
See Petrucci''s live rig with video and photos!
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Rig Rundown - Dream Theater's John Myung

October 25, 2011
See the basses, amps, and effects Myung uses live with video and photos.
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Open for Visits: The Fender Visitor Center

October 18, 2011
One of the world’s biggest guitar makers opens its doors to the public for the first time ever with a new Visitor Center and factory tours—a symbol of the musician-friendly leadership new CEO Larry Thomas hopes to bring to the company.
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GALLERY: Pro Pedalboards, Volume II

October 10, 2011
Go onstage with 36 pedalboards from guitarists like Rush''s Alex Lifeson, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, ZZ Top''s Billy Gibbons, and more.
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GALLERY: Fender Visitor Center

September 17, 2011
Go inside the brand-new public Visitor Center at Fender''s Corona, CA factory.
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Rig Rundown - Los Lonely Boys' Henry Garza

September 13, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location Iowa City, Iowa with Los Lonely Boys. In this video Henry Garza and guitar tech Ish Flores talk to Rebecca about the gear they use while out on the road.
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Rig Rundown - Los Lonely Boys' Jojo Garza

September 13, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location Iowa City, Iowa with Los Lonely Boys. In this video Jojo Garza and guitar tech Ish Flores talk to Rebecca about the gear they use while out on the road.
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Masterpieces From Montreal: Montreal Guitar Show 2011

August 16, 2011
We travel to the fifth-annual Montreal Guitar Show to bring you photos, specs, and video interviews on the latest designs from some of the world’s most highly esteemed and forward-thinking luthiers.
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Rig Rundown - Def Leppard's Phil Collen

August 16, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location backstage at a Def Leppard show to catch up with guitarist Phil Collen and check out his live rig. Phil details his many Jackson PC1 guitars, and later demonstrates how he uses the Floyd Rose and Sustainer pickup.
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Rig Rundown - Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke & Mark "Sparky" Matejka

August 10, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks caught up with guitar techs Louis Williams and Chris Rugulo who give us a look at Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, and Mark "Sparky" Matejka's gear for their Rebels and Bandoleros tour.
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Rig Rundown - Stanley Clarke

July 11, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee, WI, where she catches up with bass legend Stanley Clarke for a Rig Rundown segment that has Stanley showing off his Alembic basses, Ampeg amps, and various effects and stompboxes he is currently using on tour.
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GALLERY: Montreal Guitar Show 2011

July 6, 2011
Some of the innovative, beautiful, and groundbreaking instruments on display in Montreal.
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Rig Rundown - Disturbed's Dan Donegan

June 28, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks caught up with guitar tech Trevor Cole who gives us a look at Disturbed's Dan Donegan's array of guitars and lets us in on how Dan has everything set up for their tour.
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Rig Rundown - Billy F. Gibbons - ZZ Top

June 7, 2011
Rebecca Dirks is On Location with Elwood Francis, guitar tech for Billy F. Gibbons to check out Billy's live rig. See the Gretsches and Les Pauls, check out the detailed settings on Billy's Marshal JMP-1s, and learn what strings, picks, and slides Reverend Willy G. uses night after night.
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Rig Rundown - Victor Wooten & Regi Wooten

June 7, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee, WI, where she catches up with bassist Victor Wooten and his brother Regi Wooten (guitarist) to find out what they are currently using for guitars, amps, and effects during their tour with the Stanley Clarke Band.
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How to Avoid Your Chiropractor: Playing Guitar Without Breaking Your Back

June 1, 2011
From overextended shoulders to back pain to carpal-tunnel, our passion has a way of beating us up. We caught up with an experienced chiropractor for the science behind what's making us hurt, and exercises we can do to make it better.
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Guitar Center King of the Blues and Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands In Full Swing

May 5, 2011
Each contest offers a monetary prize, performance opportunity, gear, and endorsements as part of its grand prize.
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GALLERY: Guitar Heroes - Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York

April 27, 2011
Guitars from D’Angelico, D’Aquisto, Monteleone, and Italian craftsmen featured in The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Guitar Heroes Exhibit. Photos courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Rig Rundown - Rush's Alex Lifeson

April 14, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the United Center where she talks with Rush's Alex Lifeson's tech Scott Appleton about the gear Lifeson is using on Rush's 2011 Time Machine tour. Appleton shows off all Lifeson's gear, including Gibson Les Paul Axcess Alex Lifeson Signature models, a ES-355, a Fender reissue '52 Tele, and two '90s PRS models. Lifeson uses Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII Alex Lifeson Signature heads, Steam Punk Statesman 2x12 Cabinets, and a Hughes & Kettner Coreblade.
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Rig Rundown - The Roots' Captain Kirk Douglas & Owen Biddle

April 11, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the IMU Lounge at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, where she talks with the Roots' guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas and bassist Owen Biddle.
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