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Articles by Rebecca Dirks

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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GALLERY: South by Southwest 2011

March 23, 2011
Some of the performers at SXSW 2011, including Billy Gibbons, the Foo Fighters, The Strokes, and more. Photos by Arnold Wells.
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"The Wrecking Crew" Needs Your Help

March 15, 2011
The documentary on early studio musicians struggles with music licensing fees.
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GALLERY: Joe Bonamassa's "Dust Bowl" Tour Guitars

March 10, 2011
The guitars Joe Bonamassa is using on his 2011 tour supporting "Dust Bowl." Photos taken March 6, 2011 in Davenport, Iowa by Chris Kies.
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Rig Rundown - Joe Satriani

January 7, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the Chicago Theatre, in Chicago, IL, where she catches up with guitarist Joe Satriani before his 'Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards' Winter 2010 tour. In this Rig Rundown segment, Satriani walks us through all the gear and equipment he's using during the tour. Also, he talks about how this rig differs from the one he uses with supergroup Chickenfoot.
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The Fender Cumberland River Floodwater Lucite Esquire

December 21, 2010
A lucite Esquire filled with floodwater from the Cumberland river built by Fender''s R&D team for a charity auction
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Squier Stratocaster Guitar and Rock Band Controller Review

December 21, 2010
Will this generation''s plastic-button “guitarists” ever transform into genuine wood-and-steel heroes of the next generation—and what can the game do to make that happen?
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Rig Rundown - Jason Mraz

November 22, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at Wrigley Field in September 2010 where she catches up with Jason Mraz's guitar tech JD who takes us through Mraz's current lineup of guitars, amps, and effects.
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The Best of PremierGuitar.com's "Show Us Your Gear" 2010

November 16, 2010
We asked you to show us yours—your pedals, guitars, practice spaces, and more. And you did. In droves. Here we highlight some of the coolest, most esoteric, and most mind-boggling pictures submitted to date.
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Rig Rundown - Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes

November 8, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at in Iowa City, IA, where she catches up with Warren Hayne's guitar tech--Brian Farmer. In this segment, we get to see Warren's amps--Diaz, Soldano and PRS, which all run through Marshall 4x12--his guitars that include some Gibson Les Pauls, ES-335s, Firebirds and a very rare 12-string Les Paul.
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GALLERY: Pro Pedalboards Volume I

November 6, 2010
A look at pedalboards used onstage by Deftones, Alice in Chains, Dave Matthews Band, 311, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, and many more
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Nashville Flood-Damaged Guitars Up For Auction

October 26, 2010
Damaged guitars have been donated from Peter Frampton, Keb’Mo, Steve Earle, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, John Hiatt, and more.
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