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Articles by Rebecca Dirks

Rig Rundown - Dave Matthews

October 6, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, where she catches up with Dave Matthews' guitar tech Craig Baker who gives a tour of Matthews' current US touring rig.
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Rig Rundown - John Mayer

September 9, 2010
Rebecca Dirks is On Location at Tinley Park, IL, where she goes onstage and checks out John Mayer's current live setup with the help of legendary guitar tech Rene Martinez (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Prince, Mick Jones).

In this segment, Rene walks us through John's amps (Dumble Steel Stringer, Two-Rock John Mayer Signature, and Fender Bassman), his cabinets (Alessandro 2x12s with Celestions), his effects (including Eventide TimeFactor, a Boss GE-7 Equalizer, an Ibanez TS-10 Tube Screamer Classic, a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn III Beat-Synced Filter Effects Processor, a Korg Toneworks G4 Rotary Speaker Simulator, a Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive, a small Analog Man Comprossor, an original Marshall Bluesbreaker, a Keeley Electronics Katana Clean Boost, a MXR M-108 10-band EQ, a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn Groove Filter FX-Amp Modeling-Drum Box Processor, a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn II Beat-Synched Filter Effects Processor, a Way Huge Aqua Puss Analog Delay, and an additional Eventide TimeFactor), which is anchored by a custom Bob Bradshaw switching system and controller. Rene even shows off some of Mayer's 40 guitars he currently has on tour.
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Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

August 17, 2010
Premier Guitar braves record-breaking temperatures to take you inside the year’s hottest blues gathering—Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.
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TouchChords Mobile Apps

August 17, 2010
Innovative mobile applications for tab
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GALLERY: A Year at the Iridium Without Les Paul

August 12, 2010
In year after Les Paul''s death, a diverse array of talented guitarists took the stage on Monday nights to fill in with the Les Paul Trio. Photographer Frank White shares his images of some of the performers.
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Rig Rundown - Brad Paisley's Amps & Effects

August 6, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Moline, IL, where she catches up with Chad Weaver--PG Columnist and Brad Paisley's guitar tech--and he walks us through the current selection of amps and effects Paisley is using during his 2010 H2O World Tour.

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Rig Rundown - Brad Paisley's Guitars

August 6, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Moline, IL, where she catches up with Chad Weaver--Brad Paisley's guitar tech--and he walks us through Paisley's current lineup of guitars being used on the 2010 H2O World Tour. In this segment, you'll get to see various Bill Crook custom paisley telecasters, a few of Paisley's signature Gibson acoustics, and a newly purchased '65 refinished Stratocaster.
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Reporting From Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

June 27, 2010
12 hours at Eric Clapton''s guitar extravaganza.
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Bill Ruppert and Electro-Harmonix's Effectology

April 19, 2010
Since the summer of 2009, Bill Ruppert has been surprising and impressing guitarists on the web with a series of Effectology videos that he created in conjunction with Electro-Harmonix. In
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Tuning via iPhone, iPod and iPad: 12 Tuners Tested

February 16, 2010
5 free and 7 paid tuners are tested: which are the best?
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Rig Rundown - Rob Zombie's John 5

December 4, 2009
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Milwaukee, WI, on 11/19/09 during the Rob Zombie '09 tour where she caught up with guitarist and tele wizard, John 5.

In this segment, John 5 walks us through his current live rig used for the current tour, including his plethora of Fender Custom Shop teles and siganture models, which all feature Dimarzio pickups or a Twisted Tele for the neck spot. He rocks a MINIMAL pedalboard (3 pedals and a wah!) and runs all that through various Marshall heads.

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Pimp Your Pedalboard: 7 Pedalboard Add-Ons to Consider

October 21, 2009
Small things that can make a big difference on your pedalboard.
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Montreal Guitar Show Now Features Electric Guitars

June 22, 2009
The Montreal Guitar Show adds electrics and switches venues for its third year
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Rig Rundown - 311's Tim Mahoney

May 27, 2009
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Iowa City, IA, where she catches up with 311's guitarist, Tim Mahoney and they talk all things gear. In this video segment, Tim walks us through his live rig including, his various PRS, Gibson and Ibanez guitar models. In addition, we get to check out his Diamond amps and cabinets and his "party board," which includes over 15 effects (Mutron II, Boomerang phrase sampler, Memory Man).
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Gallery: Gibson Moderne Through the Ages

May 12, 2009
Tracing the evolution of the guitar world''s biggest mystery: the Moderne
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