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Articles by Chris Kies

2011 Dustin Wallace Signature Guitar

June 14, 2011
Engraved with the names of 100 donors who made the guitar possible
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CD Review: Raphael Saadiq - "Stone Rollin'"

May 17, 2011
Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin’ Columbia Since his days as bassist/vocalist in the soul/R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! in the late ’80s and ’90s, Raphael Saadiq has quietly worked as a
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1969 Guild Duane Eddy 400

May 17, 2011
Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy first lassoed radio waves with his influential spaghetti-western style, single-note melodies, and eerie, low-string bends using a Gretsch Chet Atkins
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Rig Rundown - G.Love

May 4, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI, where he catches up with guitarist G.Love. In this Rig Rundown, G.Love shows off his pedalboard (Electro-Harmonix Wiggler, EHX Q-Tron, RC Booster, Keeley Compressor, Boss Digital Delay, Boss Flanger), amps (Ampeg J-20 Jet and Fender Deluxe Reverb), and guitars (Gretsch G.Love Signature Corvette, Gretsch Black Penguin, Gretsch Black Falcon, Gretsch 60th Anniversary, and several Gibson acoustics).
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Peter Malinoski

April 19, 2011
“I never wanted to make someone else’s instrument any more than I wanted to copy someone else’s painting,” says artist and luthier Peter Malinoski.
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Rig Rundown - Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Tim Brennan & Jeff DaRosa

April 5, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines, IA, where he catches up with the Dropkick Murphys before their show. In this Rig Rundown segment, we get to hear from Ken Casey (vocals, bass), Tim Brennan (guitar), Jeff DaRosa (acoustic guitar, banjo, flute, piano, mandolin), and James Lynch (guitar).
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CD Review: Mastodon - "Live at the Aragon"

March 23, 2011
Mastodon''s live performance of "Crack the Skye" is hit-or-miss on "Live at the Aragon."
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CD Review: Soundgarden - "Live on I-5"

March 22, 2011
Live on I-5 compiles 17 greatest hits-worthy tracks from Soundgarden’s late-’96 tour that ventured up-and-down the Pacific Coast
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Guitar of the Month: 1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 Hollowbody

March 15, 2011
“Chet signed the guitar 1 in ’91 and added ‘CGP’ after his signature,” says Fred Stucky, owner of April 2011’s Guitar of the Month. “I always thought it meant
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Modern Builder Vault: Hanson Guitars

March 15, 2011
It all started with pickups for John and Bo Pirruccello of Hanson Guitars—bass pickups to be specific. In 2005, John—who’s also CEO and co-owner of Lakland Basses— wanted to
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