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Articles by Chris Kies

Modern Builder Vault: Bell Custom Guitars

February 15, 2011
Bell Custom Guitars builds classically-shaped instruments using a combination of acrylic and wood.
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Social Distortion: Punk At The Wheel

January 17, 2011
Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness and co-guitarist Jonny Wickersham talk about P-90 addiction, Ness’ knack for engrossing lyrics, and what it was like for the Les Paul Deluxe-loving leader of the veteran punk band to sit in the producer’s chair for Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.
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Hand Guitars

January 17, 2011
Hand guitars use polymer clay and other alternative materials to create psychedelic designs
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1977 Travis Bean TB1000A

January 17, 2011
In 1977, Travis Bean reworked its body-chambering technique to remove some aluminum from the top instead of the side.
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AM Guitars

December 21, 2010
Anibal Mistorni of AM Guitars is building guitars from vintage chrome vacuum cleaners
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Book Review: "Life" By Keith Richards with James Fox

December 21, 2010
Few autobiographies by guitarists have been—or will be—as important as this tome by the lead guitarist of one of the most significant rock bands ever.
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CD Review: Social Distortion - "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes"

December 21, 2010
For the avid Social Distortion listener, most of the tried-and-true elements are still there—gritty guitars through overdriven tube amps, Ness’ storytelling lyrics, and high-octane rhythms—but they’re more refined and polished.
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Rig Rundown - Reverend Horton Heat

December 13, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at RIBCO Brewing in Rock Island, IL, where he catches up with rockabilly guitar slinger Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath for another Rig Rundown installment.

In this Rig Rundown video segment, the Rev talks about his signature Gretsch G6120RHH Hollowbody electric guitar, switching from his tried-and-true 1978 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp to a Gretsch Executive combo, and why he uses a rackmount delay during his live shows. In addition to the gear talk, the Rev talks and show off some techniques and playing styles he uses on a nightly basis while performing.
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Rig Rundown - Hank Williams III

December 8, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Des Moines, IA, at People's Court where he catches up with country/metal artist Hank Williams III. In this Rig Rundown segment, Hank Williams III walks us through both his setups that he uses on a nightly basis--one for his traditional country set and another for his metal set.
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Interview: James Valentine (Maroon 5) - Hands All Over

December 2, 2010
Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine breaks down the recording process and gear for the group''s latest, Hands All Over, and discusses playing in a pop band and jazz ambitions.
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