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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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1976 Music Man StingRay Prototype "Old Smoothie"

November 16, 2010
One of the first Music Man instruments ever built after the CBS no-compete restriction expired
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Kauer Guitars

November 16, 2010
Boutique builder Doug Kauer''s guitars
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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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1968 Gibson Reverse Series Firebird I and GA-15RVT Explorer Amp

October 20, 2010
The story of a rare Gibson Firebird and the lucky kid who got it
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Cobra Guitars

October 20, 2010
Relic''d classics from New York
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