October 2016

Articles by Chris Kies

Rig Rundown: Deftones' Stephen Carpenter & Sergio Vega

November 27, 2013
The Deftones' string section talks about revamping its approach to amplification and the players who inspired their instrument choices.
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Rig Rundown: Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, and Johnny Christ

November 6, 2013
Get the inside scoop on the three monstrous rigs that powered one of metal's biggest bands during their fall leg Hail to the King 2013 tour.
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Melvins' Buzz Osborne: Tonal Triage

November 4, 2013
For their 19th album, the genre-bending Melvins bring back an old drummer friend, move their other drummer to bass, and go back to their old-school hardcore-punk roots in the ensuing comic carnage.
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Rig Rundown: Papa Roach's Jerry Horton & Tobin Esperance

September 25, 2013
The alt-rockers chat about reducing their tonal footprint and working with Schecter and Lakland on their choice axes.
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Rig Rundown: Shinedown's Zach Myers and Eric Bass

September 11, 2013
Myers talks about his unwavering loyalty to PRS Guitars showing us his current touring collection while Bass discusses his various signature Dean basses and why he's using a solid-state guitar head for distorted bass tones.
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Guitar of the Month: Josh Homme's Echopark Custom Crow

August 22, 2013
The inside story of how Homme worked with Echopark's Gabriel Currie to build and design a his Custom Crow.
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Gear of the Month: Josh Homme's Echopark Custom Crow

August 18, 2013
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme's custom Crow model built by Echopark Guitars is constructed with reclaimed 200-year-old mahogany that came out of the Los Angeles library.
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GALLERY: Lollapalooza 2013

August 9, 2013
Highlights this year included Nine Inch Nails, Mumford and Sons, Atlas Genius, The National, and more.
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Gear of the Month: 1964 Fender Vibroverb

August 1, 2013
Zach Smith from the Minor Chord guitar shop in Littleton, Massachusetts, shares a rare mint specimen of the same vintage model that was the bedrock of SRV's “Texas Flood” tone.
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GALLERY: Summer NAMM 2013 - Day 1

July 12, 2013
Our editors pick their favorites from the 2013 Summer NAMM floor.
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1967 Martin GT-70

July 1, 2013
Billie Joe Armstrong’s Martin GT-70 features a semi-hollow plywood body with f-holes, DeArmond pickups, and Bigsby-style tailpiece.
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Rig Rundown - Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman

June 12, 2013

Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman talks in depth about his upcoming signature model and love for Mesa/Boogie amps.


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GALLERY: Green Day's 2013 Touring Gear

June 5, 2013
See the guitars, amps, and effects used by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Jason White on Greenday's spring 2013 "99 Revolutions' tour in support of their three latest albums, 'Uno,' 'Dos,' and 'Tre'.'
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Album Review: Queens of the Stone Age - "... Like Clockwork"

June 3, 2013
The dark, cohesive psychedelia of "… Like Clockwork" is unmatched by any of QOTSA’s five previous recordings.
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1969 Ampeg SVT Head and 8x10 Cabinet

May 11, 2013
The backline choice not just for bassist Bill Wyman, but also for Mick and Keith Richards during the band’s 1969 U.S. winter tour.
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Album Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan - "One of Us is the Killer"

May 8, 2013
DEP’s fifth outing incorporates elements of atmospheric prog-rock and ear-relieving jazz fills to buck the musical constraints and genre rigidness rampant in the metal genre.
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Rig Rundown - Green Day

May 3, 2013
Premier Guitar's Chris Kies is on location at the at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL, where he catches up with Green Day's guitar and bass techs before their spring 2013 99 Revolutions tour in support of their three latest albums, Uno, Dos, and Tre'.
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1971 Fender “Bullet” Stratocaster

April 15, 2013
R&B session and touring guitarist Josh Sklair jammed on the ’71 Strat pictured here with legendary musicians like Etta James, Roy Orbison, and Bo Diddley.
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In Remembrance: Chi Cheng's Low-End Legacy

April 15, 2013
The longtime bassist for the Deftones passed away April 14 at the age of 42 from complications resulting from a 2008 auto accident.
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GALLERY: Musikmesse 2013 - Guitars and Basses

April 14, 2013
See the new electric, acoustic, and bass guitars from Musikmesse 2013.
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