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Articles by Chris Kies

1972 Dan Armstrong London

December 10, 2012
The 1972 London shown here features a Honduran mahogany body similar to the Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexi model, which is reminiscent of a ’50s Les Paul Jr.—Dan’s favorite guitar.
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Album/DVD Review: Rage Against the Machine - "Rage Against the Machine - XX"

December 10, 2012
Rage Against the Machine – XX 20th Anniversary Box Set is a double-CD, double-DVD package ripe with early concert footage (where Morello uses a ‘burst LP on “Wake Up”), seven raw demos of album material, and a 2010 show in Finsbury Park, London.
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Interview: Graveyard's Jonatan Ramm - Green Grooves from Gothenburg

November 5, 2012
Graveyard guitarist Jonatan Ramm discusses how his ’68 SG, Peter Green, and being willing to experiment with slide and saxophone illuminated his band’s classic-metal adventures on Lights Out.
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Album Review: Deftones - "Koi No Yokan"

November 5, 2012
Seven albums in, the mixing and mashing continues on Koi No Yokan.
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Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott's Washburn Dime 3 Crown Royal

November 5, 2012
After Dimebag Darrell gave Hard Rock the guitar, he handwrote a letter of authenticity. It reads: “THE DIMEBAG CROWN ROYAL! This is a tough one to give up. It’s
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The Kinks' Dave Davies' 1977 Gibson Les Paul Artisan

October 8, 2012
Dave Davies invented distortion. With frustration pushing him to wits end, the Kinks’ guitarist lashed out with a razor blade on the speaker cone of his Elpico amplifier because
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Interview: Soundgarden's Kim Thayil

October 8, 2012
Kim Thayil, the dropped-tuning lord of heavy grunge, walks us through the thickets of distortion, swirling psychedelic vortexes, and eastern-flavored motifs on Soundgarden''s epic return to form, King Animal.
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Rig Rundown - Incubus' Mike Einzinger and Ben Kenney

September 12, 2012
PG's Chris Kies is on location in Tinley Park, IL, where he catches up with Incubus' guitarist Mike Einzinger who talks about his current touring rig that includes Ernie Ball/Music Man Guitars, Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers, and an extensive pedalboard and bassist Ben Kenney who talks about his current touring rig that includes Lakland Basses, Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers, and effects pedals from companies like Boss, Ernie Ball, and Fulltone.
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Gear of the Month: 1985 Fender Performer

September 6, 2012
John Page’s Performer was commissioned to combat lost sales to the “super strats” that were flooding the market in the mid-’80s.
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Album Review: Down - "Down IV Part One - The Purple EP"

September 6, 2012
Southern broasted, neck-snapping riffs, power-meets-sludge metal grooves, and Anselmo’s signature gravelly, dynamic vocals.
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GALLERY: Lollapalooza 2012

August 21, 2012
Photos and gear details from this summer''s Lollapalooza, including the Black Keys, At the Drive-In, Black Sabbath, Jack White, Sigur Ros, and more.
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Guilford Guitars U.S. Air Force Redeemer

August 10, 2012
The USAF Redeemer guitar that Guilford built in their honor features a bound, poplar body covered with United States Air Force camouflage, and it’s finished in gloss nitrocellulose.
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Gallery: Van Halen Live Gear 2012

August 10, 2012
Inside Eddie and Wolfgang''s rigs.
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Rig Rundown - Unknown Hinson

July 31, 2012
PG's Chris Kies is on location in Des Moines, IA, at Wooly's where he catches up with the king of country western troubadours Unknown Hinson. In this segment, the Kang talks about his signature Reverend Guitar, using the Fender Super-Sonic 100 head and matching cabinet, Vox ValveTronix digital effects process, and what's his ideal wumern.
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Interview: Queen Extravaganza

July 9, 2012
Guitarists Brian Gresh and Tristan Avakian are living the dream—handpicked by Roger Taylor and Brian May, they’ve been commissioned to bring one of the biggest rock shows to the stage for the Queen Extravaganza.
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Album Review: Baroness - "Yellow & Green"

July 9, 2012
Baroness Yellow & Green Relapse Records Baroness believes in Darwinism. The Southern metal band’s 2007 Red Album was a raw, chest-pounding, bruising debut, whereas 2010’s Blue Record evolved into a
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Gear of the Month: 1966 Gibson Firebird V-12

July 5, 2012
In the early 1960s, Gibson was steadily losing ground to archrival Fender. The SoCal company offered radical colors, various pickup configurations, and several of their models—especially the Stratocaster and
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Rig Rundown - Bush's Chris Traynor

July 4, 2012
PG's Chris Kies is on location in Moline, IL, at the iWireless Arena where he catches up with Bush's guitarist Chris Traynor. In this Rig Rundown segment, Traynor talks to us about his favorite Gibson guitars, and his newly-setup Fractal Audio Axe-FX II rig.
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Les Paul's Log Solidbody Guitar

June 8, 2012
If there were a Mount Rushmore for electric guitar, few would argue that Les Paul and his “Log” guitar didn’t belong on it.
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Rig Rundown - Red Hot Chili Peppers' Josh Klinghoffer

June 3, 2012
Chris Kies is On Location in Rosemont, IL, at the Allstate Arena where he catches up with Ian Sheppard, guitar tech for Red Hot Chili Peppers' Josh Klinghoffer. In this segment, we get to see and hear about what Josh is currently using on the I'm With You 2012 tour, which includes Fender Strats, Gretsch White Penguin, Marshall Major, Silvertone amp, and a pedalboard with over 30 pedals from companies likes Boss, Electro-Harmonix, Moog, and many more.
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