October 2016

Articles by Chris Kies

GALLERY: Musikmesse 2013 - Amps, Effects, and Accessories

April 14, 2013
See the newest gear from Bogner, Blackstar, Carl Martin, VHT, and more
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Interview: Clutch - Riffs In Your Face

March 13, 2013
Guitarist Tim Sult and Producer Machine share Clutch’s “riffs in your face” recipe for the band’s new album “Earth Rocker”
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1969 Univox U-250 Uni-Fuzz

March 11, 2013
Its sound is very intense and fat, but still is responsive to how your guitar volume is set—lots of shades of fuzz and destruction to be had.
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Rig Rundown - Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Chris Cornell, and Ben Shepherd

February 18, 2013

PG's Chris Kies is on location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he talks with the Soundgarden guitar and bass techs, as well as Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd to learn what the band is using live on their King Animal tour.


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Interview: Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion

February 4, 2013
Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewitz opens up about the long journey to the punk heroes'' 16th album, "True North," and how shorter, simpler songs and three-part harmonies reignited their creativity and took them back to their pummeling roots.
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1968 Marshall 50-Watt JMP and 4x12

February 4, 2013
It all started when a drum shop owner couldn’t get rid of three pesky guitarists. If it weren’t for those meddling kids and their gosh-darned guitars, Jim Marshall might
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Late-1940s DeArmond 601 Tremolo

January 9, 2013
The uneven fuzzy warble of the DeArmond 601 trem pedal trailing Diddley’s provocative clave rhythm cemented the signature Bo Diddley beat.
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Rig Rundown - Lamb of God

December 26, 2012
PG's Chris Kies is on location in Des Moines, Iowa, where he catches up with Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton and the band's guitar techs to get the details on Mark's setup, as well as the rigs of guitarist Willie Adler and bassist John Campbell.
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GALLERY: Gear of the Month 2012

December 23, 2012
See all 12 unique instruments featured as Gear of the Month in 2012.
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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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