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December 2014

Articles by Chris Kies

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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