December 2016

Articles by Chris Kies

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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Gear of the Month: 1959 Danelectro Doubleneck #3923

May 11, 2012
The 1959 Danelectro Doubleneck 3923 has the standard Shorthorn double-cutaway body with Danelectro’s classic Masonite construction with vinyl binding and a copper-burst finish.
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Album Review: Jack White - Blunderbuss

April 25, 2012
Jack White''s first solo album mixes in flavors of his previous projects with a helping of Nashville twang.
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Rig Rundown - Every Time I Die's Jordan Buckley & Andy Williams

April 23, 2012
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Des Moines, IA, at People's Court where he catches up Every Time I Die's guitarist Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams who talk about their touring setup that includes ESP Guitars, Gibson, Marshall, Orange, Bison Amps, Boss, Line 6, EMG, and much more.
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1966 Fender Mustang, 1961 Fender Princeton, and Vintage Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone FZ-1A

April 6, 2012
That first real rig often holds a special spot in a player’s heart, and in the case of guitarist Brook Hoover, it was because his seminal setup sounded so good.
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Rig Rundown: The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach

April 2, 2012
See the guitars, amps, and effects used on tour with the Black Keys.
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Elvis Presley's 1975 Martin D-28

March 9, 2012
“Before Elvis, there was nothing,” declared John Lennon. “If there hadn’t been Elvis, there wouldn’t have been the Beatles.” While few would dispute Presley’s place in pop-music history, Elvis
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Album Review: The Mars Volta - "Noctourniquet"

March 6, 2012
While "Noctourniquet" isn’t your dad’s prog rock, it does provide some Pink Floyd-inspired journeys in its mellower songs.
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Album Review: Every Time I Die - Ex Lives

February 29, 2012
The hardcore rockers from Buffalo take strides forward in their most elaborate album yet, due on March 6.
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