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Articles by Chris Kies

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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1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom Reissue Black Beauty Fretless Wonder

February 10, 2012
After cleaning it up a bit and doing a little homework on the instrument, I soon realized it was much more than an ordinary vintage Les Paul.
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1976 Fender Starcaster

January 10, 2012
If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then CBS-owned Fender was infatuated with Gibson’s ES line of semi-hollow electric guitars.
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GALLERY: Guitar of the Month 2011

January 4, 2012
All 12 axes featured as Guitar of the Month in 2011.
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DVD Review: The Rolling Stones - Some Girls Live in Texas '78

December 20, 2011
With 1978’s Some Girls—one of the Stone’s biggest-selling studio albums—and its resulting US tour, the band reconnected with their gritty, groovin’, and brash roots.
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1969 G&L Leo Fender Tri-Sonic Prototype

December 20, 2011
In the case of Leo Fender and G&L, a 1969 Tri-Sonic R&D prototype covered in 20 years of dust, dirt, and grime.
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1969 Silvertone 1490 Bass

November 15, 2011
The ’69 Silvertone 1490 bass showcased here has a 30" scale, three-tone sunburst, double-cutaway 14"-wide body.
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Album Review: Russian Circles - "Empros"

November 15, 2011
Empros is the album Russian Circles have been striving to concoct since the band’s inception seven years ago.
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10 Tech Tips from Touring Pros

November 9, 2011
From string changes to amp maintenance to networking, techs to the stars tell you how to maintain your setup like a pro.
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Gear Nannies: The Life of a Guitar Tech

November 2, 2011
Get the real scoop on life on the road from seven guys who have worked for Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Alex Lifeson, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, John Petrucci, and more.
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Experience PRS 2011

October 18, 2011
Premier Guitar journeys to the iconic guitar company’s fifth-annual extravaganza in Stevensville, Maryland, to bring you news, photos, and video of the brand-new amps and guitars,as well as the weekend’s lineup of killer activities.
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1979 Gibson RD Artist

October 18, 2011
Introducing the RD series (short for Research and Development), this line of guitars and basses were equipped with electronic circuitry for the first time in Gibson’s history.
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Mastodon: Epic Wail

October 18, 2011
Mastodon''s Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher talk about their concept metal''s show-but-sure crawl from primordial sludge to the more melodic and artsy approach on their highly-anticipated new album, "The Hunter."
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