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Articles by Chris Kies

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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Rig Rundown - Maroon 5's James Valentine

October 11, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Des Moines, IA, where he catches up with Maroon 5's guitarist James Valentine. In this video Valentine talks to Chris about the gear they use while out on the road on the 2011 Summer Tour with Train.
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GALLERY: Pro Pedalboards, Volume II

October 10, 2011
Go onstage with 36 pedalboards from guitarists like Rush''s Alex Lifeson, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, ZZ Top''s Billy Gibbons, and more.
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GALLERY: L.A. Amp Show 2011

October 5, 2011
The latest boutique amps, guitars, and pedals on display at the annual Van Nuys gear gathering.
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1966 Mosrite Mark XII

September 20, 2011
The revitalized Mosrite Mark XII model featured here has a two-tone sunburst finish on an alder body, boasting the “German carve” perfected by Mosrite founder Semie Moseley.
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CD Review: Mastodon - "The Hunter"

September 20, 2011
with The Hunter, Mastodon loosens the recording reins to offer up a wider spectrum of musical goodness.
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Rig Rundown - The Mars Volta's Juan Alderete

August 30, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Chicago with bass guitarist Juan Alderete, who talks to Chris about his bass guitars and demonstrates some of his favorite pedals.
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Rig Rundown - The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

August 30, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Chicago with guitarist Omar Rodrigues-Lopez and check out his live rig
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CD Review: Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - "World Wide Rebel Songs"

August 16, 2011
Thankfully, on his third solo album World Wide Rebel Songs, The Nightwatchman (Morello’s acoustic Johnny-Cash-meets-Che-Guevara alter ego) embraces his amplified roots and tracks with his touring band, the Freedom Fighter Orchestra.
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Late-’70s “Blade II” Les Paul Copy

August 16, 2011
W.A.S.P. guitarist Douglas Blair’s late ’70s Japanese Les Paul copy puts the danger back into dangerous when it comes to playing heavy music.
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GALLERY: Lollapalooza 2011

August 10, 2011
A sampling of the bands and guitars that descended upon Chicago''s Grant Park on August 5-7, 2011.
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CD Review: Megadeth - "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?" Box Set

August 2, 2011
The commemorative box set includes five CDs and three LPs, compiling original remixes and remasters done separately in 2004 by Dave Mustaine and producer Randy Burns.
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Rig Rundown - Thin Lizzy's Vivian Campbell & Scott Gorham

August 1, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the Vic Theatre where he catches up with Thin Lizzy guitar tech Coty Allinson who walks us through guitarists Vivian Campbell and Scott Gorham's current touring rigs.
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1958 Fender Precision Bass

July 19, 2011
You could make the case that popular music fans over the last 60 years are as much indebted to Leo for the Precision Bass.
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2011 NY Amp Show: The Situation Rooms

July 19, 2011
"Premier Guitar" treks to Piscataway, New Jersey, to scope out the annual boutique-amp extravaganza.
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CD Review: 311 - "Univeral Pulse"

July 19, 2011
Universal Pulse—311’s tenth studio release—is rife with their signature tasty-waves-and-a-cool-buzz vibe.
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2011 Dustin Wallace Signature Guitar

June 14, 2011
Engraved with the names of 100 donors who made the guitar possible
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CD Review: Raphael Saadiq - "Stone Rollin'"

May 17, 2011
Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin’ Columbia Since his days as bassist/vocalist in the soul/R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! in the late ’80s and ’90s, Raphael Saadiq has quietly worked as a
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1969 Guild Duane Eddy 400

May 17, 2011
Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy first lassoed radio waves with his influential spaghetti-western style, single-note melodies, and eerie, low-string bends using a Gretsch Chet Atkins
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Rig Rundown - G.Love

May 4, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI, where he catches up with guitarist G.Love. In this Rig Rundown, G.Love shows off his pedalboard (Electro-Harmonix Wiggler, EHX Q-Tron, RC Booster, Keeley Compressor, Boss Digital Delay, Boss Flanger), amps (Ampeg J-20 Jet and Fender Deluxe Reverb), and guitars (Gretsch G.Love Signature Corvette, Gretsch Black Penguin, Gretsch Black Falcon, Gretsch 60th Anniversary, and several Gibson acoustics).
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