December 2016

Articles by Chris Kies

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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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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