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Articles by Chris Kies

CD Review: Johnny Cash - "Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood"

February 15, 2011
Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood takes you back to the ’50s and ’60s, when Cash lived in the studio.
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Guitar of the Month: 1.5 Millionth Martin

February 15, 2011
For the recent 1.5 millionth Martin, the company went with a Leonardo da Vinci theme—complete with a Last Supper pickguard inlay, da Vinci artwork-inspired inlays, a Mona Lisa headstock, and a Vitruvian Man design on the back.
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Modern Builder Vault: Bell Custom Guitars

February 15, 2011
Bell Custom Guitars builds classically-shaped instruments using a combination of acrylic and wood.
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Social Distortion: Punk At The Wheel

January 17, 2011
Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness and co-guitarist Jonny Wickersham talk about P-90 addiction, Ness’ knack for engrossing lyrics, and what it was like for the Les Paul Deluxe-loving leader of the veteran punk band to sit in the producer’s chair for Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.
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Hand Guitars

January 17, 2011
Hand guitars use polymer clay and other alternative materials to create psychedelic designs
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1977 Travis Bean TB1000A

January 17, 2011
In 1977, Travis Bean reworked its body-chambering technique to remove some aluminum from the top instead of the side.
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AM Guitars

December 21, 2010
Anibal Mistorni of AM Guitars is building guitars from vintage chrome vacuum cleaners
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Book Review: "Life" By Keith Richards with James Fox

December 21, 2010
Few autobiographies by guitarists have been—or will be—as important as this tome by the lead guitarist of one of the most significant rock bands ever.
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CD Review: Social Distortion - "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes"

December 21, 2010
For the avid Social Distortion listener, most of the tried-and-true elements are still there—gritty guitars through overdriven tube amps, Ness’ storytelling lyrics, and high-octane rhythms—but they’re more refined and polished.
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Rig Rundown - Reverend Horton Heat

December 13, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at RIBCO Brewing in Rock Island, IL, where he catches up with rockabilly guitar slinger Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath for another Rig Rundown installment.

In this Rig Rundown video segment, the Rev talks about his signature Gretsch G6120RHH Hollowbody electric guitar, switching from his tried-and-true 1978 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp to a Gretsch Executive combo, and why he uses a rackmount delay during his live shows. In addition to the gear talk, the Rev talks and show off some techniques and playing styles he uses on a nightly basis while performing.
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Rig Rundown - Hank Williams III

December 8, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Des Moines, IA, at People's Court where he catches up with country/metal artist Hank Williams III. In this Rig Rundown segment, Hank Williams III walks us through both his setups that he uses on a nightly basis--one for his traditional country set and another for his metal set.
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Interview: James Valentine (Maroon 5) - Hands All Over

December 2, 2010
Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine breaks down the recording process and gear for the group''s latest, Hands All Over, and discusses playing in a pop band and jazz ambitions.
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1976 Music Man StingRay Prototype "Old Smoothie"

November 16, 2010
One of the first Music Man instruments ever built after the CBS no-compete restriction expired
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Kauer Guitars

November 16, 2010
Boutique builder Doug Kauer''s guitars
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GALLERY: Pro Pedalboards Volume I

November 6, 2010
A look at pedalboards used onstage by Deftones, Alice in Chains, Dave Matthews Band, 311, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, and many more
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1968 Gibson Reverse Series Firebird I and GA-15RVT Explorer Amp

October 20, 2010
The story of a rare Gibson Firebird and the lucky kid who got it
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Cobra Guitars

October 20, 2010
Relic''d classics from New York
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Book Review: "The Ultimate Metallica" By Ross Halfin

October 20, 2010
See Metallica''s career through photographer Ross Halfin''s lens.
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GALLERY: L.A. Amp Show 2010

October 8, 2010
A sampling of the cool amps, guitars, and effects on display in L.A.
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Rig Rundown - Tim Reynolds of Dave Matthews Band

October 6, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE, where he catches up with Dave Matthews Band's lead guitarist Tim Reynolds. In this segment, Reynolds shows us his Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier, Mesa/Boogie 4x12 cabinet, his pedalboard featuring a MXR Line Driver, Way Huge Swollen Pickle, Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, and a Moogerfooger Ring Modulator pedal. His current lineup of guitars includes a Gibson Flying V, a Gibson Les Paul Standard, and two H-S-S Strats.
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