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Articles by Chris Kies

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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Artinger Custom Guitars

September 21, 2010
Custom archtops, hollowbodies, and solidbodies
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DVD Review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker - "Damn the Torpedoes"

September 21, 2010
A documentary covering the creation of the "Damn the Torpedoes" album from the Classic Albums series
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Machine Head's Rob Flynn Offers Reward for Stolen Gear

September 17, 2010
Theives stole Flynn''s Washburn Dimebolt, a gift from Dimebag Darrell, and a modified Ibanez.
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Rig Rundown - Social Distortion's Mike Ness & Jonny Wickersham

September 16, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Council Bluffs, IA, where he catches up with Social Distortion's Mike Ness and Jonny Wickersham and they talk to us about their current live rigs and setups.

Ness' current live setup includes 70s Gibson Les Paul Deluxes (two-goldtops), a '67 Fender Bassman head going through two Marshall 1960B 4x10 cabs. The only pedal in his setup is a Boss SD-1 Overdrive. Wickersham's setup includes original '60s Les Paul Juniors and a '50s Telecaster that run through a Satellite head and two Marshall 4x12 cabs.
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Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

August 17, 2010
Premier Guitar braves record-breaking temperatures to take you inside the year’s hottest blues gathering—Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.
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J. Backlund Design

August 17, 2010
Space age designs from John Backlund
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Normandy Guitars

July 20, 2010
Jim Normandy builds solidbodies and hollowbody guitars from aluminum.
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GALLERY: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

July 2, 2010
June 26, 2010 - Toyota Park, Chicago, IL. The third annual Crossroads Guitar Festival featured performances from Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan, Robert Randolph, Joe Bonamassa, and many more. Photos by Chris Kies
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Murray Kuun Design & Lutherie

June 16, 2010
Traditional-style classical and archtops from South Africa
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GALLERY: New York Amp Show 2010

June 11, 2010
Last weekend’s New York Amp Show was chock full of beautiful boutique amps—plus more than a few hot guitars, pedals, and accessories. Our photo gallery spotlights 41 of the coolest things we ran across, with specs!
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GALLERY: Experience Hendrix 2010 Performances

May 27, 2010
The Milwaukee stop on the Experience Hendrix tour, featuring performances by Hubert Sumlin, Eric Johnson, Billy Cox, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph and more.
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Axes Bold as Love: The Gear of Experience Hendrix Tour 2010

May 18, 2010
PG goes behind the scenes on the Experience Hendrix Tour to talk gear with the gods and demigods of guitar
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Interview: Danny B. Harvey

May 7, 2010
The rockabilly guitarist of The Head Cats and Lonesome spurs talks recording with Lemmy, James Trussart guitars and keeping it simple.
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Interview: John Butler - Blending Styles & Gear

April 2, 2010
John Butler discusses how making interesting gear matchups lead to his most accessible album yet.
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Interview: The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd on Crazy Guitar Sounds and Vintage Gear

March 4, 2010
The Flaming Lips'' Steven Drozd is a man of many hats - keyboard, guitar and drums. Luckily for us, funky vintage gear nut is one of them.
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Media Preview January '10

December 17, 2009
BOOKS: Led Zeppelin: Good Times Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band & The Les Paul Guitar Book DVDs: Secret Policeman’s Balls: The Secret Policeman Rocks!, Guitar Setup and Maintenance & More Guitar Setup and Basic Modifications
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Remembering Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott

December 8, 2009
Remembering Dimebag Darrell on the fifth anniversary of his death
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