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Tessa Jeffers

Tessa Jeffers

Tessa is a Nebraska native whose career in journalism has taken her from the Midwest to the Middle East and back. In addition to writing about music for publications like SPIN, Tessa has worked as an arts editor and investigative news reporter. Her most challenging role to date was working as a managing editor tasked with reinventing a lifestyle magazine in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. She currently lives in Music City, Tennessee.


Reader Guitar of the Month: Hapas Kayzer 8FF

November 9, 2015
An 8-string named “Columbus” makes its way across the Atlantic.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Hallmark Swept-Wing

October 23, 2015
A resurrected orange sparkle Hallmark Swept-Wing with a great backstory.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Jackson Explorer

October 9, 2015
Check out a custom Jackson Explorer that was modded with medical equipment parts.
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Rig Rundown: Best Coast’s Bobb Bruno and Bethany Cosentino

September 30, 2015
California surf-rockers Best Coast use tons of fun effects and interesting guitars to create their shimmers and other layered tones.
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Rig Rundown: ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill [2015]

September 16, 2015
The Texas rockers have used the same tone formula for decades, but when it comes to gear and making a statement, they’re kings of style.
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Rig Rundown: Deep Purple’s Steve Morse

August 12, 2015
The guitarist details the signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitars, Engl amps, and specialized effects he uses on the road.
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Gallery: Bonnaroo 2015

June 19, 2015
Guitar highlights from the farm, which may be the most eclectic musical experience out there.
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My Morning Jacket: Childlike Wonder

May 21, 2015
Sonic shaman Jim James and guitar scientist Carl Broemel plunge into deep musical currents on The Waterfall.
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Aaron Bruno’s Brutal Breakdowns

March 26, 2015
AWOLNATION’s musical architect searches for riffs so good they make him cry.
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Video Premiere: Sir Richard Bishop "Guitar Talk"

January 21, 2015
The 6-string legend details the expensive, rare guitar that he had to have.
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