October 2016

Rig Rundown

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Rig Rundown: God Is an Astronaut

Rig Rundown: God Is an Astronaut

September 28, 2016
The instrumental post-rock group shows how they mix tried-and-true instruments with modeling technology for an expansive soundscape set for orbit.
Rig Rundown: Allah-Las

Rig Rundown: Allah-Las

September 21, 2016
The SoCal surf-garage rockers prove an instrument, a pedal, and lots of reverb is all you need to have a raging dance party.
Rig Rundown: Los Straitjackets

Rig Rundown: Los Straitjackets

September 14, 2016
The masked guitarists demonstrate how a pedal-less setup is the right fit for their instrumental brand of surf rock.
Rig Rundown: AC/DC

Rig Rundown: AC/DC

September 7, 2016
Angus and Stevie Young might have the simplest rigs in rock—SGs and Gretsches into Marshalls—but their techs explain the nuances that help these Aussies get their signature snarl.
Rig Rundown: Toto's Steve Lukather

Rig Rundown: Toto's Steve Lukather

August 31, 2016
The top-shelf guitarist pulls back the curtain on the high-power amps, signature guitars, and boutique pedals he uses to power his live show.
Rig Rundown: Deerhoof

Rig Rundown: Deerhoof

August 24, 2016
Despite their penchant for crazy sounds, avant-indie heroes John Dieterich and Ed Rodríguez aren't boutique snobs. Here they walk us through the tools they use to create their cerebral catharsis.
Rig Rundown: Mutemath

Rig Rundown: Mutemath

August 17, 2016
Nashville’s electronica alt-rock quartet explains how they cover guitar and bass needs with three instruments, one amp, and lots of pedals.
Rig Rundown: Intronaut

Rig Rundown: Intronaut

August 10, 2016
The prog-metal upstarts demonstrate the handmade tools they use and prove that it always helps to have a bona fide luthier in the band.
Rig Rundown: Modest Mouse's Jim Fairchild

Rig Rundown: Modest Mouse's Jim Fairchild

August 3, 2016
The alt-rocker details and demos his wide-ranging guitar collection, expansive pedalboard, and dual-amp setup.
Rig Rundown: Esmé Patterson

Rig Rundown: Esmé Patterson

July 27, 2016
The up-and-coming singer-songwriter discusses her penchant for cheap guitars, her favorite ESP Ron Wood T-style, and the boutique-stocked pedalboard she built with her dad.
Rig Rundown: Black Pistol Fire

Rig Rundown: Black Pistol Fire

July 20, 2016
As one half of a two-piece outfit, guitarist/vocalist Kevin McKeown shows how a few hollowbodies, Fender combos, and a packed pedalboard help him create a blues-rock ruckus.
Rig Rundown: Duran Duran's John Taylor

Rig Rundown: Duran Duran's John Taylor

July 13, 2016
While admitting to not being a gear junkie, the new-wave bass icon explains how he came to love Peavey basses, why they’re comparable to BMWs, and what makes up his signature tone.
Rig Rundown: The Wild Feathers

Rig Rundown: The Wild Feathers

July 6, 2016
The Nashville-based rockers are on a tear with their Neil Young-meets-Tom Petty jams. Find out what vibey gear, classic combos, and boutique stomps power their stage shows.
Rig Rundown: Black Mountain's Stephen McBean

Rig Rundown: Black Mountain's Stephen McBean

June 29, 2016
This Vancouver psych-rock quintet is building quite a buzz with its vibey grooves, so we decided to find out which gear gives bandleader McBean his 6-string buzz.
Rig Rundown: Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes

Rig Rundown: Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes

June 15, 2016
Classic rockers from Aerosmith and Ted Nugent reconnect after three decades to jam on vintage-inspired gear with modern accoutrements.
Rig Rundown: Bloc Party

Rig Rundown: Bloc Party

June 8, 2016
Combine a few tried-and-true guitars, basses, and amps with several dozen pedals and you’re on the right path to the British pop-rockers’ unique sound.
Rig Rundown: Don Felder

Rig Rundown: Don Felder

June 1, 2016
The former Eagles guitarist packs a classic-rock punch with a few iconic Gibsons, a DIY creation, and a handful of go-to everyman pedals.
Rig Rundown: Zakk Wylde

Rig Rundown: Zakk Wylde

May 25, 2016
One of modern metal’s most influential shredders takes us behind the curtain to show us the namesake gear powering his over-the-top tone.
Rig Rundown: The Darkness

Rig Rundown: The Darkness

May 18, 2016
Fueled by a pair of brothers rocking Les Pauls and the bass rumbling thanks to Gibson Thunderbirds, this U.K. outfit is here to rock and roll.
Rig Rundown: Dawes

Rig Rundown: Dawes

May 11, 2016
Grimy Fenders, posh Gretsches, and handmade Gibson knockoffs meet streamlined pedalboards and vintage amps for this L.A. folk-rock outfit featuring Duane Betts on lead guitar.