December 2016

Rig Rundown

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Rig Rundown: Switchfoot's Drew Shirley

Rig Rundown: Switchfoot's Drew Shirley

December 7, 2016
The Grammy-winning guitarist shows off his Elliott guitars, a well-designed pedalboard, and his old-school, dual-amp approach.
Rig Rundown: Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Rig Rundown: Chris Robinson Brotherhood

November 30, 2016
Psychedelia reigns with the band’s stash of boutique guitars, workhorse amps, and tone-shaping stomps.
Rig Rundown: The Dandy Warhols

Rig Rundown: The Dandy Warhols

November 23, 2016
James Holmström, Zia McCabe, and Courtney Taylor-Taylor show off some of the most jaw-droppingly unique custom and rare vintage axes we've seen in ages.
Rig Rundown: Alter Bridge's Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy

Rig Rundown: Alter Bridge's Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy

November 16, 2016
Big, loud amps and a handful of PRS guitars power one of modern rock’s most formidable guitar duos.
Rig Rundown: Band of Skulls

Rig Rundown: Band of Skulls

November 9, 2016
The English rock band travels heavy with Fender solidbodies and Gretsch semi-hollows while proving that pedal swaps make a group closer.
Rig Rundown: Nada Surf

Rig Rundown: Nada Surf

November 2, 2016
The alt-rock group packs a punch with Les Pauls, cranked amps, and just a few essential stomps.
Rig Rundown: Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi

Rig Rundown: Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi

October 26, 2016
Experimenting with odd-time signatures and unusual tunings isn’t the only reason for the band’s unique mojo—a few eye-popping guitars, classic amps, and a pile of pedals are also required for their brand of melodic post-hardcore.
Rig Rundown: Pierce the Veil's Tony Perry

Rig Rundown: Pierce the Veil's Tony Perry

October 19, 2016
The lead guitarist behind the post-hardcore band discusses what specs he likes in his signature ESPs and why he prefers going digital on the road.
Rig Rundown: Tim Commerford

Rig Rundown: Tim Commerford

October 12, 2016
The Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage bass hero shows us the dual-amp setup he uses to get huge tones with his WAKRAT project.
Rig Rundown: C.W. Stoneking

Rig Rundown: C.W. Stoneking

October 5, 2016
A few pedals, a pair of classic guitars, and a faithful recreation of a Princeton are all this Australian 6-stringer needs for his unique style of Delta blues.
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.