December 2016

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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.
Eric Bell’s Northern Light

Eric Bell’s Northern Light

November 24, 2016
Thin Lizzy’s founding guitarist opens up about the early days, his exit from the band, and his new solo album, Exile.
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.
Thalia Zedek: Indie-Rock Heroine

Thalia Zedek: Indie-Rock Heroine

November 22, 2016
The influential artist and her new band E explore the dark and noisy side of songcraft with cheap vintage guitars, homemade instruments, unusual chord voicings, and a triangulated collaboration between two guitars and drums.
John Scofield Connects the Dots

John Scofield Connects the Dots

November 17, 2016
The jazz guitarist explores the common ground between bebop and honky-tonk on his latest album, Country for Old Men.
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.
Session Sages: Nick Raskulinecz, Dave Cobb, and Buddy Miller on Recording Guitars

Session Sages: Nick Raskulinecz, Dave Cobb, and Buddy Miller on Recording Guitars

November 16, 2016
Three acclaimed guitarist-producers on the tools, techniques, and philosophies that guide their work with heavy-hitters like Rush, Mastodon, Jason Isbell, and Robert Plant.
More Than Beer & Blood: Red Fang’s Bryan Giles and David Sullivan

More Than Beer & Blood: Red Fang’s Bryan Giles and David Sullivan

November 15, 2016
They’re famous for cheeky videos full of booze and entrails, but there’s a lot more going on with Only Ghosts—their new Ross Robinson-produced LP full of pulsing Sunn amps, 5-string Mustangs, and vintage stomps.
Drive-By Truckers: Sing Out!

Drive-By Truckers: Sing Out!

November 10, 2016
Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley raise their voices to protest inequality and gun violence on the group’s new album, American Band.
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.
Guerilla Toss Goes Apesh*t!

Guerilla Toss Goes Apesh*t!

November 8, 2016
Guitarist Arian Shafiee dances on a musical high wire. His partners: a Strat, a Kramer, a trick bag of effects, and radical compositions with no boundaries.
Korn: Got the Life

Korn: Got the Life

November 3, 2016
James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian "Head" Welch riff about how producer and longtime fan Nick Raskulinecz convinced them to bring back funky, detuned guitars on The Serenity of Suffering.
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.
Moon Bros: Ready to Launch

Moon Bros: Ready to Launch

November 1, 2016
Fingerstyle guitarist Matthew Schneider’s longtime project appeals to a wider audience with These Stars, an album which showcases his acoustic virtuosity.
Flower Power Trio: The Stargazer Lilies

Flower Power Trio: The Stargazer Lilies

October 27, 2016
Guitarist John Cep and bassist Kim Field plant roots in songwriting terra firma while expanding their universe with stereo Marshalls, myriad pedals, vintage gear, and influences ranging from Kevin Shields to bossa nova.
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.
Echoes from the Garage

Echoes from the Garage

October 25, 2016
How a savage ’60s movement changed guitar then and now.
F.E.A.R Monger: Marillion’s Steve Rothery

F.E.A.R Monger: Marillion’s Steve Rothery

October 20, 2016
Armed with uncommon axes and amps, a raft of stompboxes, and mojo borrowed from his 6-string heroes, the veteran prog-rocker creates a world of vivid soundscapes on the band’s new crowd-funded album.
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.
The Descendents’ Stephen Egerton: Pop-Punk Papa

The Descendents’ Stephen Egerton: Pop-Punk Papa

October 18, 2016
How the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, stripped-down 6-strings, classical training, high-gain amps, and the rush of survival helped fuel the bands’ first album in 12 years.