6. Bon Jovi

PG’s Chris Kies spent some quality time with John Shanks, Phil X, and Hugh McDonald before their sold-out show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The trio prove they travel heavy with plenty of instruments, detail their signal chains, and Phil X even challenges Kies to an arm-wrestling match.



5. Tedeschi Trucks Band

PG’s John Bohlinger caught up Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Tim Lefebvre of the Tedeschi Trucks Band before their 3-show residency at the Ryman in Nashville. While this might not be a gear-heavy band, there’s plenty of soul, groove, and vibe.



4. A Perfect Circle

Before APC’s gig at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, bassist Matt McJunkins (above right) and guitarists James Iha and Billy Howerdel spend some time with PG’s Chris Kies cataloging the guitars, basses, amps, and digital gear they require to pull off material from all three of their studio albums and beyond.



3. Mr. Big

The mind-blowing, face-melting, sultans of shred, Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big, met with PG during a recent Nashville date to talk tone.



2. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Before the Peppers’ gig at Memphis’ FedEx Forum, techs Ian Sheppard (above left) and Tracy Robar spend some time with PG’s Chris Kies cataloging the guitars, basses, amps, and piles of pedals they babysit to help the band craft their brand of California funk-rock.



1. Guns N' Roses

The gear of Slash, Duff McKagan, and Richard Fortus finally revealed.