November 2018

Bassists

Rig Rundown: Stone Sour

May 30, 2018
Guitarists Josh Rand and Christian Martucci, as well as bassist Johny Chow, provide the dirt on how a revamped lineup of axes (with passive pickups), no bass amps, and a fresh pile of pedals have reenergized the band’s hard-rock sound.
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Meshell Ndegeocello: The Melody, the Lyric, and the Beat

May 29, 2018
The acclaimed bassist rebuilds a set of cover songs on her latest album, Ventriloquism, while focusing on her personal connection to classic soul and R&B, and creating plenty of room for all-star guitar contributions.
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been

May 24, 2018
On the new album Wrong Creatures, the sonic shamans blur the lines between guitar and bass with effects, open tunings, and banks of amps to create a cocoon of sound.
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Rig Rundown: The Breeders

May 23, 2018
For nearly 30 years, these alt-rock pioneers have created gristly tones full of attitude and angst. Find out how guitarist Kelley Deal and bassist Josephine Wiggs craft their signature tones.
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Rig Rundown: The Black Angels

May 16, 2018
Discover how these Austin psychers utilize Beatles-inspired guitars with several gnarly fuzzes and lush ’verbs to bridge the vibes of Roky Erickson and Dick Dale.
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Diminutive Darlings: Short-Scale Bass Review Roundup

May 15, 2018
We check out three downsized rumblers—the Fender JMJ Road Worn Mustang, Spector Bantam 4, and Supro Huntington II.
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Rig Rundown: The Mattson 2

May 2, 2018
Go inside the psych-jazz stylings of Jared Mattson and check out his wacky Japanese doubleneck that provides the midrange buzz and low-end thump for the duo.
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Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean and Robert DeLeo

April 26, 2018
These lions of rock navigate the new Stone Temple Pilots album in the studio and onstage with carefully chosen guitars and basses, honed studio craft, and a new songwriting partner in vocalist Jeff Gutt.
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Rig Rundown: Khruangbin

April 25, 2018
Witness how the Texas trio spawns their brand of atmospheric Thai-funk rock with an expansive use of ’verb and a pair of road-trodden, vintage-styled instruments.
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Forgotten Heroes: Can

April 24, 2018
How the devil’s rejects of krautrock, featuring bassist Holger Czukay and guitarist Michael Karoli, fueled the future with their rhythmic, improvisational, textural sound and paved the way for punk, new wave, psych, and ambient music.
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A Plane Shame: Traveling on Airlines with Guitars

April 3, 2018
The ins—and especially the outs—of carrying a guitar on commercial flights, with tips and horror stories from Dave Davies, Kaki King, Tortoise’s Jeff Parker, and others.
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Listen to the April 2018 PG Spotify Playlist

March 21, 2018
This month's playlist includes jams from Umphrey's McGee, The Darkness, Converge, Johnny Hiland, and more.
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Rig Rundown: Screaming Females

March 14, 2018
Guitarist/singer Marissa Paternoster and bassist “King” Mike Abbate worry little about instrument investments and instead focus on producing raw, energy-fueled, loud-as-hell jams.
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Rig Rundown: Pallbearer

March 7, 2018
Learn how these Arkansas rockers move beyond a wall of dark and heavy doom with various modulations, delays, and deep ’verbs to weave their own complex sonic architecture.
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Rig Rundown: Snarky Puppy

February 28, 2018
Arguably the most danceable jazz band around gives us some insights to the gear they use to keep the audience grooving.
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Rig Rundown: Radio Moscow

February 21, 2018
This psych-rock power trio doesn't mind a little 60-cycle hum from their collection of obscure vintage gear from Gibson, Alamo, Danelectro, and more.
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Listen to the March 2018 PG Spotify Playlist

February 21, 2018
Check out tunes from Duane Eddy, Lee Sklar, Hannah Wicklund, and more!
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Mike Gordon: Hooks, Bass Lines, and Thinkers

February 8, 2018
On his fifth solo album, OGOGO, the Phish low-ender trips the light fantastic with flashy LED-equipped 5-strings and a newfound appreciation of pop simplicity.
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Rig Rundown: Greta Van Fleet

February 7, 2018
One of today’s most buzzed-about rock bands walks us through the gear that powers their riff-heavy jams.
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Lee Sklar: “Everything I Do Is Etched in Mud.”

February 6, 2018
From whole-note hoedowns to fusion freak-outs, the bass legend talks about his genre-jumping career cutting tracks for James Taylor, Billy Cobham, Carole King, Clint Black, Phil Collins, Warren Zevon, and many others.
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