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Bassists

Peter Hook’s Sweet Revenge

August 2, 2017
Revisiting his past in New Order and Joy Division, a singular-sounding melodic bassist and songwriter steps into the Light.
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Rig Rundown: AFI

July 26, 2017
Jade Puget and Hunter Burgan chronicle the working-man instruments, all-tube heads, and select noisemakers they rely on to achieve their evolved punk tones.
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Listen to the August 2017 PG Spotify Playlist

July 19, 2017
This month's playlist features Deep Purple, Tash Sultana, Algiers, Havok, and more.
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Bill Laswell: Four Strings, Zero Limits

July 17, 2017
The bassist and producer uses primal building blocks—a vintage Fender P, R&B roots, and repetition—to create an aural amalgamation of punk, metal, world music, and outrageous improv.
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Rig Rundown: Silversun Pickups

June 28, 2017
The L.A. rockers explain how they weave and manipulate their boundless tones with some classic Gibson ’birds and a mix of tube power and digital modeling. Plus, we find out guitarist Brian Aubert’s secret weapon.
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Gallery: Bonnaroo 2017—U2’s Epic First U.S. Festival Headline Performance

June 22, 2017
The Edge’s guitar playing blew our brains out. Besides that, here’s a glimpse of who played what on the farm, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, Kaleo, Umphrey’s McGee, and others in between.
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Rig Rundown: Mr. Big's Paul Gilbert & Billy Sheehan [2017]

June 21, 2017
We catch up with the virtuoso pair to talk about gear, three-string guitars, and how they dial in their legendary tones.
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Listen to the July 2017 PG Spotify Playlist

June 21, 2017
This month's playlist features Juan Alderete and suGar Yoshinaga from Halo Orbit, Body Count, and Warren Haynes.
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Earth to Bass: Halo Orbit’s Juan Alderete

June 8, 2017
The ex-Mars Volta low-ender explores his instrument’s sonic outer limits with short-scale axes, a huge array of pedals, and freewheeling playing on the debut album from his new band.
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Gallery: Shaky Knees 2017

May 26, 2017
PG dives into gear details with Phoenix, Warpaint, Third Eye Blind, Moon Taxi, the Shins, and others playing the massive Atlanta festival.
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Rig Rundown: Royal Thunder

May 24, 2017
The Atlanta quartet shows off the beer-soaked gear they use to create their haunting Southern pysch rock.
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Rig Rundown: A Perfect Circle

May 10, 2017
James Iha and Matt McJunkins cover their 21st-century setups while lead guitarist Billy Howerdel shows off the range of sounds he needs to pull off the band’s expressive discography.
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Rig Rundown: Seether

May 3, 2017
The South-African rockers show off their ear-splitting rigs while rehearsing for their upcoming tour.
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The One Album That Changed Everything

April 7, 2017
Twenty-six guitar and bass greats—including Ben Harper, Kaki King, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson, J Mascis, and Savages’ Gemma Thompson—discuss the record that altered their musical universe forever.
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Rig Rundown: Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis and Lou Barlow [2017]

April 5, 2017
One of rock’s loudest guitar-and-bass duos catalogs their ferocious setups.
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Rig Rundown: Tedeschi Trucks Band

March 15, 2017
Guitar’s power couple of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi share the stories behind their rigs, and bassist Tim Lefebvre walks us through his trippy pedal setup.
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STS9’s Hunter Brown and Alana Rocklin: The Head and the Heart

March 2, 2017
The rhythm guitarist and bassist discuss mating electronica with rock, and how to make soulful music with machines—without becoming ruled by them.
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Rig Rundown: Bon Jovi

March 1, 2017
We go over the semi-filling, arena-rocking loads of gear that John Shanks, Phil X, and Hugh McDonald brought on the road to support This House Is Not for Sale.
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Oozing Wound’s Zack Weil and Kevin Cribbin: Organic Offense

February 16, 2017
With technical, rhythmic riffs and nasty lead bass tones, this Chicago thrash trio takes the crude metal shtick outside the norm.
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Rig Rundown: Warpaint

February 15, 2017
Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman get trippy gypsy with layers of effects and funky Fenders.
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