November 2018

Bassists

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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Aziza’s Dave Holland and Lionel Loueke: Magic and Inspiration

February 10, 2017
The legendary bassist and fingerstyle master reveal the origins and vision behind their star-packed jazz quartet.
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Rig Rundown: Red Hot Chili Peppers [2017]

February 1, 2017
See how the extensive live setups used by Flea and Josh Klinghoffer have morphed since their 2012 I'm with You tour.
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Top 10 Rig Rundowns of 2016

December 30, 2016
You watched, we listened! Here are the most popular episodes of the year.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pixies’ Joey Santiago & Paz Lenchantin: Accidental Heroes

October 12, 2016
The guitar-and-bass team discusses their new LP, Head Carrier, and the festering feedback and dissonant dynamics that made the Boston quartet alt-rock legends.
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GALLERY: Riot Fest 2016

October 4, 2016
See what guitars and basses the punks, metalheads, and hardcore rockers used during the Windy City’s other 3-day festival.
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Kevin Morby’s Unfancy Sparkle

September 29, 2016
A Brooklyn singer-songwriter makes an acoustic psychedelic album, Singing Saw, using cheap flattops, a Fender Jaguar named Dorothy, studio savvy, and—yes—an actual singing saw.
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