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Rig Rundown: Kurt Ballou

January 27, 2021
School’s in session! Heavy music’s brutalist producer and Converge’s 6-string steamroller welcomes PG inside GodCity Studio for a masterclass in mic differences, recording techniques, and designing ferocious pedals.
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My Chemical Romance Hooked

Hooked: My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero on Black Flag's "Rise Above"

January 26, 2021
The MCR rocker remembers being sucked into Greg Ginn's diagonal riffs from a friend's mixtape and retells creeping out the punk-rock legend.
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Kaki King: “My Stamina and Accuracy Have Gone to Shit”

January 26, 2021
COVID’s got even the world-renowned fingerstyle visionary wrestling with her chops. Here’s how she rolled with the punches, pivoted, and released the soundtrack to her on-hold-for-now audio-visual performance project, Data Not Found.
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Nels Cline Calls Shotgun

January 22, 2021
The Jazzmaster blaster strips down his gear to play a supporting role on the new album by his Singers, Share the Wealth, focusing on looping, sound making, and harmony on the fly.
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The Big 5: Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin

January 22, 2021
In the debut episode of PG’s new weekly video series, the Brit indie-rocker grapples with our five burning questions for guitar dweebs.
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Rig Rundown: Tori Ruffin

January 20, 2021
Morris Day and the Time’s lead axeman gets funky with Prince-influenced Schecters, JCM900s, and stomps that range from simple to sophisticated.
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Lee Malia Hooked

Hooked: Bring Me the Horizon's Lee Malia on Metallica

January 19, 2021
The metalcore maestro highlights tunes from the Bay Area thrash icons that helped hone his picking technique.
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Elder Sanctuary Riff Rundown

Riff Rundown - Elder's "Sanctuary"

January 17, 2021
Nick DiSalvo deconstructs the arpeggios and licks from the Reflections of a Floating World headbanger.
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The Twisted Life of Larry Schemel

January 14, 2021
The Death Valley Girls guitarist smashes the psychedelic button with cheap gear, mad abandon, and a finely tuned ear for the radically wild.
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Sadler Vaden Hooked

Hooked: Sadler Vaden on Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song"

January 12, 2021
Jason Isbell's brother in arms relates how stealing his sister's Sony Discman as a teen is still paying big dividends.
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Fender

Fender Unveils New Signature Models from Mike McCready, Jason Isbell, Chrissie Hynde, and More

January 12, 2021
McCready's signature Strat will be limited to only 60 pieces and was patterned after his original '60 model.
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Gibson

Gibson and Gene Simmons Collaborate on G2 Series of Instruments

January 8, 2021
G2 will introduce new collections of right and left-handed electric guitars and basses across Gibson’s Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer brands, and develop new entertainment content that will be streamed to millions of fans worldwide on multiple online and social platforms.
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels on Songcraft

January 8, 2021
“You’re not writing until you’re rewriting.”
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Nuno Bettencourt

Eddie Van Halen Played the Greatest G Chord Ever

January 7, 2021
Heavy funk, slide guitar, bluesy grooves, and drop-D riffs—Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt and Dweezil Zappa x-ray the unpredictable bones of Van Halen's classic Fair Warning.
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Rig Rundown: Be Well’s Mike Schleibaum

January 6, 2021
Darkest Hour's cofounding guitarist details his brand-new signature ESP V and offers up sound secrets gleaned from producer/singer Brian McTernan.
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels’ 6-String Secrets of the Screen

January 6, 2021
Is that really an F#m7, or are they just faking it?
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Wendy Eisenberg’s Genre Hopping

January 6, 2021
The experimental guitarist explores multiple approaches to genre and technique through inventive playing and clever songcraft on the new album Auto.
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Brother Hawk Hooked

Hooked: Brother Hawk on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer"

January 5, 2021
Raised on a healthy dose of "uncle" Neil by his kin, guitarist J.B. Brisendine singles out the slinkier, commanding version featured on 1991's live Weld.
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels: "I Steal Left and Right From People"

January 4, 2021
Actor and talented acoustic picker Jeff Daniels talks about his influences: Arlo Gurthie, Steve Goodman, Doc Watson, Son House, and more.
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Julian Lage

Mentorship and Apprenticeship

January 1, 2021
Regardless of style, It’s a long, winding road to guitar mastery. Julian Lage describes his journey and who has helped him along the way.
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