November 2018

Guitarists

Rig Rundown: Lindsay Ell

August 15, 2018
The rising country star reveals which legendary picker recently built her a "Mary Kaye" Strat clone, as well as why she started painting guitars.
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The Iceage Cometh

August 10, 2018
With their latest album Beyondless, the Danish quartet continues its slow metamorphosis from a post-punk band to creators of urgent, orchestrally textured rock.
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Rig Rundown: Pelican

August 8, 2018
See how the twin-guitar attack rocks SGs, classic tube heads, and strategically set delays that help birth epic post-metal jams.
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Johnny Marr’s Mancunian Charm

August 6, 2018
The Smiths icon and renowned collaborator and guitarist’s guitarist steps out as a confident frontman on his third studio album, Call the Comet.
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Skating Polly’s Sister Power

August 3, 2018
With their own literal rulebook, a gnarly sounding Fender Duo-Sonic, and a 3-string bass, siblings Peyton Bighorse and Kelli Mayo blend pop hooks and punk grit on their new album, The Make It All Show.
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Rig Rundown: G.E. Smith

August 1, 2018
After decades of backing up world-class artists and leading the SNL band, the famed Telemaster shares some of his tried-and-true gear secrets.
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Brothers Osborne: What Comes Naturally

July 31, 2018
Family duo John and TJ combine a lifetime of country and classic-rock influences on Port Saint Joe, while the guitar takes center stage.
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Henry Kaiser: The Great Explorer

July 26, 2018
His decades of globetrotting collaborations have yielded more than 300 albums—and many sonic breakthroughs—yet electric guitar innovator and world-class improviser Henry Kaiser continues his relentless pursuit … of everything.
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Rig Rundown: Johnny A.

July 25, 2018
Get inside the fuzz-laden setup used by one of guitardom’s most respected instrumentalists during his recent stint with the Yardbirds.
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Dylan Carlson’s Theme for an Imaginary Western

July 24, 2018
Earth’s cult-hero guitarist spins stories in sound on his solo debut Conquistador—painting big-brushstroke riffs with a palette of supercharged Fenders, solid-state amps, and a few select stompboxes.
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Staff Picks: My First Amp

July 20, 2018
My Morning Jacket’s Jim James joins us to discuss our very first amps, and where they are now.
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Emil Werstler: “Devil in the Room” Song Premiere and Interview

July 19, 2018
A heavy metal virtuoso steps away from the genre for a solo debut packed with beats, samples, quick-cut style shifts, and—of course—plenty of scalding guitar.
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Rig Rundown: U2's The Edge

July 18, 2018
Strats, Explorers, Les Pauls, AC30s, and a healthy amount of delay help form some of the most iconic tones ever recorded. Famed tech Dallas Schoo walks us through the ins and outs of The Edge’s expansive setup.
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My First Guitar

July 17, 2018
A dozen pro prayers share the story behind the first 6-string they ever had. Read about Al Di Meola’s Christmas Guild, Paul Gilbert’s Stella, the Steve Vai-signed Ibanez RG that Nita Strauss once coveted and now owns, and more.
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Rig Rundown: Zao

July 11, 2018
Even on borrowed gear, the metalcore pioneers are able to bring the thunder with a handful of ESP guitars, some Mesa/Boogie firepower, and a stash of gnarly fuzz pedals.
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Here Lies Man’s Marcos Garcia: Afro-Metal Riffmaster

July 5, 2018
Inspired by the hypnotic sound of Fela Kuti’s afrobeat and the grinding fuzz of Black Sabbath, the Antibalas guitarist pares his fretwork to the bone.
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Brent Mason Live at Summer NAMM 2018

July 4, 2018
One of the most influential country pickers of all time sits down to discuss his new-found teaching career, his unique picking style, and his forthcoming—hopefully—solo album.
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Joey Landreth Live from Summer NAMM 2018

July 4, 2018
Hear one of roots rock's rising stars dish on super-heavy strings, his approach to slide, and playing in open tunings.
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Stephen Malkmus: The Unknowing Guitarist

July 3, 2018
The ex-Pavement frontman preserves the element of surprise in the solos and sounds he explores with his band, the Jicks, on their new album, Sparkle Hard.
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Clairvoyant Chemistry: The Damned’s Captain Sensible and Paul Gray

June 26, 2018
The punk-rock godfathers restart their guitar and bass partnership on the Damned’s first new album in a decade, Evil Spirits. And producer Tony Visconti takes their tones to the max.
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