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Since joining alt-rock duo Cairo Knife Fight in 2015, George Pajon Jr. has applied his meticulous gear-tinkering toward creating layered, complex guitar and bass parts for the duo.

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The guitarist and meticulous gear nerd has played with the Black Eyed Peas since 1998. With his alt-rock duo Cairo Knife Fight, his years of tinkering have helped him forge a new sound.

George Pajon Jr. is pedal-obsessed. For him, time off means hiding out in his studio, working his way through every setting on every pedal he owns—and he owns a lot of pedals—logging each tone he thinks he may be able to use, and making careful notes in order to recall the sound later when needed. When he’s working in the studio or in a rehearsal, he scrolls through his files, pulls up options to share with his many A-list collaborators, and looks for the tone that often makes the difference between a good-sounding track and a hit. He does know the difference, by the way, since he has a regular gig as the touring guitarist with the Black Eyed Peas, and also plays on their albums.

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Check out this clip from the latest episode where Chris Shiflett discusses his first electric guitar, a fateful acquisition he made in high school, and an incredibly thoughtful gift from Pat Smear.

In the latest episode of Shred with Shifty, we shine a light on a few incredible listeners who tackled the "Limelight" solo and one especially tuned-in player who hit one of Shifty's solos. We also air unreleased footage from Alex Lifeson, Nile Rodgers, Rivers Cuomo, and Lindsay Ell.
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Rig Rundown: Derek Wells

PG’s John Bohlinger joins Derek Wells in the studio to check out the decorated Nashville hit-maker’s recording rig, which includes a custom-built pedalboard and a six-pack of tube amps.

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The Ryan “Fluff” Bruce Artist Series StingRay guitar will be offered in limited quantities and in two exclusive finishes. Aqua Sparkle is limited to 25 units and is available exclusively in the Ernie Ball Music Man Vault. Tealy Dan is limited to 25 units and is available exclusively from Sweetwater.

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Guild Polara Kim Thayil Signature Demo | First Look

Zach Wish tussles with an affordable amalgam of S-100s used by one of grunge’s godfathers.

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