December 2020
John Bohlinger

John Bohlinger

John Bohlinger is a Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist best known for leading the band on NBC's Nashville Star, serving as music director for the CMT Awards and specials on PBS and GAC, and of course for his appearances in PG Rig Rundown, Review Demo, Axes & Artifacts, and What Bohlinger Plays videos.

ARTICLES

warm audio phaser

First Look: Warm Audio Jet Phaser

November 30, 2020
Masters of affordable outboard studio gear execute an awesome take on one of Roland’s fuzziest, phasiest ’70s oddities.
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Taylor GT Urban Ash Grand Theater Demo - First Look

First Look: Taylor GT Urban Ash Grand Theater

November 16, 2020
Reclaimed urban ash, compact dimensions, and a slinky-feeling 24 1/8" scale add up to an evolutionary Taylor with a big voice.
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Dunlop CBJ95 Wah First Look

First Look: Dunlop CBJ95 Cry Baby Junior Wah

November 12, 2020
A wailing wah classic with three killer voices and a footprint built for modern pedalboards.
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John Bohlinger Last Call November 20 homepage

Last Call: Evolution

November 12, 2020
Much like birds, we are constantly developing our own musical voices.
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PRS Hollowbody II SE Piezo Demo

First Look: PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo

November 9, 2020
Sweet with the resonance and abundant overtones of true hollowbody construction, this light and powerful PRS enables unique blends of electric and acoustic tones.
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fender Brent Mason Telecaster

First Look: Fender Brent Mason Telecaster

October 26, 2020
B-bender, mini-bucker, and copious switching options make this session master's signature Telecaster a twanging tone chameleon.
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Gibson Lukas Nelson Les Paul JUnior

First Look: Gibson Lukas Nelson Signature Les Paul Junior

October 19, 2020
Streamlined and straight ahead—this little Gibby oozes vintage vibes and no-frills attitude at a price mere mortals can afford.
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Fender American Professional II Strat

First Look: Fender American Professional II Stratocaster

October 13, 2020
The world’s most iconic electric evolves again—this time with a roasted pine body, contoured heel, rolled fretboard edges, and more articulate pickups.
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Last Call Push Shiny Red Button homepage

Last Call: Push the Shiny Red Button

October 4, 2020
Recording yourself could help unlock your best playing yet. Plus, it can help with that cabin fever.
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MXR M305

First Look: MXR M305 Tremolo

October 1, 2020
Throbbing options from vintage to weird abound in MXR's new, smaller multi-tremolo machine.
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Bohlinger Dire Straits Hooked

Hooked: John Bohlinger on Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"

September 15, 2020
Our Nashville correspondent explains the debt he owes Mark Knopfler for the inspiration that continues 30 years after first hearing the lively song.
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Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert Last Call homepage

Last Call: Unplayable

August 26, 2020
Being uncomfortable is scary, but perfect conditions might not get you where you need to be. Case in point: The best-selling solo jazz album in history, from pianist Keith Jarrett.
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Open-E Pull-Off Lesson Video John Bohlinger Nashville

What Bohlinger Plays: Open-E Pull-Off Lick

August 24, 2020
PG's Nashville rocker shows you a quick-hit lesson that can work in any of your musical "sentences.
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Fender Player Series Duo-Sonic demo

First Look: Fender Player Duo-Sonic

August 10, 2020
A streamlined, short-scale solidbody that spans Stratocaster tones and Telecaster simplicity.
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Gibson ES-335, ES-355, ES-150, ES-336 Demos

Iso Lab: Gibson ES-335, ES-336, ES-355 & ES-150

August 3, 2020
The Rig Rundown host offers taste tests from his personal collection of "Electric Spanish" guitars, including pieces vintage and modern.
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Last Call Distortion Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Last Call: Why We Like Distortion

July 30, 2020
While researching guitarists’ obsession with tone, I found a fascinating take on why heightened sound frequencies excite humans.
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John Bohlinger Top 10 Rig Rundowns

Rig Rundown: John Bohlinger's Top 10

July 29, 2020
What do Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Emmanuel, and Peter Frampton all have in common? They made the PG host's list of favorite episodes from his seven-plus years on the job.
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Iso Lab Pedal Steel Guitar 101 with John Bohlinger

Iso Lab: Pedal Steel 101

July 27, 2020
The Nashville musician and lovable PG host shares a little history on the complex instrument and breaks down some applications of the wondrously emotive instrument.
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1970s ross compressor demo

Iso Lab: 1970s Ross Compressor

July 20, 2020
Nashville correspondent John Bohlinger shows off his first pedal, which he bought for $40 in 1979.
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1966 Fender Deluxe amp iso lab john bohlinger

Iso Lab: 1966 Fender Deluxe Amp

June 29, 2020
Watch John Bohlinger get busy with his light-but-loud blackface amp that has become a favorite for recording twangy tunes.
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