October 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

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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John Bohlinger Last Call Sir Issac Newton - homepage

Last Call: Things I Learned During Quarantine

June 12, 2020
Lockdown isn’t easy, but it’s revealed some lessons, both trivial (Alexa can fart on demand) and divine (guitar is alive and well).
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1964 Fender Pro Amp

Iso Lab: 1964 Fender Pro Amp

June 1, 2020
PG's John Bohlinger shows off his 1x15 blackface combo with a '61 355, bender Tele, and a '55 Strat.
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1966 Fender Twin Reverb Demo John Bohlinger

Iso Lab: 1966 Fender Twin Reverb

May 25, 2020
PG's Music City demo maestro uses a bender Tele, a vintage Strat, and an old cherry 355 to get clean, loud, and bubbly with his blackface tonal bedrock.
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b-bender guitar demo john bohlinger

Iso Lab: B-Benders

May 18, 2020
PG's John Bohlinger demos a quintet of bending axes, including a custom T-style, a Gibson Music City Jr., a one-off PRS SC-J, a PRS SE One, and a Gibson Les Paul.
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John Bohlingers Top 10 Rig Rundowns - homepage

Last Call: John Bohlinger’s Top 10 Rig Rundowns

May 11, 2020
PG’s Nashville correspondent shares his favorite moments behind the camera with some of the best guitar players in the world.
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1964 Vibroverb

Iso lab: 1964 Fender Vibroverb

May 11, 2020
Channeling his inner SRV, John Bohlinger enlists a trio of axes to dance with the blackface combo popularized by Texas Flood.
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1964 Concert Pro

Iso Lab: 1964 Fender Concert Amp

May 4, 2020
PG's Last Call columnist and demo dude stays homes to fire up his blackface 4x10 and works out the classic AB763 circuit with a '60s 355, bari Tele, and a vintage Strat.
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Les Paul Juniors Iso Lab

Iso Lab: 1958 vs 1960 Gibson Les Paul Juniors

April 27, 2020
Our Nashville correspondent has a bash with his vintage single-cuts while staying safe during the pandemic.
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Vintage Strats Iso Lab

Iso Lab: 1955 vs. 1966 Fender Stratocasters

April 20, 2020
PG's John Bohlinger couch surfs during the quarantine and slugs it out with his vintage Strats.
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Benson-homepage

Rig Rundown: Brendan Benson [2020]

April 15, 2020
A trip into the bona fide Raconteurs guitarist's inner lair of rare vintage acoustics, super vibey amps, and a few choice goldtops.
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