February 2020

Articles by John Bohlinger

Last Call: Do We All Hate Our Own Guitar Playing?

February 10, 2020
Our inner critics constantly tell us we need to be better. Humble Hendrix knew that imperfection is part of the art equation.
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First Look: Electro-Harmonix 5MM Power Amp

February 10, 2020
Check out the big amp tones from a little box that won't bust your eardrums (or your bankroll).
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Rig Rundown: Albert Lee

January 29, 2020
A bona fide twang-guitar legend shares stories of his time with Clapton and gives an inside look at how he approaches his signature sound.
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First Look: Victory Amps VC35 The Copper

January 27, 2020
Ride with an AC-style overachiever that dishes punch and sophistication from a light, compact head.
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Rig Rundown: Thom Bresh

January 22, 2020
The consummate thumbpicker demos his two-sided flattop and keeps his father Merle Travis’ memory alive with a collection of instruments made in tribute.
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First Look: MXR Timmy Drive

January 16, 2020
Paul Cochrane teams with MXR to build a tiny and accessibly priced take on his ultra-legendary overdrive.
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Rig Rundown: Tom Bukovac

January 15, 2020
When you’re one of the most recorded guitarists in Nashville, you make sure you can cover all the bases. Watch this in-depth look at the amazing vintage guitars, rare amps, and massive pedalboard that inspires one of Nashville’s first-call session players.
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Rig Rundown: Ida Mae's Chris Turpin

January 8, 2020
This modern-day Delta blues star goes deep on low-powered amps, vintage resos, and open-tuned riffs.
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First Look: Breedlove Organic Series Wildwood Concert Satin CE

January 6, 2020
Solid mahogany construction and stylish contemporary design distinguish this slinky performer—all for less than $650.
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Last Call: How Signature Guitars Are Like Handwriting

January 3, 2020
An instrument that feels like home? That’s what it’s all about.
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Rig Rundown: Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Joel Hoekstra and Chris Caffery

December 25, 2019
Huge arena-rock guitar tones meet heavy-metal Christmas jams on one of the year’s most successful tours. Go behind the scenes to see how the guitar tandem kick out the holiday jams.
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First Look: PRS SE Hollowbody Standard

December 23, 2019
Muscular output and magnificent overtones meet in the first affordable, SE version of Annapolis’s hallowed hollow.
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Rig Rundown: Steve Wariner

December 18, 2019
Designated a "certified guitar picker" by former boss Chet Atkins, the multiple Grammy-winning session ace and songwriter for country legends shows off his favorite gear.
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Last Call: No Flow, No Go

December 16, 2019
Creativity is a state of mind. But how do we get there?
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First Look: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

December 16, 2019
Fender reimagines its original offset 6-string with a compound fretboard radius, noiseless pickups, and super-versatile switching options.
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Rig Rundown: Highly Suspect

December 11, 2019
The DIY rockers take PG on a tour of their live tone toys.
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First Look: Danelectro The Breakdown

December 2, 2019
We take this 2-knob take on the vintage Univox Uni-Drive used by Page and Beck for a spin with ’buckers and single-coils.
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Last Call: Will Sell Out, Make Offer

November 19, 2019
The dichotomy of artistic freedom and selling out, and the difference between making a living and making a life.
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Rig Rundown: Mike Dawes

November 13, 2019
The acoustic alchemist shares the secrets to his massive, multi-dimensional tones.
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Rig Rundown: King Crimson's Robert Fripp

October 30, 2019
The veteran prog-rock hero continues his fearless forays into the future with a tubeless setup heavy on digital effects and MIDI capabilities that give him ultimate control.
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