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Chris Kies

Chris Kies

Chris Kies has degrees in Journalism and History from the University of Iowa and has been with PG dating back to his days as an intern in 2007. He's now the multimedia manager maintaining the website and social media accounts, coordinating Rig Rundown shoots (also hosting and/or filming them) and occasionally writing an artist feature. Other than that, he spends time with his pitbull and enjoys non-guitar-related hobbies. Follow him on Instagram & Twitter.

ARTICLES

Bones Owens RR homepage

Rig Rundown: Bones Owens

February 24, 2021
The blues-rocker takes us inside his remarkable gear sanctuary to show off classic Gibsons, a heaping helping of Hiwatts, and a bunch of rare Pete Cornish pedals.
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GIAA RR homepage

Rig Rundown: God Is an Astronaut [2021]

February 10, 2021
See the transformation from digital efficiency to a sprawling setup for Ghost Tapes #10 that now includes Gretsches, Jazzmasters, traditional tube heads, and more stomps than a store.
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Molly Miller Rig Rundown Photo homepage

Rig Rundown: Molly Miller

February 3, 2021
Whether backing Jason Mraz or fronting her trio, she just needs a 335, a Princeton Reverb, and a plane-ready pedalboard to make the world a groovier place.
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Kurt Ballou homepage

Rig Rundown: Kurt Ballou

January 27, 2021
Converge’s 6-string steamroller—who also happens to be a famously heavy and in-demand producer (and gear designer)—takes PG inside his GodCity Studio to talk mics, tracking, instrument building, and more.
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Tori Ruffin RR homepage

Rig Rundown: Tori Ruffin

January 20, 2021
Morris Day and the Time’s lead axeman gets funky with Prince-influenced Schecters, JCM900s, and stomps that range from simple to sophisticated.
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Nicole Row homepage

Rig Rundown: Panic! at the Disco’s Nicole Row

January 13, 2021
Funky custom Js and punchy Ps help this low-end maven earn gigs and nail tones from Motown to Miley and all points in between.
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Here Lies Man Rig Rundown homepage

Rig Rundown: Here Lies Man

December 30, 2020
Les Pauls, high-headroom British brawlers, and pulverizing pedals push Marcos Garcia into the Masters of Reality Iommi-sphere.
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Kies Top 10 RRs

Rig Rundown: Chris Kies' Top 10

December 23, 2020
The videographer behind our very first Rundown recounts meeting Brian May, being wowed by Morello, going deaf with Sleep, and more.
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Thelma and the Sleaze RR homepage

Rig Rundown: Thelma and the Sleaze

December 16, 2020
Punk-rock riffin’, patriarchy-smashin’, struttin’ shredder LG introduces us to her custom axes—a "Fancy" SG & skateboard Tele—and fave signal agitators.
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Big Biz homepage

Rig Rundown: Big Business

December 2, 2020
Four strings, a stack of Sunns, and plentiful pedals allow Jared Warren enough viciousness and volume for bass and guitar.
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Rig Rundown: Spirit Adrift

November 11, 2020
Nate Garrett's mystical brand of metal mixes morose modulation with nods to EVH and James Hetfield.
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Djunah RR homepage

Rig Rundown: Djunah

November 4, 2020
Tap-dancing, noise-rocking Donna Diane conjures lightning and thunder by layering her Kurt Ballou-designed Craftsman guitar over a Moog Minitaur bass synth.
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Angie Swan RR-homepage

Rig Rundown: Angie Swan

October 21, 2020
David Byrne’s 6-string counterpart discusses the tonal, aesthetic, and production particulars influencing her gear for Byrne's HBO and American Utopia Broadway shows.
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Rig Rundown: Deep Sea Diver's Jessica Dobson

October 14, 2020
“Strangled cat" and "glassy Jonny Greenwood” are just two attitudes the former Beck and Shins sidewoman engages in her band’s adventurous indie-rock.
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Suzanne Santo homepage

Rig Rundown: Suzanne Santo

September 16, 2020
The spunky solo artist/former HoneyHoney frontwoman shows off her “Sweet Baby” Eastman and a sultry 335 that accompany her smoky, impassioned voice—plus reveals how touring with Hozier "leveled-up" her fingerstyle chops.
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Enterprise Earth Gabe Mangold Rig Rundown homepage

Rig Rundown: Enterprise Earth's Gabe Mangold

September 9, 2020
The death-metal nomad welcomes us into his converted-cargo-trailer home/studio to detail his extended-range rumblers and mobile recording setup.
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Rig Rundown: Caspian's Phil Jamieson

September 2, 2020
The self-proclaimed “midrange mattress” makes a post-rock bed with an “Excalibur” Jazzmaster and some up-the-sleeve Strymon settings.
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Dave Davidson Rig Rundown homepage

Rig Rundown: Revocation & Gargoyl's Dave Davidson

August 26, 2020
He fronts two menacing bands with his “Ferrari-like” signature Jackson, but he’s also got a soft spot for his vintage ES-335.
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Nick Perri RR homepage

Rig Rundown: Nick Perri

August 19, 2020
The retro rocker opens up about retrofitting reissues, returning to the JTM45s, and finding the piece of gear that changed his life.
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All Souls Antonio Aguilar Totimoshi Rig Rundown homepage

Rig Rundown: All Souls' Antonio Aguilar

August 12, 2020
Strats with presto-chango pickguards power folk and flamenco flourishes mingled with kerranging rock and Melvins-esque metal.
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