November 2018

Articles by Chris Kies

Rig Rundown: 311 [2017]

November 1, 2017
Spend an hour with the funk-punk rockers as they go over all the PRS and Gibson 6-strings, Warwick bass gear, and piles of pedals that stir up their tone.
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Rig Rundown: A Day to Remember

October 25, 2017
The adventurous metalcore crew explains how their guitar idols influenced their traditional-meets-digital setups.
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GALLERY: Riot Fest 2017

September 29, 2017
Check out the instruments used by members of Queens of the Stone Age, Jawbreaker, Bad Brains, Prophets of Rage, New Order, Built to Spill, and others who rocked the Chicago fest.
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Rig Rundown: The Fall of Troy

September 27, 2017
The post-hardcore power duo dives into their go-to axes, goosed tube amps, and healthy stash of tone-warping noisemakers.
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Rig Rundown: Sharkmuffin

September 6, 2017
Learn how the band covers everything from noisy, sonic assaults to dreamy, pysch-tinged surf-rock melodies with minimal gear and an overflow of punk-rock ’tude.
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Gallery: Lollaplooza 2017

August 29, 2017
The four-day festival takes over Chicago’s lakefront park and turns up the volume thanks to Ryan Adams, Arcade Fire, Muse, Ron Gallo, Warpaint, Cage the Elephant, and others.
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Rig Rundown: Young the Giant

August 9, 2017
Guitarists Eric Cannata and Jacob Tilley demonstrate how offset axes and tone-bending noisemakers provide the band’s sonic bedrock. 
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Rig Rundown: AFI

July 26, 2017
Jade Puget and Hunter Burgan chronicle the working-man instruments, all-tube heads, and select noisemakers they rely on to achieve their evolved punk tones.
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Rig Rundown: The Doobie Brothers

July 19, 2017
The guitarists from one of classic rock’s most enduring hitmakers walk us through how they combine old-school custom axes with some of the latest technology.
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SNAMM 2017 Editors' Picks Livestream Day 2

July 14, 2017
Learn why the PG editors name dropped Fender, Kiesel, Yellowcake, and others from the floor on Friday.
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Rig Rundown: Silversun Pickups

June 28, 2017
The L.A. rockers explain how they weave and manipulate their boundless tones with some classic Gibson ’birds and a mix of tube power and digital modeling. Plus, we find out guitarist Brian Aubert’s secret weapon.
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Rig Rundown: Russian Circles [2017]

May 31, 2017
Guitarist Mike Sullivan chronicles the essential guitars, amps, and noisemakers he needs to construct the band’s instrumental post-rock sonic mayhem.
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Gallery: Shaky Knees 2017

May 26, 2017
PG dives into gear details with Phoenix, Warpaint, Third Eye Blind, Moon Taxi, the Shins, and others playing the massive Atlanta festival.
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Rig Rundown: Royal Thunder

May 24, 2017
The Atlanta quartet shows off the beer-soaked gear they use to create their haunting Southern pysch rock.
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Pallbearer: Devin Holt and Brett Campbell Exit the Comfort Zone

May 11, 2017
On the band’s third album, Heartless, the Arkansas rockers use smartly layered and effects-tweaked tones, new axes, big melodies, and tighter songwriting to cut through doom’s sonic fog.
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Rig Rundown: A Perfect Circle

May 10, 2017
James Iha and Matt McJunkins cover their 21st-century setups while lead guitarist Billy Howerdel shows off the range of sounds he needs to pull off the band’s expressive discography.
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Rig Rundown: Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis and Lou Barlow [2017]

April 5, 2017
One of rock’s loudest guitar-and-bass duos catalogs their ferocious setups.
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Rig Rundown: Bon Jovi

March 1, 2017
We go over the semi-filling, arena-rocking loads of gear that John Shanks, Phil X, and Hugh McDonald brought on the road to support This House Is Not for Sale.
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Rig Rundown: Margaret Glaspy

February 22, 2017
Formerly an exclusive fan of a '61 Harmony Jupiter and Fender Champ, Glaspy explains the thought process behind her recent switch to a Danocaster and a Deluxe Reverb.
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Rig Rundown: Red Hot Chili Peppers [2017]

February 1, 2017
See how the extensive live setups used by Flea and Josh Klinghoffer have morphed since their 2012 I'm with You tour.
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