November 2020


Joe Bonamassa Hooked on Jeff Beck

Hooked: Joe Bonamassa on Jeff Beck's "Let Me Love You"

October 20, 2020
The slinky intro riff was all it took for the burst-loving rocker to chase a lifetime of British blues.
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Blues Rock pedalboards

Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Blues-Rock Pedalboards

October 19, 2020
See how Doyle Bramhall II maximizes his stompbox real estate, firebrand Eric Gales adds bling to his setup, Jonny Lang upgrades to “spaceship” lighting, while Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Samantha Fish can’t let go of irreplaceable favorites.
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Spirit Adrift Nate Garrett Hooked on Black Sabbath

Hooked: Spirit Adrift on Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"

October 13, 2020
Nate Garrett pays tribute to Iommi and the record store clerk responsible for his dependency on heavy riffs.
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Pallbearer Forgotten Days Riff Rundown

Riff Rundown: Pallbearer's "Forgotten Days"

October 11, 2020
Devin Holt dissects the doom-y vertebrae in the 7-string spine of the title track from the band's forthcoming album.
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John Osborne Hooked Hendrix

Hooked: John Osborne on Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"

October 6, 2020
Certified guitar geek and half of the country-rock guitar attack in Brothers Osborne remembers how SRV introduced him to Hendrix, expanding his 6-string aspirations from '90s teenage angst.
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Dawes Taylor Goldsmith hooked dire straits

Hooked: Taylor Goldsmith on Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"

September 29, 2020
Mark Knopfler taught the Dawes bandleader everything he needs to know about dynamics and the expressiveness of the Strat.
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Josh Smith Hooked on SRV

Hooked: Josh Smith on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Scuttle Buttin'"

September 22, 2020
The L.A.-based studio ace and blues hound sets the stage about how SRV's power punched him in the chest and forever changed his world.
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Gargantuan Pedalboards Rig Rundown Best Ofs

Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Gargantuan Pedalboards Vol. 1

September 15, 2020
Get a load of these space-station control centers from Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Steven Wilson, Dweezil Zappa, and Steve Lukather.
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Hooked Johnny Stachela

Hooked: Allman Betts Band's Johnny Stachela on ZZ Top's "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"

September 8, 2020
How the sharp-dressed men's Fandango hit transformed the string bender's career by introducing him to the blues.
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All Them Witches Hooked

Hooked: All Them Witches' Ben McLeod on R.E.M.'s Monster

September 1, 2020
It wasn't a riff or a song that sparked this bluesy psych-rocker's fire for guitar—it was Peter Buck's choppy, buzz-saw rhythm tones on the platinum LP from 1994.
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Funniest RRs

Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Funniest Moments

August 28, 2020
Ten mirthful moments from Devin Townsend, Misfit Doyle von Frankenstein, Screaming Female Marissa Paternoster, the Darkness, and more!
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Molly Tuttle Hooked

Hooked: Molly Tuttle on "Angeline the Baker"

August 25, 2020
The blazing bluegrass flatpicker recalls her dad introducing her to drop-D and how to use ringing chord notes around melodies via this old-time fiddle tune.
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GE Smith Hooked Mike Bloomfield and Brian Jones

Hooked: G.E. Smith on Paul Butterfield Blues Band's "Shake Your Money-Maker" and The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time"

August 18, 2020
The former Saturday Night Live ringleader and Roger Waters sideman recalls how both Mike Bloomfield and Brian Jones knocked off his socks in 1965.
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Vintage Amps Rig Rundown Best Of

Rig Rundown Best Ofs: Vintage Amps

August 17, 2020
From top-dollar treasures to pawnshop powerhouses—Santana, Setzer, Joan Jett, Joe Perry, and others show us their faves.
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Bully Hooked Butthole Surfers

Hooked: Bully's Alicia Bognanno on Butthole Surfers' "Who Was in My Room Last Night?"

August 11, 2020
The poppy indie-grunge songstress remembers working out the band's first cover for an encore surprise during their first headlining tour.
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Daniel Donato Hooked on Guns N' Roses Paradise City

Hooked: Daniel Donato on Guns 'N Roses' "Paradise City"

August 4, 2020
The cosmic country picker pinpoints the moment he put down the skateboard and picked up the guitar to unleash his inner Slash.
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Phil X Hooked Led Zeppelin

Hooked: Phil X on Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog"

July 28, 2020
The exuberant Bon Jovi lead guitarist goes back to the '70s when Page blew off his doors with slinky, nuanced playing and then performs a chunk of the song with bassist Daniel Spree and drummer Brian Tichy.
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Black Pumas Fire Riff Rundown

Riff Rundown: Black Pumas' "Fire"

July 26, 2020
The psych-soul duo's Adrian Quesada walks through the funky, spaghetti western progression inspired by Ennio Morricone.
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Hooked Cage the Elephant Led Zeppelin Nick Bockrath

Hooked: Cage the Elephant's Nick Bockrath on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"

July 21, 2020
The guitarist for the double Grammy winners remembers the moment he discovered "the secret society" of lead guitar.
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Rig Rundown Best Ofs - Wall of Amps

Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Walls of Amps

July 17, 2020
Deafened is as deafened does—from Sleep’s Matt Pike to EJ, Bonamassa, the Edge and more.
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