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Suuns Ben Shemie

The Big 5: Suuns' Ben Shemie

March 5, 2021
The Montreal rocker shows off his $150 go-to axe and “disappointing” secret-weapon pedal, and pinpoints what’s fundamentally “wrong” with modern guitar culture.
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Julien Baker Hooked

Hooked: Julien Baker on My Chemical Romance's "Thank You for the Venom"

March 2, 2021
The somber songstress details how Ray Toro's "metallic" riff showed her an alternative mood to standard melodies and guitar intervals.
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The Big 5 John Petrucci

The Big 5: John Petrucci

February 26, 2021
The Dream Theater legend shares surprising desert-island-album and guitar-hero picks, and remembers finally saying “screw it ” to self-consciousness about his “super nerdy” secret weapon.
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Tommy Emmanuel homepage2

Hooked: Tommy Emmanuel on The Shadows' "Apache" & Chet Atkins' "Windy and Warm"

February 23, 2021
This pair of instrumental classics inspired the Aussie picker to become the one-man guitar star he is today.
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Elizabeth Moen the Big 5

The Big 5: Elizabeth Moen

February 19, 2021
The self-taught songstress joins us from Chicago to show off a modded ES-345 and hip us to her Irish alt-folk hero.
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Blue October Hooked

Hooked: Blue October's Will Knaak on Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode"

February 16, 2021
The Texas rocker remembers his big break playing the iconic song onstage, and explains how the father of rock 'n' roll's double-stops and harmonic ideas still inform his playing today.
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Electric Guitar Intonation

DIY: How to Adjust Electric-Guitar Intonation

February 15, 2021
Gruhn Guitars' setup guru Nathan Golliher shows how to easily make your Strat, Les Paul, and Telecaster ring true up and down the fretboard.
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The Big 5: Fuzz's Charles Moothart

The Big 5: Fuzz's Charles Moothart

February 12, 2021
A ’65 Gibson Firebird, Raw Power, and J.J. Cale factor into the Fuzz frontman’s answers to our fistful of questions.
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Alex Skolnick Hooked

Hooked: Alex Skolnick on Van Halen's "I'm the One"

February 9, 2021
Testament's shredder recollects how EVH's swinging, sneering ripper redirected him down the path of a hard-rock lead guitarist.
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Steve Stevens Big 5

The Big 5: Steve Stevens

February 5, 2021
Billy Idol’s trusted sideman digs deep on classic prog and even gets a little zen as he takes on our questions.
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Psychadelic Porn Crumpets Hooked on ACDC

Hooked: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets on AC/DC's "Riff Raff"

February 2, 2021
How Angus and Malcolm's patient, syncopated rhythms jump-started Chris Young's passion for the 6-string.
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Death Valley Girls Big 5

The Big 5: Death Valley Girls' Bonnie Bloomgarden and Larry Schemel

January 29, 2021
Chuck Berry, Sabbath, and a vintage Hagstrom factor into the garage/psych-rockers’ answers to our five burning questions.
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My Chemical Romance Hooked

Hooked: My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero on Black Flag's "Rise Above"

January 26, 2021
The MCR rocker remembers being sucked into Greg Ginn's diagonal riffs from a friend's mixtape and retells creeping out the punk-rock legend.
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The Big 5-Porridge Radio

The Big 5: Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin

January 22, 2021
In the debut episode of PG’s new weekly video series, the Brit indie-rocker grapples with our five burning questions for guitar dweebs.
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Lee Malia Hooked

Hooked: Bring Me the Horizon's Lee Malia on Metallica

January 19, 2021
The metalcore maestro highlights tunes from the Bay Area thrash icons that helped hone his picking technique.
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Elder Sanctuary Riff Rundown

Riff Rundown - Elder's "Sanctuary"

January 17, 2021
Nick DiSalvo deconstructs the arpeggios and licks from the Reflections of a Floating World headbanger.
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DIY Acoustic Transducer

DIY: How to Install a Soundboard Transducer

January 15, 2021
Watch Gruhn Guitars' in-house guru David Kriesel walk you step-by-step through the process of making your flattop amp- and DI-friendly.
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Sadler Vaden Hooked

Hooked: Sadler Vaden on Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song"

January 12, 2021
Jason Isbell's brother in arms relates how stealing his sister's Sony Discman as a teen is still paying big dividends.
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Brother Hawk Hooked

Hooked: Brother Hawk on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer"

January 5, 2021
Raised on a healthy dose of "uncle" Neil, J.B. Brisendine singles out the slinkier, commanding version featured on 1991's live Weld.
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Top 10 Rig Rundowns

Top 10 Rig Rundowns of 2020

January 1, 2021
COVID-19 shut down tours, but it didn't stop our gear envy. The most-watched episodes include YouTuber Rick Beato, Nashville session ace Tom Bukovac, Intervals' Aaron Marshall, Deep Sea Diver's Jessica Dobson, and others.
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