The bass great talks about gigging with legends like Chick Corea and James Brown, why he thinks labels are BS, the need to take chances, and how he became music director for the historic Newport Jazz Festival.
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Rig Rundown - Oliver Wood

A Guild hollowbody stuffed with undies? A wooden slide? Dinky, about-to-burst, plywood combos? All these "left" turns fuel this Wood Brothers' solo journey.

Just ahead of releasing his first solo album, Always Smilin' (via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers), Oliver Wood invited PG into his Nashville-based studio space. In this episode, the Wood Brothers' cofounder shows off some key instruments—including his beloved and beaten 1965 Guild T100D, a Stella with a gold-foil, and an acoustic reminiscent of Robert Johnson's Gibson L-1—rattles small, cranky combos, and details how he looks for inspiration in all the "wrong" moves (like stuffing underwear in a hollowbody, using a wooden slide, and having a gold-foil in a 1930s Stella).

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Kirk Fletcher on The Dixie Hummingbirds' "Bedside Of A Neighbor" - Hooked

The blues star remembers how being upstaged by an older evangelist guitarist provoked him on a quest to learn this song's swinging solo unlocking a lifelong passion.

Now five albums deep, Harakiri for the Sky was founded by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Matthias Sollak (at right) and singer J.J. in 2011. Sollak composes the music and J.J. pens the band's lyrics.

Austrian black-metal magus Matthias Sollak realizes his panoramic vision for Mӕre via cues from prog, shoegaze, and neo-classical.

For all the black-metal bona fides Matthias Sollak has accumulated as a guitarist, his musical range extends into areas you might not expect from a 31-year-old who's been running with headbangers for most of his life. Even during his long stint with Bifröst, the band he co-founded in his native Salzburg, Austria, at the age of 16, he brought elements as far afield as bagpipes, folk instruments, and keyboard samples to a freewheeling and unpredictable sound that helped set the group apart from their self-avowed "pagan metal" contemporaries.

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A limited-ediiton koa model built to celebrate the company's 30th anniversary.

In January, Breedlove Guitars, based in Bend, Oregon, marked the 30th Anniversary of bringing its first instrument to market, announcing the issue of four very special, limited edition guitars—each celebrating a defining model; each updated with ongoing Breedlove innovations like sustainable, clear-cut free tonewoods, soft cutaways (except a non-cutaway Phoenix model), hand-voicing and Sound Optimization.

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NUX MG 30 Versatile Modeler Demo - PG Gear Spotlight

Quality modeling and easy signal-chain manipulation converge in this compact, crazy-affordable multi-effector.

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