See what guitars national touring acts rely on on the road. Photos by Chris Kies, Joe Coffey, Jason Shadrick, and Rebecca Dirks.

Mastodonуs Brent Hinds
"During the bandуs рCrack the Skyeс tour, Hinds used (left to right) a First Act custom doubleneck guitar (inset), a First Act 12-string, a silverburst Gibson SG, a 1979 silverburst Gibson Flying V, and an Electrical Guitar Company acrylic Flying V-style."

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Rhett and Zach unpack the big news for secondhand guitar sellers and buyers: Sweetwater has launched their new Gear Exchange. How does it compare to Reverb, Craigslist, and Marketplace? To find out, Zach takes the site for a spin and buys a pedal. He calls the process both “very easy” and “normal.” They discuss the pros and cons of the various used-gear outlets and share tips for not getting got when buying gear. Plus, Zach grew a mustache, Mythos Pedals is moving, and he talks about his forthcoming line of Strat pickups inspired by Hendrix’s reverse-stagger setup.

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The Cream Amp is a handmade low-gain overdrive pedal based on the Electra Distortion circuit.

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