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Rig Rundown: Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes

Classic rockers from Aerosmith and Ted Nugent reconnect after three decades to jam on vintage-inspired gear with modern accoutrements.

St. Holmes, a sucker for ’58 copies, has another Collector’s Les Paul—this one is #28 and pays tribute to the late, great Ronnie Montrose and his iconic “STP” burst. This one was given to him by his six-string brother Brad Whitford at the end of their most recent recording jam. He’s dropped in David Allen Tru 59 PAF pickups—because he says they bring the guitars’ tone even closer to the vintage vibe he’s chasing—and upgraded to a TonePros bridge and tuners.


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