The Raconteurs guitarist and solo artist welcomes PG into his studio to show off his collection of offbeat and vintage gear.

Brendan Benson took a break from recording and touring with The Raconteurs and his solo project to show Premier Guitar around his studio in the heart of Nashville’s music row. Although Brendan’s live rig is about as simple as it gets, (Vox AC30HW2, Guild M-75 Aristocrat, and a Spontaneous Audio Devices Son of Kong pedal) in the studio he employs a bevy of oddball pedals, guitars, and amps.

Guitars

When it comes to guitars, Brendan has a huge assortment of unexpected options including MotorAve, Epiphone, Danelectro, Harmony, Vox, Fender, Gibson, Trussart, Eastwood, Castle Creek Dobrato, Låg, Silvertone, Matin, Guild, and more.

Effects

Brendan spends a lot of time experimenting with sounds in his studio. This cabinet full of effects conveniently located in the amp room gives Brendan almost unlimited tone options.

Amps

Brendan wisely began buying Supro amps before they came into vogue. Today he has an impressive stash of Silvertone, Vox, Fender, Marshall, Reinhardt, Epiphone and 65Amps.

Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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