“Strangled cat" and "glassy Jonny Greenwood” are just two attitudes the former Beck and Shins sidewoman engages in her band’s adventurous indie-rock.

Dobson’s connection with the Jazzmaster started during her time with Beck. He opened up his vault of vintage instruments for her to use onstage and the one that stole her heart was a ’63 or ’64 sunburst Jazzmaster. After leaving his camp, she knew she had to land her own, so she ventured down to her local Huntington Beach guitar store and she saw the above Fender Elvis Costello Jazzmaster. The only two changes she has made to the instrument was updating the bridge with a Mastery and at some point she lost the long-armed trem bar and has since replaced it with a shorter, non-Jazzmaster arm. “For Deep Sea Diver, I play a lot of melodic, single-note jangly stuff,” says Dobson of her favored instrument. “I have really small hands, but the setup of this guitar makes playing really easy. I can make it sound like a strangled cat or smooth and glassy like Jonny Greenwood.” All of her guitars take D’Addario NYXLs (.011–.052) and she plucks away with Jim Dunlop Tortex .60 mm picks.

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Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on his 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.



• 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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