How “Hot for Teacher,” a homemade mic, and a B.B. King-inspired signature axe factor into a repertoire that mixes Queens of the Stone Age sizzle with modern pop hooks.

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Facing a mandatory shelter-in ordinance to limit the spread of COVID-19, PG enacted a hybrid approach to filming and producing Rig Rundowns. This is the sixth video in that format, and we stand behind the final product.

In this episode, we catch up with Austin rocker Emily Wolfe. The power-trio frontwoman was planning to spend 2020 away from the Texas capitol, but like all of us, she’s adapting to the new normal and using the stay-home mandate to refocus on demos for the follow-up to her 2019 self-titled debut. (She drops a nugget in the Rundown that she’s working with a Queen of the Stone Age.) Emily virtually welcomes PG’s Chris Kies into her home jam space (complete with basketball hoop) for a fascinating chat covering her path from guitar to drums and back to guitar, explaining the allure (and the requirement) for a semi-hollow guitar, detailing the most-important factor in her purchase of a Fender 4x10 combo, and admitting she’s got an OCD problem.


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Hip string synth tones. Communicates detail in complex chords. Freeze effects included.

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Electro-Harmonix S9 String Ensemble
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Electro-Harmonix is a giant among pedal builders. What’s inspiring about EHX is that they’ve never let that stature keep them from taking risks. Take the company’s keyboard- and synth-inspired pedals: the B9, KEY9, MEL9, and Synth9. Each has been a success, but none were sure-fire hits. Guitar-based synthesis at accessible consumer prices is not easy. Yet in each case, EHX created something playable and useful to guitarists. And if they didn’t always achieve perfect replication of the keyboard and synth instruments that inspired them, the pedals often prompted new ways of relating to a guitar and new possibilities in performance and composition. The S9 String Ensemble is among the most realized of these pedals. Its sounds are rich and creatively executed. And the pedal is compelling in the truest sense of the word: It makes it virtually impossible to not consider new songs, new arrangements, and new styles as you interact with it.

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