We get the lowdown on the guitars and basses used by Nancy and Ann Wilson, Craig Bartock, and Dan Rothchild.

Most of Rothchild’s pedalboard is dedicated to switching between his two basses. He’s got a Radial J48 DI, as well as a Radial Big Shot A/B box that’s fed by his P bass, and either his backup bass or a Moog synth (used for Zep’s “No Quarter” and Heart’s “Heaven”). He also has a Custom Audio Electronics Boost/Line Driver to match output between basses, and two tuners—a Boss TU-3 for muting, and a Peterson StroboStomp 2 that remains active while letting signal through. Rothchild also has an Aguilar Octamizer and a Tech 21 VT Bass pedal. Everything’s powered by a Voodoo Lab brick.

Premier Guitar’s Shawn Hammond met with Ann and Nancy Wilson’s guitar tech, Jeff Ousley, lead guitarist Craig Bartock, and bassist Dan Rothchild before Heart’s show at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on March 21, 2015. Ousley—who’s been maintaining the Wilson sisters’ gear (and making them mean cups of coffee) for more than 20 years—walked us through everything from Ann’s custom Martin acoustics to Nancy’s vintage SG and Tele, while Bartock and Rothchild shared their cool customized instruments.

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Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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