Rig Rundown: Luke Schneider
The hippie-cowboy pedal steeler for Orville Peck and Margo Price breaks out modulation mutators and synth stomps for a solo mission full of ethereal bends and sublime swells combining cosmic country and ambient new wave.
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 eighth video in that format, and we stand behind the final product.
While growing up in Ohio, Luke Schneider was raised on California country-rock (Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles) before discovering early-’90s grunge. Those two influences (helped by the fact that Neil Young had a foot in both camps) were a big reason that 11-year-old Luke Schneider scored his first guitar so he could start rockin’ in the free world. Even at that pre-teen point, he knew that the six strings on “Old Black” weren’t his true calling. He wanted to cry and moan like Neil Young’s pedal-steel guitarist Ben Keith, but it would take over 10 years before he landed his first ride—a mid-’70s MSA doubleneck pedal-steel. (He paid for it from his bellhop tips he got during the 2001 Summer NAMM show.)
Luke Schneider has played alongside Margo Price, Orville Peck, Caitlin Rose, William Tyler, and others. He recently made the transition to solo artist and recorded an instrumental album (Altar of Harmony via Third Man Records) that exclusively uses his 1967 Emmons “push-pull” pedal-steel guitar. The music created by the doubleneck steel combines familiar cries of Floyd, Eno, Lanois, Parsons, Byrds, and, of course, Ben Keith. The result is a seamless wander through meditative moods and celestial calmness creating the perfect contemplative soundtrack.
Schneider welcomes PG’s Chris Kies into his jam space for an enlightening conversation that covers his 20-year arc behind the pedal-steel desk, the musical journey that led him to combining ’70s outlaw country with ambient shoegaze on pedal steel, and details his use of digital synth pedals through the traditional country instrument.
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Sweetwater vs. Reverb
Which one do you prefer?
Rhett and Zach unpack the big news for secondhand guitar sellers and buyers: Sweetwater has launched their new Gear Exchange. How does it compare to Reverb, Craigslist, and Marketplace? To find out, Zach takes the site for a spin and buys a pedal. He calls the process both “very easy” and “normal.” They discuss the pros and cons of the various used-gear outlets and share tips for not getting got when buying gear. Plus, Zach grew a mustache, Mythos Pedals is moving, and he talks about his forthcoming line of Strat pickups inspired by Hendrix’s reverse-stagger setup.
Sweetwater vs. Reverb
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Supro Introduces All-New Royale Head and 1x12 Cab
The Royale was designed to deliver loud and vivid clean tone with a responsive, tactile low end.
Designed to offer massive headroom, the 50-watt Royale Head lets you indulge in smooth clean tones at even higher volumes on stage without any breakup. Select between class A and class AB modes, with its variable mode switch, so you can choose between gushing Supro tone or a punchier, tight midrange response.
Introducing the Royale Head & Extension Cabinet | Supro
The Royale 1x12 Extension Cabinet features the custom Supro BD12 high-power driver, offering the same mid-range punch and clean articulation as the Royale combo but with additional stage volume. More info: suprousa.com.
Royale Head | $1,499.99
Royale Cab | $669.99
D’Addario Foundation Kicks-Off Education Initiative with Online Auction
D'Addario Foundation's education project sets out to help schools throughout the country and kicks off with an online auction.
The D’Addario Foundation will host a virtual auction from November 9 to November 30, 2022, with the overarching goal of raising $30,000 for the D'Addario Foundation’s Immersive Music Challenge.
Inspired by a new study published in the Journal of Youth Development, the D'Addario Foundation recently launched the Immersive Music Challenge. This ambitious project will help school districts and charter systems throughout the country boost academic achievement by implementing effective, multi-day-per-week music-based mentoring programs that include training, administration, and evaluation. The D’Addario Foundation has invested in an incredible team of consultants that include school superintendents, public health experts, and data analysts to ensure sound results. In addition, D’Addario is actively seeking corporate partners to support the establishment of these programs and champion their success.
Thanks to the generosity of D'Addario artists and industry partners including Gibson, PRS Guitars, D'Angelico, Taylor Guitars, and more, one-of-a-kind items & experiences are up for bidding. Some of the items include:
- Evans Drumhead signed by Anderson Paak
- ESP Mirage Deluxe '87 Signed by Bruce Kulick of KISS and Grand Funk Railroad
- Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar
- D'Addario bass string set signed by Bryan Beller of the Aristocrats
- PRS S2 McCarty 594 Singlecut
- Virtual Lesson with Marty Schwartz
Xotic Effects Introduces Revamped RC Booster
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Xotic Effects unveils an updated version of their classic boost pedal.
Xotic’s RC Booster pedal is back to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The RC Booster’s original design was a customer favorite due to its versatile clean boost, active treble, bass, gain and volume controls. This classic reissue will join their regular pedal lineup permanently.
• Transparent boost pedal for electric guitar
• Up to 20dB of boost for adding volume or sending your amp into overdrive
• Treble and bass EQ controls with +/-15dB range for fine-tuning your sound
• True bypass switching removes the effect from your signal path when disengaged
• Powered via 9-volt battery or optional AC adapter (sold separately)
• 9-18 volts
The first 1000 pedals will contain a special limited edition packaging with special items and actual guitar picks from Andy Timmons, Paul Jackson Jr, Dean Brown, Kirk Fletcher, Allen Hinds, Chris Duarte, Scott Henderson, Oz Noy, Michael Thompson, Yuya Komoguchi, Toshi Yanagi.
RC Booster with limited edition packaging street price is $172.00. More info: xotic.us.